Growth Support

The Growth Support Programme For Existing Businesses with a Unique Tax Reference (UTR)

This programme is available to support existing businesses wishing to grow, expand or who just wish to have an outside view of their current business. The support provides an initial face-to-face meeting with an experienced business advisor to get to know you and your business. During this meeting, the advisor will work with you to create a development plan and to identify any areas where additional support could be of help. 

If after the initial diagnostic it is determined that further support is required you will be offered the opportunity to commit to a further 9-hour support package delivered by business specialists.  You can choose from a range of modules including Business Planning, Business Finance, Innovation, Marketing, HR and an assessment of Digital Opportunities depending on your needs.

Your Business Advisor will also signpost to other assistance and programmes for business support.

This support is available throughout Taunton Deane, Mendip, South Somerset, West Somerset and Sedgemoor.

Further Information

The Heart of the South West Growth Support Programme project is receiving up to £of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

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Covid-19 Business Recovery Support Programme 

Eligible businesses based within Somerset can now access a fully funded one to one advice session with a Business Advisor through the Growth Hub Covid-19 Business Recovery Support.

The service provides you with an opportunity to speak to a dedicated business advisor about your business and business recovery options. You may wish to explore various actions to support your business with adaption, resilience and recovery considering Covid-19 impacts on your business.

Due to the current restrictions this advice will be given remotely via telephone/Skype at a mutually convenient date and time.

Following your 1 to 1 session you will be provided with a support plan detailing practical next steps and identifying further sources of support and guidance as appropriate.

Please note that there is currently a limited number of businesses that can be supported with this funding.

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