Who We Are

Our Mission:

To inspire people of all ages to achieve the career and self-employment potential and to reduce unemployment.

We are a privately owned and operated CIC with our work being underpinned by our values and ethos as a not for profit organisation. We aim to increase our ability to support the reduction of unemployment and up skilling of people and increasing our work across a larger geographical area.

What we do 

SBA provides advice, guidance and support to individuals, micro businesses and start ups as well as those businesses looking to grow. We also support individuals to develop new skills and take the next steps in their careers.

We have provided business advice and support to thousands of businesses and individuals across Somerset and have had the pleasure in watching businesses thrive with the guidance of our excellent specialist business advisors.

SBA is based in Langport at The Great Bow Wharf, located in the heart of the Somerset Levels. SBA was  established in 2010 as a Community Interest Company (CIC) operating on a not-for-profit basis. Being a not-for-profit company means we can offer a high quality service to businesses and individuals either fully funded or at an affordable rate without compromising on the quality of service.

We are a member of the National Enterprise Network (NEN) providing independent and impartial advice as well as delivering high quality training and  business guidance across the region.

If you are considering starting your own business, exploring a new idea or looking for a new direction we have specialist business advisors to support you and help you every step of the way.

How SBA started

SBA was founded in September 2010 by a team of 4 business and education advisors to support those furthest away from economic activity back into either work or self-employment or training as a route back into economic activity. 

SBA started small with the business being launched from home offices and working remotely.  Success was hard-won but SBA soon secured a number of small contracts, worked as subcontractors to larger organisations and collaborated with others in the sector to deliver bigger programmes and projects. SBA delivered its service through a programme of workshops, seminars as well as 1:1 support across Somerset. All designed to provide individuals with the tools and guidance to take their business and career next steps.

It wasn’t long before SBA outgrew the home offices and found a new base within Great Bow Wharf at Langport, in the heart of the Somerset Levels, where the head office is still located continuing to work as delivering excellent work within the enterprise, education and employment sector.   SBA now delivers across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

SBA is now an accredited training centre offering training at all levels and have a dedicated training space for face to face delivery and can also provide effective online training via dedicated secure software. We can also boast a work hub within our office complex allowing people to work remotely or on the go.

Our Values:

  • We do the right thing
  • We motivate
  • We empower
  • We show respect
  • We are one team
  • We deliver value for money
  • We communicate
  • We innovate
  • We partner
  • We create opportunity

We are a people centred organisation that puts people at the centre of everything we do

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