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 Community Interest Company (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 and reaching more people.

What we do 

SBA CIC 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 with training and personal development.

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

SBA CIC 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 and investing our returns back into service delivery.

We are a member of the National Enterprise Network (NEN) which provides us with support, great connections and a powerful network.

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

How SBA started

SBA CIC 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 forward in their lives.

SBA started small with the business being launched from home offices and advisors 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 CIC 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 deliver excellent work within the enterprise, education and employment sector. SBA CIC now delivers predominantly across the South West region, but also in many parts of the UK and more recently internationally in South East Asia. 

SBA CIC 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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