New support service launched for businesses in South Bristol

A new support service has just launched for residents and businesses in South Bristol.

South Bristol Enterprise Support (SBES) is available for new entrepreneurs and existing small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) looking to grow.

The three-year project will support any sector of business – but will include specialist advice for construction, digital and food businesses.

It will also provide specific support for young people, social entrepreneurs and women.

SBES is part-funded by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and the European Regional Development Fund.

The SBES partnership is led by Bristol City Council and includes digital arts charity Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC), the School for Social Entrepreneurs,The Prince’s Trust and YTKO Ltd.

The partnership of providers have a range of expertise in areas including; business training and mentoring, supporting young people in enterprise, and digital manufacturing.

Strategic Lead for KWMC: The Factory, Penny Evans said: “We’re excited to be part of the SBES programme. We’ve been based in South Bristol for many years and we know that there is talent and creativity in abundance here – but many people haven’t had the opportunities or support to realise their ideas.

“We’re looking forward to supporting people who want to become part of a growing community of maker businesses – no previous experience of digital manufacturing or design will be required!”

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said: “We’re really pleased to be launching the South Bristol Enterprise Support service with our partners to give entrepreneurial activity in South Bristol a boost, particularly during this difficult time.

“Working collaboratively with key city partners is going to be vital to the recovery of Bristol, and SBES will help to help people from all walks of life who have brilliant ideas to turn them into thriving businesses. 

“I would encourage anyone in the area who wants to become part of a growing community of local businesses to apply.”

The project forms part of WECA’s expanded regional Growth Hub offer to help businesses through Covid-19.

West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles said: “A creative spark or a new idea can come to any of us at any time, but no-matter what your age or background, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help to turn that idea into a business.

“That’s what South Bristol Enterprise Support is designed for. It gives tailored support to help people strike out on their own and seize the opportunity to turn that into a thriving business…”

For more information or to apply for support visit www.sbes.org.uk