One of our aims at Bristol Spaceworks is to highlight useful resources, training and networking opportunities within our community that could help you to grow your business – whether you’re established or just starting out. Here are a few useful organisations and links to explore…
North and East Bristol Support (NEBS)
North and East Bristol Support (NEBS) offers fully-funded business training and support, including 1:1 advice sessions, live courses and events for pre-starts, new and existing private businesses, and social enterprises in all sectors. The programme is delivered by YTKO and is available until March 2023. Despite the name, it offers support across the city to any Bristol business that’s not eligible for the South Bristol Enterprise Support.
Whatever stage you’re at in business, both new and established SMEs can access expert advice and training in:
- Business planning and strategy
- Marketing and branding
- Social media and e-commerce
- Business growth
- Finance and funding
As well as learning the essential skills to take your business to the next level, the programme can also help to boost your confidence and experience in business ownership.
NEBS is fully funded by Bristol City Council and West of England Combined Authority under Universal Business Support. The programme is completely free for you to use and with a mixture of online and live resources, it can be tailored around your own schedule and commitments.
You can find out more here: www.westofengland.ytko.com/nebs and enrol here for access: https://fs4.formsite.com/WKblcq/5qxkvkohm9/index.html
Are you looking for career coaching and support to take your next step? Future Bright is a service offered by WECA (West of England Combined Authority), and offers free career coaching and training to those living in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire who are:
- Aged 18 and over
- In paid work (including zero hours and self-employed)
- Receiving benefits or tax credits, or
- Earning below the real living wage
You will get a dedicated career progression coach working with you for 3 to 6 months who will:
- Support you to create a career action plan
- Explore opportunities for career progression with you
- Help you to build your confidence and motivation
- Give you the opportunity to gain employability tools and skills such as CV and application form writing and interview techniques
- Provide information on local opportunities and services
You can contact your local Future Bright team at the following:
Ashley Community Housing (ACH)
ACH is a social enterprise helping to integrate migrant communities and resettle refugees, supporting non-EU migrant entrepreneurs with business growth.
Their Effective Digital Entrepreneurship & Business Support (EDEBS) project helps non-EU migrants to launch and grow their businesses, with advice and training on product development, ecommerce, marketing, social media, HR and customer acquisition.
If you have the right to live and work in the UK, and are not a UK or EU passport holder, this project can specifically help if you:
- Are thinking about starting a business or becoming self-employed but are not sure where to start
- Are thinking about setting up a charitable organisation
- Already have a business idea and need some advice
- Are an established business looking for advice on pivoting or scaling up.
You are eligible for support even if you’re receiving help from another organisation. If you don’t meet the criteria, ACH also works closely with WECA so can recommend other support options that would suit you better.
ACH also runs a range of workshops and courses, such as English Functional Skills and Life Skills, which may be of interest and which you can view here: https://ach.org.uk/locations/bristol-training-centre
Bristol Creatives is a Bristol Spaceworks initiative and is a network of self employed artists and designer makers in the Bristol area. We host monthly networking events, run specialist training courses and workshops, send out a monthly e-bulletin and What’s On guide to the visual and applied arts world. This is a subscription service and for a very affordable annual fee creative businesses can access a whole range of benefits and discounts including an entry on your own website page in the Creative Directory. Check out the gold membership package at www.bristolcreatives.co.uk. We hope to be able to offer a specialist coaching/mentoring service shortly which will be advertised on the website. For further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org .