External business support

Find a selection of business support, from free mentoring sessions to digital courses and start-up workshops.

Cornerstone mentoring - general help and advice

Cornerstone Mentoring offer free support to pre-start and start-up small businesses that are seeking to develop and improve profitability. They will match an experienced Business Manager to your needs. Since their launch in 2012, Cornerstone Mentoring have helped over 100 businesses in Somerset.

Their mentoring consists of a number of face-to-face sessions, together with email and telephone contact with your Mentor.

Visit Cornerstone Mentoring website to learn more and sign up for a mentor or email info@cornerstonementoring.co.uk

Get Business, Get Digital - free digital and marketing workshops

Get business Get digital 2017 programme offers free workshops from valuable business up-skilling sessions to social media courses – One to one chats with experts are also available on the Get business Get digital website. 

COBRA - An easy to use online tool for business start-ups, small businesses and business researchers:

Visit the Somerset Cobweb website for further information.

The Growth Hub - general help and advice 

The Growth Hub delivers support services for people looking to start a business and for existing businesses looking to develop and grow. Designed to help local businesses and start-ups identify and access the best business support available for their individual businesses.

Visit the Growth Hub website for more details or email info@heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk. Alternatively, telephone 0345 6047 047. 

The Growth Hub can:

Advisers will work with you to identify your business goals and through their referral service introduce you to support services that will help you realise your businesses potential.

Businesses will be supported as plans develop and advisers will make sure you are getting the support you need to succeed.

New Enterprise allowance - start-up help and advice

New Enterprise Allowance can provide support and finance to start or grow your business. You must be receiving one of the following benefits and be aged 18 or over; Jobseeker's Allowance (you or a partner), Employment and Support Allowance (you or a partner) or Income Support.

Start-up Donut - start-up help and advice

Start-up Donut offers online start-up business advice for the smaller new business. Whether in pre start-up stage or trading but just finding your feet, this website is worth checking out.

Marketing Donut - marketing advice

Marketing Donut offer online marketing advice used by many, a great resource for small businesses.

The Entrepreneur Handbook - general help and advice

The Entrepreneur Handbook offers independent advice, guides and tools for small businesses in the UK

Learn Direct - support for employees

If you’d like to improve business productivity, Learn Direct for businesses can provide you with funded, accredited training to boost the confidence and efficiency of your staff through new skills and qualifications. 

If you would prefer an informal, confidential discussion, please don't hesitate to contact the Growth and Development Team: 

Email: ecdev@tauntondeane.gov.uk 

Phone: 01823 356489

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