Twelve new North Somerset businesses opened their doors and began trading in January, creating 20 new jobs, with help of North Somerset Enterprise Agency (NSEA).
Pet wear and accessories, educational workshops, baby and parenting classes, translation services, a pre-school and a building firm were just some of the enterprises to launch, with new business owners enjoying free business support and advice under The Enterprising West of England programme.
The programme helps new companies to determine their needs and provides tailored support to kick-start business success.
North Somerset Council is one of four West of England councils to deliver the programme, using business support specialist NSEA as its provider. It offers people with business ideas free and confidential one-to-one meetings with locally based business advisors, a wealth of information and advice and access to free or low-cost training.
Angela Hicks, chief executive of NSEA, said: “Behind each business is a dream or idea that someone has turned into reality. Our role is to help people start their businesses confidently, using our knowledge and experience to help them succeed.
“With opportunities come pitfalls however, so it is essential to prepare for the journey ahead. By delivering the Enterprising West of England programme for North Somerset Council we are proud to be helping to ensure that local people have all the advice and support they need on hand as their own business takes its first steps.”