Somerset County Council and the four Somerset District Councils have joined forces to fund and launch an exciting new scheme to give start-ups and early stage businesses the best chance of success. Called Somerset Catalyst, it is part of a wider business support programme that is rolling out across the county.
The launch of Somerset Catalyst builds on a successful trial that ran in 2019. Its goal is to give start-ups and early stage businesses the best chance of success. The programme will run annually, commencing in September, for a six-month duration.
The bespoke programme features one-to-one expert coaching for the ten chosen businesses and will be tailored to focus on the specific elements each business needs to succeed. There will also be workshops hosted on key aspects of running a business, a peer support group, business review panels with industry experts, help to access business finance and profile-raising marketing support.
The 2020 programme has been adapted to a hybrid model, using virtual technologies as well as face-to-face interaction. So, if you’ve ever thought about setting up in business or you’re already running an early stage business and are ready to accelerate your growth, Somerset Catalyst could be the boost you need to realise your ambitions.
Applications for the 2020/2021 programme are now closed. We would like to thank everyone for their interest and for taking the time to apply for the programme. Applicants will be contacted individually to let them know if they have been successful.
If you would like to be kept up-do-date with the latest on the Somerset Catalyst programme and be the first to know when applications are open for next year, please register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org.