Are you an early stage, small or medium sized business? Are you ready to take your business or idea to the next stage? Do you need advice and support to take the next step?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then the Somerset Catalyst programme could be for you.

Funded by the four Somerset District Councils and UK Government, through the UK Community Renewal Fund and part of a wider business support programme that is rolling out across the county, the Somerset Catalyst programme aims to create the necessary positive culture, support system and infrastructure to create economic growth that will ripple across its communities, firmly putting Somerset on the innovation map of the UK.

The scheme was launched to give start-ups and early-stage businesses the best chance of success. We know that Somerset is an exciting hub of creative genius, innovative ideas and passionate entrepreneurs, and we want to support you.

Applications for the programme commencing are now open! You have a limited time to enter, with the deadline of at midnight on Monday 7 March 2022. Click here for more information and to apply.

Peter Birkett returns as one of the mentors running Somerset Catalyst, alongside David Bream. The duo co-ran the 2020-21 programme and have been instrumental in similar business schemes, helping start-up companies to get a firm foothold and secure significant investment for growth, returns to co-run the programme again. Peter says, “No ideas are bad ones! All we are looking for is potential – potential to step into a market and shake it up with a new or more efficient way of doing things, potential to create a new market or plug a gap in one, potential for success. The highly experienced team running the programme and conducting the workshops and coaching has the necessary skills and contacts to help get these ideas off paper and into the world with the best chance of success.

“Enthusiastic participation is a must. The sharing of challenges and advice, along with the mutual support and encouragement that these groups provide are proven to be invaluable in creating businesses capable of considerable growth.”

Here in Somerset, we know there’s enormous potential to create a vibrant business community and this is key to achieving economic growth throughout the region. The organisers and mentors are committed to putting the support in place to help businesses get off the ground and reach their potential here.

All businesses within the administrative postcode boundaries of Somerset (South Somerset District Council, Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Taunton & West Somerset District Council) are encouraged to apply, particularly businesses within or supplying target growth sectors, such as clean growth, aerospace, digital and agri-tech.

So, if 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. Start your business journey today by applying now.

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To keep up to date with news from this year’s programme and our insightful blogs, please visit our news page.

To read some inspiring stories and testimonials, please read our case studies.

To learn more about the experts and mentors for this year’s programme, have a look at our team page.