Meet Jo Christoforides, Founder of Make Me A Garden

Q: Can you tell us a little about your business? A: We believe that garden design with beauty and practicality at its heart plus gardening techniques that work, when applied with simple environmentally friendly choices can enhance the health, wealth …

Meet Gareth Eggle, Chief Commercial Officer of InShare SMART Risk

Q: Can you tell us a little about your business? A: InShare Smart Risk creates cost effective and efficient insurance schemes for groups of companies and consumers/individuals as well as large group companies. Within our unique and proprietary digital ecosystem, …

Meet Karen Jolly, Owner of Eskeez Thermals

Q: Can you tell us a little about your business? A: I founded Eskeez in 2009, having failed to find an effective thermal solution to keep my sons warm whilst playing sport. Our thermal base layers are the modern answer …

Meet Russell Henny Peek, Owner of Offcut Studio

Q: Can you tell us a little about your business? A: Offcut Studio designs contemporary sustainable home goods that are made from reclaimed, recycled and organic fabrics. We work with recycling partners in the fashion and costume industries to prevent …

The Power of Negotiation

The Power of Negotiation

The key to negotiating can be boiled down to one thing – power. You need to build a powerful position and then deploy it. What are these sources of power? The list is long, but we’ve pulled out a few …

Meet Tracey Smith, Owner of Ashmira Botanica

Q: Can you tell us a little about your business? A: Having worked in the industry for a long time, I realised a gap in the market for a range which really helped the skin and was as natural as …

Somerset company Yumello raises £100k from its online community

Yumello, the Atlas Mountains-inspired nut butter brand, has raised £100,000 from its online community in just 2 weeks. Yumello was one of the first companies to participate in the pilot Somerset Catalyst programme in 2019 and has since landed a …

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Understanding Your Customer

Understanding Your Customer

Understanding your customers involves analysing and validating a complex set of interactions. Just who is it that we are after, what do they look like, what needs and behaviours do they have and where do their problems come from? These …

2020/2021 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED!

2020/2021 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED!

We have received a large number of high-quality applications which put forward strong evidence for significant growth and would like to thank everyone for their interest and for taking the time to apply for the programme. If you submitted an …

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS!

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS!

The new deadline of Friday 4th September gives candidates more time to complete their online applications and a wider window for the judges to conduct more panel interviews, to meet the demand. Peter Birkett, one of the mentors running Somerset …

Meet the people who make it happen

Meet the people who make it happen

What do you do outside of the Somerset Catalyst programme, and what does it involve? I spent 12 and a half years as a Chief Executive of the Southampton Science Park, I retired last year and now I enjoy working …

Building business resilience

Building business resilience

We know that businesses will look different as we move forward (and many already do), and it is important to embrace this and look to the future. There is no denying it has been a testing and uncertain time for …

THE LEAP TOWARDS DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

THE LEAP TOWARDS DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

If digital transformation was not already a priority for companies, the Covid-19 pandemic has certainly made it one. It will look different for every business, but one thing we can say for sure is that the pandemic has catapulted many …

DEFINING VALUE PROPOSITION

DEFINING VALUE PROPOSITION

It sits at the core of your competitive edge, it’s the reason why a customer chooses your business over your competitor. It’s important to get right because it acts as the foundation of your business from which everything else can …

Somerset Catalyst is officially open for business!

Somerset Catalyst is officially open for business!

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. Somerset Catalyst is part of a wider business support programme that is rolling …