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Enterprise Support

Business programmes, partners, advice and support for start-ups and SMEs to growth enterprises and exporters. These are just some of the programmes and partners who can offer a range of support to your local business across the Mendip District of Somerset.


Heart of the South West Growth Hub

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub is a one-stop shop for free, impartial start-up and growth advice, business support programmes, as well the latest news on tax, finance, and funding.  With the latest business 'what's on' event listings, and in-depth information for specific business sectors across Somerset and Devon, contact them today.

Heart of the South West Local Economic Partnerhsip

The Heart of the South West LEP is a strategic partnership organisation which works with the public and private sector to deliver major business support, infrastructure, and regeneration schemes, including the Growth Hub.

SWMAS - South West Manufacturing Advisory Service

SWMAS designs and delivers programmes to advise manufacturers on a wide range of topics, such as targeting key supply chains, developing strategies and improving productivity.  Providing support to some of the world's leading businesses as well as many smaller manufacturers, SWMAS also provides consultancy and training services for manufacturers tackling transformational change.

Make it Net Zero - SWMAS

Funded support programme from SWMAS for SME manufacturers in the SW offering valuable business advice and guidance at every stage of your net zero journey.  The Make it Net Zero programme provide diagnostics and bespoke actions plans to achieve savings, reduce emissions and learn through peer-to-peer networks and specialist low carbon support.

Cornerstone Mentoring

Having advice and support from an experienced and knowledgeable mentoring service can be invaluable as you proceed to put your vision into practice.

Cornerstone offer volunteer mentoring for new businesses across Somerset.

Business Mentors South West

Providing access to both business and farming support across the South West region, Business Mentors South West have access to a large number of dedicated volunteers who provide free mentoring to small businesses and farming enterprises.

Independent Retailers

The My Mendip online portal is now open to all local independent sellers in Mendip.

The Visitor Economy Support Programme

VESP is funding free support services to visitor businesses around Covid impact/resilience and growth, enhancing publicity, and conducting industry research to gain valuable insights for Somerset visitor businesses.

Visit Somerset Business Support 

Visit Somerset also works in partnership with local authorities and regional and national partners to support the visitor economy.  The Visit Somerset team also provide membership opportunities and business support.

Business Membership Organisations

Benefit from networking and the experience of your business peers, by joining and having a voice within a local business membership organisation. 

Somerset Chamber provides excellent networking across the county, and with neighbouring areas, while our local town Chambers often arrange local workshops, guest speaker events, and provide links for local networking.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) website holds a wealth of information for small business members nationally.  Local events, workshops and partner working are held regularly across the Mendip district.

International Business Support

Are you a first-time importer or exporter, or looking for strategic international growth opportunities?  We can introduce you to local partners and international trade advisers offering support for your growth.

UK Transition (Brexit)

Whether your business involves importing and exporting goods or services to the EU, or if you or your employees are EU Citizens, it helps to stay up to date with the changes for UK transition following Brexit.

For further information on accessing enterprise support email: economy@mendip.gov.uk

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