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Accelerate is a programme funded by the government’s Community Renewal Fund* and is open to all North Somerset businesses and sectors that are facing barriers to accessing business support.  Particular attention is being given to rural businesses, deprived communities across the county, female entrepreneurs, 18 – 35 year olds, creative industries and food and drinks manufacturers. This programme will be delivered using a multi-partnership approach involving ourselves, North Somerset Council, Weston College and The Food and Drink Forum.

The support offered through Accelerate will allow businesses to access valuable skills sessions, 1-2-1 mentoring, thematic events aimed at promoting growth and inspiring innovation.  There will also be vouchers available that will allow businesses to access paid for support, focussed on growth, job creation, productivity, product development and business resilience.

We will be enhancing the existing Universal Business Support Programme through outreach business advisers who will work 1-2-1, to mentor and advise rural businesses, female entrepreneurs, and 18-35 year olds on business skills, financial literacy training and community enterprise development, as well as signposting them to existing provision and additional support.

You can find out more information on the ‘You.’ Community Leadership Programme for 18-35 year olds here… You Community Leadership Programme

To book your business adviser appointment, telephone 01934 418118 or email

You can check your eligibility by clicking the self evaluation button at the bottom of this page.

By taking part in any of the initiatives provided through ‘Accelerate, Supporting Business in North Somerset’ ; you are agreeing for your details to be used and shared for quality assurance and delivery reporting to the UK Government via the project partners as listed as well as external evaluators of the project.

*The Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22 that aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  It invests in skills, community and place, local business and supporting people into employment.

For more information, go to:  UK Community Renewal Fund: prospectus