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Welcome to Thrive!

How can Thrive help my business?

Thrive is here to support you to make your business the best it can be. Whether you are looking for ways to increase your turnover, grow your business or just do things more efficiently so that you can spend more time on the things you enjoy doing, Thrive can help.

If you are a sole trader, micro business, limited company or FSB member in Somerset (excluding BANES), contact us to join this workshop series. Funding from the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) means this is completely free to eligible businesses in the Heart of the South West area.

All sessions will be online. Businesses are welcome to attend all or some for the six workshops in this series. These workshops will be delivered on consecutive Tuesdays through February and March 2022.

Finance and Leadership: What will it cover?

Working in partnership with the FSB, Thrive will deliver a series of six workshops around the themes of finance and leadership. These webinars will cover the following topics:

  • Finance Management – 1 February, 9.30am
    Covering the different financial statements you need for your business, the differences between them and examples of how to use them.
  • Costing and Pricing – 8 February, 9.30am
    This workshop works through the fundamentals of finance, exploring the key elements of costing, pricing and the breakeven point and its application within your business.
  • Cash flow management – 15 February, 9.30am
    In this workshop, you will gain an understanding of how to manage your Cashflow effectively, including activities and templates that you can use and implement within your wider business finance management.
  • Business Leadership and Management – 1 March, 9.30am
    This workshop will help you to understand the skills and qualities that are essential for all leaders and managers. It looks at the different techniques you may adopt, including how to motivate and develop your team, maximise your time, increase your efficiency and invest in your own professional development.
  • Sustain and thrive – 8 March, 9.30am
    The final workshop in the series focuses on strategies that will make your business more resilient and sustainable against the backdrop of an ever-changing landscape.
  • Making Tax & Accounting Digital – 15 March, 9.30am
    The main purpose of the workshop is to understand how to make your Business HMRC compliant, transforming your accounting from manual record keeping to a completely digital approach to your tax and accounts management.

As part of this workshop series, you will also be signposted to external agencies, such as local and specialist business support organisations, training providers and trading standards.

Who’s it for?

Eligible businesses in Somerset (Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Mendip and Somerset West and Taunton) and FSB Somerset members. This service does not cover North Somerset or BANES.

Who provides the business support?

Devon County Council have contracted a specialist business support company, YTKO to deliver this series.

Contact Information

Thrive FSB is now accepting applications. Please fill in the form below to express your interest.

    Please answer these three quick questions about your business
    • Fisheries & aquaculture
    • Primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products
    • Coal, steel & Shipbuilding
    • Banking and Insurance
    • Synthetic fibres
    • School age education
    • Decommissioning or construction of nuclear power stations

    You must:

    • have an annual turnover of less than €50m (approx. £42m)
    • have a balance sheet value of less than €43m (approx. £36m)
    • employ fewer than 250 people
    • be less than 25% owned by another company or combination of companies

    Support from Thrive will be provided under the De Minimis Regulation (1407/2013) which allows businesses to receive up to €200,000 of State Aid assistance over a 3-year period. The State Aid rules cover ANY public funding that you have received during the current and previous 2 financial years.

    We will require you to declare previous funding before receiving additional support to ensure that the value of the assistance you receive via Thrive does not bring you over the €200,000 threshold.

    As you have selected ‘no’ to one of the above eligibility questions, you would normally only be able to access 3 hours of support through Thrive. However, this programme of workshops is open to all businesses the Somerset County Council area.

    Your details

    If you do not know which district your business is based in please use the postcode checker on the GOV.UK website


    The Heart of the South West Growth Hub Service for All is receiving up to £781,965 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Growth Hub Service for All project is operating under the name Thrive. The accountable body for this programme is Devon County Council, working with business support providers including; BIP, Cosmic, and North Devon +. Our full privacy policy can be found on the Growth Hub website.

    Can’t find the support service you are looking for?

    If you would like to talk to one of our advisers about your business support needs so that we can match you to the most appropriate support available locally contact the Growth Hub today.

    03456 047 047