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It was great to see everyone in person once again at our launch event, Enterprise Support: Easton, at the Easton Community Centre on 19th October! The event was organised by North and East Bristol Enterprise Support (NEBES), in partnership with Eastside Community Trust, providing free in-person business support to people looking to start or grow their own business.

We heard inspirational talks from business owners and entrepreneurs from various walks of life and industries. East Bristol entrepreneurs Jack Jordan, from Cafe Des Amis and Alice Ballantine Dykes from Mama Coaching spoke about the incredible benefits of owning their own businesses, , as well as sharing the different challenges they have both faced over the years.. When asked for their biggest piece of advice for new business owners, both entrepreneurs stressed the importance of access to business support and building up a local business network.

After an introduction to the free business support on offer from NEBES, Easton Councillor Barry Parsonsspoke about the huge value of business within Easton, and endorsed the NEBES programme. Barry said “For me as a local Councillor it’s been really valuable to hear about peoples’ barriers to starting a business. I think it’s fantastic what YTKO are doing to give people the confidence and knowledge to be able to take that step forward.”

Stacy Yelland, CEO of Eastside Community Trust said: “I really enjoyed the access to NEBES in Easton today. It’s been really exciting to see some of the business ideas for the area. It’s also been lovely to have a face-to-face event with the entrepreneurs of Easton and Lawrence Hill after so long!.”

If you could not attend the Easton event, don’t worry! We will be hosting a number of follow-up events in various community centres around North Bristol which you can attend, network and find out about the free support available to you. 

We’ll be holding a drop-in business advice session at Easton Community Centre on 28 October, 10-2pm. There’s no need to book, just head to the centre’s foyer and sit down for a chat with one of our Business Advisors and let us know how we can help you.

We will be announcing more dates for Enterprise Support in East Bristol soon, stay tuned! In the meantime, make sure you get the free support you’re eligible for by enrolling onto the North and East Bristol Support programme today.

Fully funded by Bristol City Council and West of England Combined Authority, NEBES offers completely free expert support for those looking to start a business or work as a freelancer or sole trader, as well as existing businesses with up to 249 employees. Once enrolled, you will gain immediate access to our award-winning e-learning resources, live workshops, and the chance to book a 1:1 session with our expert Business Advisors.

With 24/7 access to e-learning and the option to attend workshops as and when you want, NEBES is completely tailored to you, meaning that you can plan your learning around your work and personal life commitments.

If you would like to talk to us about any of our other events, workshops or support we provide, get in touch on nebes@ytko.com or call us on 0800 456 1311