Meet our Sponsors
As an award winning provider of business and property services TDA makes a real difference to the lives of people living and working in the South West delivering innovative and practical programmes in areas including job and business creation.
As part of our work in Somerset we proudly manage the growing portfolio of Somerset Enterprise Centres through our partnership with Somerset County Council, providing affordable commercial accommodation including light industrial units and serviced offices.
Through our expert team of business advisors, we are pleased to be delivering ERDF Growth Support and Start and Grow Programmes across Somerset and Devon, with many success stories to boast.
Supporting new businesses is an important part of our economic development strategy and Launch:Somerset is a flagship part of this initiative. We hope you share some of our excitement about this great event in Somerset!
Albert Goodman are a firm of Chartered Accountants with over 150 years of history in helping Somerset Businesses. We pride ourselves on our friendly and proactive approach and our award-winning staff help our clients cut through the complexities of modern business by explaining issues in a straightforward and understandable way and giving simple but effective ideas.
As a top 50 accountancy firm with offices in Taunton, Yeovil, Weston-super-Mare, Chard, Bristol and Weymouth, businesses in the region are never far away from exceptional accountancy, tax and financial support.
Somerset Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in Somerset.
As part of the British Chambers of Commerce accredited network, we help our members connect at networking and business briefing events, influence local policy by representing their views and grow via our workshops and training sessions. We support businesses across the Somerset region and specifically our 500 strong network of members covering all industry sectors from sole-traders to multi-national corporations. Combined with local Town Chambers, the Somerset Chamber represent over 2000 businesses across Somerset.
We organise and run over 70 events a year from Young Professionals networking events to panel discussions on business-critical issues for CEO/MD level attendees.
Foundations is a training business that was created by a team of HR and Learning & Development professionals from within one of the South West’s leading employers, Claims Consortium Group.
The Group’s rapid growth to a multi-million pound turnover and 270+ staff led to huge demands on its ‘people’ resources – and in response they developed a wide range of innovative initiatives and training programmes for staff and management. These have been so successful that the company created Foundations, a training business that shares the principles, philosophy and effectiveness of these programmes with other businesses.
Foundations offers a range of courses from leadership and motivational training to mental health, as well as a selection of workshops including fire warden and first aid.
Based in centre of Taunton, overlooking the river Tone Company is a work space, with hot desks, offices, coffee shop, meeting spaces and an events venue. Our thriving community has members from a wide range of backgrounds from digital and creative skills through to fitness experts and bloggers. For more information visit www.companyspaces.com or drop in and have a coffee.
Julie is the Joint CEO of Cosmic, a multi-award winning digital consultancy and social enterprise based in Devon.
She is an enthusiast for the ways in which digital technologies will improve businesses, organisations and lives in the coming years, and regularly speaks on these subjects at local, regional and national events. Julie contributes to the development and delivery of major consultancy projects at Cosmic, and is learning director and trainer on the digital leadership programme.
Julie is also Board member with the South West Business Council, the Exeter Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Bank of England Panel in the region, and Board member for the Exeter & Heart of Devon Skills Partnership. She has also played a major role in the development of the LEP’s new Digital Skills Partnership for Devon & Somerset. She also supports work at many of the local schools and colleges in their understanding of the importance of strong digital skills and apprenticeship opportunities.
Building a great business relies on many things. If this includes being an employer ensuring great people management to develop a skilled, motivated and loyal team will be essential.
Concilium HR works with you to become your flexible HR Manager, helping you to proactively create your HR plan and make future changes around your business goals. Debbie will provide you with increased people management confidence, pragmatically help you to solve any HR headaches, demystify employment law and most importantly help you get the very best from your team to benefit your overall business.
With almost 20 years’ industry experience, Debbie provides a HR solution that’s right for your business. On a flexible pay as you go basis, it’s affordable to!
Level Up is an independent business and leadership coaching practice, based in Hambridge, near Langport. Since starting the practice in 2006, owner Graeme Crosbie has successfully supported business growth and leadership and management development in SMEs and professional organisations across Somerset and the wider West Country.
He was an accredited Growth Coach with the Business Growth Service and its predecessors between 2010 and 2016, and is an approved Coach for a similar growth programme operated through the Gloucester Growth Hub. He has provided many business education presentations, seminars and workshops for business groups and Chambers of Commerce across the county over the past 12 years, and is a passionate supporter of entrepreneurship and ambition across our local business community.
From their offices in Shepton Mallet, Yeovil, and Bridgwater , Multi award-winning Red Berry Recruitment work with some of the South West’s leading organisations.
Established in 2007 by Managing Director Helen Lacey, Red Berry Recruitment Ltd pride themselves on a first class service, getting to know both client and candidate.
They provide temporary and permanent staff to sectors including:
Stokes Partners Solicitors has been providing expert and specialist legal advice across the South West and beyond since 1998. Small but perfectly formed we are the 21st century equivalent of the trusted family solicitor. Our lawyers are experienced in their particular fields and have strong reputations leading them to be sought out by clients who have been told about their expertise. Our role is to provide cost effective realistic and pragmatic advice that truly adds value. If we can’t help you we’ll say so at the earliest possible opportunity. If we can help you then there’s no-one you’d rather have on your side. We recognise that when businesses are getting started they need quality supportive legal advice to get their business off to the best start so we’re delighted to support Launch Somerset!
Teapot Creative use design and digital creativity to transform businesses. They provide a wide range of services including Branding, Graphic Design, Website Design and SEO services. The tea fuelled team of talented designers and web developers offer fresh and innovative design and digital solutions to help businesses raise their visibility. They are a friendly bunch who have a lovely studio in Hambridge where the kettle is always on…