21 May Meet the team
Phil Riste is part of the Business Support team in Somerset. Working across West Somerset and Sedgemoor Phil is providing support for new businesses starting out in the area, as well as delivering workshops right across the region.
“I joined TDA with previous experience of being a Business Advisor in Somerset and prior to that, I worked as an Employment Team Manager in Somerset running the welfare to work ‘Work Choice Programme.’ I have experience of recruitment, the motor trade and have also spent time in the accountancy sector for various engineering and food & drink companies. All combined, and with a Somerset focus I’ve got to know the intricacies of the region’s business environment. There are plenty of challenges, but so many opportunities out there for people looking to start their own business!
The best part of my job is meeting people and helping them to achieve their dream of working for themselves. Being self-employed is hard work, but the rewards and feelings of working on something you’re truly passionate about is great.
I can advise on business plans, funding for start-ups, marketing, HR and finance. Often people see me as a sounding block for ideas and plans – independent business advice away from friends and family can be a real turning point for many people starting out, and to take ideas or a concept into a reality.
When not at work I try to find time for sports, including football, mountain biking and the West Country game of skittles. I am a keen music fan and make the most of some of the fantastic local festivals, watching local talent and bands play live.
The one piece of advice I’d give to start-ups is to set yourself goals! If you don’t set goals how do you know when you have got there? Goals can keep you motivated and help you realise just how far you have come.”
If you have an idea or your business is in its infancy and you need advice on what to do next you can contact Phil on 07880 054325 or email [email protected]
For further information on the ERDF funded Start-Up programme you can read more here: