GetSet for Growth – West of England

Our funded growth support is helping local West of England businesses grow

Your local GetSet team brings high quality professional resources to your business, providing invaluable commercial insights, knowledge, and flexible, practical support, and a wealth of first hand experience to help grow your bottom line.

Our national service has already supported over 7,000 businesses across the UK that are looking to grow, who collectively turnover £2 billion. Over £70 million has been raised, and 3,000 jobs created.

This GetSet for Growth service is part of the Enterprising West of England programme and the support is available to you in the West of England, thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Support available:

Businesses that are eligible for the programme will benefit from strategic and highly practical growth workshops and hands-on 1:1 support relevant to their specific businesses challenges.

  • 1:1 hands on support

    Dedicated face-to-face sessions with a specialist Business Finance or Marketing advisor.

  • Practical workshops

    Tailored workshops to learn new skills and meet other local businesses.

  • GrowSmart – the online Learning portal for SMEs

    24/7 access to interactive learning modules/resource library to help your business grow. Learn more

Simply contact the team below to start benefiting from this fantastic support

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Upcoming events

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News

The Pichmark Group

Watch the video of how GetSet for Growth has helped The Pitchmark Group on their growth journey

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Students from Business Challenge Day SM

Last Wednesday saw Get Set for Growth involved in a Business Challenge Day at University of Bristol, with clients Lucy Preston and Tom Harbour from ‘Maths With Parents’.

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Pitch 2019 bootcamp

Last Friday saw the GetSet for Growth Team head to Origin Workspace in Berkerley Square, Clifton, for the Pitch 2019 bootcamp, hosted by Bristol’s Box2Media.

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Lydia and Jenny at Freelance Mum event

During July, Lydia, Sally and Jenny delivered sessions on business strategy and finance to the ‘Freelance Mum’ network.

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Watch the video of how GetSet for Growth has helped British Corner Shop on their growth journey.

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Our West of England ‘GetSet for Goals’ football team competing in aid of the ‘Well Beans’ initiative.

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GetSet for Growth at the South West’s largest free business support event

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Showcasing our work with local construction firm H. Sweet & Sons

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Meet the team

Made up of finance, marketing and sales experts, the GetSet for Growth team is dedicated to offering their support and expertise to SMEs across the West of England, thanks to the European Regional Development Fund. Read about their expertise below, or contact us to find out more.

Phil Stott

Philip Stott,
Project Director

Philip is an accredited Project Manager who over the past 5 years has delivered £4m of public sector programmes to support small businesses in the construction and sustainability sectors.

Working across national and international remits, Philip has led projects to engage with over 140,000 SMEs, helping them develop the skills and market awareness to deliver the UK’s green agenda. He understands the needs of small businesses better than most and in 2013 delivered a series of 150 breakfast and after-work presentations so that the working day remained interrupted.

Along the way Philip has gained recognition as a leading spokesperson on the sustainability marketplace and has acted as a Government advisor on environmental policy development. As a result he maintains seats on the Green Construction Board, Supply Chain Insight Group and Household Energy 2020 Strategy group.

Bristol born and raised, Philip maintains a keen interest in the area and has even held a season ticket at Ashton Gate, the home of Bristol City Football Club.

Toby Howkins

Toby Howkins,
Project Manager

Toby manages our programmes in the West of England. Having worked with a wide range of start-up and SME businesses through our support, he has great experience in supporting all kinds of businesses. Toby really enjoys working closely with both potential entrepreneurs to help them shape their ideas, and with business owners to make a real difference to their sustainability and growth. His particular expertise lies in digital marketing and social media, a key component in helping new ventures get their brand out into the marketplace.

Outside of work, Toby is a volunteer Trustee for a Bristol based charity, The Harbour, and is a keen fan of Liverpool Football Club.

Sally Marks

Sally Marks,
Senior Marketing Advisor

As Senior Marketing Advisor, Sally supports businesses with brand development, marketing strategy and social media.

Having spent 16 years teaching Design and Marketing in Higher Education, alongside commercial consultancy work, Sally has considerable expertise of working with and advising start-ups and established SMEs.

More recently, Sally launched her own business, creating a children’s educational product which she brought to market through a successful crowdfunding campaign. This has given her immense insight and first-hand experience of running and growing a start-up – and the associated challenges.

Outside of work, Sally enjoys yoga, continues her own design work and is kept busy by her two young sons!

Andy Weeks

Andy Weeks,
Enterprise Advisor

Andy has considerable experience in the wider SME sector having spent 23 years in business banking with a major UK lender where he was responsible for a varied portfolio with aggregate debit balances of approaching £20 million. He has also worked in the charity sector for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, (where he remains a Trustee), as well as running his own business advice consultancy and working for Business West’s ‘Access to Finance’ initiative, an independent national business support organisation.

In his spare time Andy is a keen amateur runner and runs locally with Nailsea Running Club, where he also serves on the committee.


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The Enterprising West of England programme

This GetSet for Growth service is part of the Enterprising West of England programme, which has been commissioned by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) aimed at supporting Small to Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) to support business growth.