Bristol Local Access Partnership

The Bristol Local Access Partnership is a £2.7million, ten-year programme which will provide development support and investment to enterprises coming from or working with communities that are experiencing inequality in Bristol.  It is funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment.

Linked to Bristol’s One City Plan, the programme aims to contribute towards making Bristol’s social economy:

  • More diverse and inclusive
  • Able to create a greater social impact
  • A more significant part of the city’s overall economy.
  • As part of the Bristol Local Access Partnership, City Funds is expanding the reach of the fund so that enterprises which come from or are working with communities experiencing inequality in Bristol are able to grow both their enterprises and the difference they make in their communities.  To find out more contact Ryan Munn.

Bristol Local Access Partnership’s Enterprise Development projects aim to grow and develop enterprises coming from or working with communities experiencing inequality in Bristol.  Our primary goal is to support a number of organisations to go on to receive investment from City Funds to build their businesses further.  

The Enterprise Development projects are:

  • An incubator space for Black and Asian-led social enterprises, which will provide enterprise support tailored to their needs including desk and office space, technical and strategic support, mentoring and networking events.  This is delivered by Black South West Network. To find out more contact Mina Drobna.
  • For enterprises based in South Bristol, SSE Dartington is delivering a programme of business start- up support and incentivized start-up grants.  To find out more contact Susan Moores.
  • To build and strengthen enterprises with Bristol’s social economy, Voscur is creating a local network of experienced enterprise leaders who will share learning and provide consultancy support to other Bristol social enterprises.  To find out more contact David Whittaker

The Bristol Local Access Partnership guides and oversees the work of the Bristol Local Access Partnership Programme which is funded by Access – the Foundation for Social Investment.

Partners include: Bristol and Bath Regional Capital, Black South West Network, School for Social Entrepreneurs – Dartington, Voscur, Eastside Community Trust, Nature Youth Connection and Education CIC, Street2Boardroom, Unique Voice and WECIL.

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