New business enjoys strong start to 2014

The jobs fair will be held at the Winter Gardens.

The jobs fair will be held at the Winter Gardens. - Credit: Archant

NEW businesses in North Somerset have enjoyed a healthy start to the year, with almost 40 start-ups launched between January and March.

North Somerset Enterprise Agency reports that the new companies covered a wide range of business sectors, including an aromatherapy business, landscaping company and online craft retailer.

Of the 38 businesses started during the same period in 2012, 33 are still operational, while 22 of the 27 companies launched in the first quarter of 2011 are also trading.

Angela Hicks, chief executive of North Somerset Enterprise Agency, said: “Following a year in which the UK’s new business numbers swelled by more than half a million, business ambition is clearly remaining high.

“This is great news for the local and national economies as new companies create jobs and, in turn, wealth.”

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The agency is itself awaiting the opening of its new business development centre, known as The Hive, based at the Weston Business Quarter, with the aim of supporting and growing entrepreneurial endeavours through advice, support and training.

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