Somerset Micro-Providers

Self-employed Micro-Providers set up their own small business (micro-enterprise) to provide paid-for support or care for people in their local community.

These small, flexible and personalised services mean that people have greater choice and control over the type of support they receive, when they want it and who provides it.

Through the Somerset Micro-Enterprise Programme run by Somerset Council, you can get help and advice to set up your business, register as a Micro-Provider, achieve accreditation, find clients and get started.

Flexible work supporting people in your local community

Could you be a Micro-Provider?

Join Somerset’s network of Micro-Providers to help people remain independent, stay in their own homes for longer and live their life the way they want to.

You may already be offering care or support services on a self-employed basis, but haven’t registered as a Micro-Provider yet.

Or you may have an idea for a service you could provide but would like some help to get started.

The Somerset Micro-Enterprise Programme can help.

It’s nice to now be doing something where I really feel like I’m making a difference and having a positive impact on someone’s life.

ST, Wiveliscombe

Work that works for you too

  • Interesting, varied work in your area
  • Flexible hours to suit your lifestyle or family commitments
  • Help to set up, register and find clients
  • Development programme and accreditation by Somerset Council.
Use your existing skills and experience

What type of support could you offer?

As well as personal care, there are many different types of very small services needed; from dog walking to de-cluttering and gardening to getting out and about.



Mobile hairdressing

Dog walking



Getting out and about

Staying active


Help at home

Handyperson services




Holistic therapies

Meal preparation

Why it matters

Making a positive difference

There are over 800 micro-enterprises in Somerset at the moment, providing thousands of hours of care and small support services that make a real and practical difference to people’s lives.

It was the best decision I ever made. I’m happier, my family are happier and most importantly, so are my clients.

TK, Taunton
Want to know more?

Interested in becoming a Micro-Provider?

You can register your interest here

Explore your options 

Self-employment not for you? 

If you’re interested in supporting people in your local community, but self-employment isn’t the way ahead for you, there are other options. 

Whether you’re interested in: 
an employed role in your local care sector 
gaining some experience through volunteering 
exploring NHS roles, gaining experience and training on the way

… visit Proud to Care Somerset for more information.