Somerset Micro-Enterprise Support

We’re working in partnership with Somerset Council to help people who want to 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, you can get free 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?

We’re looking for people to 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.

Either way, we’d like to hear from you.

Take a look at these Talking Cafe videos to find out more about what’s involved and how our Enterprise Advisors can help you get started on your micro-providing journey.

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
  • Free help to set up, register and find clients
  • Free development programme and accreditation by Somerset County Council
  • Help to promote your micro-enterprise
  • Ongoing support and advice.

Our Enterprise Advisors are on hand to offer guidance and advice every step of the way.

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.

If you have an idea for a service you’d like to provide, we’re happy to talk through it with you, just get in touch.



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?

Contact our Enterprise Advisors

If you’re interested in becoming a Micro-Provider,
you can register your interest here or talk things through first with our Enterprise Advisors if you prefer. We offer free help and advice and practical resources to help you to set up and get started.

Contact us directly or check our Events Calendar to find out when we’ll be in your area or online and drop in for a chat.

Events Calendar

Learn more

West Somerset

Cat Sweatman
07746 340546

East Somerset

Claire Searle
07939 910046

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

… our Enterprise Advisors are here to point you in the right direction and put you in touch with the right people to help you get there. 
Just call or email and we’ll be happy to chat through your options.