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New support to help improve mental health & wellbeing for businesses

14 Sep 2020

A new support programme is offering West of England employers help to respond to mental health concerns in the workplace, particularly those arising from Covid-19.

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is investing in the two-year Thrive at Work West of England programme, which aims to address the key mental health issues that businesses say are affecting their employees, and impacting productivity.


4 Sep 2020


Kitchen retailer Kutchenhaus has opened its first ever store in Bath, marking its 34th showroom to open in the UK.

The store, at Saracen Street near Waitrose, has opened its doors to the public, serving customers across Bath and surrounding areas. The new showroom will harness the latest technology to provide virtual appointments and use its new online 3D planning and design tool to create kitchens remotely for local customers that do not wish to come to the store.

Reporting Confirmed Covid Cases

28 Aug 2020

What to do if you have a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus in your workplace

You don't need to report a possible case of coronavirus if a member of staff tells you that they might have symptoms. If they do tell you that they have symptoms, please ensure the person stays at home, self-isolates and books a test, by phone 119 or online

Trading Better Online

25 Aug 2020

Trading Better Online is part of the West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA) targeted business support programme to help kick-start the regional economy following the coronavirus outbreak.

Delivered in partnership with TechSPARK, the programme is designed to help small businesses get online, enhance their online presence, or market their existing online offering by adopting new technology or new digital practices.

Business Innovation Fund

25 Aug 2020

SME funding and support to bring new products and services to market

Research, development and innovation can help your business adapt for the future and get ahead of the competition, create new products, processes and services to reach new customers, and improve sustainability. The West of England Combined Authority’s Business Innovation Fund provides SMEs with funding and tailored support to bring new products, services and processes to market.

Funding and guidance for SMEs in all sectors

Here for Culture

25 Aug 2020

As part of the government’s £1.57 billion biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture, the #HereForCulture campaign has been launched to help support Britain’s globally renowned arts, culture and heritage industries.

Join the Creative Scale Up Programme

18 Aug 2020

Creative Scale Up is a two-year pilot programme funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. It aims to help creative businesses in the West of England access finance through an intensive sustainable growth support programme.

Creative businesses that demonstrate a genuine ambition to grow, innovate and strengthen the local economy are eligible to apply. You can register your interest and apply by contacting

Widcombe traders pioneer great new campaign to boost safe local shopping

11 Aug 2020

Staying safe and supporting businesses in local shopping areas is a message set to spread across Bath and North East Somerset with the launch of a new ‘I love local’ campaign.

‘I Love Local’ has been devised by Bath & North East Somerset Council together with partners Visit Bath, Bath BID and Invest in Bath to support retail businesses and promote the message that it’s safe to go back to our high streets.


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