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Skills Support for Redundancy

19 Oct 2020

Funded, tailored training to support individuals and businesses

Skills Support for Redundancy (SSR) is an initiative designed to support employers and individuals affected by redundancy. SSR is a tailored service to meet your needs, offering a wide range of training support. A dedicated Partnership Coordinator will work with you to identify the best sources of support and training to help you achieve your goals. 

What is on offer?

Government’s strategy to tackle single-use plastic

2 Oct 2020

The UK government has revealed a ground-breaking ban which will see the end of plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds on the high street in England.

The move is a key step in the Government’s strategy to tackle single-use plastic, as shocking statistics highlight the amount of plastic being consumed by the British public.

From 1 October 2020, you must not supply or sell single-use plastic:

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.


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