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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.

Making lockdown measures accessible for your blind and partially sighted customers

6 Aug 2020

As lockdown begins to ease, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) want to support your staff in helping customers in by offering some simple guidance. This will not only support your customers with sight loss but help to dramatically improve the overall customer experience. 

Inc & Co acquires sports analytics business Insight Analysis

5 Aug 2020

Manchester-based digital collective Inc & Co has announced the acquisition of Bath business Insight Analysis, a sports analytics company offering data analysis to help elite athletes from the world of football, rugby, tennis and athletics improve their performance.

The move adds to the company’s growing network of sports services, which includes Skylab, a digital sports agency acquired in May, and marks the third acquisition in just seven days for Inc & Co, following the addition of data specialists MyLife Digital earlier in the week.

Business Pulse Tracker Survey

28 Jul 2020


Help us by completing the B&NES Business Pulse Tracker Survey. The purpose of the survey is to measure sentiment amongst businesses in Bath & North East Somerset and track their views and experiences in response to the pandemic over time. This quarterly survey will also help Bath & North East Somerset Council to design interventions and monitor the impact of Covid-19 on the local economy. 

£300K boost for innovation centre proposal

15 Jul 2020

A plan for a new city centre innovation centre developed with the University and four key partners has received a £300,000 boost.  The proposed facility would offer skills training, business incubation and digital labs on a site adjacent to Bath Quays.

The proposed I-START facility on Bath College’s City Centre campus would house Bath College, the SETsquared Bath Innovation Centre, and include space for the Institute of Coding to deliver courses.

Discretionary grant accepting applications until 5pm on 17 July

15 Jul 2020

The discretionary fund is for charities and small or micro businesses who were not previously eligible for the business grant scheme set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund is accepting applications until 5pm on Friday 17 July 2020.

This discretionary fund is to support the following:


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