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Storm Helps Businesses Adapt

15 Apr 2020

As digital technology experts Storm Consultancy have spent the past 10 years helping develop businesses online. So if you now find yourself in the situation of having to temporarily trade online, they can point you in the right direction. 

Storm have offered to assist any business with questions they may have about adapting to the current circumstances.  They can provide some time-saving advice, from recommending online shop plug ins to improving website performance, just ask away.

Marcom helping brands emerge stronger

15 Apr 2020

Marcom, a leading Bath marketing communications agency, is celebrating 30 years in business by running a series of free webinars on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

Marcom are specialists in digital marketing. SEO is one of the key tactics, and as this year sees their 30th birthday they have decided to share some of their specialist skills and experience for free, as a way of helping organisations during this awful period.

£5.4m support grants paid so far to B&NES businesses

15 Apr 2020

More than 340 businesses have already received urgent business support grants from the Government totalling £5.4m thanks to Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Invest in Bath business support team.

The team worked throughout the Easter weekend to continue processing applications made via Invest in Bath’s online form to help a range of businesses receive the vital payments more quickly.

Community initiative supports care network in B&NES

14 Apr 2020

An initiative set up in Bath in response to the personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage for frontline NHS staff has had its first order from Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Foldall will supply an initial batch of 5,000 shields to the council for distribution to key workers in the health and social care network to protect themselves and others from Coronavirus as they carry out their critical roles.

The operation is working on a further 19,000 face shields ordered by the council to support frontline workers in a range of sectors across the district.

Business grant payments underway

14 Apr 2020

We are working on over 1,800 applications from businesses needing urgent Government grants due to Covid-19 and is reassuring companies that payments are on their way.

The council’s Invest in Bath business support team launched an online form last week to speed up the process for businesses to access financial support from the Government.

On receipt of application, Invest in Bath is assessing eligibility before making payments via BACS within a target of seven working days.

Additional Funding for Businesses

8 Apr 2020

Support for the sport and physical activity sector.

Sport England are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The package, which is a combination of National Lottery and government funding, is made up of the following: 

Covid19 Grant Funding

1 Apr 2020

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Government announced there would be support for small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.  This support will take the form of two grant funding schemes, the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. Please note: Recipients will receive one grant per eligible property.

Please apply using the online application form on the Council’s Webpage.


21 Mar 2020

We recognise the challenges faced by business during this period and this is the latest information about the support that is available, 

The Government announced a new Expanded Retail Discount scheme for retail, leisure and hospitality premises in response to COVID-19. Under the scheme, eligible premises will receive a discount of up to 100% on their bill for 2020/21.

For information on eligibility please visit Invest in Bath’s Information on Retail Discount pages.

Updated Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information for Businesses

20 Mar 2020

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. 

The following is the current key information, for more detailed information please visit our Covid-19 Businesses Support Page:



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