Business Support

WECA Community Support Fund Launched

1 Nov 2021

A new fund has launched to support communities within the West of England. The Community Support Fund (CSF) will support the most vulnerable within our communities, including those who’ve suffered disproportionately due to COVID-19. The project aims to provide the vital first step towards learning, training and work. Community and voluntary groups can apply for the fund and applications for the initial call need to be submitted by Monday 15 November.

Intellectual Property for Growth

26 Oct 2021

New products, services, processes or ideas belong to the person who developed them, and are considered their IP. Intellectual Property rights are valuable: they can enable businesses to collaborate with research institutions and other businesses, access investment, and reach export markets.

The West of England Combined Authority's IP for Growth scheme offers grants to SMEs to:

Digital Innovation Fund

26 Oct 2021

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has opened its final round of the Digital Innovation Fund (DIF). The scheme offers eligible businesses grants of £10,000 to £40,000 to undertake digital innovation. The scheme has already supported 34 companies across the West of England and is offering businesses a final chance to apply for funding before the programme closes. Eligible businesses will be offered one to one support to develop their projects and application forms.

Creative Sector Growth Programme

28 Sep 2021

Applications are open for the Combined Authority’s latest Creative programme cohort. The programme which is for both freelancers and business in the West of England region (including North Somerset) will offer workshops, mentoring, peer to peer support, coaching and specific creative sector advice. The programme will be delivered by the Watershed and expert partners. 

Free Carbon Surveys for local businesses

27 Jul 2021

The West of England Combined Authority is offering free carbon surveys to SMEs in the region.

A Carbon Survey can support small & medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to understand their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The resulting Decarbonisation Report sets out potential improvements that could help reduce emissions and energy bills.

New business innovation grants

27 Jul 2021

The West of England Combined Authority is offering businesses the opportunity to apply for grants of £20,000 or £50,000 to create new products, processes and services. 

Metro Mayor Dan Norris announced the latest cash on offer to innovate and grow at NuNano, a Bristol company which takes very high-res images of tiny objects that are nanometres in size. 

NuNano has previously benefitted from a £20,000 Business Innovation Fund award from the West of England Combined Authority to develop new products for the mini-photo industry.

High Street Hub opens in Bath

14 Jun 2021

A temporary hub to support high street traders and local businesses to thrive as they recover from the effects of the pandemic opened in the centre of Bath on 14 June. The High Street Hub has been set up in a former empty shop, using primarily recycled and reclaimed furniture, in Cheap St by Bath & North East Somerset Council to provide quick access to council support for businesses.

Green Business Grants - Deadline Extended!

14 Jun 2021

Businesses across Bath and North East Somerset wanting to reduce their environmental impact and help meet the district-wide zero carbon target by cutting their carbon emissions, are being reminded that the deadline to apply for West of England Green Business Grants is fast approaching. The grant funding window has however been extended by a fortnight and now closes on Sunday 11 July..

Funded webinars to help your business start, recover and grow

14 Jun 2021

As COVID-19 restrictions ease across the UK, we are supporting established SMEs in their journey to recovery and growth as well as aspiring entrepreneurs considering setting up their own business. We offer up to 12 hours of funded business support which is provided through attendance at webinars and one-to-one meetings. Webinars cover a number of key business topics such as:

Bath based community business offers free solar power installation

14 Jun 2021

Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE), a not-for-profit community enterprise, is running a morning webinar on 15th July to tell local businesses about their offer of free solar power installation.

This is a great opportunity for low cost and hassle free installation of renewable energy on your building. BWCE install the solar panels, own and maintain them and sell the electricity back to you at a guaranteed discount to your main energy supplier. In addition, surplus income from rooftop installations is invested in local community projects. It’s a win-win situation.

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