Business Support

FUNDED SUPPORT TO HELP YOU START AND GROW YOUR BUSINESS

22 Mar 2022

Whether you’re looking to start, develop or grow your business Universal Business Support delivered by our partner www.coolventures.co.uk  can help you do that. A range of webinars and one-to-one business advice sessions are available covering key business topics such as marketing strategy, social media, websites, SEO, planning for growth, GDPR, HR and more. All residents and small businesses based in Bath & North East Somerset are eligible.

Business Grants update - 11 Jan 2022

11 Jan 2022

Business Grants Update Tuesday 11th January

Omicron Grant (Hospitality and Leisure sectors)

From Monday 17th January – Any existing business rated business who has already been assessed and received a grant in the past and is now entitled to the new Omicron Grant (Hospitality and Leisure sectors) will receive an automated email asking them to verify and update their details and to complete a self-declaration

They will then receive an automated payment once we have received the self-deceleration and the payments has been processed.

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.

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