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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 onSunday 11 July..
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 & 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.