Businesses finding it difficult to raise funding from traditional lenders can apply to the Fredericks Foundation for up to £10,000 for start-up businesses and up to £20,000 for established firms with a financial track record of at least 3 years.
The fund is open to sole traders, partnerships and limited companies who have unsuccessfully made attempts to raise finance from a bank or other mainstream lender. Applicants can get support during the application process and, if successful, can receive business mentoring.
Businesses based in the Bath and North East Somerset area benefit from the large talent pool provided by Bath's two universities, but graduates often lack experience in the workplace, which can make them much less employable. SMEs can struggle to bridge the gap; training employees takes times and money that many businesses don't really have. So why should you hire an intern?
Businesses and pre-starts in Bath & North East Somerset can now access free expert advice to help them grow and succeed, thanks to a West of England Combined Authority (WECA) initiative, delivered in partnership with Bath & North East Somerset Council to support businesses in the region. The service is part-funded by WECA and Bath & North East Somerset Council.
The below list gives an overview of other online resources available to support business growth.
If you're a potential entrepreneur or existing business owner based in Bath and North East Somerset, and are unsure where to start, you can take advantage of our free business support and advice service.