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Welcome to the pages for the Economic Development Service for Bath and North East Somerset Council whose role is to actively support local business growth and development.   



New & Growing Businesses

New dates announced for the summer for Business West Start Up Workshops and Business Advice Clinics - see Business Start-Up and Growing Businesses page for details - Business Advice Clinics are for new and established local businesses.

Are you a new or established business looking for information on what's going on across the West of England?  The Business Navigator portal is the business engagement tool for the region and its Events Calendar is a one-stop-shop for businesses looking for networking opportunities.  The Economic Service's section on Economic & Business Development has more detail. 

Would you like to find out about Council-owned premises that may be available for 'pop up' opportunities?  Link to the Business Start-Up page for more information.

Considering setting up a new business or going self-employed?  Have a look at the Business Start-Up pages for details on HMRC's e-learning packages which cover registration, NI contributions, self-assessment taxation, record keeping, allowable expenses, capital allowances and deadlines to be aware of.

Are you a young entrepreneur 18-30 years old (extended from 24 years old in January 2013) looking to start a business? A new government scheme led by entrepreneur and former 'Dragon' James Caan, will provide a mentor and loan of up to £2,500 available to elligible businesses - see Business Start-Up page for details.

Adult entrepreneurs over 50 who are unemployed or facing redundancy can benefit from an new initiative from HRH The Prince of Wales' called PRIME (The Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise). To find out more see Business Start-up.

Adults looking to access expert career support and/or enrol on a course to help with launching a new business can now do so through City of Bath College - see Business Start-Up page for details.

Looking for immediate access to tailored advice for a specific business idea? Cobweb is a leading publisher of guides, factsheets and reports.  See the Business Start-Up page for more information. 

Are you interested in visiting some of China's most exciting cities with a view to developing your business' international trade opportunities?Visit the Growing Businesses page to read about the China-Britain Business Council and UKTI's 2013 South West Trade Mission to China, taking place 2nd - 10th November.

Learn more around how to protect your intellectual property with advice via an IP Clinic - see Growing Businesses page for details.  

Do you work with companies overseas or are you looking to new markets for your products and services? Visit the Growing Businesses page to find out about free international trade advice clinics available from UKTI for Bath and North Somerset businesses.

GrowthAccelerator helps ambitious companies go far and grow fast. Learn more about how join the programme  via the Growing Businesses page.   

Hone and enhance your entrepreneurship skills with the new, stand-alone, University of Bath, School of Management's Entrepreneurship Programme - accepting applications now! - See Business Start-Up page for details. 

Grants & Funding

The South West Manufacturing Advisory Service's Product Development Centre (PDC) is offering SMEs access to grants to support up to 40% of external costs associated with product development. See Grants and Funding for further details.

Businesses seeking finance who are turned away from conventional funding providers have a new option available to them in Fredericks Foundation for Bristol and Bath.  See Grants and Funding for details.

Ingenious Ventures has launched a seed investment programme for media and creative start-ups with over £2m in funding.  See Grants and Funding for details.

The Technology Strategy Board is making £8million of funding available for research and development projects for digital and tech businesses.  More detail to be found in Grants and Funding.

Via the government's Funding for Lending Scheme, Lloyds TSB has launced a new lending initiative to support SME businesses.  See Grants and Funding for more information.


Doing Business in Bath and North East Somerset

Bath and North East Somerset has a thriving business community supported by vibrant networking groups and nurtured via readily accessible business services and resources. 

From the newest micro enterprise to the most established corporation, every business basing itself in Bath and North East Somerset plays an integral and invaluable role in growing and strengthening our local economy.

Bath and North East Somerset can be the perfect location for your business to grow and thrive.  The Council’s Economic Development Service is available to all businesses, of every size and shape to assist in whatever way required be it simply acting as an information signposting service or working closely together to help you achieve specific goals.


Doing Business WITH Bath and North East Somerset Council

Are you a business looking to work with the Council in terms of providing goods and services?  For guidance and advice on how to register for opportunities of this kind, please visit the Selling to the Council pages.


Sector-Specific Business Support   

The Economic Development Service offers support for all businesses located within Bath and North East Somerset and the team has specific knowledge around certain sectors:

Creative and Digital, ICT & Microelectronics

Low Carbon, Advanced Engineering 

Tourism, Retail, Business and Financial Services

Business, property and general enquiries 

West of England, Economic Strategy, Partnerships

The team is on hand for general advice and support if you are unable to find the specific information you need on these pages.  Please call 01225 396304 or email for further assistance.



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