Three Bath businesses win Queen's Award for Enterprise

4 May 2018

The local business community has been celebrating success with the recent news that three Bath firms have been awarded The Queens Award for Enterprise 2018, the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

Wild & Wolf

Gifting company Wild & Wolf received their award in the International Trade category. Founded in 2005, and now employing 150 people globally, Wild & Wolf creates design-led gifts and lifestyle products across a wide portfolio of popular licensed and own brands.

Innovation Loans for game-changing ideas

26 Apr 2018

UK business can apply for innovation loans worth up to £1m to fund late-stage projects with strong commercial prospects.

Britain’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, is using this open competition to invest up to £10m into game-changing projects from small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
 

Call for disruptive ideas and concepts.

Successful projects will have a clear route to commercialisation and economic growth for the business and the UK economy.

Funding boost for engineering and digital hubs

6 Apr 2018

The University of Bath is to establish two new ‘business acceleration hubs’ for advanced engineering and digital innovation SMEs in the region.

Bath has been awarded £1.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to deliver start-up, scale-up, open innovation and investment support to grow 100 digitally innovative businesses and 130 advanced engineering businesses over the next three years.

Support for Social Enterprises

4 Apr 2018

The School for Social Entrepreneurs is inviting applications for support to start up and scale social enterprises, charities, community projects and impact-led organisations.

The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme is a free service which provides a structured learning programme, mentoring and grants to social entrepreneurs, with three levels of support available.

Network for Creative Enterprise

4 Apr 2018

Entrepreneurs from creative and cultural backgrounds in Bath & North East Somerset can now apply to be a part of a new West of England network to help set up and grow successful businesses.

The Network for Creative Enterprise enables a group of creative organisations to offer tailored events, workshops and mentoring for individuals and small enterprises to make a sustainable living from their ideas. The network includes The Guild in Bath and a number of other creative organisations across the West of England.

Bath 2nd best UK city for starting a business

20 Feb 2018

Bath has ranked very highly in a list of the top cities to launch a business in the United Kingdom, taking second place behind Aberdeen and sitting ahead of Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.

The research by card payment provider Paymentsense used measures such as five-year start-up survival rates, self-employment rates and average gross weekly pay to compile the rankings.

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