Connect, learn and grow
The Bath & North East Somerset area is home to an astonishing range of organisations and networks that help to spark new collaborations, find new buyers and suppliers, and keep you up to date on the latest news affecting local businesses.
Business West - a not-for-profit membership organisation representing over 6,000 businesses across Bath, Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Business West is the managing body of the Bath and North East Somerset Chamber of Commerce and the West of England Initiative (for larger businesses). The organisation also delivers a raft of business support services on behalf of the Government - such as import and export and intellectual property advice - and also operates its own paid-for services.
Federation of Small Businesses - this well-known organisation is a key influencer at local and national level on small business issues. Membership of the FSB offers benefits such as a tax advice line, and 24/7 access to legal advice. It also has a comprehensive Business Creation Membership package which is ideal for people wishing to start a business. The Bath branch organises regular events.
Small Business Focus - a membership-led, not-for-profit company whose members - usually sole traders or micro-firms - offer peer support and advice, professional services and active collaboration with other members.
Local business groups
Our market towns and beautiful rural areas are also home to clusters of businesses and active business organisations.
Keynsham - a vibrant market town with excellent facilities, bustling high street and new commercial office and retail space.
Saltford - a large village to the east of the Bath within easy reach of Keynsham, Bath and Brisol. The Saltford Business Network is very active.
Midsomer Norton and Radstock - two market towns to the south of the District, traditionally at the heart of the area's industrial heritage. Get involved with the Somer Valley Chamber.
Chew Valley - a cluster of picturesque villages including Chew Magna and Chew Stoke. Get involved with the Chew Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Bath Business Women's Association - a membership organisation for women running businesses, or those working in larger businesses, across the Bath district. The Association runs a series of events and workshops.
Sector-based networks and special interest groups
Business based here are supported by a range of groups and facilities which offer invaluable peer-to-peer learning and inspiration. They can help you and your business keep up to date with industry news and funding streams. Find out more here.