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?
The Bath area is home to two excellent Universities, which are developing world-class research projects on a vast array of subjects. Both Universities are keen to develop stronger links with the business community, in order to to develop commercially-appropriate solutions, and to give students the opportunity to learn directly from businesses.
Since 2013, our free business support service has advised over 700 SME businesses and helped over 90 businesses to start. Led by experienced SME advisors Cool Ventures and a range of local specialist advisors, it is a fantastic resource for the business community.
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.
The Bath area is home to an astonishing range of organisations and networks that help to spark new collaborations and keep businesses up to date.
Our area benefits from being part of the area covered by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP works to build on existing supply chains and knowledge bases to stimulate business growth. Businesses based here have easy access to organisations based in Bristol and across the West of England.