The University of Bath is working with a number of expert partners to support the growth of social enterprise activity in the Bath area.
The Social Enterprise Innovation Programme (SEIP) offers start-up and existing social enterprises free bootcamp-style mentoring. Those with the most potential are then offered incubation support – ongoing mentoring, particularly with a view to becoming investment-ready.
Bath and North East Somerset Council is encouraging businesses to make use of the wide-ranging expertise within regulatory services.
Some businesses avoid discussing plans with regulatory services, believing that this will attract unwanted attention and cost.
Conversely, the Better Business for All programme encourages early joint-working between regulatory officers and businesses, so that regulators can better understand business challenges, and so that businesses can get the most appropriate advice.
Bath Film Office is a council-run service that promotes and assists film-making in the area, and provides a production and accommodation base for filming in Wiltshire, Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
The France (Channel) England programme funds various projects that aim to find solutions to problems common on both sides of the border. The France (Channel) England Programme, as with all European Programmes, is part of the Europe 2020 strategy, which is the European Union's strategy to deliver growth and jobs. Launched in 2010, it is focused in part on Europe's recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, but it is also about a new form of growth, focusing on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Businesses across the area are being invited to a workshop to find out more about the opportunities available to them when the UK’s retail water market opens up to competition.
1.2 million businesses, charities and public sector customers in England will be able to choose from who supplies their water and wastewater retail services – including billing, water metering and water efficiency services. This will start from the 1st April.
Eligible customers will benefit from tailored packages and better customer services.
Following the success of 2015’s event, Venturefest Bristol & Bath will return in 2017 with a programme spanning all the way from February to October.
The February series opener features the Future City Seminar Series, in which leading businesses will discuss the future of cities and the tech challenges they might face. This will be followed by a series of events, finishing with a showcase of Bristol and Bath’s most innovative companies.
The West of England has earned its prestigious position as the UK's most productive Tech Cluster. Whilst this is great news for the area, it means recruiting good software developers is highly competitive as companies compete for top talent.