Business Support

Business loans available through the Fredericks Foundation

3 Jun 2015

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.

Santander Internship Programme for SMEs

3 Jun 2015

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?

Export Support

Expand the scope of your business beyond the UK

There is plenty of support available to help your business make overseas contacts, and to help your business navigate the legal requirements for overseas trade.

Research and Innovation

Benefit from world-leading research

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.


Connect, learn and grow

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.


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