Bath and North East Somerset Council's Skills Policy

Leading by example

Bath and North East Somerset Council is working to become a leading local employer in the provision of apprenticeships, paid and unpaid placements, work experience, internships and volunteering by identifying opportunities within individual Services and Directorates.

Its is working in close partnership with companies in the private sector and also educational establishments, to give people the support they need in order to make the most of the opportunities in the local jobs market.


Nurture a career and improve your business

Use the links below to find out about why employing an apprentice might benefit your business, and the Government initiatives and incentives on offer to support businesses in doing so.

Students and Graduates

Harness the next generation of bright sparks

The City of Bath is home to a large student population, thanks to the presence of our two Universities and Bath College. All education providers are keen to forge links with businesses in order to give their students the best learning experience possible.  Businesses in turn benefit from fresh ideas and the opportunity to build lasting relationships with talented people.

Environmental and Low Carbon

Internationally recognised activity at the cutting-edge

The Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services "sector" covers a range of activities spread across many sectors such as transport, construction, and energy.

The high technology and engineering skills base in Bath and Bristol is helping to keep the West of England at the forefront of a lower carbon world, and Bristol's status as European Green Capital 2015 has drawn further attention to the West of England's strengths in this field.

Retail, Leisure and Tourism

The City of Bath - still drawing the crowds

Local retail, leisure and tourism businesses benefit from the area’s international reputation as a cultural destination.  The City of Bath's World Heritage status and natural spa facilities (the contemporary Thermae Bath Spa complex was opened in 2006) help to draw some 4.5 million visitors annually.  The total value of tourism to the local economy is estimated to be around £350 million every year.

Advanced Engineering

More robotics than Romans...

The Bath area has a particularly long and distinguished track-record in engineering design excellence, with a number of firms also manufacturing high-precision products.  This track-record is in large part thanks to historic strengths across the physical sciences and mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering at the University of Bath.

Technological advances are being driven by research on subjects such as nanotechnology at the Universities of Bath, Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE).

Tech & Innovation

Meet Bath's next generation of thinkers

The Bath area is home to a thriving ecosystem of technologists, engineers and creative thinkers who are busy partnering and collaborating to solve problems and to improve how things work.

Creative & Digital

Bath - beautifully inventive

The Bath and Bristol area is now established as one of the three most creative centres in England (alongside Manchester and London), with a wealth of creative minds operating within and across a broad range of activities, from traditional arts, to publishing and digital content production.  The BBC, Creative England and Creative Skillset all have regional bases and campuses here, and the area is home to recognised award-winning firms such as Future and Imaginarium West.

Bath-wide, regional and national groups

Network with organisations and groups in the wider area and region

Business West

A not-for-profit membership organisation representing over 6,000 businesses across Bath, Bristol, Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Business West offers networking and lobbying support for businesses of all sizes and sectors.  Business West is the managing body of the Bath and North East Somerset Chamber of Commerce and The Bath and North East Somerset Initiative (see below).

Saltford and Keynsham

Make business connections between Bath and Bristol

Saltford and Keynsham-based business organisations

Keynsham is a vibrant market town situated between Bath and Bristol.  The town has a well-used high street and several industrial trading areas.   The high street is benefitting from the redevelopment of the Town Hall, which will open in 2014 as modern workspace for the Council, a new Library and One-Stop-Shop, and new retail units on the ground floors.


Get connected in Bath

Bath has a particularly active, vocal and vibrant business community.  Entrepreneurs and business representatives are getting involved in a variety of membership bodies and networks (including those listed here) in order to maximise the potential of their built and commercial environment.

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.

Universal Business Support Service

Businesses and pre-starts in Bath & North East Somerset can now access free expert advice to help them grow and succeed, thanks to a West of England Combined Authority (WECA) initiative, delivered in partnership with Bath & North East Somerset Council to support businesses in the region. The service is part-funded by WECA and Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Events Diary

Find out what's going on for businesses in Bath and North East Somerset with the Invest in Bath events diary.

This calendar includes feeds from the most prominent business networks and organisations operating in Bath and North East Somerset and the West of England, but is not an exhaustive list - if you would like your group's events included, please let us know via Contacts.

Technology Strategy Board launches £8 million R&D Fund

6 Aug 2013

6 August 2013

A new £8 million funding pot is available for research and development projects.

Bristol and Bath businesses working in the advanced materials, biosciences, electronics, sensors and photonics and communications technology sectors are being urged to apply for the funding from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB).

The £8 million investment is aimed at stimulating innovation from across these sectors and building on recent technological breakthroughs.

Access to Finance

Raising funding for your business

This page lists some sources of alternative finance (financial channels that have emerged outside of the traditional finance system).

An experienced business advisor can help you identify the best funding and finance routes for your business and help you make applications to banks and other organisations / funds.  If you run a business in Bath and North East Somerset you can take advantage of our free business advice service.


Design, creation, collaboration

Our thriving economy is fuelled by businesses in high-value growth sectors including Advanced engineering, technology, creative industries and energy. 

We are home to SETsquared, the world’s best university incubator and have a strong track record of commercial success in bringing research and innovation to market.

The region is a great place to live and work, rich in culture and heritage, from vibrant, diverse cities to spectacular countryside and coast.

Business Networks

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.

Arts and Culture

Bath is a city renowned for its cultural offer, with events and happenings taking place every day in the year. Check out Visit Bath's events diary to get a flavour of what's going on in the city.

The population of Bath rarely rests and many local creative and inspirational people are involved in organising local festivals and major events.


Welcome to your new home!

Every year hundreds of people call Bath and North East Somerset home for the first time.  It is a special place with exceptional credentials when it comes to quality of life and wellbeing. The City of Bath in particular has the benefit of having a small centre in relative terms where you can leisurely walk from one side to the other in half an hour - learning ones way around and developing a sense of belonging can develop quickly and almost simultaneously for some.

Business Locations

Which will be right for your business?

Bath and North East Somerset is noted worldwide for its historic built environment and the beauty of its countryside, but in addition offers a combination of strengths for business.  Find out more via the profiles below and visit the Case Studies section to find out more about which companies which are based here and why. .

Delivering in Bath

We value imaginative, entrepreneurial investors and developers, visionary architects and designers who share our values.  We recognise the necessity of building strong, positive relationships with developers – of being clear, commercial and straightforward in negotiations and minimising risk and uncertainty.

Aspirations for future development:

Bath developments

A number of sites along the riverside represent a remarkable regeneration and development opportunity for Bath. We have featured a number that are coming forward in the short or medium term that will be of interest to investors and businesses.