Call for more businesses to register for Covid-19 support grants

29 Apr 2020

Nearly 2,000 grants totalling more than £26m for businesses that have been disrupted by Covid-19 have already been processed in Bath and North East Somerset but companies are being reminded that registrations are still open.

Businesses which need financial help from the Government due to coronavirus and haven’t registered already are urged to do so straight away by using an online form set up by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Invest in Bath team.

Nick Cope’s Popcast Co-produced by Bath based Complete Control hits TV screens

24 Apr 2020


Nick Cope’s Popcast is available as a BBC iPlayer boxset from Today: Friday 24th April and will air on the CBeebies channel every Saturday morning at 9.20am from Saturday 25th April.

Lloyds Bank Academy Free Webinar

21 Apr 2020

The Lloyds Bank Academy is proud to host an event centred on improving your skills and
understanding of how best digital practice can benefit small businesses and charities
across the UK. Adopt the right technology to continue to deliver work and collaborate across
your business regardless of where you are.

Inspecs win The Queen’s Award for Enterprise

21 Apr 2020

Inspecs Group plc, a Bath-based designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear frames to global retailers, is delighted to announce that it has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade for Outstanding Short-Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years. This is the second time the Company has won this award, which is an outstanding achievement for the South-West based business of 1,300 employees globally, of which 55 are based at the Bath headquarters.

B&NES Together We Can

During the disruption Covid-19 has caused within the business community Invest in Bath are proud to be witness of the resilience of businesses in the Bath & North East Somerset area. With businesses diversifying and helping the wider community is something everyone can be proud of.

20 Million Funding for Technology

15 Apr 2020

Businesses could help boost the UK’s resilience to the long-term impact of the coronavirus outbreak and similar situations in the future, as a result of £20 million government funding announced.

Grants of up to £50,000 will be available to technology and research-focussed businesses to develop new ways of working and help build resilience in industries such as delivery services, food manufacturing, retail and transport, as well as support people at home in circumstances like those during the coronavirus outbreak.

Innovations could include:

Storm Helps Businesses Adapt

15 Apr 2020

As digital technology experts Storm Consultancy have spent the past 10 years helping develop businesses online. So if you now find yourself in the situation of having to temporarily trade online, they can point you in the right direction. 

Storm have offered to assist any business with questions they may have about adapting to the current circumstances.  They can provide some time-saving advice, from recommending online shop plug ins to improving website performance, just ask away.

Marcom helping brands emerge stronger

15 Apr 2020

Marcom, a leading Bath marketing communications agency, is celebrating 30 years in business by running a series of free webinars on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

Marcom are specialists in digital marketing. SEO is one of the key tactics, and as this year sees their 30th birthday they have decided to share some of their specialist skills and experience for free, as a way of helping organisations during this awful period.

£5.4m support grants paid so far to B&NES businesses

15 Apr 2020

More than 340 businesses have already received urgent business support grants from the Government totalling £5.4m thanks to Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Invest in Bath business support team.

The team worked throughout the Easter weekend to continue processing applications made via Invest in Bath’s online form to help a range of businesses receive the vital payments more quickly.

Community initiative supports care network in B&NES

14 Apr 2020

An initiative set up in Bath in response to the personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage for frontline NHS staff has had its first order from Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Foldall will supply an initial batch of 5,000 shields to the council for distribution to key workers in the health and social care network to protect themselves and others from Coronavirus as they carry out their critical roles.

The operation is working on a further 19,000 face shields ordered by the council to support frontline workers in a range of sectors across the district.

Business grant payments underway

14 Apr 2020

We are working on over 1,800 applications from businesses needing urgent Government grants due to Covid-19 and is reassuring companies that payments are on their way.

The council’s Invest in Bath business support team launched an online form last week to speed up the process for businesses to access financial support from the Government.

On receipt of application, Invest in Bath is assessing eligibility before making payments via BACS within a target of seven working days.

Financial help during Covid-19

New Grants and Support for Businesses (April 2022):

The Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant and Additional Restrictions Grant have now closed and no new applications are being accepted. Successful applications should have received payment by the end of March 2022. 

Existing Support: 

Coronavirus (COVID‑19) support and advice on the main Bath & North East Somerset Council website:

Additional Funding for Businesses

8 Apr 2020

Support for the sport and physical activity sector.

Sport England are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The package, which is a combination of National Lottery and government funding, is made up of the following: 

Covid19 Grant Funding

1 Apr 2020

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Government announced there would be support for small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.  This support will take the form of two grant funding schemes, the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. Please note: Recipients will receive one grant per eligible property.

Please apply using the online application form on the Council’s Webpage.