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.

Who can use the service?

  • Any start-up or established SME business (an enterprise employing fewer than 250 employees) wanting assistance with marketing,  strategic planning, investment readiness, or help to deal with operational issues or key challenges such as accounting and finance

What’s on offer?

B&NES-based residents, start-ups and established small businesses are able to access:

  • Extensive one-to-one advice sessions with experienced small business and specialist advisors.  Sessions can offer feedback on responding to opportunities and challenges presented by COVID-19, new business ideas, business plans and sales strategies, and offer advice on finance, employment issues, resource efficiency, social media and more;
  • Group webinar sessions on a range of topics, including starting in business, finance basics, marketing strategy, social media, websites, SEO, planning for growth, GDPR, HR and more.

How to access the service

Cool Ventures is the first point of contact for the service in B&NES, delivering advice to new entrepreneurs, start-up and established SME businesses, and guiding them towards the most appropriate sources of specialist local advice, and funding and support within the Enterprising West of England programme (and elsewhere). 

Contact the Cool Ventures team via email, visit the Cool Ventures website, or call 01225 580850 to find out more and book onto the service. For more general information about business support in the region please contact the West of England Growth Hub.