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 B&NES-based resident who's had a bright idea for a business but wants to get some objective feedback on business planning, or who needs to get to grips with the legal and financial basics of setting up a business 

  • Any start-up or established SME business (an enterprise employing fewer than 250 employees) wanting assistance with 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 and finance basics;

Case study

Brett Edgecombe, owner of IT consultancy 101 Data Solutions, has previously accessed free support to the benefit of his business in North East Somerset.

"Cool Ventures spent time to assess our current business activities to carefully consider the best approach to enhance our offerings.  Once the assessment phase was complete, a clear strategy was presented to our business for implementation.

Once the implementation phase was finished, consistent monitoring and hands on coaching from Cool Ventures enabled the plan to be realised.

We are very pleased with Cool Ventures and have seen improvements to our already efficient processes. Our customers are also pleased to see how we have enhanced our excellent service.  101 Data Solutions would highly recommend this service to other small businesses."

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.