Business News

Trading Better Online

25 Aug 2020

Trading Better Online is part of the West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA) targeted business support programme to help kick-start the regional economy following the coronavirus outbreak.

Delivered in partnership with TechSPARK, the programme is designed to help small businesses get online, enhance their online presence, or market their existing online offering by adopting new technology or new digital practices.

Business Innovation Fund

25 Aug 2020

SME funding and support to bring new products and services to market

Research, development and innovation can help your business adapt for the future and get ahead of the competition, create new products, processes and services to reach new customers, and improve sustainability. The West of England Combined Authority’s Business Innovation Fund provides SMEs with funding and tailored support to bring new products, services and processes to market.

Funding and guidance for SMEs in all sectors

Here for Culture

25 Aug 2020

As part of the government’s £1.57 billion biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture, the #HereForCulture campaign has been launched to help support Britain’s globally renowned arts, culture and heritage industries.

Join the Creative Scale Up Programme

18 Aug 2020

Creative Scale Up is a two-year pilot programme funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. It aims to help creative businesses in the West of England access finance through an intensive sustainable growth support programme.

Creative businesses that demonstrate a genuine ambition to grow, innovate and strengthen the local economy are eligible to apply. You can register your interest and apply by contacting

Widcombe traders pioneer great new campaign to boost safe local shopping

11 Aug 2020

Staying safe and supporting businesses in local shopping areas is a message set to spread across Bath and North East Somerset with the launch of a new ‘I love local’ campaign.

‘I Love Local’ has been devised by Bath & North East Somerset Council together with partners Visit Bath, Bath BID and Invest in Bath to support retail businesses and promote the message that it’s safe to go back to our high streets.

Making lockdown measures accessible for your blind and partially sighted customers

6 Aug 2020

As lockdown begins to ease, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) want to support your staff in helping customers in by offering some simple guidance. This will not only support your customers with sight loss but help to dramatically improve the overall customer experience. 

Inc & Co acquires sports analytics business Insight Analysis

5 Aug 2020

Manchester-based digital collective Inc & Co has announced the acquisition of Bath business Insight Analysis, a sports analytics company offering data analysis to help elite athletes from the world of football, rugby, tennis and athletics improve their performance.

The move adds to the company’s growing network of sports services, which includes Skylab, a digital sports agency acquired in May, and marks the third acquisition in just seven days for Inc & Co, following the addition of data specialists MyLife Digital earlier in the week.

Business Pulse Tracker Survey

28 Jul 2020


Help us by completing the B&NES Business Pulse Tracker Survey. The purpose of the survey is to measure sentiment amongst businesses in Bath & North East Somerset and track their views and experiences in response to the pandemic over time. This quarterly survey will also help Bath & North East Somerset Council to design interventions and monitor the impact of Covid-19 on the local economy. 


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