Business News

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.

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.


21 Mar 2020

We recognise the challenges faced by business during this period and this is the latest information about the support that is available, 

The Government announced a new Expanded Retail Discount scheme for retail, leisure and hospitality premises in response to COVID-19. Under the scheme, eligible premises will receive a discount of up to 100% on their bill for 2020/21.

For information on eligibility please visit Invest in Bath’s Information on Retail Discount pages.

Updated Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information for Businesses

20 Mar 2020

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. 

The following is the current key information, for more detailed information please visit our Covid-19 Businesses Support Page:


New Studio Co-Working Space Opens

17 Mar 2020

New Studio Co-Working Space at Palace Yard Mews is Open

The Studio at Palace Yard Mews is Bath Spa University’s city centre home for innovation, research, and enterprise.

The Studio provides a space for local micro-businesses & Bath Spa University residents to work on projects and ideas which focus on creativity and technology. It is also a venue to share learning through regular workshops, events and activities which are open to the wider community.

Bath Startup Harnesses the Power of Poo

4 Mar 2020

University of Bath graduate and founder of The Biofactory is embarking on an £850k project to bring to life his vision for improved sanitation facilities in low income, high density communities in Africa.

Eoin Sharkey, MEng alumnus, has designed an all-in-one, off-grid toilet and waste processing system that utilises biodigestion to convert human waste into cooking fuel and soil conditioner.  

Shut that door, and save energy

14 Feb 2020

Shops and businesses in Keynsham, Bath, Midsomer Norton and Radstock are being asked to shut that door as part of a new drive to save energy and help them cut fuel bills.

Bath and North East Somerset Council and Bath BID are supporting the campaign to get shops, restaurants and cafés, to keep their doors closed during the working day.


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