Business Support

Creative Scale Up reopens for applications

4 Feb 2020

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has opened up a new round of applications for businesses to join their Creative Scale Up Programme with a deadline of 31 March 2020. This is a £1.3 million Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) funded pilot programme which will explore how best to support businesses in the creative industries sector to grow whilst encouraging investment into the sector.

Creative Scale Up open to applications

20 Nov 2019

Creative Scale Up is a new programme designed to support creative businesses in the West of England to grow and access finance. This is a £1.3 million Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) funded pilot programme which will explore how best to support businesses in the creative industries sector to grow whilst encouraging investment into the sector.

Silver Fox Entrepreneurs

1 Nov 2019

Mature man with enterprise, but don't know how to start your own business? Silver Fox Entrepreneurs peer group is for you.

The average age of entrepreneurs at the time they founded their companies is 42, and the number of self-employed people aged 65 and over has more than doubled in the past five years. But starting a business is risky and lonely.

New Data Research Funding

30 Oct 2019

SWCTN Data Fellowship Call, open until 5pm, 9 December 2019

The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) is a £6.6m government funded project to promote creative tech across the south west. They are looking to recruit 24 research fellows in the area of data: 8 from industry, 8 from academia and 8 new talent.

New Digital Placemaking funding call

21 Oct 2019

Bristol+Bath Creative R+D has just launched its first funding round and are looking to invest £235,000 in Research & Development prototypes that demonstrate the potential of new technologies and the future internet to expand and shape our understanding of Digital Placemaking. They are expecting to make two or three awards that could be up to £100k with some smaller investments in response to ideas.

Green Business Grants - deadline approaches

21 Oct 2019

Time is running out for small and medium-sized businesses to apply for a Green Business Grant from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).

The £1m fund from WECA aims to help businesses improve their energy efficiency – reducing their energy bills and protecting them from future energy price rises. The deadline to apply for a Green Business Grant is Friday 1 November 2019.

Green Business Grants are open to eligible applicants across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Free Customer Service Workshop

8 May 2019

As part of Future Bright, Cool Ventures will be running a free Customer Service Experience Workshop in June. This workshop is for employees working within retail, care, tourism and hospitality in the Bath and North East Somerset area.

You can send up to 2 employees from your organisation who will be encouraged to come back to the workplace to share the ideas and learning with their colleagues and create a customer service action plan to improve the experience you are giving to your customers.

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