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West of England Growth Hub provides the first port of call for all businesses looking to engage with any publicly funded business support project. The range of services we offer includes; finance assistance, support for high growth businesses, access to skills packages, manufacturing, innovation and research advice and export support |

Business West is a powerful voice for business. All companies can benefit from the range of information, advice, networking events and international trade support that is available from Business West. Delivering essential Chamber of Commerce services in Bristol, Bath and Gloucestershire to almost 2,000 members enables Business West to speak with authority on the issues that matter to business. As an effective link between the private and public sectors, it ensures the interests of commerce are taken into account when key decisions are made at local, regional and national levels | 01275373373 | |

Entrepreneur Handbook provides information on various small business grants available. Grants typically range in size from £500 to £500,000 and more in certain cases (I.E. European development grants). The criteria for each grant scheme varies greatly but typically the larger the grant funding award, the more complex the eligibility conditions and the process of applying (I.E. a small startup grant of £1,000 is usually much easier to get than £100,000 R&D grant) |

Institute of Directors (IoD) membership offers support for entrepreneurs and Directors to maximise personal potential and enhance business performance. Successful companies need solid, strategic frameworks and the IoD provides this information through business networking, training and advice. We are now based at Bristol and Bath Science Park |

Bristol Junior Chamber The BJC is an independent Bristol focused networking group of circa 140 members from a broad range of sectors that has grown since inception in 1948 to be a firmly established part of the business community in Bristol and its surroundings. Membership is almost an exact even split between males and females and it is renowned as being a very friendly and open group that suits like minded people from any walks of life who are keen to get involved. | Bristol Junior Chamber

Innovate UK EDGE South West:   Innovate UK EDGE is a key part of the UK innovation agency’s investment in the innovative businesses that drive economic growth. It complements Innovate UK project funding with intensive, specialist-led support for such ambitious businesses. Each high-potential, innovative business in its portfolio benefits from the objective perspective of a dedicated innovation and growth specialist local to them. Innovate UK EDGE specialist considers a business in the round and, working closely with its leadership, identifies the most productive ways to accelerate its growth.

Invest in Bristol and Bath If you’re a developer or occupier/investor looking to move forward, Bristol and Bath can offer you everything you could possibly need to succeed. Bristol and Bath is the business powerhouse of the South West of England, where innovation and success are part of the landscape. Where creativity, aerospace engineering, financial services, environmental technology and large-scale industrial distribution businesses are nurtured and developed. Where a highly skilled workforce is never in short supply. And where you’ll have the infrastructure in place to meet your development or business goals, however ambitious. Discover Bristol and Bath. | Visit Invest in Bristol and Bath

West of England Local Enterprise Partnership The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership supports business growth and is working to attract new jobs to Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare – and the surrounding countryside. It’s generally a prosperous area with an excellent quality of life and a growing national and international profile. The West of England has unrivalled business strengths, is at the forefront of academic research, and has a well-qualified workforce and a vibrant social scene. It’s a great place to live and work and, as a partnership between business and local authorities, we are making it a better one. We are working together to support:

• 75,000 new jobs by 2030
• 3.4% annual growth by 2020
• Over £1 billion of private sector investment over the next 3 years
• A well motivated workforce with the skills that business needs
• The foundations for a long-term sustainable economy

Visit West of England LEP

West of England Combined Authority The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is made up of three of the local authorities in the region – Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Working with our partners including the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, North Somerset Council and other partners, our aim is to deliver economic growth for the region and address some of our challenges, such as productivity and skills, housing and transport. | Visit WECA Website.

The West of England Local Industrial Strategy is being developed by WECA, and can be accessed here.

Travel West The Joint Local Transport Plan is our 15 year vision for transport investment in the West of England. The plan was agreed in 2010 by Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council. | Visit

Supplying the South West This regional portal gives you a one-stop shop window on contract opportunities from a growing number of councils in the South West.  Even without registering, you can use the portal to look for information about existing contracts and new opportunities.

If you register (free of charge), you can:

  • post a profile of your company, indicating what sorts of opportunity you are interested in
  • receive email notifications whenever opportunities matching your profile become available
  • register an expression of interest in a published opportunity and request contract documentation to be sent to you.

Visit Supplying the South West

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is non-profit making and non-party political. It is the UK’s largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. In addition to lobbying the Government on legislation and regulation affecting small businesses, the FSB provides a range of benefits to members including access to a 24hr, 365-days-of-the-year legal advice line, free banking, financial services and a lot more. There are also networking opportunities. FSB is organized on regional lines and the South Gloucestershire branch forms part of the Gloucestershire and West of England region. Gloucestershire and the West of England Region Office | 01285700801 | | Twitter: @FSBGlosandWoE |

The University of the West of England (UWE) Research, Business and Innovation Department provides access to UWE services for business and the community whilst promoting collaboration and commercialising the outcomes of university research and expertise in innovation. Service areas include: Continual Professional Development; consultancy; business start-up and incubation; collaborative research including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships; innovation and enterprise support including technology transfer, public engagement projects and work-based learning. Research, Business and Innovation, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY | 01173282039 | |

The University of the West of England (UWE)is a modern, growing university in the thriving city of Bristol and South Gloucestershire. UWE is one of Britain’s most popular universities, with more than 30,000 students and 3,000 staff and is the largest provider of higher education in the South West of England. Students come to Bristol UWE from all parts of the UK, as well as a significant and growing number of international students from over 140 countries worldwide | Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY | 01179656261 |

Launch Space, a high-tech business incubator for graduates based at the University of the West of England (UWE). Based in the £16m University Enterprise Zone, Launch Space provides recent graduates from across the UK with free desk space for one year, innovation support and access to UWE researchers and facilities. Those wishing to apply for a place at the incubator can do so here. Applicants are required to have a UK based business located or operating in the West of England (Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire, and North Somerset. The Launch Space team is on hand to help pre-start enterprise with the process of registered their business.

South West Innovation Vouchers – Funding to cover 40% of the costs associated with accessing UWE expertise and resources, for projects with a total value of £3k – £10k. Can be used in conjunction with the TSB Innovation Voucher scheme, which provides up to £5k of funding to help businesses work with a university for the first time.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) – 60% government funded scheme that has been shown to produce an average increase of over £283,000 in annual profits before tax. Places a talented graduate in your business to focus on a specific project for a period of six months to three years, supported by an academic supervisor.

Subsidised graduate internship scheme – A cost effective and low risk opportunity, offering recruiters up to £1,500 funding to employ a UWE graduate on a fixed term project (part-time and full-time options).

Professional and short courses – UWE offers a range of courses at various levels, some of which are industry specific while others cover general business topics such as project management and leadership. It also facilitates bespoke, in-house training on request.

Academic consultancy – Delivering projects that range in focus, scope and duration, covering everything from prototype design, material analysis and testing services, to management, strategy and business development.

QuickMark (market assessment service) – Bespoke, professionally researched market assessment reports designed to identify the broad potential for new products, processes, services or customer groups.

Technology Transfer opportunities – Opportunities for the commercialisation of UWE’s intellectual property.

Make the most of our university – develop your CPD and build the skills of your staff through our library

Department for International Trade work with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice | International Trade Centre – South West, Leigh Court Business Centre, Abbots Leigh, Bristol, BS8 3RA | 01275370944 |

Future Space A dynamic new workspace for innovative start-ups and SMEs laboratories, offering a range of workshops and office space on flexible contracts with a 1-month notice period. Ideally suited to companies specialising in science & high-tech areas | is the information hub for all things tech in the West of England. To aid collaboration, we regularly run tech networking events, details of which can be found on the website. We are a not-for-profit service designed to highlight the amazing tech goings-on in the region. Get in contact to add tech and engineering job listings to our free jobs board or to add tech networking events to our events calendar. We also regularly profile innovative companies so get in touch if you’d like to be included | |

CALMARE Sustainable Materials Support for SW SMEs Click here to find out more about this FREE service | @CALMARE2014

Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. The role of ACAS is to help parties with an industrial relations dispute to reach agreement through discussion and negotiation | The Waterfront, Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SB | 08457383736 |

The South West Investment Group (SWIG) is a not-for-profit organisation and member of the Community Development Finance Association providing start up and growth loan finance to businesses across the South West including Bristol, Gloucestershire, Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly |Unit 3, The Coach House, 2 Upper York Street, St Paul’s, Bristol BS2 8QN | 01872223883 | |

Bristol and Avon Enterprise Agency (BRAVE) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation based in Bristol, providing support to: trading businesses looking to develop and grow, business needing solutions to problems, start-up businesses and those thinking about starting a business or becoming self-employed for the first time. At the coach house in central Bristol, we have a range of small offices to let at reasonable rents. The meeting rooms can hold from 2 up to 40 people and are available by the half or full day | The Coach House, 2 Upper York Street, Bristol, BS2 8QN | 01179445330 | |

Business Council for Sustainable Development United Kingdom (BCSD-UK) focus on the practical implementation of sustainable development as a key to world-class business standards and new business opportunities. The Arch, Unit F3, 48-52 Floodgate Street, Birmingham, B5 5SL | 01216938338 | |

Bristol and Bath Science Park Bristol & Bath Science Park is a new, world-class environment that provides the space, flexibility and support for science and technology businesses to accelerate their growth and success. It’s a lively business community, designed to actively create opportunities to share knowledge and expertise; inspiring creative thinking and driving innovation. We have everything businesses, academics and entrepreneurs need to confidently push beyond the perceived limits of their own potential, to achieve new and higher levels of success | Bristol and Bath Science Park

Centre for Sustainable Energy is an independent national charity (298740) that helps people change the way they think and act on energy. It offers energy saving advice and support to people and organisations in the West of England | St James Court, St James Parade, Bristol, BS1 3LH| 01179341400 | |

Companies House When setting up a limited company it is necessary to conduct a check on the proposed company name. New company names must be registered with Companies House. | Crown Way, Maindy, Cardiff, CF14 3UZ | 03031234500 | |

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is building a dynamic and competitive UK economy by creating the conditions for business success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this we will foster world-class universities and promote an open global economy. | 02072155000 | |

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) | 03000200190 |

Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Partnership (ESKTN) is accelerating the UK’s transition to a low carbon, resource and energy efficient economy by connecting businesses, universities, other research organisations and government agencies, and catalysing innovation across a wide range of environmental technologies. For free ESKTN membership details, please visit our website | c/o University of Oxford, Earth Sciences, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1PF | 01865610500

HM Revenue & Customs business advisors offer a range of free workshops to help local businesses as well as payroll support to new and small businesses. For queries relating to personal tax, please dial 084590004444 | Bristol and North Somerset Area, Business Support Team, Norfolk House, Temple Street, Bristol BS1 6HR | 01179072581 |

Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is responsible for the registration of patents, trade marks, designs and copyright | 03003002000 | |

Jobcentre Plus We can offer employers a complete recruitment process from the issue of application forms through to candidate sift and shortlist. Jobcentres can also help and advise on employment legislation, training, rates of pay, equal opportunities, specialist types of employment and employing people with disabilities. Jobcentres have the facility to circulate vacancies nationally and internationally if employers are having difficultly filling them locally. Jobcentres can also offer support to employers who are facing redundancies; providing information on the local job vacancies, Benefit one-to-one, Housing benefit, Tax Credits, CVs, Career advice and one-to-one support for staff | |

Business Mentors South West Our core ethos is to help developing businesses succeed and in doing so help the wider economy. We provide a range of business mentoring services to business owners and leaders who are seeking to grow and improve their business performance | Visit Business Mentors SW

Managed Workspace In partnership with New Work Trust the council provides almost 80 managed workspace units (industrial and offices) at Station Road Workshops in Kingswood. The units are self contained and range in size from 100 sq.ft. to 2,500 sq.ft. Units are offered on a short or long term basis for an inclusive licence fee which includes rent, business rates and water/sewerage. Marie Thomas-Mallet, Manager, Station Road Workshops | 01179575577 | |

National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) has end to end responsibility for apprenticeships in England. The NAS has been designed to increase the number of apprenticeship opportunities and provide a dedicated, responsive service for both employers and learners. We are simplifying the process of recruiting an apprentice through Apprenticeship Vacancies, an online web-based matching service | Cheylesmore House, Quinton Road, Cheylesmore, CV1 2WT | 08000150600 |

REGEN SW helps speed up the transition to a low carbon economy in the South West. It unlocks sustainable energy business opportunities, gives independent advice to decision makers, acts as a sounding board for developers, supports demonstrator projects across a range of technologies and stimulates an informed public debate about sustainable energy | The Innovation Centre, Rennes Drive, Exeter, | EX4 4RN | 01392494399 | |

SETsquared accelerates early stage, high-tech, high growth business from inside and outside the University. It provides subsidised office space, mentoring, coaching, workshops, investment readiness training, investment showcase events and access to an extensive network of investors, entrepreneurs and professional advisers | |

Solutions for Business The services deliver one-to-one assistance through over 100 of the top independent business coaches based in the region. You’ll benefit from their extensive boardroom experience and a carefully planned combination of advice, workshops, business strategy and finance guidance. Support is long-term and targeted to the exact requirements of your business | Leigh Court Business Centre, Abbots Leigh, Bristol, BS8 3RA | |

The Environment Agency is responsible for regulating industrial pollution, land quality, radioactive substances, waste management and water quality. National Customer Contact Centre, PO Box 544, Rotherham, S60 1BY | 03708506506 | |

The Green Register of Construction Professionals is a training and membership organisation bringing together all disciplines in the construction industry with a commitment to sustainable building practices. The network includes architects, engineers, builders, surveyors and construction trades and provides a vital link between these professionals and their clients | The Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN | 01173773490 | |

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has responsibility for health and safety in nuclear installations and mines, factories, farms, hospitals and schools, offshore gas and oil installations, the safety of the gas grid and the movement of dangerous goods and substances, railway safety, and many other aspects of the protection of workers and the public. Local authorities are responsible to HSE for enforcement in offices, shops and other parts of the services sector | 4th Floor, The Pithay, Bristol, BS1 2ND | 01179886000 |

The Prince’s Trust provides support to unemployed young people aged 13-30 to progress into employment, education or training. This includes self employment and employability courses, personal development programmes and engagement courses | Canningford House, 38 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6BY | 0800842842 |

Business Companion explains trading standards law by providing free, impartial legal guidance for businesses that sell goods and/or supply services to consumers. To find out more, visit |

West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) WEAF’s overall aim is to facilitate the future competitiveness and growth of the aerospace industry in the South West | 01275872353 | |

WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) Find out about how to recycle at work and which recycling companies are active in your area |

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