south gloucestershire business scale-up programme

Up to 12 hours of free one-to-one expert business advice.
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Business Scale-up Programme – is a new intensive business support programme from South Gloucestershire council, created to help local small and micro businesses evolve and grow.

This amazing initiative brings together unparalleled levels of fully funded, practical support, allowing you to access up to 12 hours of one-to-one business expertise, all closely tailored to your needs. So whatever is stopping you from growing your business, we have got an expert to help!

Our experts can help you with:

    • Bridging skill gaps
    • Levelling up marketing efforts
    • Overcoming challenges
    • Capitalising on emerging opportunities

Meet our amazing team of experts:

Bill Vallis  – marketing planning, branding and communication. LinkedIn
Ruth Southorn – social media marketing. LinkedIn
Ben Kinnaird – websites and SEO. LinkedIn
Libby Windle – paid advertising (social media and PPC). LinkedIn

Paul Neck – business growth & strategy. LinkedIn
Natasha Bye  – business growth & strategy. LinkedIn
Alice Lipczynski
– strategic finance & financial health.

Stacey Meadrecruitment, staff retention & restructuring. LinkedIn
Nicky Marchall – wellbeing & mental health. LinkedIn

Emma Smith  –
planning, launching & running a new business. LinkedIn

Sue Marchant
– help with putting together applications for government grants. LinkedIn

Would your business benefit from the helping hand of our experts? Don’t delay, apply today for this time limited programme. 

Eligible businesses will receive:


Up to 12 hours of fully tailored, practical one-to-one support (including hands on help, coaching, mentoring, advice etc).


Access to a team of consultants to help you overcome specific challenges.


Websites, social media, marketing strategy, planning for growth or funding, financial health and HR:- we have experts on hand.


Further access to a range of free webinars to help you enhance your, or your employees, business skills. View the webinars on the programme here.

Is my business eligible?

The programme is open to all small and micro businesses and start-ups that are based in South Gloucestershire and have aspiration to grow.


Registered small/micro trading businesses (active in buying/selling goods or services) e.g. sole traders, partnerships and limited companies with fewer than 49 employees.

Established businesses (>1 year old) with a turnover higher than £10k

– Start-ups (>1 year old) with a turnover lower than £10k


Registered charities and community organisations.


You will need to be able to complete your support plan by 30th of April 2023.

Applying is easy


To apply, please complete and submit the Programme Application Form. This should only take 10 minutes.

We will get back to you within 2 business days to let you know if you application has been successful.


Your organisation will also need to be enrolled for the South Gloucestershire Universal Business Support Service. You can find out more about this fully funded programme and register here.

About the funding of this programme:

Business Scale-up Programme is funded by South Gloucestershire council and is delivered by us, Cool Ventures. This is a time-limited programme which aims to support 25 businesses.

Due to limited spaces and funding, we will invite eligible applications to an initial ‘triage’ call during which we will define your support needs. If your application does not qualify for support through this programme, we will offer you support through the South Gloucestershire Universal Business Support Service.

If you would like to find out more about the triage process, please give us a call on 08000 418293 or drop us an email

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Why not get in touch with Cool Ventures, to find out how we can help and whether your business qualifies for this free support?

Get In Touch

Customer Services
Tel: 08000418293

Registered address: Brick House, 21 Horse Street, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol BS37 6DA

Company registration number: 07713005

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