Calling all businesses and entrepreneurs from Bath and North East Somerset, come and take advantage of our free business support programme.

As the Enterprise West of England funded Programme will finish in March 2020 we have a limited number of workshops and one-to-one business support sessions remaining. Please check workshop availability on our Training page. Do visit the Services page to find out what other support we can provide. 

The BANES free advice programme is perfect if you need:


Business start-up advice


Strategic planning advice


Help with seeking and applying for funding


Strategic management advice


Business growth support

Take advantage of the free business support and advice services available to residents and businesses based in Bath and North East Somerset.

The Bath and North East Somerset Business Support Service is part of the Enterprising West of England programme which supports SME businesses across the West of England LEP region.

If you are starting a business, or are looking to grow your business, but you don’t qualify for funded support through the BANES  programmes, you can tap into our business consultancy services.

You will have access to the same brilliant team of advisers, who will get to understand what support you need and then develop a programme which will be a mix of one-to-one coaching or mentoring, and our regular workshops.

Our team can help you with everything from strategic planning and strategic management, to creating a business and marketing strategy, to drawing up a marketing plan.

If you need funding, we can help you seek funding sources and complete the application process.

What’s on offer

BANES-based residents, start-ups and established small businesses (subject to eligibility) are able to access:


Extensive one-to-one advice sessions with experienced small business and specialist advisers. Sessions can provide feedback on new business ideas, business plans and sales strategies, and offer advice on finance, employment issues, resource efficiency, social media and more


Group workshops on a range of topics, including starting in business, business planning, marketing, social media and finance basics


Grant funding towards the cost of intensive coaching to help businesses with growth plans.



Any BANES-based resident who has had a bright idea for a business but wants to get some objective feedback on business planning, or who needs to get to grips with the legal and financial basics of setting up a business


Any start-up or established SME business (an enterprise employing fewer than 250 employees) wanting assistance with strategic planning, investment readiness, or help to deal with operational issues or key challenges such as accounting and finance.

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

The Enterprising West of England Programme supports SME businesses across the West of England LEP Region

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Get In Touch

Why not get in touch to see how we can help your business enterprise to flourish and grow.

Customer Services
Tel: 01225 580850

Registered address: Fromeforde House, Church Rd, Yate, Bristol BS37 5JB

Company registration number: 07713005