The West of England Combined Authority is committed to enabling regional businesses to thrive and drive sustainable growth. We are here to give you the support your business needs to flourish.
No matter what your business goal, we can help you realise your ambitions:
- For one-to-one business support on growth, resilience, digital transformation and innovation, contact our dedicated SME support service, the West of England Growth Hub
- Businesses interested in expanding, relocating or trading in the West of England can access support through our inward investment service, Invest in Bristol & Bath
- Businesses can access tailored sector-specific support to accelerate innovation, improve sustainability, develop workforce skills and drive growth through our bespoke business programmes. These include the Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation initiative, Green Business Grants, Creative Scale Up and Workforce for the Future.
We have a strong economy in the West of England, worth £33 billion a year. Following the Coronavirus crisis, we are committed to supporting our region’s recovery and we are introducing a range of support measures to help businesses adapt to the new economic landscape and improve resilience, as well as support for residents to develop new skills, training and employment opportunities.
Our region has a rich history of innovation, and it will continue to be an important driver of economic development, producing new sources of productivity and growth for the region, the UK and beyond. Our region is an incubator for c45,000 businesses, including those in advanced aerospace and engineering, digital technology and low carbon.
We’re proud of our internationally recognised R&D centres and academic institutions, and the pioneering businesses that start up, scale-up and succeed here. we pride ourselves on nurturing entrepreneurs, and we have the highest survival rate for SMEs in England. Following the Covid-19 outbreak, we’re working to ensure our region remains a thriving, successful and innovative place for the future.
Read about our strategy to support our businesses and regional economy here.
West of England Growth Hub
The Growth Hub is the West of England’s dedicated business support service which offers free, one-to-one advice and guidance for SMEs to help them innovate and adapt, build resilience and grow.
Our Growth Hub offers you up to 12 hours free one-to-one business support. Our team of Enterprise Executives will help to assess your business needs and connect you to a wide range of professionals, business support programmes, training events and courses to help achieve your business goals.
The dedicated West of England Growth Hub website provides information and support on key topics including start-ups, employment, finance, sales, marketing, exporting and statutory regulations.
Invest Bristol & Bath
Invest Bristol & Bath offers extensive tailored support to businesses interested in relocating and growing in the area. It is the inward investment arm of the West of England Combined Authority, and seeks to attract new investment, development and employment for the region to accelerate the regional economy.
There is a dedicated team of specialists who can help with any query, from introductions to potential partners and industry contacts to property search and business support. Contact Invest Bristol & Bath to find out more.