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Growth hub advice for new businesses and start-ups

Are you just starting up a business, have less than three employees, or find you're ineligible for our other support?

The West of England Mayoral Combined Authority collaborates with local councils to offer free Local Authority Start-up and Business Development support for start-ups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire. This initiative provides essential assistance to ensure their success.

We've also hand-selected guides and resources which will help you get started on your growth journey.

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1. Getting started in business

From naming and registration, to business planning and financing, read our recommended resources for starting your business.

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2. Finance and funding

Understand how to access funding, finance and loans, and understand your cash flow.

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3. Business planning support

Templates and advice to help you write and manage your business plans.

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4. Networking

Networking offers unique opportunities to grow your start up. Find out how to make the most of this tricky tactic.

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Ready to take the next step?

Are you ready to take the next steps with your business? See what other support we have available for SMEs on their growth journey. We can offer finance and business support, tech and innovation grants and advice, workforce development guidance, leadership and management support, as well as support as you make your business greener.