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Starting a business and self-employed

Bath & North East Somerset has a host of information and guidance to help you start a business and make a success of being self-employed.

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The B&NES Business Support Service

Pre-starts and self-employed residents of Bath & North East Somerset can access free expert advice to help them start, grow and succeed.

The B&NES Business Support Service offers a series of webinars to help build confidence in crucial business topics, including finance, marketing and business planning. Participants can also access dedicated one-to-one support, as well as new peer networks.

Get Involved

Contact our service provider Cool Ventures by emailing website or calling 01225 580850 to find out more and register on this free service.

This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Powered by the Levelling Up fund

Future Bright

Future Bright helps self-employed B&NES residents or residents in work who would like to go self-employed, with dedicated coaching and (depending on eligibility) access to a support grant.


The START programme is aimed at those who have an idea for a technology-based business but would like to develop it further. It includes 28 hours of learning worth £1400, which could lead to a coveted spot in a local business incubator/accelerator for 6 months.

West of England Growth Hub

The West of England Growth Hub is a free resource providing support, advice and guidance to pre-starts and self-employed people. Their website contains a dedicated section on starting in business, and their advisors can assist you in finding the right support.

Princes Trust

Princes Trust offer training and mentoring support funding and resources to become the best entrepreneur you can be. The free enterprise programme is split into four sessions: information session, workshop, build your business and launch.

Help to Grow

Get help to start up with Help to Grow. Check what you need to do to set up your business and how to get help from government-backed schemes.

B&NES Council Business

Find guidance with business rates, licensing, food safety and other services.

Supplying the South West Portal

This portal provides a user friendly, intuitive process to advertise all open tenders and quotation opportunities for councils in the South West.

If you need assistance with business support please contact one of our business engagement officers.