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Growing your business

Programmes and resources to enable new business development 

Our new regional business support initiatives such as Trading Better Online and our Accountancy Support Programme aim to help your business build financial resilience, innovate and adopt best practice, and boost productivity. You can also access tailored sector-specific support to accelerate innovation, improve sustainability, develop workforce skills and drive growth through our other bespoke business programmes. These include the Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation initiative, Creative Scale Up and Workforce for the Future.

Accountancy Support Programme

The Accountancy Support Programme is a West of England Combined Authority initiative, delivered in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). The programme provides small businesses with a free financial check-up, as well as bespoke advice and guidance on effective financial management.

Trading Better Online

Trading Better Online is a West of England Combined Authority initiative which provides free, expert business support to enhance your digital presence and increase online sales. Businesses are matched to a consultant and supported with up to 4 days of hands-on guidance to develop and enhance your web presence. Visit our dedicated page to find out more, or contact us to speak to an Enterprise Adviser.

Mentoring for Growth

We have launched a new Mentoring for Growth programme in partnership with Be the Business. It is designed to connect business leaders from large, multinational companies with key decision makers and owners from SMEs. The aim is to help shape the future direction of SMEs and help boost their productivity, through sharing ideas, knowledge, expertise and experience.

If you feel that your business would benefit from Be the Business’s Mentoring for Growth programme, or email btbmentoring@growth.co.uk

West of England Green Business Grants

West of England Green Business Grants support SMEs to improve their energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. We have already invested £200,000 in local businesses and will be investing a further £800,000.

The Green Business Grant scheme is currently closed to new applicants due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will reopen as soon as possible. Register your interest today and we will notify you when grant applications are live again.

Intellectual Property

Your business is likely to own or use intellectual property (IP). This may include your business name, logo, website, technical innovation and the look of your products to name a few. These important assets, which often go unrecognised, could play an important role in the sustainability and growth of your business both domestically and internationally, and all businesses need to protect their IP. Visit our IP page to learn more or contact us to speak to a dedicated Enterprise Adviser.

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