Universal Business Support

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is working in partnership with the local councils to provide start ups, small businesses and aspiring business owners with the support they need to get set for success.

Our universal business support programme provides training and expert advice for those who are (or are hoping to become) business owners, whether you’re self employed or leading an established small business. We can support businesses in any sector, from retail to removals. 

The universal business support programme can help you:

  • Understand regulations, requirements and best practice when setting up a new business
  • Access free expert advice and guidance to get started with a new business
  • Access training to develop your business
  • Access a range of one to one support, workshops and resources to help with everything from digital marketing to accountancy

Universal business support is free, and open to all entrepreneurs, start up businesses and established SMEs in the West of England - that’s Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

For further information, please contact your local provider:

For businesses based in Bath and North East SomersetUniversal Business Support is provided by Cool Ventures. Contact Cool Ventures by email at info@coolventures.co.uk or by phone on 01225 580850.

For businesses based in Bristol, Universal Business Support is provided by YTKO.  Contact YTKO by phone on 0800 917 9324.
Businesses and start-ups in South Bristol can also visit the South Bristol Enterprise Support website.

For businesses based in North Somerset, Universal Business Support is provided by NSEA. Contact NSEA by email at info@nsea.biz or by phone on  01934 418 118 .

For businesses based in South Gloucestershire, the provider for Universal Business Support has not yet been appointed. We will update this page as soon as information is available.