Financial support and business guidance

Get better positioned for recovery and growth. We build and deliver bespoke programmes and services to help you spend more time focusing on running your business.

Our trusted advisors and partners will give you access to national and regional grants, funding and guidance for business growth and development.

West of England grants

West of England Green Business Grants

West of England Green Business Grants supports SMEs to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Click to find out more.

Business Innovation Fund

Get help to accelerate innovation and bring new products, processes and services to market with the Business Innovation Fund. Second window coming soon in 2021.

National funding

For all national funding including Covid grants, click through to Government advice and financial support page. 

Kickstart Scheme

The government's Kickstart Scheme provides funding to cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions for Kickstart placements. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

Businesses able to create 30 or more job placements can apply for the funding directly on the Government website. Smaller businesses interested in creating fully-funded job placements need to apply through an intermediary. The process for SMEs seeking to apply in the West of England is currently being confirmed. Please contact us to register your interest in creating a Kickstart placement and we will provide further detail as soon as it is available. 

You can also find out about the terms and conditions for employers which are in effect now.

Export Academy

A pilot Export Academy scheme has been introduced to support smaller businesses in the South West begin their exporting journey. Applicable to a wide range of businesses, whether you want to start exporting, or you’re aiming to enter new markets, we’ll help you overcome many of the common challenges that small businesses can face.

The Export Academy will deliver a series of activities that will build your capabilities, creating a new cohort of confident businesses ready to trade.

This pilot programme is designed for owners and senior managers of businesses, and to qualify your business must:

  • have a turnover of up to £500,000
  • be located in the Midlands, North of England or the South West of England

Find out more and register today.

Tap into our hotbed of knowledge and guidance

Universal Business Support

Our Universal Business Support programme provides training and expert advice for business owners and those wanting to become business owners. Understand regulations, requirements and best practice when setting up a new business. Access a range of one to one support, workshops and resources for everything from digital marketing to accountancy

It's 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.


Accountancy Support Programme

This programme is delivered in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Get a day's worth of fully-funded support and a free check up to fully understand your financial position and improve resilience in current challenges. 

Intellectual Property

Your business is likely to own or use Intellectual Property (IP). This might include your business name, logo, website, technical innovation and the look of your products to name but a few. 

These important assets which often go unrecognised, can play and important role in the sustainability and growth of your business both domestically and internationally. All businesses need to protect their IP, and with the EU transition coming, you need to prepare now more than ever. 

Rose Review Female Entrepreneurs Mentoring Programme

NatWest has partnered with Be the Business to bring you a free mentoring service for female entrepreneurs in the West of England. Backed by the government, this free 12-week mentoring programme gives female SME leaders and entrepreneurs access to advice and guidance to build their businesses.

To take part, you need to:

  • Run an established business
  • Identify as a woman
  • Live or run a business in the West of England Combined Authority Area.

Find out more today.


Business support initiatives from our partners

Find out more about initiatives from BT and South Bristol Enterprise Support.

Our directory of supportive partners

You can use our directory for a full list of all support services offered by our partners - Support Directory

And you can filter your results by several criteria:

  • type of support package - such as services, training and toolkits.
  • Specific support category - such as finance, legislation, IP, exporting, procurement, and people.
  • Location available - B&NES, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire.

Working with the Growth Hub

We work with you consistently to provide the right support for your business. Hear from SMEs on the support we've provided.