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The West of England Growth Hub provides 360-degree business support for SMEs.

Drive growth through new markets, networks and digital technology. Request a call-back today. 

Below we've outlined the technology and innovation support services and programmes we offer so you can lead digital transformation, improve your digital presence and find new customers. 

 

Business Innovation Fund - register your details now for the next window

Get funding and expertise to help accelerate innovation in your business and bring new products, processes and services to market. 

Coming soon, the Business Innovation Fund can award grants to eligible businesses to progress research, development and innovation.

You can register your details with us now and we'll alert you when the next window is open.

Green Business Grants - application window open until 25 June 2021

West of England Green Business Grants support SMEs to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and business operations. This helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and can save businesses money on energy bills.

Trading Better Online

Get free, expert business support to grow your digital presence and increase online sales. You'll be matched with a consultant and supported with up to 4 days of hands-on guidance to develop and enhance your web presence. 

Understand digital better with Digital Boost

Our partner Digital Boost offers free mentoring, workshops, courses and content to help you understand digital better. Sign up today and you'll get access to:

Mentoring Calls

  • Free 1-on-1 mentoring tailored to your needs
  • Speak one-on-one with a digital expert, who’ll provide you with practical help and advice in only 60 minutes.

Webinars and Workshops

  • Hands-on webinars to boost your business
  • Join one of many interactive masterclasses on SEO, Facebook Ads, payment systems and more.

Resource Library

  • Free resources to upgrade yourself and your business
  • Learn at your own pace with access to our comprehensive library of learning content from articles to online courses.

West of England Sustainable Technologies Scale-Up Programme

SETsquared alongside the University of Bath has launched a new business support programme aimed at small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the West of England interested in exploring how innovation to become more sustainable can benefit their business or who are already developing a sustainable technology.

The new West of England Sustainable Technologies Scale-Up Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will help accelerate the growth of 155 SMEs over the next 3 years.

The primary support will be provided through a Sustainability Workout – an online workshop which will help SMEs scrutinise their existing business model, understand their sustainability challenges and use sustainability and circular economy principles as key drivers for innovation. There are many business benefits to taking this approach including reduced costs, strengthened customer relationships and improved supply chain resilience.

National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme

 

NATEP Autumn 2021 & Spring 2022 Call - Now open

The Aerospace Growth Partnership developed the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) aimed at small and medium sized suppliers to help them develop their own innovative technologies to enhance their capabilities and increase their ability to win new business with higher tier companies anywhere in the world.

If you would like to get involved or find out more then please contact enquiries@weaf.co.uk.

Low Carbon Challenge Fund

The West of England Low Carbon Challenge Fund is open to eligible applicants across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. A total of £1.7m in grant funding is available from the European Regional Development Fund. Green Business Grants are available for up to 50-80% of eligible costs, leading to £4.2m in investment in schemes that could help:

  • avoid emissions that can harm the environment and contribute to climate change;
  • reduce energy bills;
  • lower maintenance costs and retain equipment for longer;
  • make buildings more comfortable and healthier for staff;
  • access cutting edge low carbon technologies.

The Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation initiative (DETI)

DETI is starting as a two-year, research and development (R&D) initiative in the West of England. It will bring together advanced engineering companies, digital technology pioneers and universities to push the boundaries of digital engineering for the future, to help UK businesses maintain engineering leadership. DETI will help companies identify and develop the tools, technologies and processes they need to rapidly accelerate digital engineering capabilities and identify the skills needed to embed digital.