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Welcome to the pages for the Economic Development Service for Bath and North East Somerset Council. Our role is to actively support local business and jobs growth across Bath and North East Somerset.


Our work is informed by the Economic Strategy for Bath and North East Somerset (2014-2030).

Whether you’re a start-up business looking for motivation and advice, or a trading business looking to grow, you’ll find a range of business support services available to help.


The Council funds a business support and advice service, available free of charge for people thinking about starting a business, and also for trading businesses experiencing challenges or looking to grow their operations.  The service is delivered by our partner Cool Ventures whose experienced advisors can give feedback and guidance on business planning, finance, accounting, Government business support initiatives and much more.


Find out more - YOUR business support information hub

You can find out much more about this and other business support services, as well as our local economy and business networks, at our new business information hub

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please call 01225 396304 or email for further assistance.


Business support case study

Sue Adams, from the Brow Place Ltd in Bath, used the service to help develop her business further. 

“I took part in two workshop sessions – “developing a growth strategy” and “planning for business success”.  I found the Cool Ventures Team very professional, but friendly, and totally able to pass on their expertise to us in a way we all understood and felt able to use going forward with our businesses.

Along the way there was so much helpful information such as hearing about the new Government Retail Rates Relief initiative.  I chased up the Council to get the £1,000 off my rates bill which was a huge help with finances.”


Doing Business WITH Bath and North East Somerset Council

Are you a business looking to work with the Council in terms of providing goods and services?  For guidance and advice on how to register for opportunities of this kind, please visit the Selling to the Council pages.




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