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Business Innovation Fund helps bring great ideas to life

We have launched new help for businesses to get their cutting-edge ideas off the drawing board and into reality.

The Business Innovation Fund can award grants to eligible businesses and partner them with the West of England’s world-leading research institutions to progress research, development and innovation.

Our three-year programme will help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop innovative new products, processes and services to fulfil market demand.

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New cycling and walking campaign launched

Residents in the West of England are invited to ‘find joy in the journey’ by swapping short car journeys for walking or cycling to help reduce congestion and improve air quality in the region.

Our new campaign promotes the benefits of cycling and walking to boost health and wellbeing as well as helping to build a cleaner, greener future for the West of England.

It comes as the number of people cycling and walking reached record levels during lockdown and new cycling and walking measures have been put in place to build confidence and enable residents to cycle and walk more easily.

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£2m boost to improve historic high street

A £2 million cash injection to maintain the unique character of Midsomer Norton high street has taken another step forward.

A report before members of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s cabinet recommended formally accepting a slice of the £95m High Street Heritage Action Zones fund, following a successful competitive funding bid.

The programme of funding for the town centres is also supported by the West of England Combined Authority’s Love our High Streets funding, which formed the match funding for this latest successful funding bid.  

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Stagecoach West offers improved transport links
Commuters in Bristol will benefit from improved bus services when Stagecoach West makes big changes to its network around the city’s urban area this month, in partnership with the West of England Combined Authority.

The changes see four new services introduced, including the 10 and 11, designed to improve links from Avonmouth and Southmead to Bristol Parkway and University of West of England Bristol (UWE). Residents from Westbury-on-Trym, Southmead and Lockleaze will benefit from buses every 30 minutes during the week and every hour on Sundays.
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China Market Workshop - Seizing Trade Opportunities in 2020
The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and Invest Bristol & Bath, our inward investment arm, are leading a workshop to showcase the huge export opportunity the Greater Bay Area of China presents for the West of England. The event will provide practical, straightforward advice and inspiring case studies on how the region’s SMEs can sell to this exciting market.

This workshop aims to give you the practical advice and guidance needed to understand opportunities for trade with China


The event takes place via Zoom on 15 September from 10am -12pm, register here

Improving career opportunities for young people
WECA is collaborating with Bristol City Council and the Western Training Provider Network to host an online careers support event - Meet the Providers.
The event is aimed at providers who influence young people, directly or indirectly, building their knowledge of opportunities and enabling them to direct young people to the most appropriate options, whether this is education, training or employment. 
 
Leaving school is a significant event in any young person’s life and 2020 has had the additional pressure of Covid-19. Those aged 16 to 24 have been amongst those hardest hit by the pandemic and the purpose of this event is to support them.
This opportunity has arisen following additional funding provided to our Careers Hub from the Careers and Enterprise Company.

To register for this event, please use the links for
Educator or Professional.  

Economic briefing
We’re tracking the impact of the pandemic on our region’s economy, building up the picture over time, drawing on what businesses are telling us, and the economic indicators available.

We’re putting together regular briefings intended to deepen our understanding of the challenges faced by businesses across the region’s industries, and where there might be gaps in support coming from government.

You can find the latest briefing here.

Mayor's blog

In his latest blog, Mayor Tim Bowles talks about regional recovery through jobs, skills and business.

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