Invest in Bath – Supporting businesses through COVID-19

Businesses who need to access financial support from the Government due to COVID-19 can apply online via the Bath & North East Somerset Council website.

Grants NOT Loans
There are many local businesses that haven’t applied for coronavirus small business and retail grants. These are grants, not loans and don’t have to be paid back. Please check your eligibility and apply online. The council’s business support service, Invest in Bath has a dedicated team to give targeted help to companies during the pandemic.

More than £20 million secured for local businesses so far
At Invest in Bath the team have been working hard over the past two weeks to get COVID-19 support grants to businesses. We are pleased to have already processed and secured more than £20 million to businesses. Click here to go to the online application form.

Are you a Retail, Tourism or Leisure Business? OR are you eligible for Small Business Rate Relief?
Any business currently in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief may be eligible for a £10,000 cash grant. Any retail, hospitality or leisure business with a rateable value above £15,000 and below £51,000 may be eligible for a £25,000 cash grant. Smaller businesses in these sectors may also be eligible for a £10,000 cash grant.

The full range of financial support for businesses announced by the Government can be found here. To contact the Invest in Bath team, email:

Current Registrations Update

If you have been sent your application number it means we have received your registration and will contact you as quickly as we can. We have had a very high volume of enquiries, so if you haven’t heard from us within the seven days stated then please bear with as there might have been further evidence required or clarification to be made. We are making every effort we can to support our businesses in Bath and North East Somerset as promptly as possible.

Urgent call to local businesses with food supplies

We are appealing to cafe and restaurant businesses in the B&NES area to find out who has diversified or is looking to diversify and would like support. If you are open for business we want to help get that message out there. Please help us by telling us if your business, local shop, pub or other food premises has diversified and is taking orders. Tag us on Twitter @InvestinBath @AchieveinBathnes and use the hashtags #TogetherWeCan #InvestinBath. Together with 3SG and the Sustainable Food Partnership we are compiling a list of local businesses in B&NES which can take food and grocery orders over the phone so the most vulnerable in our community can pay for their supplies safely and securely and get them delivered by our community volunteers. Here is the current list of local food providers operating.

Invest in Bath, together with Achieve in B&NES, our skills & communities partner, want to showcase the amazing resilience in our business community. We would like to hear from you if you are bringing our local community together to offer help and support to vulnerable people and businesses in B&NES throughout the pandemic.

Get in touch to tell us what you’re working on:

Have your say in the Big Bath Welcome Pack

Bath Business Improvement District is working on a new welcome pack to attract people back to the city when lockdown lifts. The team welcomes your ideas and has set up a survey to capture your thoughts. To find out more and to have your say click here.

Visit our news pages

Invest in Bath is sharing stories of Bath & North East Somerset companies’ resilience. Click here to see the latest stories including Bath University’s Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) effort, they have now made 28,000 items for hospitals, pharmacies, care homes and GPs in and around the city.

Keeping up to date

This is a rapidly evolving situation, please follow our Twitter feed and the Invest in Bath website for key updates. Twitter: @InvestinBath Web: to us. Please do not hesitate to contact Invest in Bath with any questions or issues you may be facing. Email: See Bath & North Somerset Council updates online by visiting: and follow @Bathnes on Twitter and sign up for the council’s weekly newsletter here e-connect