Business Support for Bridgend

Bridgend County Borough Council Business Page

Bridgend County Borough Council Business Homepage provides a wide range of information for businesses including business rates, licensing and grants.

Enterprise Team Bridgend Council

Bridgend County Borough Council offers a range of business support and is committed to supporting business growth. The Enterprise Team have the knowledge and experience to help those who are planning to set up or expand a business in Bridgend County from all sizes of organisations such as small start-up projects to large multi-national companies. We convert as many enquiries as possible into business success and continue to help the business grow and develop.

The Enterprise team can provide ongoing business advice and support including:

  • New premises support
  • Networking opportunities via the Bridgend Business Forum
  • Recruitment
  • Skills
  • Training



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Bridgend Business Forum

The Bridgend Business Forum provides local business people with an opportunity to meet new customers and suppliers, learn new skills, share best practice, and keep up to date with the political, legislative and economic factors that could affect their business. Importantly the forum also provides an opportunity for business people to voice their views.


Employability Bridgend

Employability Bridgend work with both employed and unemployed people across Bridgend County Borough and can provide free training and mentoring support. Including for people in employment wanting to improve their employment situation they can provide support to increase working hours, move into a different job, progress into a better job, and achieve a higher income.

Once a business is trading then the project can help with recruitment and also with skills for the owner and staff.

01656 815317

Rebel Business School

Rebel Business Schools (Pop-Up Business School) consist of 5 full-day sessions supporting people into self-employment and teaching them how to set up a business for free, usually this is run annually. Rebel Business Schools are also developing a 1-day course to run a few times a year. The approach is very engaging and gives wary people confidence to make the first steps.

Pop-Up Business School deliver the inspiration, information and practical help needed to get your idea to the next level.


Business Wales

Business in Focus deliver the Welsh Government’s flagship Business Wales service, which provides advice and information to pre-start and existing businesses. This means that anyone who is seeking to start a business or has an existing SME business in Wales, can engage with us to access support via one-to-one appointments with the relevant business adviser, Specialist webinars or access to our online services.

Business in Focus can provide owners and managers of SMEs with tailored consultancy and advice to suit different stages and circumstances. This can include topics such as business planning, employment and HR issues, help with access to finance, tendering, sustainability, international trade, training seminars and locating networking events.

03000 6 03000

Start Up Grants and Loans

Business loans available from Business in Focus
Business in Focus is an Official Delivery Partner of the Start Up Loans scheme and can assist you in applying for a Start Up Loan.
Start Up Loans can offer you:

  • Unsecured loans of between £500 – £25,000
  • Fixed interest rate, currently 6.19%
  • Repayment period from 1 to 5 years
  • FREE mentoring for the first year of the loan

Lisa Stretch
07979 148294

Welsh Government

Productivity Enhancement Programme
This programme of support, aimed at manufacturers, includes funding for capital expenditure in new technologies and helps businesses move to the next level.
The programme aims to increase efficiency, develop new products and explore new markets within the business. Every participant in the scheme will be assigned a Welsh Government Relationship Manager and Innovation Specialist to help review productivity enhancement and support them through the business friendly application process.


Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Department for Work and Pensions provides support to employers that are looking to grow and develop their business. DWP can signpost you to useful advice for your business, including:

  • Coronavirus support – help for employers to deal with consequences of the coronavirus outbreak
  • Help for employers – guidance for when employers are recruiting or reducing their workforce
  • Plan for Jobs – personalised advice and support for businesses, the self-employed and jobseekers

Links to further information on the Department for Work and Pensions employer offer are included in the following attached documents or available for download at:

To discuss in more detail, please contact a member of the Bridgend Employer and Partnership Team
08456 043719

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