South-west startup guide

In the past eight years, we’ve worked with everyone from husband and wife startups to multi-million pound scale-ups.

Naturally, we’ve built up an extensive databank of contacts and knowledge that could be useful to a tech entrepreneur just starting out in the South-west.

And we want to share that learning with you.

With links to mentors, marketing agencies, co-working spaces, sources of funding and more, we hope this guide will be a valuable starting point for your startup journey.

Table of contents

Accountancy services

Burton Sweet
But The Books
Corrigan
Crunch
FD Works
Focus Accountancy
Hollingdale Pooley
McManus Williams
Victoria Accountants

Business guidance (UK-wide)

Business Doctors
The Knowledge Transfer Network

Guidance for women

Accelerate Her
Driven Woman
Everywoman
Female Entrepreneur Association
Prowess
Ten Entrepreneurs
Women In Business Network
Women in Rural Enterprise UK

Project management consultancy

Greyfly

Courses

Bristol Business College
Bristol Media diary events
DevelopMe training
FutureLearn courses
Mayden Academy
SETsquared Support Programmes
UWE Professional Short Courses

Co-working spaces and studios

Bath

Ethical Property
Glove Factory Studios
Spaces Works
The Guild Hub
The Old Church School

Bristol

Bankspace
Bristol and Bath Science Park
Bristol Leigh Court
Desklodge
Engine Shed
Filwood Green
Framework Bristol
Futurespace Bristol
Gather Round
HERE
Meriton Foundry
Mild Bunch
Origin Workspace
Paintworks Bristol
Pennywell project
Podville Office
Pollen Place
Raw Space
Redbrick House
Runway East
Spike Island
Square Works 
Studio 31
Two’s Company Studios
77 Stokes Croft

Virtual offices

Business West virtual offices

Events and meet-up groups

BAME groups

Tech Alt

Business networking events

Avon Business Club
Bristol Accelerator Network (formerly Entrepreneurial Spark)
Bristol Life Business Club
Interactive Business Club Bristol
Network 10
NRG Networks
Vistage
Working Breakfast
Yena
4Networking

Business/startup socials

BathSPARK
Bristech
Bristol Business Brainstorm
Bristol Entrepreneurs and Opportunity Seekers
Bristol Small Business Marketing Strategy Meetup
Bristol Tech Volunteers
Design/Build/Market 
Ecopreneurs
ProductTank Bristol
Silicon Gorge Tech Networking Beers
South West Founders
Startup Grind Bristol
Startup Stories Bristol
Talks for Growing Brands
Tech4Good South West
Techie Brekkie
Technation
TechSPARK Bristol

Coworking and freelancing groups

Bristol Co-Workers

Hack nights

Bath: Hacked
CodeHub Bristol
Simpleweb

LGBT+ groups

LGBTQIA+ in tech

Testing groups

Bristol User Testing Social
South. West. Test.

Women’s groups

Bristol Girl Geek Dinners
IT Girls Collaborative Tech Sector Network
Ladies That UX Bristol
Women Tech Founders
Women’s Tech Hub Bristol
Women Who Code Bristol

Festivals and conferences

Bath Digital Festival
Bristech
Bristol TechFin
Data Science Festival Bristol
Digital Gaggle
Festival of Female Entrepreneurs
Fireside Summit
Pixel Pioneers
Voxxed Days

Funding

Alternative Business Funding
Bath SETsquared
Business West funding circle
Business West Regional Loan Fund
Innovate UK
UFI funding rounds
Silicon Valley Bank
Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub
SWIG Finance
We Are Growth
West of England Local Growth Fund

Angel investors

Angels 5k
Connection Capital

Corporate finance

Bristol York
Bishop Fleming
FRP Advisory
Icon Corporate Finance
ISCA Ventures
Momentum CF
Shaw LLP
WH Ireland PLC

Crowdfunding

Code Investing
Crowdcube
Crowdreach
Fundsurfer
Hyperstarter
Ideasquares
Seedrs

Funding finders

British Business bank finance hub
Business West finance finder
Business West funder finder
Ideasquares

Grants

Business West grants

Growth investors

Accelerated Ventures
BGF Ventures
Deepbridge Capital
Maven Capital Partners
UK Business Angels Association

Investment events

Engine Shed
Scaleup Generator

Seed investors

Bristol Private Equity Club
Cool Ventures
Wyvern Fund

Social impact funding

Bristol and Bath Regional Capital
Fredericks Foundation (Women’s Loan Fund)
Quartet Community Foundation
Resonance Ltd
Seedbed Enterprise
Social Enterprise and Innovation Programme

Incubators

Bristol Accelerator Network (formerly Entrepreneurial Spark)
Digital Innovation Business Acceleration Hub
Oracle Startup Accelerator
SETsquared
The Guild Hub

Robotics

Bristol Robotics Lab

Science

UnitDX

Industry blogs

Bristol and Bath

Adlib Recruitment
CookiesHQ
Ignite Digital
Oggadoon
Runway East
SETsquared
Simpleweb
SR2
TechSPARK
Valuable Content

UK-wide

All Top Startups
Entrepreneur Handbook
Just Entrepreneurs
Startup Donut
Startup Today
Tartle Media
Techround

AMD Solicitors
ART Accountants
Ashfords
Clarke Willmott
Gregg Latchams
Rocketlawyer
Roxburgh Milkins
Steer & Co
TLT Solicitors
VWV
Womble Bond Dickinson

Marketing, communications and PR agencies

Activation Digital
Agency UK
Apopsi
Element78
Future Content
Goram and Vincent
ID Cubed
Konichiwa-PR
Nameless
Nivo
Noisy Little Monkey
Oakwood Agency
Oggadoon
Proctors
Rin Hamburgh & Co
That Little Agency
True Digital
T&S Advertising
Valuable Content
We are DNA
We Are Ready
Yours Sincerely

CRM and PPC

Armadillo CRM
Digirank
Edit
SearchStar

Mentoring programmes

Atechup
BRAVE
Bristol Creatives
Bristol Media
Business West
EY
FSB
Knowle West Media Centre
Natwest Entrepreneur Accelerator
North Somerset Enterprise Agency
Outset
Prince’s Trust
Tech Nation Growth Programmes
The CEO Room
We Are Growth

BAME programmes

Bristol Gov Stepping Up Programme

IP help

Business West Intellectual Property

Tech hubs

Bristol and Bath Science Park
Bristol Games Hub
Bristol VR Lab
Engine Shed
Health Tech Hub
Pervasive Media Studio

Tech news

Bristol24/7
Bristol Business
Bristol Media
Bristol Post
South West Business
TechSPARK

Tech recruiters

Adlib Recruitment
Fwd Thinking Recruitment
Ignite Digital
IO Associates
SR2 Recruitment
Techfolk

Job boards

Bristol Media
TechSPARK
Women’s Tech Jobs