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A new support programme for health and wellbeing businesses in the West of England


In partnership with:

Bath & North East Somerset Council      Bath College     Bath Spa University      University of Bath logo

About the programme

Would specialist support help you take your health business forward? Could you benefit from guidance to address the NHS market? Do you need investment or funding to further develop your products?   

If the answer is yes to any of the above, then you’ve come to the right place.

The FWD Project offers a range of support for health and wellbeing start-ups and SMEs in the West of England. From two-day Business Strategy Workouts which will help you get your business model in shape for growth to dedicated support and expertise to help you raise private investment and R&D funding – we’ve got all your business needs covered.

The support continues in the online Health Innovation Network – a digital platform designed for networking with fellow health and well-being start-ups, keeping up to date with industry and funding news, as well as access to a dedicated team on hand to help you navigate the sector and signpost to other support available.

The FWD Project is funded by the West of England Combined Authority and is free for delegates to take part.


Funded by:

West of England Combined Authority

Delivered by:

SETsquared logo

A support programme specifically tailored to health and wellbeing innovators

Expand your professional network 

Accelerate the development of your business through innovation, investment and R&D

Work with expert mentors & academics


We warmly welcome you to register now to our upcoming briefings. These short online briefings will allow you to hear clearly and concisely the details of business support open to FWD members.


Collaborative Research & Development Funding Briefing – 31st January, 2024, 14:00-15:00, Online. 

Join us in this one-hour Collaborative Research & Development funding briefing, to learn how the SETsquared FWD programme can support you and to discover the upcoming health focussed collaborative Research & Development funding opportunities. 

Through this programme, we can provide a comprehensive package of support to help businesses successfully bid for funding. Support can include matching you with an academic partner from our six university partners to collaboratively bid for funding, critical friend review of your bid and professional bid writing.

This briefing is open to FWD members and non-members.

To find out more and sign up, click here. 

Masterclass Sessions

We’ve developed a series of masterclasses which will be delivered by our expert mentors, to cover a range of essential business topics which will help you to accelerate the growth and resilience of your business. These are free to take part in and are delivered by skilled, knowledgeable facilitators who have a passion for the health and life sciences sector.


Grant Funding Masterclass – How to write a powerful grant response, 7th February, 2024, 9Am-1PM, Held Online.

This Masterclass, delivered as part of the FWD Project, covers the intricacies of bid writing and applications, as well as sharing general hints, tips, and hacks to guarantee funding success. Drawing on his 30 years of experience of successful national and international bid writer, Kevin Brooks will be leading this session, offering also an opportunity for a 1-to-1 session with him afterwards, on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information about this event, click here.

To register, please select your chosen masterclass(es) in your Expression of Interest application below, and a member of our team will be in touch with your next steps.

Who should apply?

We welcome applications from organisations operating in the health and wellbeing sectors, that are an SME, an individual entrepreneur with a registered business, Sole Trader, Partnership Organisation, Limited Company (Ltd) or Community Interest Company (CIC, CIO).

Fully funded places on the programme can be awarded to businesses that: are either currently based or have a part of a supply chain in the West of England which includes Bath, North and North East Somerset, Bristol, and South Gloucestershire; have identified or would like to find potential partners/networks in the area; want to explore business opportunities to collaborate, do research or develop new products in partnership with health & wellbeing companies in the area; or are actively considering working and accessing opportunities in the area, including those that are interested in potentially relocating their operation (or some of it).

Join now

Please fill out the below form and submit your registration form.

Once we have received your application form, a member of the team will be in touch.

If you have any questions about this opportunity or require support to be able to access the training, please contact [email protected]


We value your privacy and will never pass your details on to third party organisations.

SETsquared is a partnership between

  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Southampton logo
  • University of Surrey