Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Business Support
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    • Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh, Bristol, Bristol, BS8 3RA

About Business West

The purpose of Business West is to help businesses of all sizes take advantage of the opportunities and address the problems created by this new world so they may successful start, grow, export and innovate.

They lead lobby and influence to create an environment which is conducive to business success and provide thousands of individual local business with advice and support to help them be successful. Its ambition is to strive to be the UK's most influential regional business organisation.

Formed nearly 200 years as Bristol Chamber of Commerce Industry and Shipping, Business West still looks after the wealth creating business of Bristol, and now also for the business communities of Bath, Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

What is it like to work for Business West

Managing Director Phil Smith and some of the Board meet all departmental managers in bi-monthly meetings. What’s more, directors spontaneously buy doughnuts or ice cream for all staff, while Phil has an open door policy and knows everyone’s name.
Business West promote a healthy work-life balance. Staff can buy extra holidays, and there’s a wellbeing programme, complete with workshops, focused on a different topic each month. Head office has a rest area with sofas, TV, books and games. There’s also a shower for runners and cyclists.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
Internal projects include a voltage-optimisation system to reduce power consumption by 10%, thermal-imaging equipment to show heat loss, cleaning systems for efficient boilers, LED lights, electric-car charging points, zoning controls on heating and home-made compost.

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  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to all staff

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  • Male : Female:

    38% / 62%

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