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Somerset County Council receive national accolade for employing people with learning disabilities

Somerset County Council is celebrating this week after being recognised at a national awards ceremony for the employment support it provides to people with learning disabilities. The Council was awarded runner up in the ‘Employer of People with Disability’ award category at the National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards. Somerset County Council was recognised for […]

County Council presents Frome branch of Co-op with ‘Employer of Choice’ award

A Frome based branch of Co-Operative Group has won an award from Somerset County Council for its long-term commitment to employees with learning difficulties. The County Council’s Aspire service that helps adults with learning difficulties find employment, has given Co-op the award in recognition of the company’s long-term work and commitment towards people with learning […]

Combined Authority on the table following positive Devolution summit

Somerset and Devon councils have been reassured that their devolution proposals do not require an elected mayor. At a recent summit meeting with council leaders, Local Government Secretary Greg Clark said Government would not impose an elected Mayor as part of any Heart of the South West (HotSW) Devolution Partnership deal. New powers would instead […]

Grow your business online thanks to a masterclass from Google

Somerset County Council’s Taunton Library is pleased to announce that their Glass Box will play host to an innovative masterclass from experts at Google to help Somerset business owners grow their presence online. On Thursday 14 July, The Google Digital Garage is coming to Taunton to give local businesses a free masterclass to learn crucial […]

3D printing now available to all in Somerset

Somerset County Council’s Taunton library, home to the Glass Box is now offering an exciting and innovative 3D printing service. Following the successful launch of the Glass Box in Taunton Library last week, local companies, entrepreneurs and members of the public in Somerset are now able to create and print their own 3D objects within […]

Shrouds of the Somme

Somerset County Council’s Chair of Somerset Armed Forces Community Covenant Cllr Christopher Le Hardy is championing the work of a Somerset artist who has created 19,240 wooden shrouded figures to represent each of the soldiers that died on the first day of the Battle of Somme. To mark the centenary of WW1 artist Robert Heard […]

Enterprise Centre on the way for Wivey

Small rural businesses are in line for a helping hand from Somerset County Council as it looks to add to its network of Enterprise Centres. The Council has invested £950,000 of its capital funds to secure land in Wiveliscombe to build a new Enterprise Centre to provide much-needed office and light industrial space. This has […]

Armed Forces events in the County

Somerset will be flying the flag for our Armed Forces in the coming weeks at several important events. The Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, of which Somerset County Council is a key supporter, has events planned to coincide with National Armed Forces Day (25 June). In Taunton, a regional conference event is being held on […]

Somerset’s Stars shine brightly during National Volunteers’ Week

From selfless volunteers supporting women who have suffered rape or abuse to a man who co-ordinates the paraplegic games at the Bath & West Show – ‘Star’ volunteers from across Somerset were recognised for their commitment at awards ceremonies last week. As part of National Volunteers Week (1-12 June) celebrations, voluntary organisations and members of […]

You’re invited to the launch of Taunton Library’s Glass Box

Somerset County Council’s Taunton Library is inviting schools, businesses and members of the public to the launch of their highly anticipated ‘Glass Box’. The Glass Box, so-called because it will be making its home in the window-walled former Tourist Information Centre in Paul Street, will be unveiled to the public on 22 June during with […]