Category Councillor Val Keitch

Ten start-up businesses to take off with the Somerset Launch Pad programme

Ten Somerset start-up businesses will be able to benefit from a fully-funded Launch Pad programme provided by the new unitary Somerset Council. The programme includes workshops, masterclasses and one-to-one mentoring, tailored to businesses’ individual needs, and delivered by professionals, entrepreneurs and experts from industry. Councillor Val Keitch, Somerset County Council’s Executive Lead Member with responsibility […]

Spring business resilience workshops coming soon

It is challenging times at present for small and medium Somerset businesses. In response, the five Somerset councils (Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset County Council, Somerset West and Taunton and South Somerset) have devised a programme of support to help businesses develop the skills they need to thrive, whatever the economic environment. The spring business resilience webinars […]

Business mentors needed to help Somerset thrive

An ambitious mentoring programme is being launched to make the expertise of the county’s most knowledgeable business-people available to businesses across Somerset. Twenty mentors are being recruited to join the programme in its initial stage, where they will receive free mentor training. Executive and senior management level business leaders, successful entrepreneurs or business consultants, who […]

Small business should be at the heart of energy support, says Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council has called for any review of energy price support for businesses to focus on support for small businesses and the adoption of green and renewable energy. In a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, signed by Councillor Val Keitch, Executive Lead Member for Local Government Reorganisation and Prosperity, and Councillor Sarah […]

Somerset residents benefit from free training to help boost earnings

Adults in Somerset have already gained new skills and jobs in tech and digital sectors after benefiting from free government-funded Skills Bootcamps. Skills Bootcamps, managed by Somerset and Dorset County Councils, are courses ranging from 3 to 16 weeks, developed alongside industry partners to offer skills in in-demand sectors, such as welding, programming, data analytics, […]

Somerset Councils launch countywide Business Survey 2022

Somerset’s five Local Authorities are jointly undertaking a survey to better understand and support local businesses, now and in the future. The Somerset Business Survey 2022 is live and can be completed here. Businesses are encouraged to take part and share the link with their networks. The more responses there are, the more accurate the […]

iAero is flying high

It opened with a spectacular lift-off and now Somerset’s Aerospace Innovation Centre – iAero – is flying high with tenants moving in, significant interest from industry leaders, and new collaborative equipment being installed.   The purpose-built centre, based in Yeovil, is a regional hub for research, design and innovation and was delivered in partnership between Somerset […]

Hundreds sign up to help shape council services

More than 300 people have signed up to help shape the future of council services in Somerset. From April 2023, Somerset’s five councils will be replaced by the new unitary Somerset Council which will deliver all council services to all communities – from waste collection and adult social care to housing, benefits and parks. A […]

Visit Somerset and Exmoor to boost the local economy all year round

We’re here all year – that’s the message from Somerset tourism businesses as the summer season comes to an end.

Public invited to help shape local democracy in Somerset, as consultation launched

A public consultation on the development of Local Community Networks (LCNs) has been launched. People are encouraged to have their say on plans to develop LCNs across the county, to support decision-making at its most local level. You’ll find the link to the consultation HERE. Opinions are being sought on a range of aspects, from […]