Category economic development

Your Somerset – Summer 2021

Check out the latest edition of Your Somerset – out now… Your Somerset is delivered to households across Somerset, three times a year and contains news and information about the Council’s services and  campaigns and projects that County Council and our partners are involved in. You can download and read the most recent edition of […]

Willowdown Primary School branches out

A new £2.5m extension to a primary school near Bridgwater that expands its capacity by more than 200 pupil places was officially opened last week. Willowdown Primary School was originally opened on the Kings Down development seven years ago with space for 210 children and has seen demand for places grow. It is an academy […]

£6m boost for Somerset’s economy

Somerset County Council has today announced details of a £6m package of funding to kickstart Somerset’s economy. The cash boost will include financial support for businesses, financial support for individuals and a range of other measures to stimulate the economy and boost the county as it recovers from coronavirus. Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for […]

Progress update on CDS full fibre network rollout

Preparations are well under way for the roll-out of the full fibre network through the recently awarded contracts from the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme. Around 56,000 homes and businesses will be provided with access to Gigabit capable broadband by internet providers Airband, Truespeed and Wessex Internet. While most of the construction is expected […]

Freeport aims to bring innovation and jobs to Somerset

Somerset has a key role to play in the bid to develop a new Great Western Freeport – a project which could create thousands of jobs and boost the region’s reputation as a leader in high-value design and innovation. A freeport is a space for businesses to import goods and materials, add value to them […]

New Enterprise Centres open in Wells and Wiveliscombe

Two new business-boosting Enterprise Centres have joined the Somerset network with the completion and handover of purpose-built units in Wells and Wiveliscombe thanks to Somerset County Council and partners. The Wiveliscombe centre, located on the old Karro’s Food Group site at Sandy Moor Lane, offers 10 two-person offices and seven small light industrial units suitable […]

Work begins to link major site to road network

A major development set to bring thousands of jobs and huge investment to the heart of Somerset has reached an important milestone.   Work is progressing apace on one of the UK’s largest commercial smart campuses – Gravity at Bridgwater’s M5, Junction 23, and next month the focus shifts to connecting the low-carbon 635-acre site […]

A303 dualling a ‘massive economic boost’

Somerset County Council has welcomed the Government’s decision to give the go-ahead to a multi-million scheme to upgrade one of the county’s vital transport arteries. The Council has worked hard to press Government on the need to invest in long-awaited major upgrade of the A303. It is crucial to support the growth of the economy […]

Bright Future for Bruton Enterprise Centre

Business in Bruton is set for a boost with work beginning on a new £2.7m Enterprise Centre at Coombe Hill. The Bruton site will be Somerset’s eighth Enterprise Centre and is expected to open this Winter. The centre will be home to 10 new offices, two meeting rooms and seven 50 square metre industrial units. […]

Supporting Somerset’s visitor economy

A countywide scheme is being launched to support tourism and visitor-centred businesses in Somerset in the wake of the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The visitor economy plays an important part in the wider Somerset economy and coronavirus restrictions have hit businesses and employment hard. Now Somerset’s County and District Councils have put in […]