Category economic development

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 […]

Expert export advice for Somerset businesses

Somerset’s Local Authorities are raising awareness of the new opportunities emerging for local companies to export goods and services. The South West is one of three areas chosen in the UK to benefit from the Export Growth Plan funding with a range of support provided ahead of the EU transition period as part of a […]

Businesses benefit from Step Up Somerset guidance during challenging times

Somerset businesses faced with making redundancies due to the coronavirus pandemic are being encouraged to make the most of the support on offer through the Step Up Somerset initiative. The Step Up Somerset website is a one-stop-shop for people, employers and businesses looking for support and information about employment skills, careers and apprenticeships. Step Up […]

Step Up Somerset supporting workers in tough economic climate

During these uncertain economic times, Step Up Somerset is a one-stop-shop for people and businesses looking for support, advice and information about employment, skills, careers and apprenticeships in the county. The site has resources to help anyone looking to realise the next step of their career ambitions, as well as support for people looking for […]