Category economic development

Campaign to help businesses fill job vacancies 

A new campaign is aiming to bring Somerset’s employers and jobseekers together in a bid to help fill vacancies and provide a timely boost to local businesses.  STEP-UP Somerset, a collaborative project between Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, South Somerset District Council and partner organisations, is calling on businesses to […]

Your Somerset – Autumn 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 the County Council and our partners are involved in. You can download and read the most recent edition of […]

Digital Innovation Centre set for Firepool site

Somerset County Council has approved funding which paves the way for a new £11m Digital Innovation Centre at the Firepool site in Taunton. The centre will be a flagship development for Taunton, building on local strengths in the digital sector and forming a key part of plans for recovery and transformation of the Somerset economy, […]

£5,000 grants to help rural businesses bounce back

Grants of up to £5,000 are now available to help businesses in rural parts of Somerset bounce back after the coronavirus pandemic. The Rural Services Grant Fund is part of a £6m package of funding from Somerset County Council which aims to kickstart the county’s economy. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on […]

£500,000 to boost re-start and recovery

Anchor businesses in Somerset that attract people to visit and support a wider range of local enterprises are being urged to bid for grants to help them re-start and recover from the economic hit of the coronavirus pandemic. Somerset County Council is launching a £500,000 fund to support strategically significant businesses badly affected by Covid-19 […]

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 […]