Category economic development

Innovation Zone proposal could put Somerset “at the heart of the Green energy revolution” says council leader

Councillor Bill Revans, Leader of Somerset County Council has welcomed the Chancellors announcement that the Gravity site, just north of Bridgwater, could be part of one of the first of the Government’s new Investment Zones. Cllr Revans said: “We need to see the detail of how a new Investment Zone will work, but I am […]

Insight and collaboration at Somerset Climate Business Summit 2022

More than 60 local businesses joined the Somerset Business Climate Summit 2022 held at Queens College in Taunton on Wednesday 21 September. The event opened with a surprise flash mob choir performance from Year 4 & 5 students from Queen’s College, who performed an inspiring and poignant rendition of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’. […]

County Council urges Government to accelerate action on phosphates

Somerset County Council is calling on the Government to urgently bring forward plans for water companies to upgrade their treatment plants to improve the removal of phosphates from sewage in rural areas – the so called “nutrient neutrality” policy. Councillor Ros Wyke, Somerset County Council’s Lead Member for Development and Assets has written to Greg […]

Climate Summit to help Somerset businesses increase sustainability

Somerset businesses are being urged to play their part in combating the climate emergency – with a conference offering insight into practical steps they can take to become more sustainable. The Somerset Business Climate Summit 2022 will take place at Queens College in Taunton on Wednesday 21st September between 10am and 1pm. The Summit will […]

Consultation on council tax support scheme launched

A consultation on council tax support for the new unitary Somerset Council is launched today (25 July 2022). This is the first major policy consultation for the new council and it proposes that the lowest income households across Somerset get 100% council tax relief. Somerset’s four district councils currently offer varying levels of council tax […]

Council calls for action to address the cost-of-living emergency

Somerset County Council has declared a cost-of-living emergency and is calling on the Government to take immediate action to reduce the impacts on local people.  At a meeting of Full Council today, Councillors discussed the ongoing cost-of-living crisis which has seen household bills soar to the highest levels in history.  Councillors voted for the Chief […]

Full fibre broadband ready for service for thousands more premises

Another 2,500 homes and business across Devon and Somerset are now able to access full fibre broadband thanks to the ongoing rollout through the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme. Internet Service Provider Airband has announced the latest figures as it continues its gigabit capable fibre build in the region on behalf of CDS. Access […]

Somerset County Council ranks in Top 100 Apprentice Employers 2022 list

Somerset County Council has been named as one of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in the UK by the Department for Education. The County Council came in 67th on the prestigious list and was one of just three Local Authorities to be included in the Top 100. To mark the occasion, Somerset Support Services for […]

Support for Somerset households with food and energy bills

Somerset residents who are struggling to pay the bills could be eligible for support with the cost of food, energy, water, and other essentials over the coming months. Somerset County Council has been allocated £3.8m to distribute before September 30th as part of the second round of funding provided through the Government’s Household Support Fund. […]

Wessex Internet and CDS extend full fibre broadband to more than 4,700 properties across South Somerset

A further 1,110 homes and businesses in South Somerset will be provided with ultrafast broadband access thanks to extra funding secured by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) as part of a planned rollout being delivered by Wessex Internet to bring connectivity to hard to reach areas. The additional properties will be added to around 3,600 […]