Category economic development

Specialist grants available to drive business growth

Small and medium-sized businesses in Somerset have the opportunity to apply for grant funding worth up to £6,000 to help them grow and develop. The Business Growth Support Programme is the latest initiative to launch as part of Somerset’s work funded by Community Renewal Funding from the UK Government. The Business Growth Support Programme will […]

Grant funding available for business groups, clusters and networks

Business groups in Somerset that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic are being given the opportunity to apply for grant funding this month. The grants are worth up to £5,000 and can be used by business groups (including Social Enterprises), networks and clusters to aid the recovery from Covid. The scheme is particularly […]

How your organisation could be supported to develop apprentices

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (February 7-13), Somerset County Council is reminding local businesses and organisations of the support on offer to help them recruit apprentices. As a large organisation within Somerset, the Council has the ability to support smaller organisations with apprenticeship qualification costs via an apprenticeship levy transfer. These transfers allow smaller organisations […]

Funds on offer for new ideas to boost Somerset’s tourism economy

A new grant scheme has launched which will help expand Somerset’s tourism offer as the county’s visitor economy recovers from the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of between £25,000 and £40,000 are available for Somerset SME businesses (small and medium size businesses of up to 250 employees), business partnerships, or community organisations wishing […]

Somerset leads the way on climate action

Somerset County Council has been ranked as the top county council in the UK when it comes to taking a lead on climate change. Climate Emergency UK has ranked all 409 local authorities, scoring them against nine categories, including how well councils’ plans would mitigate the impact of climate change locally, whether the climate and […]

Restart and Recovery Fund to the rescue

A dedicated wildlife rescue team in Somerset is looking forward to a brighter New Year thanks to a grant from Somerset County Council. Secret World Wildlife Rescue, based in Highbridge, was one of the successful bidders to a share of the Council’s £500,000 Somerset Business Restart and Recovery Programme launched in late summer 2021. The […]

Your Somerset – Winter 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. The Winter 2021 issue is packed full of useful information […]

Project is a real boost for town’s economy

A vital scheme to link Taunton’s Firepool development and new station car park to the town’s road network with cycling provision has moved a step closer. Somerset County Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, Great Western Railway and Network Rail are working together to deliver a new junction access from Trenchard Way to the crucial […]

Springboard the launch pad for skills boost

Small and medium size businesses in Somerset can boost their staff training for free thanks to a new £265,000 project being launched by Somerset County Council in partnership with the Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network (DSTPN). Contracts have just been signed with four training providers – Aspire Training, Bridgwater and Taunton College, Hair Academy […]

Ground-breaking start for a ground-breaking project

  A ground-breaking ceremony has heralded the start of construction of a ground-breaking project for Somerset. The £11m Digital Innovation Centre, to be developed by Somerset County Council on Somerset West and Taunton Council’s Firepool regeneration site in Taunton, will build on local strengths in the digital sector and form a key part of plans […]