Category economic development

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 […]

Grant scheme to help businesses save money and the environment

A new grant has been launched which will help businesses save money and help save the environment at the same time. The new Carbon Reduction Grants for Business Scheme is being jointly run by Somerset’s five local authorities and will see businesses of all sizes able to apply for grants between £500 and £1,000 to […]

Understanding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Somerset businesses

The results of a large county-wide survey about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local businesses will be used to shape Somerset’s response and economic recovery planning. Conducted by Somerset’s five local authorities between July 24 and August 21 this year, the survey provides vital intelligence on how more than 1,300 businesses have been […]