Tag Archives: business

Coronavirus: Trading Standards advice for hospitality industry this Easter

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards is reminding owners of guest houses, campsites and restaurants to remain closed this Easter to help combat coronavirus. On March 23 the Government ordered hospitality businesses to close and said that people should stay at home and only essential travel is permitted. With very few exceptions all hotels, bed […]

Business grants ready to make a big difference

Councils and business networks across Somerset are working together to help provide financial lifelines for businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. And they are urging businesses with healthier cash reserves to let those in greater need apply first for the Government grants that could make a big difference in the current crisis. All Somerset councils […]

Lift off for iAero

An £8m cutting-edge aerospace technology centre in Yeovil is taking off with construction work starting on site. Somerset County Council is working with the aerospace industry, including Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil, on the flagship iAero Centre to cement Somerset’s place at the heart of this important business sector. The Centre will encourage innovation, collaboration and […]

Big boost for small business

Businesses across Somerset are being urged to sign-up for free support as part of a new growth initiative. The Heart of the South West Growth Support Programme offers a range of business support services to small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in Somerset, Devon, Plymouth, and Torbay. More than 4,000 businesses across the area will […]

Workshop to help businesses address mental health issues in the workplace

Businesses across Somerset are invited to attend an evening workshop to help them address mental health issues within the workplace. The workshops, from March to June 2017 and held in venues across the county, are being run by Devon & Somerset Trading Standards Service in partnership with New Leaf Life Design, a Taunton-based accredited counselling […]

Businesses served up a breakfast briefing

Top figures at Somerset County Council have given business leaders a breakfast briefing. Chief Executive, Pat Flaherty, and Deputy Leader, Councillor David Hall, spoke at the first Somerset Chamber of Commerce business breakfast of the year, held in the Canalside Business Centre in Bridgwater. The event was organised by the chamber as part of its […]

Businesses at home in Highbridge

New businesses and jobs are on the way for Highbridge next year with the expansion of the town’s Enterprise Centre. Planning permission has been granted to add three more light industrial units on the site which is already home to 17 businesses and 25 jobs. Jointly funded by Somerset County Council and the Heart of […]

UKHO decision is vote of confidence in Somerset, says Deputy Leader

Somerset County Council’s Deputy Leader has welcomed a decision from the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to stay in Taunton. The news that UKHO, one of the county town’s largest employers, has committed its long term future to Somerset is a huge boost for the county – according to Cllr David Hall. “I congratulate Taunton Deane […]

Big boost for county’s business prospects

Somerset County Council has welcomed a big boost for business in Somerset and across the South West as part of yesterday’s Autumn Statement announcement. The Chancellor confirmed £65.2m for the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) – the largest allocation to any one LEP in the country – as part of […]

County Council Welcomes Hinkley Boost for Somerset Businesses

The Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, David Hall has welcomed today’s announcement from EDF Energy, saying it is very positive news for the county and the country. EDF Energy this morning disclosed more preferred bidders for Hinkley Point C, including Southwest joint ventures with combined contract values of more than £225 million. These are […]