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Reopening non-essential retail
April 9, 2021

Sedgemoor District Council is working with shop-keepers, traders and larger national chain stores to prepare for the re-opening of High Streets and retail centres, following the Government announcement that non-essential shops can open from Monday, April 12th.   Pavement stencilling has been refreshed in Bridgwater, Highbridge, Burnham, Wedmore and Cheddar to remind people to keep their…

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Ibis Bridgwater becomes first uk hotel to fully showcase Accor’s Ibis plaza design concept
April 8, 2021

Accor has this week opened the largest internationally-branded hotel in the Somerset town of Bridgwater; the 144-room ibis Bridgwater. Operated by Cycas Hospitality as part of a management agreement with Zeal Hotels and Sandgate Investors, the new-build property is the first ibis hotel in the UK to showcase the brand’s new Plaza design throughout. The…

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Recovery Loan Scheme launches today
April 6, 2021

A new government-backed loan scheme launches today (6 April) to provide additional finance to those businesses that need it. new loan scheme will provide further support to protect businesses and jobsloans will include 80% government guarantee and interest rate capgovernment has backed £75 billion of loans to date as part of unprecedented £350 billion wider…

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Free advice on offer for Green start-ups
April 6, 2021

Somerset’s local authorities are providing free business advice to people wanting to set up their own Green business. The workshops, run by Business West advisers, are fully funded by Somerset County Council and the four District Councils:  Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton and South Somerset. The project is being funded through a Business Rates…

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College Seeks to Create 300 New Apprenticeship Opportunities in 100 Days
April 6, 2021

Weston College has set an ambitious target of achieving 300 apprenticeship opportunities, in just 100 days. Following the Coronavirus pandemic, youth unemployment has risen by 13%, with a further 785,000 people under 24 on furlough. This campaign is seeking to create brighter futures for young people, businesses, and the wider community, to help us build…

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Finalists announced for South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2020/21
March 26, 2021

After the longest awards season ever 75 Finalists and 33 Commended have been named in this year’s regional Tourism Awards, which saw 416 entries from across Devon, Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, Bath, Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Sponsored by South West Water, the awards programme opened for entry in March 2020, with plenty…

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Sansum Solutions taking part in Virtual Sponsored Journey for Charity.
March 26, 2021

Jason Woodcock, Managing Director, Shannon Matthews (Head Recruitment Specialist) and Jennifer Wilson Business Development Manager of Sansum Solutions Group Limited, will be taking part in a virtual sponsored journey from Lands End to John O’Groats, an event that is being run through PRC Gym located at Priory Community School in Weston-Super-Mare on Monday 12 April. …

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Newborn Certification for Professional Photographer
March 23, 2021

Timeless Images is the latest member of the Master Photographer’s Association (MPA) to be awarded their exclusive “Newborn Certification” status in Bridgwater Newborn baby photography is incredibly popular, but, without the correct procedures in place, is fraught with potential problems that could cause serious harm to such precious subjects MPA Newborn Certification is awarded to…

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Set up Self Assessment payment plans by 1 April
March 23, 2021

Self Assessment taxpayers have just over a week to pay any outstanding tax liabilities in full or set up an online payment plan for the 2019 to 2020 financial year to avoid incurring penalty charges, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has urged. Last month, HMRC said that due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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Freeport aims to bring innovation and jobs to Somerset
March 8, 2021

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…

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Special Offer from Holiday Inn Express Bridgwater
March 8, 2021

The Holiday Inn Express Bridgwater are offering meeting space for £25 DDR (Day Delegate Rate) This includes Three servings of Tea / CoffeeSandwich LunchRoom HireWater & CordialSweetsStationaryComplimentary WiFi throughout the HotelOnsite parkingInteractive TV to connect your laptop. Minimum of six people This offer is valid from now through until the end of April 2021. Alternatively,…

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Workplace bullying and conflict resolution workshops go online with discounted places available for Sedgemoor businesses
March 8, 2021

Following the success of training held earlier in 2020 by the award-winning charity Stand Against Violence, businesses in Sedgemoor will be able to benefit from discounted courses thanks to the continued support and funding received from the Hinkley Point Community Fund. Stand Against Violence have years of experience in developing techniques and delivering training in…

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Sedgemoor District Council sets budget
March 8, 2021

Despite dealing with the Covid pandemic, with an estimated £4m financial impact in the current year on Sedgemoor’s finances, coupled with the fact that nearly all staff working from home for eleven months of the year, Sedgemoor District Council has yet again set a balanced budget with no cuts to public services for the coming…

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More help for Self Assessment taxpayers
March 8, 2021

Self Assessment taxpayers will not be charged a 5% late payment penalty if they pay their tax or set up a payment plan by 1 April, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced. The payment deadline for Self Assessment is 31 January and interest is charged from 1 February on any amounts outstanding. Normally, a 5%…

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Ambitious Plans to Re-Energise Bridgwater Submitted to Government
March 8, 2021

Following earlier consultation on our Vision for Bridgwater, an ambitious plan seeking £25 m of government investment was submitted at the end of January. The plan is unashamedly bold and designed to re-energise the town centre whilst also unlocking wider housing and employment growth. If successful, the proposals will help unlock over £160 m of…

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The Pardoes Free Legal Helpline
March 8, 2021

Tough times require a community willing to help and support one another. Due to the restrictions in place in Somerset (and the nation) we have had to halt our popular free Legal Clinics in the villages/towns dotted around South Somerset. We have endeavoured to continue to help our community by offering other free services such…

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