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New training centres ready for next phase of construction at Hinkley Point C
April 28, 2022

The Energy Minister, Greg Hands is due to open one of three new training centres to support theHinkley Point C project in Somerset, on Thursday 28th April 2022. Together with existing facilitiesand investment into education and skills, the centres will be ready to help local people join theadditional 4,000 workers needed for the next phase…

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Somerset Day
April 28, 2022

Soon it will be Somerset Day (Wednesday 11 May) – so it’s time to pull out all the stops and make sure you’re ready to celebrate. Please help us spread the word to your friends, colleagues and contacts and tell them you will be flying the flag for Somerset. Encourage them to join you in…

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Plastic Packaging Tax
April 28, 2022

As of April 2022, any plastic packaging that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic content will be subject to the Plastic Packaging Tax. This will be charged at a rate of £200 per metric tonne of plastic used. Plastic packaging containing 30% or more recycled plastic still counts towards the 10-tonne threshold for…

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BRIDGWATER GUY FAWKES CARNIVAL TO RETURN IN 2022
March 29, 2022

One of the country’s best loved annual events is set to return to the streets in 2022 after a two year pause for the pandemic. The popular Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, which has the reputation for being one of the largest illuminated processions in Europe, will take place on Saturday 5th November and preparations are…

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Somerset Green Business Support Survey
March 28, 2022

SCC have created a survey to better understand where our business community is with addressing the climate emergency and to help us identify how we can best offer advice and guidance to ensure that Somerset businesses get the support they need in transitioning to a low carbon economy. They are interested in hearing from all businesses,…

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Second round of funding to boost Somerset business recovery
March 23, 2022

Businesses in Somerset are being urged to bid for grants to help them recover from the economic hit of the coronavirus pandemic.  Somerset County Council has launched a second round of the Somerset Restart and Recovery Programme to support strategically significant businesses badly affected by Covid-19 and successive lockdowns.  These could be organisations that often…

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Somerset Growth Accelerator Fund Grant Scheme
March 15, 2022

Grants are being made available to Somerset SMEs to support the growth of their businesses and to help drive economic recovery post Covid and support Somerset’s ambition to become net zero by 2030. Applicants can apply for: Grants of between £25,000 and £50,000 with the applicant expected to match fund 25% of the project costs…

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NEW Somerset Food Resilience Grant is available!
March 10, 2022

Smart Communities Ltd has a Grant Fund to enable communities that support or directly work to develop food resilience in communities across Somerset. Any Somerset community group, charity, organisation, and agency can apply for a maximum of £2,000. The deadline for applications is 31st March 2022 and funded by Somerset County Council. During the Covid-19…

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Bristol Road Playing Fields disposal
March 7, 2022

Sedgemoor District Council is considering the disposal of the site of the Bristol Road Playing Fields, Bridgwater which extends to approximately 4.98 hectares.  It is proposed that the land will be transferred to the Bridgwater United Community Sports Trust by way of a 75-year lease in order to convert the existing playing fields into an…

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We want your views on the Celebration Mile in Bridgwater
February 22, 2022

A public drop-in session is planned for Tuesday, March 1st between 1600 hrs and 1900 hrs in the Town Hall in Bridgwater where plans and ideas will be on show for the next part of the Celebration Mile – Angel Crescent, Clare Street and Eastover. Under the auspices of the Bridgwater Town Deal, we are…

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Specialist grants available to drive business growth
February 18, 2022

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…

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Funds on offer for new ideas to boost Somerset’s tourism economy
February 14, 2022

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…

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Grant funding available for business groups, clusters and networks
February 14, 2022

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…

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Somerset leads the way on climate action
January 28, 2022

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…

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Boundary Commission Review for Parliamentary Boundaries – 2023
January 25, 2022

The Boundary Commission has the task of periodically reviewing all the Parliamentary constituencies in England. It is currently conducting a review on the basis of rules most recently updated by Parliament in 2020. These latest rules retain 650 constituencies for the UK Parliament as a whole and require constituencies that they propose or recommend to…

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Sedgemoor District Council’s Employment and Skills Outreach staff are helping to change the shape of its residents – Literally!
January 25, 2022

The award nominated 100 Women First Programme helps to build confidence, upskill, re-train and get women into the job of choice.  However, body image can be a huge barrier for people when returning or looking for employment.   To help overcome this, 100 Women First put a Business case together to Slimming World, asking for their…

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