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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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Weston College to Deliver FREE HGV Skills Bootcamps from Jan 2022
December 13, 2021

Weston College has been announced as the only Ofsted Outstanding education providers offering the HGV Skills Bootcamps. The Government announced the Skills Bootcamp in October, and it is part of the Skills for Life initiative, with the aim of training 5,000 (new and returning) people to become HGV drivers. The HGV Skills Bootcamps offer participants…

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Sedgemoor businesses are set to benefit for a whopping £1m from Sedgemoor District Council’s latest Business Support Programme.
October 11, 2021

Sedgemoor’s Economic Development Team has designed a range of schemes that will boost productivity, innovation, greener operations and will give local employees new and improved skills.  The programme will deliver cash grants of up to £15,000 to businesses who can demonstrate that the funding will result in business improvement or higher skills. The programme will…

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£500,000 to boost re-start and recovery
August 16, 2021

Anchor businesses in Somerset that attract people to visit and support a wider range of local enterprises are being urged to bid for grants to help them re-start and recover from the economic hit of the coronavirus pandemic. Somerset County Council is launching a £500,000 fund to support strategically significant businesses badly affected by Covid-19…

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Struggling To Fill Hospitality Vacancies?
July 15, 2021

A new service for the 2021 season has been developed to promote your current vacancies directly to young people in schools and colleges here in Somerset. Somerset County Council along with the four District Councils, Education Business Partnership and industry representatives have worked together to produce a link between a central web hospitality vacancy platform…

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Now is your chance to claim your crown!
June 25, 2021

Are you the Best in the Business? A boss in the boardroom and on the pitch? Now is your chance to claim your crown! In collaboration with the Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce, Bridgwater United Community Sports Trust are excited to announce the Inaugural Bridgwater Business League! Boost your awareness in the community, increase team morale…

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South West small businesses encouraged to apply for Brexit Support Funding before 30 June deadline
June 17, 2021

With two weeks to go before the deadline, small and medium sized businesses in the South West are being encouraged to apply for funding to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU. The £20m Brexit Support Fund, which closes 30 June, enables businesses who trade with the EU…

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WELCOME BACK to Sedgemoor!
June 4, 2021

#ShopSafeShopSedgemoor is being managed by Daffodil PR and Communications, supported by the government and the European Development Fund with the message now focussed on welcoming people back to high streets and shopping areas across the district.  Over the past few weeks, we have seen all high street businesses across the Sedgemoor district able to open…

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Natural Capital Loan
April 29, 2021

The Heart of the South West LEP has launched a £1 million fund for local businesses and organisations to develop and finance natural capital projects that support the natural environment, whilst at the same time providing wider economic benefits. The Natural Capital Demonstrator (NCD) Fund is available for capital expenditure on a loan basis. This…

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£20 million SME Brexit Support Fund opens for applications
March 16, 2021

The fund will help smaller businesses with changes to trade rules with the EU. Smaller businesses can today (15 March 2021) apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU. The £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund enables traders to access practical support, including training…

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'Budget Review' Webinar with Guest Speaker Gavin Roberts
March 8, 2021

We were joined by Gavin Roberts, partner of Maxwells Chartered Accountants for our ‘Budget Review’ webinar. The webinar was filled with valuable information looking at the changes set out by the Chancellor on Wednesday 3rd March. Click here to view

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Litigation Covid Clinics for Individuals and Businesses
January 25, 2021

Everys Solicitors are offering support to individuals and businesses looking for advice on Covid-19 related disputes and claims. Specialist litigation solicitors, Gay Cherryson and Kathy Trist, are holding telephone clinics every Tuesday from 4pm until 6pm, where they will be providing FREE, no-obligation, 20-minute telephone appointments for the following issues: Wills and estatesMedicolegalInsuranceEmploymentLandlord and tenantBusiness…

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Business Support Grants
November 16, 2020

New national business grants are being made available to support those affected by the recent lockdown period.   The two, new grants available are the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed) Addendum) and the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).  The government has once again asked district councils across Somerset, who are closest to their communities, to issue…

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Council Signposts Latest Support For Small Businesses
August 13, 2020

Sedgemoor District Council is helping promote the latest funding for small businesses that was announced by the Government last month and administered by the Heart of the South West Growth Hub.  The funding is in the form of a Kickstart Grant – Tourism and Business Recovery. The government has allocated £20m from the England European…

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