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Next step for Bridgwater Tidal Barrier
January 20, 2022

The £100m Bridgwater Tidal Barrier - designed to protect some 13,000 homes and businesses from tidal flooding - is one step nearer.  The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), George Eustice, approved the Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO), which was submitted in December 2019 and grants powers to construct and…

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Congratulations to the Finalists in the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2021/22
January 17, 2022

The Finalists have been announced today for the 2021/22 Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards.  They will now have to wait until the online Awards Day on 17 February to learn whether they have won Gold, Silver, Bronze or a Special award.  A further two businesses received Commended status. The 6th year of the competition…

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HMRC reminds Businesses to Declare COVID-19 Grants on Tax Returns
January 13, 2022

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urging tax agents and accountants to remind their clients that COVID-19 support grants or payments are taxable and should be declared on their company tax returns. The deadline for customers or agents filing company tax returns (CT600) is 12 months after the end of the accounting period it covers.…

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Covid Recovery Grants - Update from Sedgemoor District Council
January 11, 2022

Guidance has now been issued to Local Authorities with reference to the new grant scheme announced by the Government on the 21st December 2021. Sedgemoor are now analysing and processing  the guidance and will shortly be launching an application process for businesses who met the criteria to apply for a grant payment. This scheme will…

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Get ready for some fun! Drive-in cinema (s)
January 10, 2022

With Christmas over and dark and grey skies abounding, Sedgemoor District Council are putting some fun back into local communities with a programme of free and exciting events.  In association with local events company, eat:Festivals and funded by the Government Welcome Back Fund, there will be a fun-filled programme of different events, at different locations,…

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Making Tax Digital for VAT is coming – are you ready?
January 7, 2022

Businesses are reminded to take steps to prepare for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Value Added Tax (VAT) before it becomes mandatory for all VAT-registered businesses from 1 April this year.  MTD is designed to help businesses eliminate common errors and save time managing their tax affairs. MTD for VAT is part of the overall…

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HMRC gives Self Assessment taxpayers more time to ease COVID-19 pressures
January 6, 2022

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is waiving late filing and late payment penalties for Self Assessment taxpayers for one month – giving them extra time, if they need it, to complete their 2020/21 tax return and pay any tax due. HMRC is encouraging taxpayers to file and pay on time if they can, as the…

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Gravity Local Development Order
January 4, 2022

Sedgemoor District Council’s meeting of Full Council on Wednesday, 22nd December resolved to accept a Local Development Order for Gravity Enterprise Zone at the former Royal Ordnance Factory at Puriton. The Gravity Local Development Order will be a positive planning tool used to support investment, widespread growth and prosperity to the local area and will…

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LOCAL SCHOOL CHILDREN ENSURE BRIDGWATER CARNIVAL IS IN SAFE HANDS
January 4, 2022

The future of Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival is still very much in safe hands, despite the popular illuminated carnival procession being cancelled for the past two years. As with many other events all around the world, the Covid-19 Pandemic has meant Bridgwater Carnival as we know it has not been seen on the streets of…

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Weston College and Willmott Dixon launch Constructing Lives Together
January 4, 2022

Weston College have teamed up with construction heavyweight Willmott Dixon, to support local adults in entering the construction industry, through launched Constructing Lives Together. The new initiative which is being funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) will offer free training to people across the South West. The two-week training courses which will be…

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Northgate yard celebrates topping out milestone
December 16, 2021

Bridgwater’s £16 million leisure regeneration project in the town centre has celebrated another major milestone in its construction. Sedgemoor District Council and main contractor Willmott Dixon held a topping out ceremony to celebrate the final steelwork being installed at the highest point of the structure on the site ahead of its planned opening in Autumn…

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New Service from SAV
December 16, 2021

Available from January, SAV (Stand Against Violence) are launching a series of uplifting 45-minute online training sessions to help us focus and take care of ourselves and those around us. We'll work with you to develop the skills to stay connected and energised as a team, with sessions including managing emotions, effective communication, understanding body language, active…

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Oh What a Night!
December 14, 2021

Picture credit to Jeff Searle Photography Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce hosted this year’s Sedgemoor Business Excellence Awards at The Canalside in Bridgwater on Friday 19th November. Now in their 9th year the awards are a celebration of the very special and diverse local business community and this year was no different with 83 entries from a wide…

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Business Enterprise Hub Feasibility Study - Business Survey 2021
December 14, 2021

The Bridgwater Town Deal Board has successfully been awarded £23 m of government funds to help regeneration the town. The funding is subject to completion of satisfactory business cases being agreed with Government for each project. As part of the plan, the Town Deal Board included provision to establish a new business enterprise hub in…

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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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A new Weston Employment Centre –Support for those who find themselves out of work
December 10, 2021

The Weston College Group and Seetec Pluss have formed a strategic partnership to create a new Employment Centre in Weston-super-Mare. The Centre will help individuals looking for employment support and training with the shared goal of assisting adults into jobs with local employers.The Weston Employment Centre, based opposite the College’s Knightstone Campus in central Weston,…

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