Somerset West and Taunton Business News, Webinars and Useful Information

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Business News: Webinars & Useful Information

1. Heart of the South West: Adapt + Revive -

a. Receive up to 12 hours of free support, advice and training in finance, HR, digital marketing and more.

b. Webinars and 1-2-1s with online business advisors

c. Open to sole traders, micro businesses and limited companies in Devon, Somerset, Torbay and Plymouth.


2. Taunton Chamber of Commerce- Eventbrite Upcoming free webinars:


We exist to support and connect companies, bringing together local businesses and organisations to build new relationships, share best practice, foster new opportunities and provide practical support.

Because we sit at the heart of the local community, we are uniquely placed to help businesses of every size and sector to thrive. This includes the active role we undertake to improve the local commercial environment to the benefit of all.

We provide a respected voice to the Taunton business community, and the ability to present a critical mass of opinion ensures that the Chamber is taken seriously, and that therefore the business voice of Taunton is heard and understood.

Join us today! Call us on 01823 230898 to discuss membership, or easiest of all, complete your registration and pay your membership subscription online:

  •  Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 10:00 am- Developing amazing teams- without a hefty training budget. 


3. Federation of Small Businesses-

a. Event Calendar:

We may be isolated but we aren't alone. Join us for our virtual events, including networking and business surgeries designed to help you find advice, support and guidance for your small business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Events are free and open to all small businesses and the self-employed across the UK.

b. Federation of Small Businesses- Kickstart Scheme:

FSB is a national gateway for the UK Government's Kickstart scheme and we're encouraging small businesses to get involved and help support young people with job placements in England, Scotland and Wales.

c. Federation of Small businesses- Skills Hub:

Running your own business means you have to be an expert not only in your own field, but also in marketing, social media, accounting, HR - the list goes on! 

We have created the FSB skills hub to support you with the resources you need to ensure business continuity in the immediate future and for the longer term. 

Find answers to your legal questions, demystify the digital world, build a robust business model and unlock the potential of your FSB membership.


4. CICIC Creative Innovation Centre:

Creative Innovation Centre CIC; also known as CICCIC (kick-kick); is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company and social enterprise. Company No. 08140784. Any profits made go back into our community projects and services.

CICCIC is an exciting place where being enterprising about your community or creative practice is what we are all about. We unite all good things that make us happy as individuals, groups and communities. That is why our strap-line says ‘Enterprise, Community & Culture’.


5.  Cornerstone Mentoring:

Cornerstone Enterprise Support Limited (Cornerstone) is a not -for -profit organisation established to offer a business mentoring service in Somerset.

Cornerstone uses a network of volunteer mentors, who are experienced business people, to give you an independent, free - of - charge view of your business, to help you to identify and address key issues and to develop a strategy for growth. We firmly believe that for mentoring to appeal to small businesses who are in the early stages of their existence it needs to be free. It is at this stage that most businesses are likely to be anxious to conserve their working capital.

We also believe that with funding less certain – and ever harder to find – the most sustainable model is for business mentoring to be delivered by volunteers who, although they give their services free, are nevertheless committed to ‘give back’ some of the extensive knowledge and experience gained during their business careers (see Code of Conduct).

With that in mind we have set up a model which differs from most other free mentoring services. The service is delivered by a company which itself engages volunteer mentors to deliver the needs of its client mentees, who in turn contract with the company for that purpose. The benefit for the mentee is that the arrangement is flexible – for example a second mentor could be engaged were that necessary or desirable. The mentor is protected by the contractual arrangements and the existence of professional liability cover arranged by the company.

The fact that the organisation is run entirely by volunteers makes it more sustainable, so the mentee can be confident that their support will not simply evaporate as some have found, for example, when funding has dried up.


6. Digital Marketing for the Tourism Businesses:

  • Search Engine Optimisation

February 23 2021 - 0930 - 1230

Getting your website more views can make a huge difference to your sales.

Bringing in more sales without risking your money on advertising can be a great way to build your business online.

While that all sounds amazing, it’s easier said than done. You can’t do any of that without powerful SEO for your online shop (making it easier for people to find).

This workshop will explain how Google works and the key to getting your online shop noticed and visible in Google and the other search engines.

 Book onto a workshop(s) by emailing

Please include in your email the name and date of the workshop(s) you would like to attend.

7. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)  have released the following statistics.

8. Cosmic:

  • Are offering a package of free training and business advice to retailers in Devon and Somerset
  • Online Workshops are running from the 16 February - 24 March 2021

9. Step Up Somerset- Skills Training, Employment and Progression:

Working with our partners across Somerset, we ensure that details of the latest employment, skills development and related support is available for you to explore, so check back regularly for updates. Explore the options below to find out more about the opportunities available in Somerset and let us help you find your career path.

Upcoming Event: 3 day Virtual Careers Fair BFRS 23 February 2021 09:30-23:58


3 Day Virtual careers Fair Step Up Somerset