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Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership FREE Digital Online Training Programme


The first in an exciting series of free business support webinars with others planned for the autumn

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 The 1-hour session will walk businesses through the considerations that need to be undertaken in preparation for the proposed re-opening of the sector on the 17 May 2021

All businesses in the visitor economy are encouraged to attend. Following the seminar, participants will have access to re-opening risk assessment documentation and planning template and will also be invited to join the Visit Exmoor/Visit Somerset Associate Member Programme.

There are two webinar dates available:

Friday 7 May 2021 at 2.00 p.m.

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Thursday 13 May 2021 at 11.00 a.m.

Register here

Spaces are limited, please register early.


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Community Renewal Fund – Somerset

Applications are now being invited for the Community Renewal Fund – Somerset. This is a new funding opportunity, launched by the government in the Budget in March.

The funding runs for one year and is intended to pave the way to the Shared Prosperity Fund due to be launched in 2022.

Somerset has the chance to bid for up to £12m of funding.  The County Council is the lead authority for Somerset and will be responsible for inviting, assessing, prioritising and submitting bids to government. 

Applications are invited from partners (including, but not limited to, businesses, voluntary and community groups, education and training providers, and district councils) for bids which must be submitted to government by 18 June 2021. Project proposals must be submitted to Somerset County Council by 10.00am on 10 May 2021.

The Fund aims to support people and communities across the UK most in need to pilot programmes and new approaches, and will invest in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.

Projects – in both urban and rural areas – should align with four identified themes:

  • Investment in skills
  • Investment in local business
  • Investment in communities and place
  • Supporting people into employment. The funding is short-term with projects needing to be delivered by March 2022.A range of resources, including a recorded information event and presentations from workshops, application process are available on the dedicated Somerset County Council Community Renewal Fund webpage – this will be updated regularly.

Somerset Business Recovery Survey 2021

Somerset’s five Local Authorities are jointly undertaking this vital survey to help us better understand and respond to local business needs, with a particular focus on the impacts that COVID-19 will have had on many businesses over the last 12 months.

By completing this survey, you will be providing much needed intelligence to help shape our approach to economic recovery in Somerset, including the support that businesses will be able to receive.

Should you wish to provide your details at the end of the survey, we will share the findings of this survey with you as soon as they are available. We may also be able to offer specific advice and support based on the responses you have given.

We know your time is precious, but the survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and your views could make a real difference.

Please be assured that your personal data will not be shared with anyone outside of Somerset’s local authorities and you will remain fully anonymous in any reporting.

To complete the survey, please click on the following link:

Somerset Business Recovery Survey 2021

If you have questions about the survey or wish to provide additional feedback, please email:

Stronger Somerset

District councils have welcomed chance to have a say on proposals for change to local government in Somerset 

Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has launched a consultation on proposals for reform of local government in Somerset. The 8-week consultation started on Monday 22 February and will run until Monday 19 April. All Somerset councils recognise that the current system does not work well enough.  

The Stronger Somerset proposal, put forward by the four district councils, sets out a plan for the county’s needs now and into the future to deliver better jobs, affordable homes, stronger communities and a carbon zero county.   

Stronger Somerset describes two new unitary authorities for the county, which it describes as small enough, so they know you and you know them, but big enough to be effective and economic. They will meet the needs of their local communities and work together for the benefit of the whole county.​ 

Western Somerset and Eastern Somerset have different characteristics, comprising distinct functional economic areas, travel to work areas and housing markets. In addition, there are complex varying needs of physical geography, climate, demographic divergence and connectivity. 

Stronger Somerset also recognises that its ambitions need to be supported by an ambitious and progressive devolution agenda that can help the county become a positive net contributor to the Exchequer. Stronger Somerset envisages a Combined Authority ready to deliver a themed devolution deal. Local government reorganisation is the first step on this journey. It identifies seven devolution themes: • Boosting business and productivity • Carbon neutrality and climate resilience • Delivering better digital connectivity • Transport infrastructure and physical connectivity • Improving skills and social mobility • Creating thriving places • Delivering sustainable housing development. Find out more about the Stronger Somerset proposal.  

To respond to the Government’s consultation, please click here  You can also respond by email or post.  

The Government is also consulting on Somerset County Council’s alternative proposal, One Somerset.