Economic Development Covid Business Newsletter, Courses and Opportunities

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Economic Development Covid Business Newsletter, Courses and Opportunities

Somerset County Council Peer Network


Somerset County Council are running two more cohorts (No 2 & 3) of the very successful BEIS Peer Networks for businesses across Somerset. Active involvement in the Peer Network will enhance the leadership capabilities, knowledge and confidence of business owners and entrepreneurs within the local region. It will help build local connectivity and strength within the SME business community. This is your chance to be involved, to be inspired and to be connected with other business, owners, leaders and managers in a safe, open environment.


Through active learning we will support you to find new solutions enabling personal and professional development and business growth. If you meet the following criteria then please get in contact with Somerset Country Council as soon as possible to book your place via the email




Mobile Boost Scheme

Are you a business struggling with poor indoor mobile coverage? Connecting Devon and Somerset may be able to help. It has announced the expansion of the Mobile Boost Programme, which aims to upgrade indoor 4G coverage in “not-spot” areas.  


Businesses and households can apply for a voucher of up to £1200 towards the cost of one of a number of mobile signal booster options from a registered supplier. The value of the voucher will be dependent on the type of technology most suitable for the premises. Suppliers will be able to advise on the most appropriate option. Businesses and residents will be required to make a contribution to cover the cost of installation.  


For more information and to apply visit Connecting Devon and Somerset - Mobile Boost Scheme 

Somerset Chamber of Commerce


Entries are now open for the county’s biggest and most prestigious annual business awards – the Somerset Business Awards 2022 organised by Somerset Chamber of Commerce.

The annual awards have returned with new sponsors, new categories and a gala awards ceremony scheduled for March next year, which will again be hosted by local BBC journalist and presenter, Claire Carter.

The awards are free to enter and businesses do not need to be a member of Somerset Chamber to take part. Once again, leading accountancy firm Albert Goodman is the main sponsor.

The awards are now in their 17th year and recognise and celebrate the very best of Somerset’s wide range of businesses across all sectors.

New awards this year include Employee of the Year to recognise someone who has gone above and beyond their usual day job and a Rebuild and Thrive Award to honour inspirational firms which have responded to adversity, whether that be COVID, Brexit or another issue.

Businesses have until December 3 to submit their entries via the Somerset Business Awards website at The website also has full details of all 14 award categories, the sponsors and judges.


Somerset Chamber has a wide and varied events calendar helping businesses connect, learn new skills and share best practice. Many are free and non-members can attend two events before being asked to join. More details here:

Upcoming events include, a Facebook for business training workshop on October 7, construction and planning specific networking at our monthly First Thursday Club on October 7 and learn how to use video to promote your business in our specialist workshop on October 12.