Somerset West and Taunton Council: Economic Development Business Support News

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Somerset West and Taunton Council: Economic Development Business Support News

Business Revitalisation Grant

The Council’s Business Revitalisation Grant has been launched this week. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to businesses that remain directly or indirectly impacted by Covid Restrictions. The fund is aimed at businesses that support 15 or more employees. The key eligibility criteria are that the business must:

  • Be the current ratepayer and be in occupation of business rated premises in the Somerset West and Taunton area throughout the last 12 months and have a business rateable value on the premises occupied of £15,001 or over
  • Employ at least 15 people (including part time staff and those who are / have been furloughed)
  • Demonstrate proven financial difficulty – at least 25% decrease in turnover as a result of the Covid crisis
  • Be viable and not failing, but require some temporary additional support to stabilise its operations due to the impact that Covid19 has had on its market, customer base or supply chain.

Businesses from any sector can apply. The Council is particularly keen to support those businesses and organisations that were unable to be fully compensated through the support provided by previous Government COVID Support packages earlier this year.

The application window is scheduled to close at 5pm on Mon 1st November 2021. However, the Council reserves the right to close the scheme earlier should the scheme be over-subscribed.

The full criteria and online application form can be found at

Visitor Economy Business Support Programme

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Would you like to know the secret to attracting MORE customers? Are you looking for new ways to GROW your businesses? Well, look no further! The Visitor Economy Support Programme has helped hundreds of businesses across Somerset do just that. The programme is FREE, all you need to do is sign up using the link below and one of our experts will be in touch to help.

The support is available to all Somerset business working within the visitor economy including hospitality, tourism, retail, attractions, activity providers, museums, entertainment, and arts.

If you have any questions about the VESP programme, please contact Max Lawrence on

#VESP #VisitExmoor #VisitSomerset #GrowYourBusiness

Visit Minehead: Can you help us promote Minehead?


Minehead BID Social Media Brief

We are looking for an individual or company to provide scheduled content on our social media channels.

This content should be engaging, promoting the strengths of Minehead as an event, retail and visitor destination and be supported by good quality images.

Our target audiences are local residents in a 20-mile radius of Minehead, day visitors and those considering coming here on holiday.

The aim of the commission is to make Visit Minehead the one-stop platform for promoting Minehead.

Experience required

Knowledge of Minehead, the businesses within and the challenges and opportunities that would exist with this commission would be an essential requirement.

Duration of commission

The social media commission would initially be for a 2-month trial running from 1st November to 31st December 2021 with a potential extension through to the completion of the BID’s first term in June 2023.

We would expect a service to be operated Monday to Friday throughout this commission with scheduled content on weekends or public holidays, attendance at BID supported events would be encouraged.

The successful person/team would work with the BID Manager Andrew Hopkins and Marketing Sub-Group Chair Alison Prior.


For Full Details: Click here


Taunton Chamber of Commerce:

Please note the following free online events in October and November which are open to any business whether they are a Taunton Chamber Member or not!

1.  21.10.21: Life After Lockdown: Protecting Your Employees in the Workplace and at Home


2. 09.11.21: Making Green Normal - Sustainability and Carbon Reduction for Business


Somerset Social Enterprise Network:


October already! This is a bumper issue - LOTS of new grants and sector news that would be so useful for your Social business.

To View the newsletter: Click here

Pub is the Hub:

'The pub should be the centre or hub of community life and can also provide essential services beyond the usual drinks, food or entertainment.'


Pub is The Hub is a not-for-profit organisation, which offers independent specialist advice to publicans on local services diversification or the options for the ownership of pubs, so they can all provide viable local services at the heart of their community. 

Pub is The Hub has worked with great publicans and organisations to open shops, libraries, cafes, community cinemas, allotments, and much more. Since 2013, through its Community Services Fund, it has been able to offer small grants and has helped over 600 pubs diversify, with over 175 of these benefitting from help through the fund.

Its ‘Join Inn – Last Orders for Loneliness’ campaign specifically looks to support publicans and their communities to become better connected to help alleviate loneliness.

See our latest news: PiTH-The-Hub-Autumn-2021.pdf (

For more information or a further discussion or how we can help your pub, please see this link: Welcome To Pub is The Hub's Official Website

Contact: Contact Pub is The Hub Today!

'The KICKSTART Scheme'


'We are pleased to announce that we are supporting young people into Kickstart jobs to 31st March 2022.'


The Kickstart Scheme is providing valuable jobs and work experience to tens of thousands of young people. We are delighted with the response from Gateway organisations and employers keen to provide employment opportunities with thousands stepping forward to join the national effort.


We are pleased to announce that we have decided to continue supporting young people into Kickstart jobs to 31 March 2022. This means that young people at risk of long-term unemployment will continue to be able to start Kickstart jobs until the end of March - giving them access to employment support and work experience through employers up and down the country.

Please note

The window for new applications to the Kickstart Scheme from employers and variations from gateway organisations will close on 17th December 2021. No further applications will be considered after this date.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your Kickstart Account Manager or the Avon, Somerset and Gloucestershire Kickstart team at ASG.DISTRICTKICKSTARTTEAM@DWP.GOV.UK