Somerset West and Taunton Council: Economic Development Business Support News

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Somerset West and Taunton Council: Economic Development Business Support News

Somerset Social Enterprise Network: SHARE IT!


Date and time

Tue, 9 November 2021

19:00 – 20:00 GMT

This is a great chance to meet like-minded people and share ideas, successes and challenges.

Take the floor with Open Mic Spotlight: a member will be offered a 5-10 minute space to inspire others about their organisation or more widely about issues around social enterprise or challenges they face. Let us know your ideas when you book your place.

The meeting is led by an experienced facilitator who will help you get the most from this evening if you need extra help.

Connect with other social enterprises who can inspire you. Join the Somerset Social Enterprise Network today - It's free! Membership is open to social enterprises and similar organisations of all sizes and at all stages of development, across a wide range of business activities.

This is a FREE online event for Somerset Social Enterprise Network members. Non-members are also welcome. Whether you are an experienced social entrepreneur, an enthusiastic start-up or are thinking of setting up a social enterprise in Somerset we hope you will join us.

To book and Find Out more: Click here

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Visitor Economy Business Support Programme

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


Minehead BID: Free Business Mentoring for Minehead Businesses - Phase 2

In the spring and summer of 2021 Fran Riseley, Riseley Consulting carried out a very successful business mentoring programme for 20 independent businesses in Minehead.

  This involved two mentoring sessions with them in their business. Tailored action plans to improve sales and profitability were developed and then written up and sent to each business owner. The second mentoring session involved following up progress of the action plan and then ways to move the business on again.  The revised action plan was then written up and sent to the business owner.  Ongoing support in the form of calls, emails, reviews of web sites, marketing collateral etc was also provided on an ad hoc basis.

This mentoring programme, which was funded by the Emergency Town Centre Recovery Fund from Somerset West and Taunton Council, was very well received and funding has now been approved to extend the programme to a further 20 businesses in Minehead.



If you would like your business to be part of the next phase of this free mentoring scheme, please contact Fran direct.

Contact Fran on: click here