Somerset West and Taunton Council: Economic Development Business Support News

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Somerset West and Taunton Council: Economic Development Business Support News


Shop Social in Somerset:

We are delighted to bring you a Christmas shopping directory promoting our amazing social enterprise network members!

Find unique and memorable gifts to give this holiday season, whilst also supporting your fellow social entrepreneurs!

For More information: Click here


To be included in this directory please email

Joining the network is quick, easy and FREE! 

We are so proud to now have over 200 Members! There is strength in numbers, so if you haven't joined yet - what's stopping you?




Rural Enterprise Exmoor:

A new vision for Exmoor’s future economy has been developed following almost two years of research and consultation with businesses, communities, and stakeholders.

The  overall aspiration is for Exmoor to have:

An economy building community wealth, sitting lightly in its environment and creating opportunities from its special qualities.

It’s a vision about creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to develop their ideas, for people to thrive and for the environment to recover. It identifies two major factors which are driving change both in the economy and wider society and which demand a response – an increasingly green agenda as a result of the climate and nature emergencies and a more technologically driven digital world.

In order to achieve the vision a number of priorities, propositions and proposals have been identified. The Rural Enterprise Exmoor Partnership will be pursuing opportunities to fulfil the vision and the opportunities identifie

Please the following link to the recent event: Click here

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Pub is the Hub:

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.


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


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

Farming Equipment and Technology Fund Open Afternoon at Cutcombe Market:


To view the eligible equipment here Farming and Technology Fund Round 1 manual - Guidance: Click here

More.... Somerset Social Enterprise Network Information:

7th December SHARE IT! Click here to book


Power to Change have a new programme of support for community businesses who need support shifting from an emergency mindset to investing in future planning. The initial phase provides a tailored support package for community businesses worth up to £20,000 for improving their digital skills and systems. Applications for this round close on 13 December. DETAILS HERE


Tuesday 7 December 2021: WISE webinar

The third and final WISE Ways to Lead webinar from 1-2pm on Tuesday 7 December will explore the theme of identity and belonging in the workplace. This will be a punchy, practical lunchtime session focused on skills-sharing and networking, hosted by Pioneers Post and NatWest. BOOK HERE


The University of Gloucestershire is excited to be hosting the Ingenuity Programme for a second year running. This year, it could be you!

· Improving health

· Tackling climate change



SSE along with Big Issue Invest, The Key Fund, UnLtd and Resonance will come together again to deliver the Social Enterprise Support Fund. . Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, the fund is made up of £16.3m in grants. It responds to an urgent need to help social enterprises. The fund will provide essential support to help social enterprises in England to rebuild and grow their trading income, following the impact of COVID-19. DETAILS HERE


Heritage organisations in England can now apply to Heritage Compass, a programme of support offering a range of training, mentoring and peer learning. Each organisation will develop a clear business plan, a developed income strategy and the tools and knowledge to respond to their specific needs and challenges. It's free to take part and open to organisations with a turnover of less than £1m. CLICK HERE - Deadline is 16th December.


Is your SE within 15 miles of Bridgwater’s Junction 24?  Charities and community organisations working within 15 miles of a Moto service station can apply for grants from the Moto in the Community Trust. The average grant is £1000. DETAILS HERE 


The Get Outside in Somerset project is a joint initiative from Somerset Activity and Sport Partnership (SASP)The Community Council for Somerset (CCS)Spark Somerset, and Somerset Wildlife Trust, funded by Somerset County Council Public Health.

The Get Outside in Somerset project is supporting people across Somerset to get outside and move in more ways that suit them. This could be anything from a short walk or a spot of gardening, to taking part in water sports on a local river or going for a run.

There are small pots of funding available to organisations to help spread the word and advertise their own services on the Get Outside platform. 
CLICK HERE for the Partner Funding information

CLICK HERE to become a Supporter and use #GetOutside materials

CLICK HERE to download the form to have your activities listed on the website

There are also opportunities to become a Get Outside Ambassador! If you have a passion for an activity or have overcome a challenge that has enabled you to #GetOutside more - share it to inspire others as a brand Ambassador!


THE NATIONAL LOTTERY COMMUNITY FUND- revenue grants of between £30,000 and £50,000 are available to a wide range of organisations, including charities, social enterprises and statutory agencies, for projects which create lasting change within local communities across the United Kingdom. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 15 December 2021 or as soon as 700 applications have been received, whichever is the earlier (so early application is advised!). CLICK HERE TO APPLY