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Somerset West and Taunton Council: Economic Development Business Support News

Somerset West & Taunton Event and Things to do Platform:


Somerset West & Taunton event and things to do platform

As part of the Somerset West and Taunton ERDF Welcome Back Fund the Council has commissioned Visit Exmoor and Visit Somerset to develop and host a searchable database and online events calendar for the area that can be found at

The events platform enables event organisers across the area to submit information via an online form about events taking place in their area. Visitors to the platform are able to search for events by location, month, type of event, free of charge, family friendly, wheelchair accessible to find events of interest. To raise awareness, Visit Exmoor and Visit Somerset social media channels have a combined audience of over 100,000 followers to maximise exposure of the events.



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

Heart of the South West: January 2022 Latest News


The Heart of the South West  (A local Area Enterprise ) January 2022 Newsletter: Click here

Somerset Day May 11th 2022: How Can Your Organisation Celebrate Somerset Day?

Fly the Flag for Somerset - Living our Heritage


Somerset Day Community Interest Company is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2014. By supporting the CIC you’re helping to fund future work and spread awareness of the not-for-profit projects we undertake in order to celebrate Somerset.

The CIC encourages communities, organisations, businesses and individuals to celebrate Somerset as a place to live, work, play and learn all year round, but especially over the weekend nearest to 11th May,

Somerset Day, which marks the day in May 878 when Alfred the Great defeated the invading Danish army.

Reasons to Support
Keen to share your Somerset organisation with others?
We have a great track record of spreading awareness of our County and all it has to offer!


2022 Campaign:

Fly the Flag for Somerset – Living our Heritage
Campaign: Fly the Flag for Somerset
2022 Theme: Living our Heritage

With an abundance of organisations within our County celebrating fantastic heritage, as well as
new opportunities, Somerset Day 2022 will celebrate living our heritage - past, present and future.
Our campaign will officially launch in January 2022.


To fly the flag to encourage and grow awareness of Somerset Day, among those living, working, and visiting the County.

To fly the flag through our Somerset Day Trail challenge to celebrate our many great businesses, organisations and communities, reflecting our present and future, just as much as our past.

To fly the flag to encourage Somerset organisations celebrating milestone birthdays in 2022 to celebrate their Somerset heritage.

Get Involved: Buy the Flag - Fly the Flag
Make sure your organisation is ready to celebrate Somerset Day and show your commitment to Somerset on May 11th by buying a flag.
● Buy the flag for Somerset – Flags, bunting, car and window stickers and lapel badges are available to buy at: (Online shop live January 2022)
Get Involved: The Somerset Day Trail Challenge
Join us in living our heritage by taking part in our 2022 Trail Challenge; an interactive map with details of physical destinations to help locals and visitors to explore the County in celebration of Somerset Day. The trail will be open from 2nd April 2022.
With great online reach and engagement, the trail will also offer involved organisations the chance to spread awareness and reach new audiences.
We will be encouraging those that take part in our trail to fly the flag in order to WIN some fantastic Somerset prizes.
Take part by:
● Nominating a destination to add to the trail – add your organisation or place of
interest to our map for free at: *
We’ll be separating nominations into the following categories:
1. Food & Drink
2. Food Festivals
3. Organic & Sustainable
4. Landmarks
5. Iconic buildings
6. Coast and country
7. Attractions
8. Events
*Nominations open 1st February 2022 and close 18th March 2022. T&Cs apply.
● Help us spread the word about our Somerset Day Trail – we’ll be promoting our trail across our platforms – make sure to let your customers and contacts know you’re flying the flag for Somerset by taking part.
● Make sure your organisation is ready – from 1st April 2022, our trail will be open to explore. If you are on our map make sure you fly the flag for Somerset and be ready for visitors! Remember you can buy all you need on our online shop!
● Take part in our trail – fancy exploring more of Somerset? Map out some destinations
to visit before our campaign ends on 11th May 2022!

Be in with the Chance of Winning a Somerset County Council
Funded Grant!
By nominating your organisation to be part of our 2022 trail you can also enter our
competition to WIN 1 of 3 £1000 grants.

Full details can be found at: Click here

Sponsor Somerset Day 2022
We are offering the opportunity for organisations to sponsor our 2022 trail as well as help support the Somerset Day Community Interest Company.
With a great track record for engagement, we have the ability to help spread awareness of your organisation, especially when it comes to reaching an audience invested in Somerset - it’s worth considering! Check out our opportunities:

Keep Up to Date
Updates and further information on how to get involved will be uploaded to our website and social media platforms regularly.
 Click here for further information on the campaign and to buy merchandise.
If you have any questions or would like to talk to us about your ideas for celebrating Somerset Day
please email

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Somerset County Council: Peer Network


Train4tommorrow: The South West is facing a talent crisis!

The South West is facing a talent crisis! However Train4Tomorrow, a government-funded programme, is working to address this. Train4Tomorrow is designed to help local people progress into highly skilled careers, and to fulfil the digital skills gap South West businesses are facing. To date Train4Tomorrow has delivered free, high quality, digital training to over 1,000 adults in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset, Torbay, Cornwall and Dorset.  The programme offers a range of courses including Digital Marketing, Cyber Readiness, IT Readiness, Agile Project Management and more, all taught to Level 3, which is equivalent to A-Levels. You can find out more about the programme at We are now looking to connect local employers with the highly-skilled talent completing the boot camps at a free-to-attend Digital Jobs Fair (taking place online). The jobs fair​ will take place on March 16, 2022 from 9am to 1pm, and we are inviting the latest cohort of 250+ learners to attend.

You can find out more about the jobs fair here: