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Somerset Business Newsletter – 18 September 2023

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15 September 2023

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Somerset Business Awards 2024: Now Open!

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The Somerset Business Awards are back and gearing up for entries for a sparkling 19th anniversary celebration of the County’s finest.  Organised annually by our very own Somerset Chamber of Commerce, leading accountancy firm Albert Goodman is also back and leading the way with support for the occasion as keynote sponsor.

Competition is expected to be fierce but friendly as old rivals and new entrants alike vie for the much-coveted awards – could your business be a winner in 2024?

As a nod to the mixed fortunes of the year, a new category, the Business Resilience and Growth Award aims to recognise businesses which, despite the soaring costs of doing business, have reinvented their offering to go from strength-to-strength.  New judges and sponsors across several categories will also be eyeing all entries with interest.

There is also a new-look Manufacturing and Engineering Award, plus awards for the Best Use of Digital Technology and Environmental and Sustainability, an area we know many of our businesses across the county are exploring with innovative solutions and areas for new growth.

With 14 categories covering all sectors and sizes of business and charity, we can guarantee there is something of interest for everyone. The awards are free to enter and businesses do not need to be a member of Somerset Chamber to take part.

Entries are now open until 24 November via the Somerset Business Awards website, so let the applications and competition begin!

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Could you be a Somerset Ambassador?

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Invest Somerset is looking for a wide range of people who are passionate about living and working in Somerset and willing to champion the county as a top business location.

Set up by Somerset Council and Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership Invest Somerset aims to increase economic growth in the county. It offers a one-stop shop approach to facilitate more jobs and investment and works closely with people at key organisations who can support relocation and expansion projects.

The role of an Ambassador is simple but important. Ambassadors will champion Somerset by sharing positive views and experiences of growing up, being educated, working or relocating businesses here. By using their own networks and endorsing and sharing news and campaigns Ambassadors will help to spread the positive message about the county.

If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador a range of support and materials are available on the website or contact the Inward Investment Team at enquiries@investsomerset.co.uk

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Somerset Supply Chain launches for local Glastonbury Town Deal Opportunities

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Local businesses are being encouraged to register on a new Somerset Supply Chain website to ensure they are first in line to find out about contracts arising from a £23.6 million pot of funding to revitalise Glastonbury.

Somerset Chamber of Commerce is working in partnership with the Glastonbury Town Deal team within Somerset Council to help match local businesses to work opportunities through the programme and has launched the Somerset Supply Chain website as a single access point for those keen to bid for contracts.

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Creating Places for People

We’re urging residents and businesses to help shape the future of Somerset by having their say on how best to create places that put people at the heart of its design.

We’re launching a public consultation on a set of outline “principles” that are designed to steer new development in Somerset. These should guide developers towards creating attractive and high-quality environments, but also inclusive and accessible places for all, regardless of age, gender, mobility, or background, where people enjoy living.

The principles should lead to high quality development and offer substantial benefit to people in Somerset by:

  • improving air quality;
  • reducing carbon footprints;
  • creating safe and easy access to schools; and
  • places that are more resilient to the impacts of climate change while protecting and enhancing nature and wildlife.

Creating connected, safe and healthy places will also help to improve quality of life and wellbeing.

What do you want to see from new development?

What makes a high quality place? Which benefits matter most to you? How can we best ensure that new development enables people to realise these benefits?

The consultation launched on the 4 September and will run for six weeks until 16 October.

Have your say

Keeping up with all the Latest News

Did you know you can keep up to date with all the latest news from Somerset Council.  We know our businesses may also be interested in Planning Policy, Waste, Ecology & Environment, to name just a few topics.  To read the first edition of Plan-It, the planning policy newsletter and to choose your subscriptions:

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New: Business Food Waste Recycling by 2024

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Under the new laws, in 2024, it will be a legal requirement for all businesses that generate more than 5kgs of food waste to recycle it.

It is expected that local authorities will enforce this action, meaning businesses who are not ready may risk fines.

If you produce more than 5kgs of food waste per month, a food waste collection service may actually save you in overall costs as it reduces the weight collected in general waste bins

  • All businesses within England and Wales will have to comply with the new legalisation. The most impacted industries will be healthcare, retail, education and of course hospitality.
  • Food must be separated internally and put in a separate wheelie bin. Food waste can no longer be included in general waste and your waste collector must take this to a food recycling facility or Anaerobic digester.
  • This legislation follows the UK Environment act which was passed in 2021.
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Institution of Hospitality, South West Launch

The Institution of Hospitality South West Region is passionate about hospitality and provides IoH members living and/or working in the South West, a platform to network, share best practices, and promote the highest standards of hospitality within the region.

Through a host of live events and engaging activities, they will support the Institution of Hospitality career development and lifelong learning ethos and help strengthen the delivery of all Institution of Hospitality resources at a local level.

The Institution of Hospitality are hosting local events in Radstock and Taunton:

  • IoH South West | Launch event – Radstock, 21 September, 16:00-19:00
  • IoH South West | Launch event – Taunton, 21 September, 16:00-19:00

Get in touch with the chairman to find out more.

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Business Support

Networking Power Hour – Chard Enterprise Centre, 4 October

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Our popular networking “Power Hours” will assist you with your confidence in meeting new people, potential customers and suppliers, and at the same time raising your company profile. The events are informal, with no hard-selling tactics – just a chance to make connections!

Here are 5 reasons why networking is important to your business and personal development:

  • This can lead to more sales and raise your company profile
  • Contributes to your social well-being
  • This leads to the exchange of ideas
  • Helps you meet people at all professional levels
  • Boosts your professional confidence
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Employment and Skills

Business Redundancy Support

If you are in a position where you may have to consider redundancies within your workforce there are a number of organisations who can provide free support to your business and your workforce. The Somerset Council Economic Development team work closely with partners to ensure you and your employees have the best possible support during this difficult time.

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Strode College’s New Level 2 Environmental Sustainability Course for Somerset Businesses

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Environmental Sustainability is an incredibly important facet of any successful business.

Environmental policy and knowledgeable staff can streamline processes, reduce business costs, and improve morale. You can improve your business, develop your staff’s skills and do it all for free with a FREE Level 2 Environmental Sustainability course.

  • Your staff can study anytime, anywhere.
  • No class attendance is required.
  • The course will only take up to 16 weeks to complete.

Learn more about our nationally recognised qualification here:

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Business events

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Find out more information about events happening all around Somerset, delivering a variety of workshops, training and development opportunities

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