More private sector sponsors announced

Earlier this year, in order to meet the shortfall in budget due to public sector cuts,  the Somerset 3D Board approached private sector supporters to seek financial or in-kind assistance to ensure the programme could continue with the important work of attracting new investment.   We are talking with a number of business across the sectors, but would like to express our thanks to the following sponsors, with more to be announced in the next issue of this newsletter.


EDF Energy has been a sponsor of Somerset 3D for the last 2 years.  The company supported the Somerset in Business Conference in May of this year and continues to support the inward investment opportunities arising from the Hinkley New Nuclear development.

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-sixth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to more than 5.5 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework. These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Hinkley Point C is expected to generate a 500 million pound-plus boost to the South West economy during the construction phase. EDF Energy has also committed to developing local skills and apprenticeships and it is anticipated that the station will create 900 permanent jobs during the 60-year operation of the plant and inject a further £40 million per year into the local economy.

Two new generating units at Hinkley Point C would be capable of supplying enough electricity for around five million homes and at the peak of construction provide around 5,600 jobs on-site and more in the supply chain.

In its nuclear activities EDF Energy has partnered with Centrica, which has a 20% stake in the company’s eight existing plants and in the project carrying out pre-development work for new build. Centrica also has the option to take up to 20% stakes in each of the four planned plants.

Through Our Sustainability Commitments, EDF Energy has launched one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company and the company has since been awarded the highest ranking of Platinum Plus in Business in the Community’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility Index, the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility.

EDF is the official energy utilities partner and sustainability partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The company is also helping its customers and others use energy more sustainably through products and initiatives such as Team Green Britain, smart meters and electric vehicle research.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

EDF Energy, 14 King Square, Bridgwater, Somerset , TA6 3DG Tel: 01278 444600  www.savetodaysavetomorrow.


Mead Realisations was established some 30 years ago, Mead Realisations Ltd is a land development and property-enabling company, which buys ‘problem’ land, ie land that does not have planning permission, has access problems and possibly contaminated soil. The company then uses the services of specialist consultants to work through the problems before it either develops the land through consortium groups involving other major developers, or develops the land through its own subsidiary company, Meadow Mead Homes Limited. Alternatively, the ‘clean’ land is sold directly onto major developers.

During the history of the company, the Chairman Mr Derek Mead has worked closely with major developers, local authorities, housing associations and other public bodies and has invested a considerable amount into providing community facilities, including roads, churches, flood prevention schemes and public open spaces. As a local businessman, he believes strongly in investing back into the local area.

Mead Realisations Ltd is part of the Mead Group.  The group initially started as a family farm business, but over the years, this company has diversified into business properties and now has an extensive portfolio of retail shops, holiday cottages, offices and industrial units. The Group’s businesses include: D & P Mead & Co, Meadow Mead Homes Limited, Puxton Park Limited and J24 Ltd

The Mead Group, Ebdon Court Farm, Wick St Lawrence, Weston Super Mare, BS22 7YU 
Tel - 01934 520808  Fax - 01934 520016

Alder King has offices throughout the South West and South Wales, and continues to maintain the position of the market leading property consultancy in the region.

The company has a reputation for delivering excellence, as a result of our unrivalled market knowledge.  Alder King offer a full range of multi disciplinary services which include valuation, distressed property solutions, LPA Receivership to a full range of agency functions, together with a comprehensive Professional, Planning, Building Consultancy, Management Services and Project and Facilities Management team.

As a testament to the company's continued success they recently won a number of high profile awards including the Estates Gazette’s Most Active Agent in the South West award, for the tenth year running.

Alder King Property and Planning Consultants, 4 Heron Gate Office Park, Hankridge Way, Taunton TA1 2LR

Tel: 01823 444 879 f Fax: 0117 317 1001