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November 2010

Keep up-to-date with the latest news and events about how being in Somerset can help your business grow - and provide the lifestyle that you and your family deserve.

Here you will find business success stories, key business networking events and more.

Somerset businesses are preparing for the Hinkley development – and in doing so will be ideally suited to participate in the global nuclear new build programme of 600 power stations.
Hinkley is a bigger development, in terms of scale and cost, than the 2012 Olympics.
The nuclear industry breathed a sigh of relief last month, when Energy Secretary Chris Huhne MP described the construction of eight new nuclear sites in Great Britain as ‘justified’.
Energy firm EDF, local authorities and other partners in Somerset, are helping the development of cluster of low carbon companies in the South West.
With a heritage of energy and environmental technologies, Somerset is becoming renowned for low carbon energy companies.
The University of Plymouth, Somerset County Council and SouthWest One have secured an EU grant of €250,000 to nurture innovation, which will benefit the nuclear industry and supply chain.
A conference in Bath this week is addressing what lessons can be learned from the successful delivery of renewable energies in the south west and how the region can upscale to meet future demand.
Renewable Futures 2010 ‘Pioneering the decade of delivery’ is the annual conference and trade show of the government-funded organisation, Regen SW.
The founder of the world’s biggest music festival, Glastonbury, has installed the country’s largest PV array on the roof of a barn at the festival site – a working farm in Somerset.
Michael Eavis has installed an array of 1,116 PV panels on the roof of a cowshed he calls the Mootel. It’s thought to be the largest private solar electric array in Great Britain, able to power the equivalent of 40 homes.

London & Wharfedale has made a Master Plan Submission to Mendip District Council for a 5MW solar PV farm as part of a huge regeneration proposal for the historic Bath & West Showground site.

Well known in the South West, the Royal Bath and West Showground hosts some of the region’s largest events.

The £120m major regeneration will include visitor destination retail and a business park focused on the rural economy together with an exhibition hall and two hotels.


A group of highly influential businesspeople from a wide range of industries were treated to afternoon tea at the House of Lords, courtesy of Somerset’s inward investment body, Somerset 3D.