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May 2011

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.


A multi-million pound government investment in Somerset’s superfast broadband connection has been welcomed by Somerset 3D Chief Executive Rupert Cox, who says it will increase Somerset’s competitiveness for inward investors, boosting the region’s economy.


Low carbon energy generation and environmental technology were the hot topics for this year’s Somerset in Business Conference, which took place on 24 May at the Taunton Rugby Club.


Over 200 business people from across the county and the South West region attended the 5th annual Somerset in Business Conference at the Taunton Rugby Club on Tuesday 24 May to hear from experts from a range of disciplines and sectors about Somerset's low carbon economy.

To view PDF documents of the presentations from the day, please click here.



An entrepreneur is working with Bridgwater College to develop a new system of growing protected crops commercially, resulting in a much lower energy demand, carbon footprint and water consumption than that from traditional techniques.


Prakash Kumar is a London-based entrepreneur who spotted a gap in the market for a better way to grow crops in glasshouses.


New for this year, delegates at the Somerset in Business Conference can take part in a series of informative and interactive workshops, covering a range of topics relating to businesses, particularly in the low carbon sector.

The five workshops, which will follow the morning’s presentations, will address a variety of topics: Working with Universities; Manufacturing Your Future – Innovation for Growth; Spatial Planning for Job Creation; Apprentices – They Can Help Grow Your Business; and Energy Efficiency for Businesses.

Paul Gilbert, Innovation and Low Carbon Specialist from


A Somerset biomass company, expanding rapidly all over the world, is exhibiting at the Somerset in Business Conference next week.

Last month, we reported on how Woodpecker Energy UK has been working at the Osprey Quay Olympic Sailing Village in Portland, where the company has installed three large-scale Thermon biomass boilers - two with an output of 150kW each, and another with an output of 200kW. The boilers will power a district heating system for the accommodation block, which will host up to 400 international athletes, sailors, coaches and officials.


Inward investment body Somerset 3D is launching a new brand identity and website in order to reflect its evolving nature and thus attract increased investment into the county.

Established in 2008, Somerset 3D has been a big success and in the last year alone it has worked with over 130 companies, assisting 28 of them to relocate with almost 600 jobs created in the county – no mean feat during a recession!