Somerset 3D News Articles https://www.somerset3d.co.uk/news/ Copyright 11th Sep 2015 - 07:37 by Somerset 3D <![CDATA[TV advert boosts Somerset’s business credentials ]> Somerset’s profile as a great business destination has been given a boost in and around London thanks to a recent advertising campaign on catch-up TV channels.AgustaWestland helicopter still featured in Somerset 3D VOD advert

A ‘Seize the Opportunity’ advert, commissioned by inward investment organisation Somerset 3D, highlighted some of the impressive business people and businesses based in the county, including Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden, Glastonbury’s Michael Eavis and the global helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland. Targeting audiences within the M25, it featured on ITV Player and 4 on Demand from the end of October until the beginning of December last year, with a second wave on ITV Player throughout January 2015.

The advert was viewed more than 655,000 times across the two catch-up TV platforms, with the second phase in January generating a click-through rate to the Somerset 3D website that is well above average and a 400% increase in website traffic. In addition, the advert generated almost 1,900 extra views via YouTube. Somerset 3D’s Twitter following also increased significantly, with over 770 new followers located within the M25 catchment area.Deborah Meaden in Somerset 3D advert

The Point Marketing in Wells worked with Somerset 3D on the campaign. Director Ross Pratten commented, “Whilst the recent Somerset 3D Video On Demand activity was designed predominantly to create awareness, we were delighted to witness the second burst of catch-up TV activity surpassing average ITV Player CTR response levels by around a quarter. This excellent response was driven by carefully selecting high interest programmes such as Downton Abbey, Broadchurch and Mr Selfridge, thereby ensuring the Somerset 3D message was reaching a relatively up-market and discerning target audience.”

Somerset 3D Project Coordinator Lottie Francis said, “This is the first time that TV advertising has been used to promote Somerset’s business credentials and it’s certainly proved to be a big success. We’ve had unprecedented levels of interest online and total viewing figures of almost two thirds of a million. It has undoubtedly helped to raise awareness of the county as well as highlighting the high profile business people and companies that thrive here.”

The ‘Seize the Opportunity’ advert can be viewed at www.somerset3d.co.uk/seize-the-opportunity.htmMichael Eavis at Glastonbury

Somerset 3D provides advice and support for entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes that are considering moving all or part of their business to Somerset. Since 2008, it has helped over 100 businesses relocate to the county, creating in excess of 1,100 jobs.

 

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<![CDATA[Somerset’s great transport links are a boost for Wolf Hall production team]> Visitors to Somerset are often surprised at how easy it is to get here and how impressive the transport connections are, both within Somerset and reaching out to other parts of the UK. It’s one of the many reasons why Somerset is such a great place to do business. The production team for the BBC’s new flagship period drama, Wolf Hall, were no exception.

Somerset boasts all the idyllic things you’d expect, with stunning scenery, picturesque rural villages (as well as lively towns), friendly locals, and lots of wonderful places to eat and drink. Architectural heritage is a key part of the county’s landscape, with thousands of historical sites and buildings in Somerset. Several of these – including Montacute House near Yeovil and Barrington Court near Ilminster – have had a starring role in the BBC’s Wolf Hall drama series.

Producer Mark Pybus explains, “One of the great things about Somerset and filming here has been the ease of getting around and the absence of traffic, whilst there are also good rail links to all the towns that we’ve worked in. The county as a whole has great transport links, which makes the logistics of filming here so much easier.”

Somerset has a thriving creative industry and a culture rich in arts, literature, music and entertainment. National Trust properties, English Heritage sites, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and much more all add to the county’s exceptional charm and heritage – and all this only a couple of hours from London.

Pybus continues, “Somerset is a fantastic place to film in the UK. For us, there was the variety of Tudor locations which wasn’t on offer in any other part of the country, and the fact that it’s only two to two and a half hours from London is a big plus as well.”

Speaking about the location in general, he added, “As you drive from place to place, you’re going through countryside that seems second-to-none, it’s stunning. I wasn’t aware that the countryside in Somerset was as beautiful as it is so I feel that I’ve been able to see some of the best of Somerset.”

If you’re looking for a better quality of life without compromising on your business aspirations, Somerset could be your perfect business destination. To find out more about the business benefits of being based in Somerset, click here or call us on 0845 1222 066

To view the full interview with Mark Pybus, click here.

 

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<![CDATA[Somerset 3D advert proves a success]> The first phase of an advertising campaign that showcases Somerset and raises awareness of the county as a great place to do business has proved a big success, both on-screen and online. Targeting inward investors from London and the South East, the ‘Seize the Opportunity’ advert was seen almost 400,000 times in just five weeks via catch-up TV channels, with more than 1,600 additional views via YouTube.

Commissioned by Somerset 3D and launched at the end of October 2014, the advert was shown on ITV Player and 4 on Demand within London and the South East before popular dramas including Downton Abbey, Grantchester and Doc Martin, as well as home related TV shows such as Grand Designs and Location, Location, Location.

It also became a popular topic of conversation on the Twitter social media platform, resulting in over 1,000 new Twitter followers for Somerset 3D – more than a third of which were based within the M25 catchment area. In addition, there were more than 650 uses of the campaign hashtag, #seizetheopportunity, demonstrating strong interest and support for the campaign.

The advert has received much attention in Somerset and the South West, with widespread media coverAriel Atom advert stillage at the start of the campaign and supportive feedback from local business people. For instance, Deborah Waddell, Director at CBI South West, commented, “Step aside John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, the real contender for best advert of 2015 must surely go to Somerset 3D! Challenging, thought provoking and above all it makes you want the product…a slice of the vibrant and diverse Somerset pie.”

The advert challenges the stereotype of country living and promotes the county’s impressive business credentials, highlighting some of the dynamic businesses and business people that are based in Somerset. It aims to attract inward investors from London and the South East to consider moving all or part of their business to Somerset.

The second phase of the campaign runs throughout January 2015 on ITV Player and is expected to be viewed more than 270,000 times over this period. It will be shown prior to popular shows such as Broadchurch, Mr Selfridge, Midsomer Murders and the Jonathan Ross Show.

Click here to view the Somerset 3D ‘Seize the Opportunity’ advert online.

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<![CDATA[Ten top reasons why quality of life is great in Somerset]> Somerset is the ideal location for those who like to work hard and play hard. Here are just some of the many reasons why quality of life in Somerset is second-to-none.

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  1. Stunning surroundings: Ideally situated in the heart of the West Country, Somerset is breathtakingly beautiful. It is the UK’s 12th largest county, boasting the Levels, the rolling hills of Exmoor, the Mendips and the Quantocks, as well as laying claim to 30km of glorious coastline.
  2. Competitive property prices: Somerset’s housing is competitively priced, with average house prices in the county town of Taunton, for instance, being around a third lower than similar homes in and around London.
  3. Variety of locality types: The county’s vibrant market towns and tranquil, rural villages offer a varieFood and drink in Somersetd choice of wonderful locations, with two of Somerset’s towns ranking in the 2014 Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain guide.
  4. Good schools and colleges: Outstanding state schools, world-famous independent schools, a wide selection of further education establishments and six South West universities mean that students in Somerset have a great range of educational options available to them.
  5. Healthy environment: Somerset’s clean air and low pollution make it a healthy place to live, which is reflected in the fact that people in the South West are living longer than anywhere else in the country according to recent ONS Golffigures.
  6. Delicious local produce: Recognised internationally as one of the best regions for food and drink, Somerset has a vast array of high quality produce available on the doorstep. Farmers’ markets, independent breweries, commercial cider makers, cheese makers and other local producers all ensure that food and drink are vital elements of traditional Somerset life.
  7. Creativity and culture: Somerset's famous creative spirit has led to a culture rich in arts, literature, music and entertainment. Its wide range of cultural events and festivals guarantee that life in Somerset is always exhilarating.Willow man portrait
  8. History and architecture: There are thousands of historical sites and buildings in Somerset, and the county’s strong architectural heritage is a real inspiration to those who live here or come to visit.
  9. Sport and leisure: There are a wide range of sport and leisure pursuits on offer in Somerset, from cricket, golf, equestrianism and water sports through to beautiful walks, challenging climbs and great shopping.
  10. Great business opportunities: With a strong economy, great road and rail connections, a vibrant business community and some world-class projects on the doorstep, Somerset is the perfect choice for professionals seeking a better quality of life without compromising on their business aspirations.

Seize the opportunity!

Thousands of people migrate to Somerset every year to start a better life, with a large number of those coming from London and the South East.

Why not have a look at what some of the businesses that are based here or have relocated here say about why Somerset is such a great place to do business?

Somerset 3D provides free, bespoke advice and support for companies of all sizes that are considering moving all or part of their business to Somerset. Its helpful, independent and friendly team has the expertise, knowledge and contacts to ensure the process of relocating or extending a business into Somerset is as smooth as possible.

If you’re interested in finding out more, contact us on 0845 1222 066 or email enquiries@somerset3d.co.uk.

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<![CDATA[Ten top reasons why business is great in Somerset]>

  1. Cost-effective: Firms report being able to run their business up to 30% more cost effectively than in London and the South East due to lower commercial property and staffing costs.
  2. Strategic location: Ideally situated in the heart of the West Country, Somerset is within 2 hours of London, Birmingham and the South West peninsula.
  3. Major road and rail links: 5 junctions of the M5 and the A303 run throughthe county linking Somerset to the South Sassi Holford wedding dresses photo from Somerset 3D advertEast, the Midlands, Bristol and Exeter, while direct train routes into London Paddington and London Waterloo provide quick rail links to the capital, including a fast train from Taunton to Paddington in 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  4. International connections: Within 1 hour of 4 international airports (Bristol, Exeter, Bournemouth and Cardiff) and less than an hour's drive from sea ports at Avonmouth and WeymoutAriel Motor Company Ariel Atom car photo from Somerset 3D adverth.
  5. Strong economy: Somerset’s £9billion economy is relatively stable, with many economic indicators performing better than the regional and national averages.
  6. Vibrant business community: Almost 85% of our companies are small businesses employing up to 10 staff. However, there are also a significant number of multinationals, global market leaders and other major employers AgustaWestland photo from Somerset 3D advertin Somerset, bringing balance and vibrancy to the county.
  7. Short commute times: Two-thirds of Somerset’s working population travel less than six miles to work.
  8. Good education & skills: With outstanding state schools and world-famous private schools, Somerset students also have easy access to a wide range of further education establishments and six South West universities.Roger Saul photo for Somerset 3D advert
  9. Entrepreneurial spirit: Somerset is one of the most prominent areas of the country for new business start-ups, making it one of the best locations from which ambitious entrepreneurs can maximise their business potential.
  10. Great quality of life: Successful business is topped off perfectly by beautiful surroundings, high quality produce, good schools, low pollution and friendly communities, making Somerset a great place to live and work. Click here for more.

Seize the opportunity!

Thousands of people migrate to Somerset every year to start a better life, with a large number of those coming from London and the South East.

Why not have a look at what some of the businesses that are based here or have relocated here say about why Soerset is such a great place to do business? 

Click here to watch the Seize The Opportunity Video which challenges people's perception of Somerset.

Somerset 3D provides free, bespoke advice and support for companies of all sizes that are considering moving all or part of their business to Somerset. Its helpful, independent and friendly team has the expertise, knowledge and contacts to ensure the process of relocating or extending a business into Somerset is as smooth as possible.

If you’re interested in finding out more, contact us on 0845 1222 066 or email enquiries@somerset3d.co.uk.

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<![CDATA[Somerset ticks all the boxes for a great quality of life – it’s official!]> According to recent statistics from the ONS, the South West is one of the best UK regions to live in when it comes to personal well-being.

Ranked in the top three regions for the key categories of happiness, life satisfaction and a sense that what we do in life is worthwhile, the South West also came below the national average when it comes to anxiety levels.

In a place like Somerset, it’s easy to see why!

The beautiful surroundings, high quality produce, good schools and friendly communities make it a great place to live, while strong transport networks including fast links into London make it the perfect place to do business, away from the stress of the capital yet still within easy reach when required.

There are countless examples in Somerset of businesses that have moved into the county to escape the rat race and have gone on to thrive in this vibrant, stunning location, where a high quality of life and cutting-edge business go hand-in-hand.

Why not have a look at our latest short film about the successful businesses and exciting opportunities that can be found here in Somerset?

And don’t just take our word for it – see what some of the impressive business people that are already based here have to say about why it’s such a great place to do business.

Somerset 3D provides bespoke advice and support for entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes that are considering moving all or part of their business to Somerset. Our helpful, independent and friendly team have the expertise, knowledge and contacts to take the hassle out of relocating or extending a business into Somerset.

Contact us to find out more about how we could help you seize the opportunity to find a better work-life balance!

 

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<![CDATA[Somerset is THE place to be]> When international gallery Hauser & Wirth opened in Bruton earlier this year, it certainly got the attention of the art world. Since then, thousands of people have made the trip from London and the South East to Somerset in order to check out Hauser & Wirth’s new gallery and arts centre, finding the area a lot closer and more inspiring than perhaps they may have expected.

Just this weekend, an article by journalist and broadcaster Tracey MacLeod in the Independent and 'i' newspapers highlighted the Roth Bar & Grill within the Hauser & Wirth arts centre as being “the coolest gallery café in Britain” and “the place to be”.

And why wouldn’t it be? Somerset is full of great local produce and inspiring landscapes that provide the perfect backdrop to what is actually a thriving and surprisingly entrepreneurial place.

Just a couple of hours from London, Somerset tends to attract people who want a better quality of life while still having a successful and fulfilling career.

Quality is the keyword here – whether that relates to food, lifestyle or business, it’s at the core of what Somerset is all about.

So if you’re looking for a better quality of life without compromising your business aspirations, why not find out what Somerset could offer you?

Somerset 3D provides bespoke advice and support for entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes that are considering moving all or part of their business to Somerset. Our helpful, independent and friendly team have the expertise, knowledge and contacts to take the hassle out of relocating or extending a business into Somerset.

Contact us to find out more about how we could help you seize the opportunity to find a better work-life balance!

 

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<![CDATA[Downton Abbey to entice inward investors into Somerset]> Somerset is set to raise its profile with potential inward investors as a new advertising campaign highlighting the county as a great place to do business is to be launched on catch-up TV channels alongside popular shows such as Downton Abbey and Grand Designs.

The advert has been commissioned by inward investment organisation Somerset 3D and challenges the stereotype of country living, highlighting some of the dynamic businesses and business people that are based in Somerset. Advocates of the county such as Deborah Meaden, Michael Eavis and Roger Saul will appear alongside industry leading companies including AgustaWestland, Ariel Motor Company and Gooch & Housego to draw attention to the extensive and exciting business opportunities on offer within Somerset.

This is the first time that TV advertising has been used to promote the county’s business credentials, with the month-long campaign scheduled to reach almost half a million viewers.

Launching on 29th October, the advert will be shown to ITV Player and 4 on Demand audiences in London and the South East during the commercial breaks for key dramas such as Downton Abbey, Grantchester and Doc Martin, as well as popular home focused shows including Grand Designs and Location, Location, Location.

Rupert Cox, CEO of inward investment organisation Somerset 3D, said, “The evidence suggests that catch-up TV is regularly used for times when people want to 'escape'. The Somerset 3D message to escape the rat race and seize the opportunity to change your life for the better fits very well with this, both from a professional and lifestyle perspective.

“We’re really excited about the new Somerset 3D advert and are enormously grateful for the support and enthusiasm of the people and companies in Somerset that have worked alongside us to create it – they are a real testament to the supportive nature and vibrancy of this outstanding county.”

Somerset 3D provides bespoke advice and support for entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes that are considering moving all or part of their business to Somerset. Since 2008, it has helped over 100 businesses relocate to the county, creating in excess of 1,100 jobs.

 

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<![CDATA[Somerset food producers win interim contract for Hinkley Point C]> A group of Somerset food and drink producers have been awarded the interim catering contract for EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C project, marking the first supply chain collaboration success story for the county.
 
Somerset Larder will begin delivering the contract with immediate effect. The agreement runs until the spring of 2016, when the full contract for catering services at Hinkley Point C will be awarded.

With a membership that comprises more than 20 local food and drink businesses, Somerset Larder brings together the finest produce and knowledge in the county, working together ‘under one umbrella’ in order to fulfil the large and complex requirements involved in major contracts.

Somerset Larder was founded as a result of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce’s supply chain activity. The Hinkley Supply Chain Team at the Chamber has been working for some time to encourage and assist local businesses in forming collaborations that will help to put them in a strong position to bid for work at Hinkley Point C.

Somerset Larder’s directors are predicting widespread opportunities for the group, with this being the beginning of a movement that is expected to prosper well beyond EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C nuclear new build project.

Greg Parsons, MD of Somerset Larder and Cricketer Farm, says, “We are delighted to have been awarded the interim catering contract for Hinkley Point C, which will allow us to supply the workforce with locally sourced food from local suppliers. This achievement would not have been possible without the significant support from the Somerset Chamber, the Somerset Larder board of directors and the EDF Energy team. However, this is merely the start and our focus now and into the future will be to ensure that Somerset Larder delivers the contract to the highest possible standards.”

Nigel Cann, Site Construction Director at Hinkley Point C, says, “The south west regional economy will benefit by £100m each year of peak construction and using local suppliers wherever possible is a key commitment for the project. We are delighted to award the interim catering contract to Somerset Larder and are hopeful that this will be the first of many supplier collaboration success stories for the county.”

More than 5,600 people are expected to be on site at Hinkley Point C during the peak of construction, with the full catering contract including food halls, coffee bars and a central production kitchen serving both the site and worker accommodation campuses.

Somerset Larder was established earlier this year as a private limited company (limited by guarantee), with a board of directors made up of representatives from seven of the founding companies. The Somerset Chamber’s Hinkley Supply Chain Team was instrumental in bringing the group together and has been working closely with the Somerset Larder directors for the past 18 months, helping them to bid successfully for the interim contract.

Gerard Tucker from the Hinkley Supply Chain Team, says, “This is great news for Somerset Larder and for the county as a whole. Somerset Larder is the first of the supplier groups we are working with to be awarded a contract at Hinkley Point C, so it’s a significant stepping stone for us all. Given EDF Energy’s commitment to local sourcing and the hard work and effort that is being put in by all of the supplier groups, we are sure this will be the first of many contracts that we will be celebrating.”

Rupert Cox, CEO of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, adds, “The Somerset Larder team is focused on delivering a first class service to the Hinkley Point C site, as well as developing business outside and beyond the Hinkley Point C project. This organisation is the first of many that will demonstrate that local engagement is not just words, it’s real and will leave a lasting legacy for Somerset and the South West.”

Somerset firms Albert Goodman and Pardoes Solicitors are managing all of the financial and legal aspects relating to Somerset Larder, demonstrating the positive economic ‘knock-on’ effect of the proposed Hinkley Point C development for the county’s businesses.

Speaking about their involvement, Nick Hancock, Partner at Albert Goodman, comments, “Working with Alison Whittingham from Pardoes Solicitors, we have created the Somerset Larder company structure which has enabled these Somerset businesses to come together to successfully pitch for this catering contract at Hinkley Point C. This company structure enables Somerset based businesses to collectively tender for opportunities that otherwise are picked up by national operators. As such, it is equally effective for other businesses looking to collaborate and tender for other services and contracts at Hinkley Point C.”

Although originally established to compete for the catering opportunities around Hinkley Point C, Somerset Larder is already successfully delivering a number of contracts, including the supply of Somerset-produced food and drink to the new police headquarters in Bridgwater. Further details about Somerset Larder can be found on its new website, www.somersetlarder.co.uk

Somerset Chamber of Commerce is the first point of contact for local businesses wishing to engage in the construction of the proposed nuclear new build project at Hinkley Point C. Businesses can register their interest to supply goods and services to the Hinkley Point C development by registering online at www.hinkleysupplychain.co.uk

 

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<![CDATA[Somerset economy set to benefit following State Aid decision on Hinkley]> The news that the Hinkley Point C project has been granted approval by the EU Commission following a thorough State Aid investigation has been welcomed by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce as an important boost for economic growth and job creation in the region.

Rupert Cox, CEO of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce and Somerset 3D, says, “The Somerset Chamber is delighted, but not surprised, that the EU has not objected to the Hinkley Point C development under its State Aid regulations. This is good news for EDF Energy and even better news for Somerset suppliers.

“This is another crucial step along the long road to the construction of Hinkley Point C, which will provide millions of pounds of worth of business for Somerset and South West businesses.

“As EDF Energy works towards making its final investment decision, the Somerset Chamber will continue to work with them, their Tier 1 lead contractors and the local supply chain to make sure that business opportunities are created for local companies. We have made excellent progress so far with early contracts already awarded to local businesses, but this is just the tip of the iceberg as we develop tendering programmes that provide business for local companies for the next nine years of construction and 60 years of operation.”

The Hinkley Point C project is expected to generate £16billion of investment over the next decade, with over £100million per year likely to be spent within the Somerset economy. This will span a vast range of industries, from high-end advanced engineering businesses that can contribute to the nuclear end of the project, through to site support services including catering, accommodation, transport and maintenance.

The Somerset Chamber of Commerce manages the Hinkley supply chain portal and is the first point of contact for local businesses wishing to engage in the construction of the proposed nuclear new build project. The Chamber is currently working with eight different groups of businesses in order to find solutions for the Hinkley site around catering, accommodation, transport, maintenance and more. It is also working closely with the Tier 1 contactors that EDF Energy is commissioning to build the power station, introducing them to local businesses with construction, mechanical, electrical and fabricating skills.

The project is expected to create around 25,000 jobs during construction and 900 permanent jobs during operation, as well as bringing long-term opportunities for the county as it will be looked upon globally as a blueprint for how nuclear power plants will be built in the future.

If you'd like to find out more about moving part or all of your business to Somerset and getting involved in this once-in-a-generation opportunity, contact us at enquiries@somerset3d.co.uk

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Breakfast debate about business in Somerset proves popular]> Almost 100 business people from across the South West attended the South West Business Insider breakfast event on Friday 3rd October at Yeovil Town FC Conference Centre. Sponsored by Somerset 3D, the event provided an opportunity to debate the investment case for Somerset and discuss what it’s really like to do business in the county.

The panel comprised Mark Taylor, managing director of Filbert’s Fine Foods and an inward investor himself; Mark Porter, managing director of Jones Building Group; and Jonathan Langdon, founder of Milsted Langdon and board member of Somerset 3D. Other speakers at the event included Justin Hopkins, partner at Mogers Drewett; Rob Hall, senior manager for Somerset at Lloyds Banking Group; and Rupert Cox, CEO of Somerset 3D.

A wide range of topics were covered by the speakers including Somerset’s excellent transport links, low unemployment rates, good educational facilities and strong business growth opportunities such as Hinkley Point C. Key industries such as manufacturing, advanced engineering, food & drink and high end fashion were used to highlight the high level of skills found within the county.

While it was acknowledged that the pace of the superfast broadband roll-out was an issue in some areas, it was also noted that this is an issue faced by many regions and is not unique to Somerset. In addition, it was recognised that the situation is being addressed through Connecting Devon & Somerset as well as investment from the local authority, which have the joint goal of reaching 95% of premises by the end of 2017.

The fact that Somerset is a beautiful place to live and a lovely place to bring up a family was remarked upon by several of the speakers. This exceptional quality of life combined with a huge amount of talent, both in terms of businesses and skills, makes Somerset a great place to do business. 

Rupert Cox summed up Somerset’s location, opportunities and entrepreneurial spirit superbly with the observation, “We’re not in the middle of nowhere, we’re halfway to everywhere!”

A full write-up from the event will be found in the next issue of South West Business Insider.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Somerset becomes even more well-connected]> Somerset has an enviable location, with easy access to London, Birmingham, South Wales and the South West peninsula, making it an extremely attractive place from which to do business.

Its great road and rail networks provide quick and easy access to the rest of the country via five motorway junctions and two major A roads. London and Birmingham are only a couple of hours away, while four international airports and two sea ports nearby ensure that a vast array of international routes is also on offer.

Now a new direct flight route from Exeter International Airport, just over the border in Devon, will provide even more choice for Somerset based business people when it comes to travelling to and from London.

From Monday 27th October, Flybe will start a new three times daily service from Exeter Airport to London City Airport, in the heart of the capital. Fares start from just £34.99 one way, with flight times of around 75 minutes, enabling a full working day to be spent in London.

Exeter Airport has committed to fast-tracking all London City passengers, with a latest check-in time of just 20 minutes before departure (assuming online check-in and cabin baggage only). It is currently investing £400,000 in upgrading its security channels in preparation for the new service.

Flybe is also re-introducing its daily Exeter to Newcastle service from 26th October, and it is adding a fourth weekday flight to its popular Manchester service and a third flight on Sundays from the same date, all of which will provide enhanced regional connectivity and travel options.

Around 20,000 people relocate to Somerset every year. With outstanding business opportunities and a great quality of life too, it really is the natural choice. Why not give us a call to find out more?

Somerset 3D provides bespoke advice and support for entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes that are considering moving all or part of their business to Somerset. Our helpful, independent and friendly team have the expertise, knowledge and contacts to take the hassle out of relocating or extending a business into Somerset.

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<![CDATA[Doing Business in Somerset Breakfast 2014, Friday 3rd October]> Somerset 3D is teaming up with the leading regional business magazine, South West Business Insider, to present a business breakfast in Yeovil on Friday 3rd October. A panel of speakers will debate the investment case for Somerset and discuss what it’s really like to do business in the county.

This event will be an opportunity to understand the current state of play for businesses operating in the county, what their future plans are and how you can develop your business in the region.

The key topics to be debated will include:

  • What are Somerset’s key assets?
  • How can we better work together to help businesses flourish in the county?
  • What is attracting businesses to the county and what more can be done to encourage businesses to relocate here?
  • How does Somerset stack up on the issue of connectivity, both for broadband coverage and transport infrastructure?
  • What is being done to match the local labour pool with new jobs being created?

 

For further details or to register your interest in attending this event, please click here.

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<![CDATA[South West in full recovery mode]> The economic recovery is doing well up and down the country, as all nine regions in England have recorded growth for the sixth consecutive quarter, with the South West being identified as one of the front-runners.

According to the report published today by RBS and with growth of 0.7% between Q1 and Q2, the South West was one of only four regions in England that have seen their economies get back to their pre-crisis levels, alongside London, the East Midlands and the South East.

Combined with the fact that unemployment in the South West is lower than the UK average and wage growth is second highest among all UK regions, the report confirms that the South West is “firmly in recovery mode”.

These latest figures help to boost the case for businesses to relocate to Somerset, where both growth and business opportunities are flourishing, while business overheads are around 30% cheaper than in London and the South East.

Somerset 3D CEO Rupert Cox says, “This is very encouraging news and reflects the growing optimism and drive that has been evident in Somerset for a while. Somerset is a fantastic place to run a business, benefitting from great road and rail links, high speed broadband connectivity, affordable commercial property prices and a strong entrepreneurial culture. Combined with stunning surroundings and a great quality of life, it’s no wonder that business is on the up in Somerset.”

Somerset 3D provides bespoke advice and support for entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes that are considering moving all or part of their business to Somerset. Its helpful, independent and friendly team have the expertise, knowledge and contacts to take the hassle out of relocating or extending a business into Somerset.

To find out more, call 0845 1222 066, email enquiries@somerset3d.co.uk  or visit www.somerset3d.co.uk

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<![CDATA[Somerset 3D trailer to be showcased at Wessex Truck Show]> The eye-catching Somerset 3D lorry will be a prominent feature at this year’s Wessex Truck Show, event organisers have announced.

Taking place at the Yeovil Showground on 9th and 10th August, the family-friendly event is expected to attract between 8,000 and 10,000 people, including many from outside the South West.

Event organiser David Cross, himself a truck driver, approached Framptons after spotting one of the Somerset 3D branded trailers on the M5. He explained, “The Somerset 3D lorry became a part of the Wessex Truck Show purely by chance. I saw the trailer on the motorway and thought it would be a great thing to have at the show as it promotes many of the well-known parts of Somerset and its successful businesses.
 
“I contacted Framptons and they were more than happy to oblige by loaning us a trailer for the event. It is great for us to have such a high profile company as Framptons supporting us to help promote the local area.”
 
Part of the Framptons Transport Services fleet, the trailers feature curtain livery based on Somerset 3D’s distinctive ‘So Well Connected’ campaign, which highlights many of the successful brands already based in Somerset. While Framptons goes about its distribution work, the message that Somerset is a great place to do business has been on show up and down the UK’s motorways since March 2013.

Rupert Cox, CEO of inward investment organisation Somerset 3D, said, “We are delighted that the Somerset 3D branded trailer will have such a high profile presence at this year’s Wessex Truck Show and are very grateful to Framptons for their ongoing support. The Wessex Truck Show is already going from strength to strength, highlighting the successful and entrepreneurial nature that is such an inherent part of Somerset, and we wish them every success with this year’s event.”

Only in its second year, the Wessex Truck Show is already attracting national attention among truck enthusiasts and exhibitors, with entrants coming from across the UK and online ticket orders received from as far afield as Kent, Birmingham and Wales. Around 450 trucks will be on show at the 2014 event, a third more than last year, with about 50 exhibitor trade stands also on-site. Further details and ticket information can be found at www.wessextruckshow.co.uk

Somerset 3D provides bespoke advice and support for entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes that are considering moving all or part of their business to Somerset. Its helpful, independent and friendly team have the expertise, knowledge and contacts to take the hassle out of relocating or extending a business into Somerset.

 

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