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Business News

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.


Following approval for the preparatory works at Hinkley Point C, a number of businesses are already reaping the rewards. Now inward investment body Somerset 3D is urging businesses outside the county to register online in order to ensure they’re in a position to take advantage of Somerset’s biggest construction project in decades.


Somerset 3D outlined the vast and exceptional opportunities for collaboration during a visit of Chinese executives to County Hall last week.


The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) is the trade association and representative voice of Britain's civil nuclear industry. It represents more than 250 companies and some 55,000 UK nuclear workers. The NIA supports the commercial interests of its member as part of a diverse energy mix for the UK including renewables, clean coal and gas, with nuclear at the heart of a low-carbon future. To learn more about the NIA please visit www.niauk.org.


A Somerset meadow has caught the attention of the national media this week. Named by its creators as a ‘Field of Dreams’, it could be considered as the perfect analogy for Somerset as a whole. As many people are focused on their summer holidays, it’s a great time to remember that places like Somerset offer the perfect balance of business and pleasure all year round.


Inward investment organisation Somerset 3D highlighted the exceptional business opportunities within the county to a group of high profile international visitors this weekend. This was part of a visit organised by the Somerset Tourist Association for selected tourism journalists and tour operators, showing them the wonders of Somerset and the many benefits on offer when visiting or relocating here.


The news that the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been successful in its request for start-up funds is a great boost for inward investment as well as businesses already within the area, according to Somerset 3D.


Hinkley Point C on the Somerset coast has received a further boost as West Somerset District Council granted approval on 28th July for preparatory works at the site. The third-generation nuclear power station is now set to become a catalyst for economic development throughout the county, according to inward investment organisation Somerset 3D.


A recent European attractiveness survey by a leading accountancy firm has shown that Somerset ticks all the boxes for inward investment. Great telecommunications, a high quality of life, an entrepreneurial culture and low real estate prices are all things Somerset can boast, making it a highly attractive place for inward investors, according to the study.


Somerset businesses and those looking to move to the county have heard from the a top civil servant at the Department for Energy and Climate Change that the low carbon renaissance provides a “fantastic business opportunity”.

Hergen Haye told around 200 delegates at the low carbon conference in Somerset at the end of May that cutting carbon emissions and saving energy provides the county with “a huge challenge and fantastic business opportunity”.


South West waste company Viridor has shortlisted two companies for the process contracts for its state-of-the-art food waste anaerobic digestion facility in Somerset.

One of the biggest companies in the sector, Viridor is investing in the existing Walpole facility near Bridgwater, with final contract selection next month and work expected to start in the autumn.

Once up and running, the AD facility will process approximately 30,000 tonnes of food waste every year, generating 1.5MW electricity – enough to power around 2,200 homes.