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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.


Worthy Farm’s huge PV array is thought to be the biggest in the country and it came into good use over the weekend for Glastonbury, the world’s biggest music festival.

With 177,000 fewer people on Worthy Farm in Somerset, life is slowly getting back to normal for Glastonbury this week.

It’ll take around a month for the site to return to normal grazing pastures, with a huge clean-up operation in full swing. A total of 139,000 people attended the Festival as ticket holders – a further 38,000 performers, support staff and security personnel were also on site.


A Somerset company is revolutionising the plastics industry with a new product that can replace traditional uses of polyethylene – and now they’re looking to expand across Europe.

Aquapak has spent 20 years in R&D to produce a recyclable, biodegradable, compostable polymer film (Enviroplax™) that is able to replace polyethylene, polypropylene and other mainstream commodity polymers.

The result is a material whose technical attributes far surpass traditional environmentally ‘unfriendly’ plastics.


Somerset businesses and those looking to move to the county have heard from the Head of Nuclear New Build at the Department for Energy and Climate Change that the low carbon renaissance provides a “fantastic business opportunity”.

Top civil servant Hergen Haye told around 200 delegates at the low carbon conference in Somerset at the end of May that the investment at Hinkley Point can be the catalyst for developing a cluster of businesses specialising in technology that Britain and the world must have to tackle the problems of climate change.


Work is continuing to progress contracts in line with the overall timetable for the project subject to planning permission and any recommendations from the final Weightman report due out in September this year.

Responding to the interim Weightman report published in May, EDF Energy CEO Vincent de Rivaz said, “As Dr Weightman promised, the report is transparent, comprehensive in scope and evidence based. While these are interim findings only, they provide a clear endorsement of the safety culture and performance of the UK nuclear industry.


EDF Energy has welcomed the interim Weightman report into the implications of events at Fukushima and pledged to implement all recommendations to further enhance its strong nuclear safety programme.

EDF Energy, the world’s biggest nuclear power operator, has welcomed Chief Nuclear Inspector Dr Mike Weightman’s interim report and pledged best practice in its development of all new nuclear power stations, including Hinkley.



Inward investment body Somerset 3D is exhibiting at the Nuclear New Build 2011 Conference and Exhibition a the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster on 5th and 6th July.

On the road to nuclear new build

NNB2011: On the road to new nuclear build immediately follows the publication of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) report and other key policy and regulatory decisions. It looks forward to the crucial milestones ahead of us.


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.