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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.


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!


This year’s Somerset in Business Conference will take place at the Taunton Rugby Club on Tuesday 24th May. Now in its fifth year, the 2011 Conference is entitled ‘Somerset – The Energy to Achieve’ and will focus exclusively on low carbon energy generation and environmental technology.


High Speed Broadband Moves a Step Closer for Somerset

Somerset County Council has agreed additional funding in support of the county’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) Bid to Government, to assist in the development of the broadband infrastructure needed to capitalise on the opportunity for developing a low carbon cluster on the back of the proposed Hinkley Point development.


Somerset is hosting a low carbon business conference in the early summer, to demonstrate how renewable energy companies and green businesses can thrive in the county.

‘Somerset – The Energy to Achieve’ is being held on 24th May and is focusing on the low carbon energy sector, with emphasis on low carbon energy generation. It’s aimed at businesses in Somerset and those looking to move west to the county.

The UK Budget 2011, commended by Chancellor George Osborne last week, contains good news for low carbon energy companies, small businesses and green investors.
Perhaps the most widely reported of all of the Chancellor’s measures announced in the Budget is the trebling of initial capitalisation in the Green Investment Bank, now set at £3bn. The GIB will begin operation as early as next year, with borrowing powers from 2015/16.
A Somerset biomass company is powering the new Olympic Sailing Village in Weymouth and has sponsored local Olympic crew contender Mary Rook.
Somerset renewable energy company Woodpecker Energy has installed a biomass heater at the Osprey Quay Olympic Sailing Village in Weymouth.
The Zero C development is built by Archeson Construction. Ecofirst had already installed one Woodpecker 150kW Thermon boiler before Christmas, with another two going in this year.

New changes to the Tier 1 immigration rules will make it easier and faster for foreign entrepreneurs and investors with large amounts of money to invest to come here, in a move aimed to give a boost to the country’s economy and encourage innovation to lift the country out of recession.


The decision over planning permission for the proposed Hinkley Point C power station should be determined by the end of 2011. In the likely event that this should be approved, this will become a major catalyst for economic development throughout the county.  With a suggested investment of £10 billion between now and 2024 it would be great news for both indigenous businesses as awell as potential inward investors to Somerset.