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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.

15/3/11

Somerset - The Energy to Achieve is the title of this year's business conference for Somerset to be held Tuesday May 24th at the Taunton Rugby Club. The day will focus on the low carbon energy sector with the emphasis on low carbon energy generation.

9/3/11

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been formed under the leadership of the private sector supported by the local authorities from Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay and creates a powerful economic alliance.

With a diverse economy, our area has many strengths, including, outstanding expertise in low carbon energy generation (notably nuclear power and renewables), the defence sector, marine and maritime industries.

9/3/11

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been formed under the leadership of the private sector supported by the local authorities from Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay and creates a powerful economic alliance.

With a diverse economy, our area has many strengths, including, outstanding expertise in low carbon energy generation (notably nuclear power and renewables), the defence sector, marine and maritime industries.

25/2/11

Nuclear-facing companies are being invited to a Low Carbon event in May to outline the opportunities at the Hinkley development in Somerset.

Business leaders will be learning about how Somerset is becoming Britain’s expert in nuclear and renewable energy at the event, as well as the opportunities that are forthcoming.

The conference is to be jointly hosted by Somerset 3D and the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, who are providing the resources to help businesses wishing to relocate take advantage of the new nuclear build near Bridgwater.

25/2/11
A Nuclear Skills Passport scheme is being introduced to ensure that everyone with access to the nuclear new build at Hinkley has had the right quality and safety training.
 
The Nuclear Skills Passport is being developed as a compulsory measure for anyone working at Hinkley, by the National Skills Academy Nuclear.
 
25/2/11
Just a month after opening its doors, the Energy Skills Centre at Bridgwater College is pressing ahead with plans to educate the next generation of nuclear engineers.
 
The centre offers state-of-the-art training facilities for the nuclear engineers of the future. It is the South West hub of the National Skills Academy Nuclear.
 
25/2/11

Environmental iNet and EDF Energy are supporting the Somerset in Business Conference, this year with a low carbon energy generation theme, as the county increases its reputation as a thriving economy specialising in, among other things, environmental technologies.

The funding is part of a national programme to encourage growth in the low carbon energy sector and support businesses involved in the development of the green economy.

iNet South West is funded by £13m from the South West RDA and the European Regional Development Fund, amongst others.

25/2/11
Hundreds of South West businesses gathered to hear about innovation in environmental technologies and how climate change affects the corporate world at last week’s ‘Whatever the Weather’ conference.
 
The event, held at the Exeter Innovation Centre, focused on the business challenges and opportunities associated with climate change.
 
25/2/11
Somerset has been a major food producer for centuries, and while food and drink production remains a staple of the local economy, some farmers are finding other uses for their arable land.
 
Last month, Renewables News Somerset reported on Hugh Loxton, a Somerset farmer who is leading the field of agricultural machinery for miscanthus (elephant grass) cultivation.
 
25/2/11
Somerset farmers are considering switching back from solar to wind as the Government reviews larger solar PV projects.
 
Solar energy generation has been a more attractive proposition to large-scale landowners and several massive solar PV projects are underway in Somerset.
 
However, reports in the farming press this week suggest that newcomers to micro-generation are reconsidering the wind option over solar PV.