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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.


It’s been a difficult few years for businesses across the UK but many experts are predicting that things will pick up over the course of 2011, particularly towards the end of the year. Indeed, some pockets of the country are already showing early signs of recovery and thanks to a number of exciting business opportunities in Somerset, it seems this idyllic yet dynamic county will be one of the first to propel its way out of the worst of the recession. This makes Somerset a very attractive proposition for entrepreneurs, investors and businesses looking to expand or relocate.


Around thirty of Somerset’s most influential businesspeople gathered at the prestigious Mount Somerset hotel on Wednesday 2 February to hear about Somerset 3D’s strategy for the future, many pledging their support to ensure the continuing good work of the county’s highly successful inward investment body.


The Government’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne MP, visited Hinkley this week to see for himself the site of the new nuclear power station.

Chris Huhne was visiting Hinkley Point to inspect the work so far on the £10bn project.

He took a tour of the existing power station at Hinkley B and then spent time at the site of the proposed development of two new generation nuclear reactors.


The Energy Skills Centre at Bridgwater College opened today, offering state-of-the-art training facilities for the nuclear engineers of the future.
The Energy Skills Centre in Bridgwater is funded through collaboration between the college and EDF, as well as other stakeholders.

Somerset will be leading the way over the coming years in nuclear industry technology and skills, thanks to the huge investment in the Hinkley project.


Dozens of businesses have attended a ‘meet the buyers’ event in Somerset, which is designed to connect the areas supply chain with contracts associated with the new Hinkley C development.

A total of eighty-seven businesses met with five potential Tier 1 contractors at the Hinkley Point C project at the event before Christmas.


Somerset's expertise in nuclear technology is about to be augmented with plans for two new generation reactors at the Hinkley site.

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The annual Somerset in Business Conference will be themed Renewable Energies this year, as the focus on green technology in Somerset intensifies.

Businesses across Somerset will be learning about how the county is becoming Britain’s expert in renewable energy at the annual event this May, as well as the opportunities that are forthcoming.

Jointly hosted by Somerset 3D and the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, the event will consist of two sessions – a morning session with speakers and an afternoon session of workshops.


Hydro-electricity is now a reality to local authorities, community groups and land owners, and a Somerset businessman is showing people how.

Brian Shingler has been running Gants Mill since 1979, and in 2003 he installed a new turbine and electricity generator to complement an 1888 Armfield turbine. He quickly became a founder member of the South Somerset Hydropower Group, which drives forward hydro-electricity generation.

As a keen advocate of hydro-electric power, Brian is now spreading the word to others around the country and abroad.


Somerset farmer, Hugh Loxton, is leading the way in renewable energy technology with the manufacture of an agricultural machine designed to plant a specialist biomass crop.

With recent sales of two new planters to Canada, the Loxton equipment is fuelling the demand for well-designed, high spec renewable agricultural machines. Made in Somerset with additional fabrication by Matravers Engineering, Hugh’s equipment is recognised globally as the leading planter for miscanthus or elephant grass, a crop used to fire clean energy power stations.


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