Somerset Business Awards celebrate new investment

Orlkando Murrin receives the New to Somerset Award from Inbto Somerset's Chair, Cllr Anne Fraser, MBEBusinessmen Orlando Murrin and Peter Steggall opened Langford Fivehead on 1 March this year. They have already attracted a wealth of attention from national and international press, raising the profile and reputation of Somerset and the Levels, as well as bringing a new set of affluent visitors into the area.

Their aim is to make the property the most exciting boutique destination in South West England for country house weekends and celebrations. They operate to the highest international hospitality standards, with menus based on the finest seasonal ingredients from local farms and producers and from their own garden.

Orlando Murrin commented, “To a small team like ours, winning this award is enormously motivating. Much of our work involves tiny invisible details that don't necessarily get noticed by guests, but make the property look and feel impeccable: this award gives official recognition to all that hard work behind the scenes. We sent an email to all our guests the morning after we won the award and dozens and dozens of congratulations have been flooding in.”

Somerset 3D assisted the business in identifying local suppliers, including a wide range of food and drink producers, as well as helping with the planning application.

Orlando commented, “We were introduced to Somerset 3D soon after arriving in the West Country and were immediately impressed by its businesslike approach, coupled with a friendly, welcoming and informal style. The organisation was a major factor in why we chose to set up in Somerset, and has since proved an invaluable source of contacts and expertise on every imaginable subject.”


Ambassdors celebrate Somerset's vibrant  food & drink sector

Matthew Turner (Clarks International), Geoff Revell (RevProp) and John Timmis (Abbey Manor Group)The crème de la crème of Somerset’s business community turned out for the Somerset 3D Ambassadors’ Reception on 10th October, to celebrate the county’s vibrant food and drink sector and hear more about the work done to date by the inward investment organisation in promoting Somerset’s dynamic business culture.
With companies such as Yeo Valley Organics, Styles Ice-Cream, the award-winning Jon Thorner’s Ltd and one of Somerset’s biggest supporters, Deborah Meaden, all in attendance this really was the meeting of Somerset’s food and drink giants.

Somerset has one of the largest numbers of food and drink producers in the UK, with the county’s food and drink sector worth £508million. It is one of the county’s key industries, employing around 15,000 people, from micro businesses through to high-flying international brands.

Yeo Valley Director of Communications, Graham Keating, commented, “The great work of Somerset 3D has helped attract new business to the county but we have also seen a very valuable additional spin-off benefit. It’s now definitely becoming easier to attract top-flight professionals to the county; where perhaps Somerset was previously seen as a nice place to move to at the twilight of one’s working life, we’re now attracting younger people intent on growing their careers. With some great consumer brands like Clarks, Thatcher’s and Yeo Valley in Somerset, plus many other high-tech and media businesses, there are huge opportunities for people to make a difference and to enjoy the lifestyle benefits of the place at the same time.

“Yeo Valley’s latest advert on The X Factor says: “Be a little funky, choose the West Country” and we’re delighted that Somerset 3D is helping the county shed the outdated sleepy-villages-and-cider image that some people may still hold.”
Since its creation only three years ago, Somerset 3D has helped over 40 businesses move to or set up in Somerset, creating around 700 new jobs. Somerset 3D Ambassadors play a vital part in helping to raise awareness of the county’s business benefits and opportunities, encouraging other entrepreneurs and business to relocate to Somerset.

Matthew Turner from Clarks International added, "As a global business we attract talent from far and wide to keep making shoes that consumers fall in love with. We know that talented people look to work in a vibrant and entrepreneurial environment, so Clarks back Somerset 3D to keep pushing the county as a great place to work and a place in which businesses can flourish."

The reception was held at Langford Fivehead, a stunning medieval manor house in the heart of the Somerset Levels,