Useful Links

Taunton Deane Business eNewsletter - Past editions
Click here

Coaching for growth and development
http://www.rockedlogic.uk/

IntoSomerset - Helping Businesses to Relocate and Thrive in Somerset
http://www.intosomerset.co.uk/

Unlocking Business Investment Grant
Grant available to eligible growing businesses that are able to provide job creation as part of their development plans.
Click here

Easy access to support, tools and finance - GAIN
http://gaininbusiness.com/

Selection of finance tools - GAIN
http://gaininbusiness.com/money

Finance and support for your business - GOV.UK
https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support-finder

Business Support helplines - GOV.UK
https://www.gov.uk/business-support-helpline

Starting your own business - GOV.UK
https://www.gov.uk/starting-up-a-business

Browse business topics - GOV.UK
https://www.gov.uk/browse/business

Business Events - Somerset Chamber
http://www.somerset-chamber.co.uk/events/

Business advice and signposting - LEP
http://www.heartofswlep.co.uk/news/heart-south-west-hotsw-growth-hub

Fredericks Foundation business loans - Fredericks Foundation
http://www.fredericksfoundation.org/

Grants & Tools

Equipment & Training Grant - For new businesses 
Looking to start a new business? Taunton Deane Borough Council has grants of up to £500 for new businesses. To be eligible for this grant businesses need to be based in Taunton Deane, to have been trading for less than six months, create new jobs (including your own) and procure locally where possible. All applications are considered on a quarterly basis.


Rural Retailers Grant - The village business
The Council recognises the difficulties of maintaining services in Taunton Deane’s rural communities, and has made a grant available to encourage investment and new services.  The grant is directed towards the owners of village shops but businesses providing other community services to the public may also be eligible.  To be considered for a grant the main beneficiary must be located in a rural community within Taunton Deane, demonstrate future growth or diversification, and, create or maintain jobs.

The Council is also keen to support collaboration between rural businesses that will generate new markets and supply opportunities

Application forms
All application forms are available under the Resource area, alternatively contact us for chat.

We don't just do grants!
Not only can we help with grants, we also provide comprehensive business advice. We can signpost to alternative funding as well as direct you to relevant events and conferences. 

Economic Development Team ecdev@tauntondeane.gov.uk 01823 356489
 

Business Toolkit
Working as a joined-up Council with West Somerset means we are able to provide a comprehensive business toolkit. The toolkit offers advice and information on a range of areas to help businesses improve their business evaluation, operations, product development, marketing and communication. 
The toolkit is broken up over five interactive pdf files, each containing numerous tools and can be found in our Resources area.

This toolkit cannot address every specific need. It has been deliberately designed to not be over complicated and for users to dip in and out as required. Therefore feel free to tailor the guidance or use it as a starting point to research further for your own business. Also remember - things change, so use this toolkit alongside your own research to ensure you are right up to date.

Also don't forget to check out intoSomerset, they have lot of information to help businesses relocate and thrive in Somerset.