Useful Links

Taunton Deane Business eNewsletter - Past editions
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Coaching for growth and development

IntoSomerset - Helping Businesses to Relocate and Thrive in Somerset

Unlocking Business Investment Grant
Grant available to eligible growing businesses that are able to provide job creation as part of their development plans.
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Easy access to support, tools and finance - GAIN

Selection of finance tools - GAIN

Finance and support for your business - GOV.UK

Business Support helplines - GOV.UK

Starting your own business - GOV.UK

Browse business topics - GOV.UK

Business Events - Somerset Chamber

Business advice and signposting - LEP

Fredericks Foundation business loans - Fredericks Foundation

Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership

The Heart of the South West is the Local Enterprise Partnership for Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are strategic partnership organisations formed under the leadership of the private sector and supported by the local authorities to create a powerful economic alliance.

For further information visit their website

Heart of the South West Business Support

Launched in September 2013, Heart of the South West Business Support is here to help businesses across Devon and Somerset.  It delivers a range of business support services for people looking to start a business and for existing businesses looking to develop and grow.  Support is aimed at people and businesses in predominately rural areas throughout Devon and Somerset.  Part of the Rural Growth Network for Devon and Somerset.

Heart of the South West Business Support will:-

  • Provide you with access to a local business adviser so you can talk through your plans and get the help you need to move forward
  • Deliver a range of events and workshops to help you fine tune your skills, improve knowledge and keep you ahead of emerging trends in technology, finance, marketing, export and much more
  • Offer a dedicated programme to support women in business
  • Keep you up to date with other business support schemes in the region that you may be able to take advantage of
  • Provide advice and support for businesses in the Devon Work Hubs Network
  • Develop a business support network where providers and business customers can collaborate and share knowledge, advice and support for our region

To take advantage of the support available visit or call 0300 123 2007