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

Support for Businesses from Taunton Deane

Find useful information, contact details and support offered from within Taunton Deane Borough Council.

Economic Development

The Council’s Economic Development team aims to strengthen the links between local businesses and the Council, so that we can work together to create the right environment that will assist businesses to invest and grow.
Whether it is attracting inward investment, supporting
local firms, working to regenerate Taunton town centre, or networking to create commercial opportunities, the team has strong expertise in overcoming the barriers that sometimes confront businesses in achieving their investment ambitions.

If your business is looking to venture into new markets, or expand by taking on new premises and people give the Economic Development team a call. If we can’t provide the assistance you need ourselves we have a broad network of business support organisations at our fingertips.

The Council has recently produced a guide to business support and funding in Wiveliscombe and the 10 Parishes area.  The view the guide, please click here.

Economic Development Team
Taunton Deane Borough Council
The Deane House, Belvedere Road,
Taunton, Somerset TA1 1HE
Telephone: 01823 356489




Environmental Health

Environmental Health is responsible for enforcing food, health and safety and environmental protection legislation.
Our officers can give advice on any of these issues and can signpost new businesses to a wide range of resources and information.
Environmental Health Team
Taunton Deane Borough Council
Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, Somerset TA11HE
Telephone: 01823 356340
Web: Environmental Health

The Licensing Team can provide advice and support to
any business that may need to apply for, renew or amend a licence, permit or consent. We cover a wide range of activities from alcohol sales to zoos. Please contact us for advice or see our website if you think a licence may be needed for any aspect of your business.

Taunton Deane Borough Council
Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, Somerset TA11HE
Telephone: 01823 356343

Planning Development

The Planning Development Management service administers the planning application process and planning enforcement.
This includes:
• Planning applications to construct buildings & structures.
• Planning applications to change the use of buildings or land.
• Applications to make alterations to Listed Buildings
• Applications for advertisement consent
• Works to Trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order
or trees in conservation areas

Discussion at pre application stage is encouraged, and
simple and straightforward advice, provided it does not require any research, can be provided over the phone without charge. Where it is necessary to arrange meetings or obtain written advice, a charge will be made, and all requests must be made in writing.
For further information and for a copy of the most up to date planning protocol which includes the fees required please contact the planning team.

Taunton Deane Borough Council
Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1HE
Telephone: 01823 356459
Web: Planning and Environment

Non-Domestic Rates

Taunton Deane Borough Council is responsible for the billing and enforcement of non-domestic rates (also known as ‘Business Rates’) for businesses and non-domestic properties in the Taunton Deane area.
These are collected on behalf of the Government, which also sets the level of the Rates to be charged.
The Council is also responsible for awarding discounts
or relief on Business Rate bills. Some of the ways we can reduce your bill include cases where:
• You occupy a single property with a rateable value
up to £12,000
• You run the only shop, general store, post office, filling station or public house in a village
• You are a Community Amateur Sports Club
• For a short time, part of your property is unoccupied
For more information about Business Rates or to find out if you qualify for relief, contact the Council’s Revenues Department.

Taunton Deane Borough Council
Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1HE
Telephone: 01823 356324
Web: Business Rates