The Hive co-working space opens at Yeovil Innovation Centre
16 February 2017
Co-working spacehas arrived in Yeovil at the Yeovil Innovation Centre. From early 2017 a new facility has opened up at the busy Yeovil Innovation Centre, located at Barracks Close, Copse Road, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8RN. This facility adds to the extensive range of drop-in/hot-desking and co-working spaces across Somerset.
Business boost for Wells as Enterprise Centre is given the green light
09 February 2017
New jobs could be on their way to Wells, as plans for an exciting new enterprise hub are given the go ahead. Planning permission for the Wells Technology Enterprise Centre (WTEC), a new 550 fifty square metre, purpose-built business space has been approved by Mendip District Council.
Hospital sale paves way for 3rd Hotel development in Bridgwater
24 January 2017
The former Bridgwater Hospital in Somerset is set to be converted into a hotel following its £1.6m sale by NHS Property Services. This will mean a third hotel development within the town announced in the past 12 months as everything gears up for the imminent multi-billion pound HinkleyC development which will need accommodation for workers, consultants and visiting business representatives.
£271m investment into support & training package for Yeovil's Wildcat helicopters
10 January 2017
The Ministry of Defence has signed a £271M deal with Leonardo Helicopters to continue to support world-leading Wildcat helicopters, protecting hundreds of highly-skilled British jobs. The vast majority of the jobs are based at Leonardo's in Yeovil or at RNAS Yeovilton.
Work starts soon for new 120 bed Hotel in Bridgwater
28 November 2016
Work gets underway on a new Holiday Inn Express for Bridgwater in early 2017, with the hotel due due to be open in the first half of 2018. The 120 bed hotel will add to the offer of the town as it gears up for the increased activity around the multi-billion pound development of Hinkley Point C as well as providing an excellent stopping off place along the M5 Motorway.
Sedgemoor Business Conference hears of 4000 more jobs & 455 more businesses in the past 5 years
07 November 2016
The Business Conference was opened by Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council Councillor Ian Dyer and Councillor Anne Fraser, Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth. Councillor Dyer spoke positively of the area's achievements over the last five years "As a district we have gone from the highest to the lowest unemployment in the county, with unemployment at 0.9%. There are also 4000 more jobs, 455 more businesses and 670 Sedgemoor-based businesses signed up to the Hinkley Point C supply chain - we're very proud of this record."
Selling Cider to the Americans & the Russians: the way to Global peace?
02 November 2016
5 years ago the family run Hecks Cider was very well known in its home town of Street, but not so well known abroad. Then came the first order for their farmhouse cider from Russia, and soon after they started exporting to the USA. There seems to be something that both of the importing countries agree on: the quality and taste of the traditional variety of Somerset Cider.
Somerset firm selling ice-cream to Dubai - next stop China!
02 November 2016
The ice cream parlour (known as the 'ice pod') is based on Gothards Farm in Stoke St Gregory, close to Taunton, at the heart of the Somerset Levels. Making ice-cream for the past decade, Granny Gothards have now started exporting to a range of countries and Dubai, and soon China, will be able to taste the goodness of the quality ice-cream.
Street's Owen Barry: "a great example of a bespoke British brand exporting"
02 November 2016
An 'Export for Growth' Case study In 1948 when Owen Barry started his leather, suede and sheepskin accessories business, manufacturing was a cornerstone of British industry and the main trade in his hometown of Street, Somerset was leather tanning. When cheap imports started flooding the market in the 1980s, the company’s future looked bleak and after a spell in receivership, his daughter Cindi Barnstable, along with other family members, stepped up and bought back the business. The company had a decision to make, either give up or find new customers in new markets. Owen Barry’s export journey had begun.
FEED THE WORLD: Somerset company at forefront of innovative ways of delivering aid
26 October 2016
After selling the Ascenta (now Acquila) Drone to Facebook for $20 million in 2014, ex-British Army veteran Nigel Gifford now wants to revolutionize the $28 billion humanitarian aid delivery market with a relatively inexpensive, disposable, and potentially entirely edible drone.