Somerset County Council announces details of a £6m package of funding to kickstart Somerset’s economy.
The cash boost will include financial support for businesses, financial support for individuals and a range of other measures to stimulate the economy and boost the county as it recovers from coronavirus.
Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Planning and Community Infrastructure at Somerset County Council said: ”We’re investing in public health, adults and children’s services, but we also have to recognise the enormous importance of our economy which has taken a huge hit over the past 18 months.
“That’s why we’re promising £6m to help Somerset prosper. We’ll be providing funds for tourism, hospitality and high streets, we’ll be helping new businesses grow and we’ll be creating much-needed jobs for our residents.”
The funding will include:
Financial support for businesses – assistance for the recovery and growth of businesses in Somerset, focussing on those which have not been eligible for assistance from Government’s schemes.
Financial support for individuals – assistance for self-employed people who have not been eligible for assistance from Government’s schemes and for less advantaged individuals with costs associated job search and returning to work.
Business start, restart and recovery – providing business start-ups with support, offering targeted support to hard hit sectors and support for local buying.
Stimulating the economy – investment in strategic actions to drive longer term recovery, clean and inclusive growth and levelling up in Somerset.
More detail of the funding and how businesses and individuals can apply will be released in the next few weeks.
This investment is in addition to the work already being done by Somerset County to support businesses so they can thrive and grow. Projects include:
The new Bruton Enterprise Centre and West Somerset business Singer Instruments both feature in a new short film from former BBC reporter Clinton Rogers who finds out more about how Somerset County Council is supporting local businesses. You can watch the film at https://youtu.be/rmgwpKE2Tgk.