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Business News from West Somerset and Taunton Council

Update: Kickstart Grant Scheme – Reopening for tourism sector businesses

After the first round of applications earlier this September, we are delighted to announce that the Kickstart Grant Scheme is reopening for applications from businesses operating in the tourism sector.

The Kickstart Grant Scheme will reopen for tourism sector businesses only on Monday 21 September at midday. It will close on Tuesday 22 September at 6pm. Grants will be awarded to eligible applicants who meet the sector criteria on a first come, first served basis according to the date and time of submission.

Businesses can apply via the online application form or by completing the PDF application form which will be available on the Kickstart Grants page on the Growth Hub website. All completed PDF applications must be emailed directly to the Kickstart Grants Team at

If applicants have any questions prior to the 21 September, they should refer to the Information and Guidance sheet and the FAQ available online or email

Read the full Growth Support Kickstart Grant Scheme press release here.

Step Up Somerset – Employment Support

Step Up Somerset: Provides a one-stop shop for individuals, employers and businesses seeking support and information in relation to employment, skills, careers and apprenticeships in Somerset. For employers there is information on staff development and offering apprenticeships or industry placements to young people, as well as redundancy support for the workforce. The website will also provide a platform for promoting any recruitment or development events.

For further information click below or call 0300 790 6275.

Step Up Somerset

Upcoming Business Support Workshops and Events

25th September 14.00 – Federation of Small Businesses: First Voice ‘Driving Ambition Webinar: How to start an e-commerce Business: The Opportunities and Pitfalls. Sign up here

29th September 10.00am – Barclays LifeskillsThe Barclays Lifeskills programme is open to businesses and can support the development of employability and financial capability skills of employees. There are free interactive online tools and resources employees can use independently which are tailored to their stage in life, as well as short modules you can run with them face to face or virtually. This short introductory session provides an introduction to the resources available.

Please register for this event here.

For further information, please contact the Barclays team directly on 

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