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Small grants to boost food and drinks sector

09 December 2022 : Council news, Business, Partnership working

Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) Council is offering small grants to local food and drink producers in collaboration with Sedgemoor District Council and other partners.

Grants of up to £2,500 are available to small and micro-sized businesses with up to 49 employees, to help support improvements or changes that demonstrate a clear impact on future growth and/or viability.

The grant builds upon previous and existing support offered by the councils, comprising free business reviews, industry-expert advice, tailored training, workshops, and webinars.

Examples of projects the grant could be used towards, include replacement of equipment to drive efficiency, new product or service development, marketing, training and professional subscriptions or accreditations.

The grant scheme has been subsidised using EDF’s business support funding to mitigate the impact on communities affected by the development of Hinkley Point C. Therefore, applications from businesses within the West Somerset locality of Somerset West and Taunton will be prioritised.

Any Somerset West and Taunton business wishing to apply should check the eligibility criteria and complete the online application form via SWT’s Spotlight on food and drink webpage, which will remain open until 6 January 2023.

Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Planning and Transportation, Councillor Mike Rigby, said: “We’re supporting investment and expansion in our food and drink sector, which offers incredible produce that is enjoyed regionally and nationally.

“I’m confident that our new grant scheme will play an important role in helping producers continue to deliver high-quality, innovative and nutritious products – securing and creating jobs and boosting the economy.

“I look forward to seeing how they enable businesses to move to the next level and I wish them the very best.”

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