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Accommodation and business flyers

The Somerset COVID-19 Local Engagement Board has devised a Local Outbreak Management Plan for Coronavirus (Covid-19) detailing actions to take in the event of an outbreak.

As part of this work they have worked with South West partners to devise flyers and posters to help you, your employees and customers know what to do when a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is reported.

Please download these documents and keep them handy.

Phone the Public Health England Health Protection Team immediately for any suspected or confirmed cases on 0300 303 8162 who can talk you through the next steps.

Business Support from the Heart of the South West Growth Hub

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub aims to simplify access to business support throughout Somerset and Devon. The team is on hand to help you navigate the business support landscape and to put you in touch with the right schemes to meet your business needs and aspirations. Enquiries can be about anything that a business may want to ask, such as:

  • Information on funding opportunities from grants or loans
  • Tax advice
  • Help with expansion plans, innovation or export
  • Events
  • Different types of business support programmes
  • UK Transition (Brexit)

For further information visit the Heart of the South West Growth Hub website.

You can also register your interests via the email or call an adviser on 0345 604 7047 to discuss your needs. The service is free of charge and there are a range of face to face workshops and clinics taking place at enterprise and innovation centres across the Devon and Somerset area.

Recruitment and retention of staff

Employers are reporting it increasingly difficult to attract and retain employees. At Somerset West and Taunton Council we are fully committed to supporting our businesses and in response we have created this document Recruitment and retention guidance which may give businesses some ideas about possible solutions that may help to overcome this barrier.

We are happy to discuss any points- please contact and title your email ‘Recruitment and retention’.

Should your business need any support in making redundancies we have a Task Force ready to help, more information can be found on our response to redundancy page.

Step Up Somerset

Whether you are searching for your next job opportunity, starting a new career, working on your employability skills or just beginning your journey in the world of work, you will find information and support to help you on the Step Up Somerset website.

Spotlight on food and drink

Somerset West and Taunton and Sedgemoor District Councils have teamed up to design and deliver a tailored support package to local businesses within the food and drink sector. See our spotlight on food and drink page for more information.