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Digital High Street Grants for South Somerset’s Market Towns

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South Somerset District Council (SSDC) is offering help for small businesses to improve their profile on the internet and encourage more visitors into town centres.

Grants of up to £500 are available for digital improvements to help small businesses andnot for profitorganisations based in the town centres of Bruton, Castle Cary, Chard, Crewkerne, Ilminster, Langport, Martock, Milborne Port, Somerton and South Petherton.

The grants can be used for a variety of digital improvements including commissioning photography, film, branding, artwork design and website set-up or upgrade. 

A 50% contribution is required from the applicant and grants will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis to businesses that meet the criteria.

The grants scheme was conceived by SSDC's Market Towns Investment Group (MTIG) following an audit to assess the digital presence of the town centres.  MTIG draws passionate advocates for the market towns from across the district - town and district councillors, regeneration groups and business representatives - to work together to improve the public realm and raise the profile of South Somerset.

Councillor Angie Singleton, Portfolio Holder for SSDC's Market Town Vision, says: "We want the scheme to reach out to people running small businesses and attractions in our market towns.  This is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of your business in the exciting digital world."  

You can apply for a "Digital High Street" grant for your business by emailing: or pick up an information leaflet at SSDC Community Offices in Chard, Crewkerne or Wincanton.

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