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Recover, Restart & Grow

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The Eastern Somerset Councils of Mendip and South Somerset are working collaboratively to launch a week full of business support activity to help your business grow through the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are delighted that the Recover, Restart & Grow programme is now live, and will kick off on Monday 15th March. Aimed at our local businesses, the week is open to everyone who is seeking to get insights, intelligence and a mix of support, ideas and connections to help grow their business.

During the week, there will be a variety of business support sessions with expert guest speakers from organisations such as Skill Up, Federation of Small Businesses, Department for International Trade, Enterprise Nation, Tech Nation, University of Exeter and Visit Somerset as well as facilitated sessions from Officers within the Councils’ Economic Development Teams.  

Although the majority of sessions are open to all sectors, we have organised a series of workshops to take place to support the retail sector within the two districts. The Councils are inviting all retail businesses to get involved in a focus group to develop an action plan that supports our town centre spaces, businesses and communities. The plan will go further than recovery – it will outline a route map for an ambitious future.

To register you can head to our business support week page or click the timetable below. 

Timetable of the week's events, click to register interest.

Cllr Val Keitch, Leader of South Somerset District Council, said: “The Council is committed to supporting businesses during this difficult time and the week of activity that we have organised will allow them to receive meaningful training and networking opportunities to adapt through the pandemic and recovery phase.

“We recognise that businesses within Eastern Somerset, particularly within our town centres, have similar characteristics and it makes absolute sense to partner with our neighbouring authority of Mendip to deliver these sessions.”

Cllr Ros Wyke, Leader of Mendip District Council, said: “The past 10 months have been incredibly difficult for businesses.  We hope the week will boost business morale while offering an opportunity for them to develop their skills. This dedicated, focused support will go on to help our economy and enhance the region’s recovery ambitions.

“Mendip and South Somerset have a reputation for outstanding market towns, and we believe that working together will serve to strengthen the offer to our businesses, residents and visitors. We all want our town centres to be thriving with activity, and I am really keen to hear from businesses on how we can shape a prosperous future together.”

You can register for the sessions by visiting: If you have any questions about the conference, get in touch by emailing us at: We hope you are looking forward to the events and that you will find something to inform, encourage and inspire you in your business.

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