Somerset County Council are considering investing in creating an enterprise centre in Bruton to support local businesses and to help new ones get going.

They are looking to find out if there is demand in the town and surrounding villages, and Bruton Town Council are hosting a drop-in session on Thursday October 4th to give you an opportunity to find out more and let the county council know if you’d support the scheme. The drop in session is  at the Unionist Club from 3pm to 7.30pm.

The Bruton Enterprise Centre, if it gets local support,  will become one of the latest additions to the long established and successful Somerset Enterprise Network. The centre will deliver over 350 square metres of office and studio floor space and the same amount of light industrial units. Units will have NGA broadband and will be let on all-inclusive, easy-in, easy-out terms and will be open to new businesses and established SMEs. It will be on the From Road, near Burrowfield.

The network offers business support which is carried out by the centre operators and is open to both tenants and external businesses. Support available includes:

  • An initial business assessment as tenants arrive at the centre;
  • Referrals on to existing business support provision, ensuring alignment wherever possible.
  • Offering business support, including business planning and reviewing, assisting the preparation of funding applications and offering general business advice.
  • Organising and hosting networking events and themed talks around topics of interest to businesses.
  • Creation of an intranet that allows tenants to interact, access support and explore business opportunities.
  • Regular catch ups with tenants to identify any emerging support needs with effective referrals then made.
  • Tailored business support services where no provision is identified to be available through mainstream routes.
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