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We’re Backing Somerset – a new campaign to boost the local economy

By September 1, 2016March 15th, 2019Economic Development, News, Sectors, Somerset
We're Backing Somerset

We’re Backing Somerset

The Western Gazette, Mid Somerset Series, Frome Standard, Somerset Guardian, and website, have launched a great new campaign called We’re Backing Somerset, in order to counteract some of the negative impact of the Brexit vote and uncertainty about the future of the Somerset economy.

The campaign aims to highlight the strength of local industries in the engineering, aerospace, retail and tourism sectors, as well as ‘farming and food production, financial and professional services and more.’ Unemployment remains low in many areas of the county and new build housing, alongside significant investment in the local economy makes Somerset a vibrant area, primed to attract new inward investment and provide a platform for new businesses to establish themselves. And, of course, it is a beautiful place to live and work.

The campaign has the backing of Business Secretary Greg Clark, but is keen to see action from government rather than simply words. It aims to promote the county’s commercial success, whilst ensuring projects such as ‘the much-needed A303 dualling, the regeneration of northern Bridgwater, and the proposal for a bypass on the Somerset Levels’ are ‘at the top of the Government’s list, as well as the future for Shepton Mallet’s Cider Mill and the surrounding community.’ It is also keen to see movement on the Hinckley C project.

Businesses are already committing themselves to the campaign, including Shepton Mallet firm Haskins, Total Plumbing, LED Leisure, Higos, MJ Bowers, Linden Homes, Unwins, Wiltshire Foods, Clarks Village and Fusion Frome.

If your business is interested in the  We’re Backing Somerset campaign, contact Ann Oddy at or call 01749 832303. To find out more, see the full article on the Somerset Live website HERE