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West Somerset Business Group aims to provide easy access to information, support, and free training, facilitate networking between businesses, creating links and contacts so we can work together better. 

Skill Up West Somerset has been able to bring the West Somerset Business Group under its wing to enable this group to continue and grow.  

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Have you heard of the Kickstart Scheme? it provides funding to employers to create a 6 month job placement for a young person who is currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Here is some feedback from a local small employer who has taken on a young person:
Kickstart enabled us to employ somebody that we would not have been able to afford otherwise. The scheme has enabled us to employ a young person and this is helping us to grow the equestrian business, as we are able to increase the number of clients that horse ride with us. Already, this increase in business means we should be able to keep this employee on after the 6 month period, which is great news! The scheme was straightforward and questions were quickly responded to and you have the opportunity to interview and choose a suitable employee. If you already pay staff through PAYE, it is so easy to add on the Kickstart employees.  The scheme is brilliant as you can involve a young person, that certainly has brought energy and new ideas to our team. We are so pleased as we would never have been able to take on a new person without the Kickstart funding. 
Laura at Pine Lodge
For details of how to apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme visit
To speak to your local team please email or

The Somerset

Summer 2021 Hospitality Recruitment Service 

Do you have Hospitality vacancies that you cannot fill?

A new service for the 2021 season has been developed to promote your current vacancies directly to young people in schools and colleges here in Somerset.

Somerset County Council along with the four District Councils, Education Business Partnership and industry representatives have worked together to produce a link between a central web hospitality vacancy platform and direct communications to young people in the colleges and training centres.

The benefit of this vacancy portal is that we are able to speak directly and exclusively to people who will be looking for summer work opportunities.

The portal provider, Somerset Jobs, has reduced the cost to you, during the Summer 2021 season, of hosting your vacancy by 80% to just £4 until the end of July!

You can log on to the portal here where you can register your vacancies (use the relevant discount codes hosp, hosp2 or hosp5). Alternatively send your vacancies to and they will be uploaded for you (the discount will be applied on the invoice sent to you). Make sure you include:
  1. Job title
  2. Job location
  3. Job description – minimum age where appropriate
  4. Closing date
  5. How to apply – email, phone number or corporate careers page
  6. Company information including address, email & logo if you have one
  7. Salary details
If you have multiple vacancies for the same position full or part time then you only need provide one set of information per job type. We will add the extra vacancies specifying FT/PT and the different locations.



To support our local West Somerset businesses: Somerset West and Taunton Council, West Coast 360 and Skill Up West Somerset are pleased to offer
FREE training to employers, their staff and anyone interested in working in the hospitality and leisure industry.

 Returning to Work During and After Covid
 Level 1 Food Safety & Hygiene
 Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene
 Food Allergy Awareness Training  
 First Aid at Work Refresher Training
Customer service Training
Manual Handling

Follow this link:

West Coast 360; Skill Up West Somerset and Somerset West and Taunton: For West Somerset ONLY



Vision Consultation Update

We would like to thank each and everyone of you that participated in the consultation process to develop a new vision for Exmoor's rural economy.

200 responses to the survey were received from a range of businesses as well as community organisations and young people. A summary of the key survey findings can be read online here (PDF).

In addition a series of 1-2-1 interviews were held with key stakeholders and 8 focus groups were held to explore some of the emerging issues in more depth.

The project team from Ash Futures are now working with the Steering Group to reflect on the responses, alongside professional experience, the most relevant local, regional and national policy strategies and best practice from elsewhere to draft the vision. 3 further focus groups have been held to test the emerging vision which it is hoped will be published in August.

The vision will be used by all the project partners to collectively guide future work to sustain Exmoor's economy in harmony with the areas status as a National Park.



#WeAreExmoor - first 50 posts

Back in early May we marked the first 50 Exmoor businesses celebrated to date with the #WeAreExmoor campaign with a short compilation video.

Over 20 more businesses have since been profiled and we continue to go strong. It is not too late to get involved and send us your details if you'd like to celebrate your links to this special place. And don't forget you can all use the #WeAreExmoor hashtag to collectively celebrate the fantastic enterprise opportunities in the area when posting on social media.


South West Events and Workshops
The Growth Hub has a dedicated page listing all the latest business events taking place across the South West.

A single place to find listings of events and workshops from business support services across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. All events are free to attend or part funded. Eligibility criteria may apply.

See the events and workshop page to see what is on offer.


STEP UP SOMERSET Is a website providing a one-stop-shop for individuals, employers and businesses seeking support and information in relation to employment, skills, careers and apprenticeships in Somerset.

Employers will be able to gather information on redundancy support for their workforce, staff development and offering apprenticeships or industry placements to young people. The website will also provide a platform for promoting any recruitment or development events available to attend.

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