The Economic Development Service
We are here to help existing local businesses grow and to promote North Somerset as a prosperous location for new investment.
We are one of a number of services that the council provides to support the business community. We work alongside our planning, licensing and highways departments to tailor our combined services to meet business needs. Further information on other council services can be found on our North Somerset Council page.
As part of our aims we provide the following services:
- Ongoing management and updating of the ‘in north somerset’ website. This site has been created following feedback from external businesses/organisations that a ‘portal’ was required to bring together the wide breadth of business related information into one place
- Assistance in locating land and premises
- Signposting to other services within the council including business rates, planning, building control, licensing and regulatory services.
- Information on training courses via North Somerset Enterprise Agency
- Advice and assistance for new business start-ups
- Signposting to external business support available
- Relocation and aftercare service
- Support the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership
We also produce the following business publications:
- Business Guide and Directory - contains details of over 1800 listed businesses
- North Somerset - Connecting People, Inspiring Business (pdf) - details the advantages of being a business in North Somerset
- Business in North Somerset map (pdf, 12MB) - showing a selection of businesses in North Somerset and Weston-super-Mare including details of sector, location and company logo
- Business Matters - a monthly e-newsletter which celebrates local business success and provides general advice and information to businesses. To subscribe sign up to our newsletter.
- Local food directory (pdf) - contains details of where you can buy locally grown, reared or produced food and drink within North Somerset
- Economic Development and Regeneration Strategy - aims to create a long-term plan for economic development and regeneration in North Somerset
- Local Economic Development Protocol (pdf) - supporting the timely delivery of development proposals that will have significant local economic benefits
- Marketing Initiatives List (pdf) - to help landowners, developers and agents with the proactive marketing and promotion of employment sites.
- Weston - thriving and growing (pdf) - details investments and opportunities in Weston
For copies of these publications or further information and advice on local business issues please contact us.