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.

Our dedicated team can provide:


In addition to the support currently available, our service is involved in a wide range of projects across North Somerset, the West of England and the South West. The following are a selection of key work areas:

Junction 21 Enterprise Area (J21EA) (Alastair Shankland)

  • Business support
  • Promotions and marketing of development and business opportunities
  • Inward investment

Rural Business (Mandie Berry)

  • LEADER funding (West of England)
  • Business support
  • Made in North Somerset

The Food WorksSW  (Simon Gregory and Mandie Berry)

  • Food and Drink Innovation Centre
  • Sector specific business support
  • Food Enterprise Zone


Hinkley (Simon Gregory)


  • Local supply chain development
  • Inward investment
  • Employment opportunities

Skills and Learning (Paul Lucock)

  • Hinkley skills liaison
  • West of England skills liaison including Skills West
  • Be your own boss
  • Skills4Work
  • Westonworks liaison

Broadband (Simon Gregory)

  • Connecting Devon and Somerset Rural Programme
  • Business vouchers
  • Open Programmable City

Visitor Economy (Ursula James)

  • Destination Management Organisations liaison
  • Filming enquiries
  • Visit North Somerset promotions


    We also produce the following business publications:


    For copies of these publications or further information and advice on local business issues and projects please contact us.

    For general business advice and support contact North Somerset Enterprise Agency or visit our business resources section.