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North Somerset Council is committed to driving economic growth for it’s businesses and residents. The Economy Team supports businesses to thrive and residents to increase economic resilience We do this by…
  • Encouraging and enabling Inward Investment
  • Helping businesses find support to grow
  • Act as a guide into the wider Council serivces
  • Foster peer support and business networks
  • Facilitating access to funding, grants and training for business development
  • Collaborating with local organisations to create job opportunities for residents
  • Designing and delivering employment support programmes
  • Manage North Somerset Film Office
Community learning offers free or low-cost courses for North Somerset residents aged 19 or over who have few or no formal qualifications. For more information please visit our webpage:
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Behind the team

Mandie B

Business Support and Sector Development Manager

- Sector Development (lead for food and drink, visitor and rural economy)
- Business Support programme development
- The Food Works and Phase 2 development
- Rural England Prosperity Fund

Jane Harrison

Head of Economy

- Oversees activity of the team
- Provide support to Elected Members
- West of England Combined Authority (WECA) representation
- Manages key strategic business accounts

Jayne G

Economic Development Manager

- Responsible for the delivery of the Employment and Skills Strategy
- Leading on a variety of Employment and Skills workstreams
- Monitoring and maintaining service standards
- Collaborating to design provision to meet gaps and enhance outcomes for residents and businesses

Abbe H

Economic Development Officer

- Sector support activity for North Somerset’s food and drink businesses
- Strategic support for, and development of, The Food Works SW
- Administration of the Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) grant programme, supporting rural businesses with capital grants
- Project and contract management, to promote and develop businesses in the area

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- Co-ordinate various projects in line with the Employment and Skills strategy
- Work with partner agencies to increase employment and skills opportunities and raise awareness to North Somerset residents
- Monitor social value delivery on various capital projects to enhance employment and skills offer to residents.

Beck J

Community Learning Team Leader

- Manages the NSC Community Learning (CL) team
- Oversees direct and commissioned delivery of CL courses
- Ensures CL curriculum addresses local skills gaps and meets employer needs
- Oversees quality standards
- Manages NSC’s City and Guilds centre

Dan S

Economic Development Officer

- Undertake commercial property searches in order to help businesses and organisations find premises.
- Responsible for planning responses on behalf of the Economy Team.
- Co-responsible for the day-to-day operations of the North Somerset Film Office, answering queries and granting filming permit applications.

Louisa J

Employer of Choice Project Co-ordinator

- Co-ordinate the work experience and placements offer for North Somerset Council
- Manage various projects, like supported internships, with external partners

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Gerard G

Economic Development Officer

- Project Management support including UKSPF
- Lead North Somerset Film office
- Oversee team websites, newsletter and digital presence

Luke J

UK Shared Prosperity Fund Programme Manager

- Oversees delivery of £3m UKSPF funding in North Somerset
- Ensures UKSPF projects stay within budget and deliver target outcomes
- Reports on projects’ impact and progress to the council and UK Government

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