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Litigation Covid Clinics for Individuals and Businesses
January 25, 2021

Everys Solicitors are offering support to individuals and businesses looking for advice on Covid-19 related disputes and claims. Specialist litigation solicitors, Gay Cherryson and Kathy Trist, are holding telephone clinics every Tuesday from 4pm until 6pm, where they will be providing FREE, no-obligation, 20-minute telephone appointments for the following issues: Wills and estatesMedicolegalInsuranceEmploymentLandlord and tenantBusiness…

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Temporary schemes come to an end
January 22, 2021

Following the latest lockdown and closure of non-essential retail, schemes introduced to support social distancing and the reopening of high streets in two Somerset towns are to end. Temporary schemes introduced last summer in Yeovil and Bridgwater, featuring a pedestrianised zone and one-way system respectively, were funded by Government and overseen by Somerset’s Active Travel…

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Vegetation work in Mount Street Car park
January 21, 2021

Preparatory works are about to start on the Northgate Cinema and Leisure development in central Bridgwater, ahead of  making a formal construction start on site for in April.  Sedgemoor’s Clean Surroundings team will begin to remove vegetation on the Mount Street car park part of the site before nesting season begins. This work will be…

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Self Assessment customers use online tax payment plans to help spread the cost of £69 million
January 14, 2021

Almost 25,000 Self Assessment customers have set up an online payment plan to manage their tax liabilities in up to 12 monthly instalments, totalling £69.1 million, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed today. In October, HMRC increased the threshold for self-serve Time to Pay arrangements from £10,000 to £30,000 for Self Assessment customers. Once…

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Special Offer from Holiday Inn Express Bridgwater
January 14, 2021

Pictures taken pre-lockdown March 2020 The Holiday Inn Express Bridgwater are offering room hire of their meeting room for £90.00 plus VAT. This includes Full day hire Three servings of Tea / Coffee with BiscuitsWater & Cordial StationaryFlip Chart & PensComplimentary WiFi throughout the Hotel Onsite parkingInteractive TV to connect your laptop. Maximum eight pax,…

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Bridgwater & Taunton College are finalists in the AoC Beacon Awards 2020/21 for Employer Engagement.
January 12, 2021

Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC) have been selected as one of the finalists for the ‘City & Guilds Award for ‘Colleges Engagement with Employers’ at the Association of Colleges (AOC) Beacon Awards 2020/21. The national awards celebrate and recognise the best and most innovative practice amongst UK further education (FE) colleges and the City &…

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Sansum Promotes the Importance of Mental Health
January 11, 2021

During such unprecedented times and yet another national lockdown upon us with the continuing global pandemic, Sansum, in their commitment to valuing our employees welfare decided to invest in Mental Health First Aid 2 day course (“MHFA”) training, initially for three of the team, to become Mental Health First Aiders on behalf of Sansum.  The…

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Supporting Somerset’s visitor economy
January 11, 2021

A countywide scheme is being launched to support tourism and visitor-centred businesses in Somerset in the wake of the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The visitor economy plays an important part in the wider Somerset economy and coronavirus restrictions have hit businesses and employment hard. Now Somerset’s County and District Councils have put in…

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£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs
January 7, 2021

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000, the Chancellor has announced. Chancellor announces one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring£594 million discretionary fund also made available to support…

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Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
January 7, 2021

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant. The scheme has been extended. If you were not eligible for the first and second grant based on the information in your Self Assessment tax returns, you will not…

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Self Assessment deadline: less than one month to go
January 5, 2021

Around 5.4 million Self Assessment customers have less than a month to complete their tax return, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced today, ahead of the deadline on 31 January. HMRC expects 12.1 million tax returns to be filed this year. Around 55% have already filed their returns, with more than 6.2 million choosing to…

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Time is running out to get ready for end of Brexit transition
December 22, 2020

With less than two weeks to go until the Brexit Transition period ends, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urging traders to complete crucial preparations needed to trade with Europe from 1 January. This month, HMRC has sent 250,000 letters and emails to VAT-registered traders urging them to get ready for the new trading rules.…

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Latest CJRS Official Stats to 31 October published
December 21, 2020

Today, CJRS figures have been updated for a seventh set of official statistics. Applications for the 3rd SEISS grant opened on 30 November, so there are no official stats currently available on this portion of the scheme. We expect they will be available for the first time in January. The CJRS data released today provide…

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China represents a key market for South West Med Tech & Bio Pharma firms
December 15, 2020

THERE’S never been a better time for South West Med Tech & Bio Pharma companies to conquer the Chinese market says a Somerset company helping UK firms partner with China (December 2020). Bridgwater-based Aspen Waite China UK (AWCUK), which has Beijing and Shanghai offices, says from 2020 to 2050, China’s national health expenditure will increase,…

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Securing local jobs for local people - Sedgemoor signs a key Local Labour Agreement
December 15, 2020

“A real ray of sunshine - amongst the gloom of the recent news of national redundancies” – that was a quote from Cllr Gill Slocombe, Sedgemoor’s Portfolio Holder for Inward Investment and Growth – as she endorsed a Local Labour Agreement with Gravity. This agreement paves the way to secure local benefit and social value…

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Latest letting at Bridgwater Gateway speculative industrial units
December 15, 2020

-- Grant Westfield to take 5,381 sq ft Unit 1603 -- Bristol, 08 December 2020: – Another speculatively developed Grade A industrial unit at the £150 million Bridgwater Gateway business park has been let by Colliers International. Unit 1603, which totals 5,381 sq ft, has been leased to Grant Westfield, an award-winning company with a…

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