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Freeport aims to bring innovation and jobs to Somerset
March 8, 2021

Somerset has a key role to play in the bid to develop a new Great Western Freeport – a project which could create thousands of jobs and boost the region’s reputation as a leader in high-value design and innovation. A freeport is a space for businesses to import goods and materials, add value to them…

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Special Offer from Holiday Inn Express Bridgwater
March 8, 2021

The Holiday Inn Express Bridgwater are offering meeting space for £25 DDR (Day Delegate Rate) This includes Three servings of Tea / CoffeeSandwich LunchRoom HireWater & CordialSweetsStationaryComplimentary WiFi throughout the HotelOnsite parkingInteractive TV to connect your laptop. Minimum of six people This offer is valid from now through until the end of April 2021. Alternatively,…

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Workplace bullying and conflict resolution workshops go online with discounted places available for Sedgemoor businesses
March 8, 2021

Following the success of training held earlier in 2020 by the award-winning charity Stand Against Violence, businesses in Sedgemoor will be able to benefit from discounted courses thanks to the continued support and funding received from the Hinkley Point Community Fund. Stand Against Violence have years of experience in developing techniques and delivering training in…

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Town Investment Plan Summary Document Released
March 8, 2021

Sedgemoor District Council has today released the Bridgwater Town Investment Plan Summary document that provides stakeholders and the wider public with a condensed version of the overarching plan. The summary document sets out the vision for Bridgwater, focusing on the challenges and opportunities for the town, the strategic aims and objectives, the projects proposed to…

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Joint release from District Council Leaders – re Stronger Somerset consultation
March 8, 2021

District Council Leaders encourage residents to take once-in-a-generation chance to transform lives across Somerset  Somerset’s district councils have welcomed the launch of a public consultation on the Stronger Somerset plan to deliver better jobs, affordable homes, stronger communities and a carbon zero county.   Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP launched the consultation…

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VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme – online service opens
March 8, 2021

Over half a million businesses who deferred VAT payments last year can now join the new online VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme to pay it in smaller monthly instalments, HMRC has announced today (23 February). In order to take advantage of the new payment scheme businesses will need to have deferred VAT payments between March and June…

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Sedgemoor District Council sets budget
March 8, 2021

Despite dealing with the Covid pandemic, with an estimated £4m financial impact in the current year on Sedgemoor’s finances, coupled with the fact that nearly all staff working from home for eleven months of the year, Sedgemoor District Council has yet again set a balanced budget with no cuts to public services for the coming…

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More help for Self Assessment taxpayers
March 8, 2021

Self Assessment taxpayers will not be charged a 5% late payment penalty if they pay their tax or set up a payment plan by 1 April, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced. The payment deadline for Self Assessment is 31 January and interest is charged from 1 February on any amounts outstanding. Normally, a 5%…

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Ambitious Plans to Re-Energise Bridgwater Submitted to Government
March 8, 2021

Following earlier consultation on our Vision for Bridgwater, an ambitious plan seeking £25 m of government investment was submitted at the end of January. The plan is unashamedly bold and designed to re-energise the town centre whilst also unlocking wider housing and employment growth. If successful, the proposals will help unlock over £160 m of…

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The Pardoes Free Legal Helpline
March 8, 2021

Tough times require a community willing to help and support one another. Due to the restrictions in place in Somerset (and the nation) we have had to halt our popular free Legal Clinics in the villages/towns dotted around South Somerset. We have endeavoured to continue to help our community by offering other free services such…

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'Budget Review' Webinar with Guest Speaker Gavin Roberts
March 8, 2021

We were joined by Gavin Roberts, partner of Maxwells Chartered Accountants for our ‘Budget Review’ webinar. The webinar was filled with valuable information looking at the changes set out by the Chancellor on Wednesday 3rd March. Click here to view

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Give your loved one a tax break this Valentine’s Day
February 12, 2021

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is encouraging married couples and people in civil partnerships to sign up for a tax break this year. Marriage Allowance offers individuals the chance to transfer part of their Personal Allowance to their husband, wife or civil partner, which could reduce their tax by up to £250 a year. For…

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Working together to deliver a successful Census 2021
February 11, 2021

The Office for National Statistics – which runs Census 2021 – is working with Sedgemoor District Council to deliver a successful census and help local services to fully meet future needs.   Understanding the needs of the nation helps everyone from central government to local organisations, such as councils and health authorities, plan and fund…

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SOMERLAP WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBERS
February 8, 2021

Somerlap’s continued success has seen it create 5 new job roles in recent months, with two staff joining this year.   Pallet Manufacturers Edgaras Gauba, Connor Pink and Joshua Kick started in the Autumn; alongside Curtis Bradshaw, who joined the shed and garden products team. Meanwhile Simon Bass (Retail team) began work in January this…

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10.7 million tax returns filed by 31 January deadline
February 2, 2021

More than 10.7 million people submitted their 2019/20 Self Assessment tax returns by the 31 January deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed. The remaining 1.8 million whose tax return is now late will not be charged a late filing penalty provided they submit their return online by 28 February. Those who did not…

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SW firms look set to benefit from Brexit-fuelled manufacturing deal
January 29, 2021

A TRADE deal signed by South West organisations including one from Somerset and representatives from China at the end of last year has been extended this month (February 2021) to include manufacturing. The deal between the South West Business Council (SWBC), Bridgwater-based Aspen Waite China UK (AWCUK), and Chinese Economic Development Zones will help Westcountry…

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