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Business support for you

Do you have a business in Chard, looking to set up business or need support? We are here to help you.

Doing business in Chard

Why is it great to do Business in Chard

 

Chard offers many opportunities for businesses, situated only 12 miles from Taunton and the M5, it also has great links to the A303.  With a population of around 13,000 it is home to some large employers including Numatic International Ltd, the makers of Henry vacuum cleaner.

 

There are a number of long standing independent businesses in the town and South Somerset District Council supports business development and growth through a number of different ways.  You can see how you can kick start your business not just in Chard but South Somerset on the business support section of the SSDC website.

 

Chard has a number of unique and interesting selling points in the town which make it great to do business here;

 

  • Home to some major employers including Numatic International Ltd

  • A central point between Taunton and Yeovil

  • Second largest town in South Somerset

  • Great secondary school and sixth form, close to two local colleges

  • Great local attractions including Chard Reservoir, Ferne Animal Sanctuary and Snowdon Park

  • Live near to the coast

  • As the birth place for flight the local museum is a must for visitors

Building Repair Grants

Grants of up to 70% are available to properties on the Chard HSHAZ approved Schedule of Buildings to renovate frontages and reinstate historic shop fronts. Owners of these properties (or those responsible for maintenance) will be asked to complete an application form, and submit detailed plans and costings for the proposed works. Find out more about Building Repair Grants.

 

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub provides business advice, support and resources to aid you with every aspect of growing and developing your business.

www.heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk

South Somerset District Council​

South Somerset District Council offer a broad range of support and signposting services, available at: www.southsomerset.gov.uk/business

We encourage you to sign up to the Economic Development Newsletter to access the latest information. You can do this by emailing econdev@southsomerset.gov.uk

Quick links to South Somerset District Council Services:

Visit South Somerset

Licensing

Environmental Health

Business Rates

Planning

National support

 

The GOV.UK website provides information on and access to all government services and information, providing consistent advice and information on what businesses should or could do to start well and thrive. The site hosts an extensive range of content and tools covering a whole range of sectors, issues and themes. 

 

www.gov.uk/browse/business

Somerset Chamber of Commerce

Somerset Chamber of Commerce promotes and lobbies for business development in Somerset. Established in 1994, Somerset Chamber of Commerce works hard to support local businesses and, specifically, our 500-strong network of member businesses covering all industry sectors from sole-traders to multi-national corporations.  Combined with local town chambers, Somerset Chamber represents over 2,000 businesses across Somerset.

www.somerset-chamber.co.uk/about/

M-Hub

M-Hub is a network of manufacturing and engineering businesses across Yeovil and the surrounding area.  The group shares learning, supply chain opportunities and business support with the purpose to increase standards and grow the industry in and around the Yeovil area.

www.yeovilchamber.org/networking/m-hub.htm

 

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The Federation of Small Businesses is a non-profit making and non political membership based organisation that is led by its members, they provide a package of business support and services and campaign for change which supports smaller business to grow and succeed. They offer free events to all small business and self-employed.

www.fsb.org.uk/