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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% will be available to properties on the Chard HSHAZ approved Schedule of Buildings to renovate frontages and reinstate historic shop fronts. When the grant scheme opens later in 2021, 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. Read more about the availability of Building Repair Grants.


Somerset Catalyst Programme

Somerset Catalyst is a new programme dedicated to giving start-ups and early stage businesses the best chance of success.

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.


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.


South Somerset District Council - Extra business support

Find out more about business support and advice and growing your business at