Business Support

Business SupportWest Somerset Council is working with partners to ensure that those wishing to succeed in business in the district are able to access the support they need.

A range of practical help is available whether you are already in business or thinking of starting a new venture.

Click on one of the tabs on the left to view the detail of the support available. A summary bulletin is also available at the right hand side of this page.

National Business Support Helpline

In addition to the support listed on these pages, the National Business Support Helpline offers advice and guidance to new and existing businesses including information on national and local schemes, grants and loans to help companies start and grow. See or telephone: 03004 563 565 Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm.

Preparing for a “No Deal” Brexit

The Government has announced it is increasing Brexit “no deal” planning. If you have any concerns for your business regarding this subject please refer to the official Brexit “no deal” advice to businesses which can be found on the website

Further information can also be found at where any new guidance is expected to be published.

Confused about Data Protection Regulations?

Take a look at the GDPR for Business pages on the HotSW Growth Hub website, which includes details of workshops & links to GDPR resources.

See GDPR for Businesses - Growth Hub

Cyber-attack advice for businesses

It is important for businesses to fully appreciate the threat from cyber-attack and understand the measures that can be taken to limit the risks. General guidance can be found on The National Cyber Security Centre website. A direct link to the latest on protecting against ransomware is

For general guidance on protecting against ransomware visit