Small businesses in South Somerset are being offered help to raise their profile on the internet, and to encourage more visitors into town centres.
South Somerset District Council (SSDC) is giving grants of up to £500 for “digital improvements” to help small businesses and not-for-profit organisations based in Bruton, Castle Cary, Chard, Crewkerne, Ilminster, Langport, Martock, Milborne Port, Somerton, South Petherton and Wincanton.
The grants can be used for improvements including the commissioning of photography and film, branding, artwork design, and website set-up or upgrade.
A SSDC spokesperson said: “A 50% contribution is required from the applicant and grants will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis to businesses that meet the criteria.”
The grant scheme was conceived by SSDC’s Market Towns Investment Group following an audit to assess the digital presence of the town centres.
The group draws “passionate advocates” for the market towns from across the district – town and district councillors, regeneration groups, and business representatives – to work together to raise the profile of South Somerset, while improving streets, squares, parks, and open spaces.
Councillor Angie Singleton, portfolio holder for SSDC’s Market Town Vision, said: “We want the scheme to reach out to people running small businesses and attractions in our market towns.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of your business in the exciting digital world.”
You can apply for a Digital High Street grant by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – you can also pick up an information leaflet at SSDC Community Offices in Chard, Crewkerne, and Wincanton.