Help for small businesses to improve their profile on the internet and encourage more visitors into town centres, is being offered by South Somerset District Council. Grants of up to £500 are available for digital improvements to help small businesses and not for profit organisations that are based in the town centres of Crewkerne, Bruton, Castle Cary, Chard, Ilminster, Langport, Martock, Milborne Port, Somerton and South Petherton.
The grants can be used for a variety of digital improvements, including commissioning photography, film, branding, artwork design and website set-up or upgrade. 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 grants scheme was conceived by SSDC’s Market Towns Investment Group (MTIG) following an audit to assess the digital presence of the town centres. MTIG draws advocates for the market towns from across the district – town and district councillors, regeneration groups and business representatives, who are working together to improve the public realm and raise the profile of south Somerset.
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.” To apply for a Digital High Street Grant please email firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up an information leaflet at SSDC community offices in Crewkerne, Chard or Wincanton.