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An exciting opportunity for all of
Minehead's Retail Businesses

As announced in our recent newsletter, a free independent retail mentoring programme has been announced for Minehead.

It will be facilitated by established retail training consultant, Fran Riseley.  Funded by the Emergency Town Centre Recovery Fund, created by Somerset West and Taunton Council to help town centres in the district recover from the pandemic and administered by the Minehead Business Improvement District (BID).

Fran Riseley has enjoyed an extensive career in retail and for the past 30 years has been committed to helping retailers. She is known for her practical, yet inspirational, training that really transforms businesses.

​The Offer for retail businesses in Minehead

  •    The mentoring involves a 2-3 hour tailored session in the owner’s shop. It will focus on all aspects of the business including marketing, social media, visual merchandising, sales and service, shop front and signage, staffing and business strategy.
  • Coaching sessions are followed up with an action plan and summary of findings and a further session will review progress and ensure continued improvements.

Places are limited, so independent retailers across the whole of Minehead should contact Fran Riseley on 07765 257213 or to book on the mentoring programme.


Fly the Flag for Somerset Day 2021

Do you have one? If not here's one you can download and print to have in your window, car, office or garden on the 11th

We want to turn Somerset into a sea of Somerset flags and bunting, flying from public and community buildings, churches, schools, village flagpoles, gardens, windows, cars etc over the weekend of 8th and 9th May through to 11th May, Somerset Day.

Whether it’s the distinctive Somerset flag with its bright red dragon waving from a flagpole, or your own painted picture in your front window, this is the time to Fly the Flag for Somerset.

Lots more information about this special celebration can be found on the dedicated website:

Minehead Gift Card Update

Have you signed up your business yet?

The process is very straighforward and it costs nothing to join. If you have any problems signing up please get in touch.

Promotional photos

If you have signed up and I haven't yet got to you to take a promotional photo, I will be in touch next week to try to book an appointment.
Visit the Minehed Gift Card page on our website for further information about joining the scheme and to see which businesses have joined up. This includes a number in the process of registering and which are yet to appear.

Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership FREE Digital Online Training Programme

The first in an exciting series of free business support webinars with others planned for the autumn


The 1-hour session will walk businesses through the considerations that need to be undertaken in preparation for the proposed re-opening of the sector on the 17 May 2021

All businesses in the visitor economy are encouraged to attend. Following the seminar, participants will have access to re-opening risk assessment documentation and planning template and will also be invited to join the Visit Exmoor/Visit Somerset Associate Member Programme.

Thursday 13 May 2021 at 11.00 a.m.

Spaces are limited, please register early.

Somerset Business Recovery Survey 2021

Somerset’s five Local Authorities are jointly undertaking this vital survey to help us better understand and respond to local business needs, with a particular focus on the impacts that COVID-19 will have had on many businesses over the last 12 months.

By completing this survey, you will be providing much needed intelligence to help shape our approach to economic recovery in Somerset, including the support that businesses will be able to receive.

Should you wish to provide your details at the end of the survey, we will share the findings of this survey with you as soon as they are available. We may also be able to offer specific advice and support based on the responses you have given.

We know your time is precious, but the survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and your views could make a real difference.

Please be assured that your personal data will not be shared with anyone outside of Somerset’s local authorities and you will remain fully anonymous in any reporting.

To complete the survey, please click on the following link:
If you have questions about the survey or wish to provide additional feedback, please email:

Somerset is Re-opening!

Have a look at this great video to mark 2021's Re-opening, by Visit Somerset

Leo Davey's Studio/Gallery
Exhibition until 25th June

Leo kindly created the special image of Minehead and North Hill that is being used as the front cover of our soon-to-be-printed Minehead Visitor Guide.
During lockdown he has created a collection of 14 brand new watercolour paintings of some of his favourite locations in and around West Somerset and North Devon.

Available as original paintings, prints, travel posters and cards. In his Minehead Studio/Gallery from 4th May - 25th June. Tuesday to Saturday - 11am to 4pm.
You can view the exhibition online and find out more at
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