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This is our first newsletter for a while, having had a little Summer break! 🌞 We hope you find the information  informative and helpful.

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Best Wishes, Richard Robbins

Somerset West & Taunton, and Sedgemoor District Councils are working with the Food and Drink Forum to launch a Food & Drink Mapping project.

Through the project, the local Food & Drink Forum team based at The Food WorksSW, will be contacting as many food and drink producers, suppliers and local retailers based within the Somerset West & Taunton, and Sedgemoor District Council areas as possible, gathering feedback from businesses in the local area and their supply chain. From this, a publicly available map will be produced highlighting to businesses and the wider community the local supply chain and where to buy locally.

This work will provide important data and link into a wider food initiative the South West Food Hub- an innovative project targeting public procurement to increase local business access to public food and drink supply opportunities in the region.
If you are a Food and Drink Business and would like to find out more, please download the full Press Release using the button below, and then complete the associated survey.
Download the Press Release
Go to the Survey

Draft Report for Minehead: Inspiring People and Place

The draft Economic plan for Minehead has been published by Minehead and Coast Development Trust (MCDT).

Comments and feeback are invited so please download the report and complete the survey to ensure your contribution is included in the discussion.
  1. Download the report from the Minehead and Coast Development Trust website
  2. Complete the survey

The survey closes on 13th September

 Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership FREE Digital Online Training Programme

Join us for six individually tailored sessions in this webinar series to discover the new ‘BOOST’ Toolkit, a resource packed with straightforward information and advice for new and existing businesses within the visitor economy.

These 2-hour sessions will feature live working with the toolkit as well as plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate. That means you get the chance to think about implementing the tools for your own business and loads of extra tips and ideas too!

Following the seminar, participants will have the opportunity for an individual session of 1-2-1 support on using the toolkit, as well as access to resources and specialist business support through the Visitor Economy Support Programme (VESP).

So why not come along, see the toolkit in action and get a feel for how it can help your business?

Spaces are limited, so please register early by signing up to all the Toolkit webinars in this series. Please find descriptions and booking links to each of the six tailored modules here.
Led by Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT), the Tourism Innovation Grant Scheme has been set up by the HTAP partners in response to the impact on tourism from Covid.

The value of tourism towards Somerset’s economy is substantial.  Prior to the pandemic, 23 million day trips and 2.6 million overnight stays helped generate £1.3bn each year, in turn providing employment for 10 per cent of the county’s total workforce.

Tourism is even more significant in West Somerset and Sedgemoor, accounting for 40 per cent of all staying visitor activity across the county.

The new grant scheme is specifically designed to support SMEs in offering a greater range of visitor products and experiences.  Grants between £5,000 and £10,000 will be made available to businesses and organisations operating in the tourism, hospitality and events sector.

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals aligning with HTAP’s strategic aims by contributing towards industry growth and the local economy.  Where possible, proposals should promote a ‘green’ visitor experience by being sustainable and less reliant on carbon.

The HTAP partners are also looking for creative and innovative experiences which are new to the area.  Inspiration for projects can be sought from other regions or internationally, providing they suit the area's natural resources and have not been adopted previously.

Above all, they must create a lasting legacy by being inclusive, providing an exceptional welcome and creating positive perceptions for the greater area.

Qualifying projects may fall into one or more of the following categories:
  •   Higher-spend customer markets
  •   Genuinely new service provision
  •   Shoulder season visitor opportunities
  •   New networks or partnerships that consolidate activity into a package that enhances the visitor experience
Applications for the Tourism Innovation Grant Scheme are open until 10 September 2021, or until all the funding has been allocated.

The scheme is open to applicants based in the Somerset West and Taunton and Sedgemoor district council areas.  Applicants are required to match-fund a minimum 10 per cent of the awarded grant.


To support our local businesses. Somerset West and Taunton Council, West Coast 360 and Skill Up West Somerset are pleased to offer FREE training to employers, their staff and anyone interested in working in the hospitality and leisure industry. These courses are for West Somerset residents whether you are returning to work after furlough, wishing to gain more skills or looking to start a career in this sector.

To register for these course please click the button below:
  • Returning to Work During and After Covid. Duration 25 minutes - Returning to work after covid
  • Level 1 Food Safety & Hygiene. Duration 50 minutes - Level 1 Food Safety & Hygiene
  • Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene.  Duration 70 minutes - Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene
  • Food Allergy Awareness Training.  Duration 35 minutes - Food Allergy Awareness Training
  • First Aid at Work Refresher Training. Duration 80 minutes - First Aid at Work Refresher Training
  • Customer service Training: Duration. Duration 35 mins  Customer Service Training
  • Manual Handling:> Duration 35 mins  Manual Handling Training

Click Here to Apply
Whether you're a business owner or a dog owner (I know many are both!) we'd be interested to hear what online resources you use.

Whether it's to advertise that your establishment is dog-friendly, or to find somewhere you can go with your pooch, we're keen to find the best resources so that we can promote them and point Minehead businesses and dog-owners to the most helpful sources of information.

We're interested to hear about both phone Apps and websites. Please drop us an email with your recommendations.

Snapshots of some of the people and events BID has supported during the holidays, helping to make visits to Minehead extra memorable. How many did you see?

There are many more photos on our Facebook pages. Why don't you Like and Follow:
Visit Minehead
Visit Minehead
Love Minehead
Love Minehead

Download Beach Check UK today!

To make sure you maintain safe social distancing when visiting beaches and proms, download the free app and you’ll be able to view congested areas.

Here at Minehead BID we keep an eye on Minehead's beaches, ready to make potential visitors aware if any of our beach areas become too busy.

The app is very easy to use and operates on a traffic light system. Simply find the area of beach you are interested in visiting and if it’s marked green it means it’s quiet and there’s plenty of space, orange indicates it’s starting to get busier and red tells you the beach is congested and it would be far safer for you, your family and friends to find a quieter spot*.  In some areas the app also offers information about whether a lifeguard is on duty or whether the beach allows dogs. Go to the App Store or Google Play to download the app.
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A message from Minehead Park Run

Here at Minehead parkrun we are already blessed with some amazing volunteers. We now need to add as many people as we can to our volunteer roster to ensure the event can take place each week. If you haven’t volunteered before training will be given.

If you’d like to volunteer please sign into your parkrun account at

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