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11HVAC supply and installTenders due out late 2013. ECI work expected 2014.Various Electrical EquipmentTenders out 2014/2015.NSSS DesignDesign work underway on Nuclear Steam Supply System –AREVA has been selected as the delivery partner for thispackage.Picture: Onsite Campus AccommodationMain TurbinesPreferred bidder to be announced late 2013. ECI work to commence in Q4 2013.Site Operations PackagesThese cover the services needed to operate and maintain the construction site and associated development sitesincluding:TransportLogisticsMaterialsPlant hireCateringHotel ManagementHard & Soft FMWe expect the procurement processes for this suite of work packages to begin late 2013 and continue through to2015.As contractors work to develop their bids, the Somerset Hinkley Supply Chain Team continue to provide a localsupplier matching solution to assist Tier 1 contractors engage effectively and support the EDF Energycommitment to local communities. For contractors seeking a base in Somerset or partnership opportunities withSomerset businesses the inward investment team for the county – Into Somerset, can provide tailored support.For more information, visit www.hinkleysupplychain.co.uk or call 0845 1222 066.Somerset Business Awards 2013Good luck to all of the companies that have reached the shortlisting stage of the Somerset Business Awardswww.somersetbusinessawards.org.uk @SomBizAwards #SBA2013Award Sponsors:13


Planning Given the Go Ahead by PlannersMonkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre atMonkton Heathfield, between Taunton andBridgwater, has had the green light torevamp and expand its Four SeasonsRestaurant to meet growing customerdemand.Managing Director of the award-winning, independent,family-run business, Mike Lind said, “We’re very proudto have received planning permission to redevelop ourrestaurant, which will ensure we can continue to meetthe high standards our customers expect fromMonkton Elm. We want to invest in the future of thebusiness and to continue tobe a significant employer inthe area.will provide a much needed economic boost to thearea.“During the development of the project, the currentrestaurant will continue to operate as normal andcustomers will be largely unaffected by the buildingwork, which will extend across the top section of theoutside plant area. We will take all steps possible tominimise any inconvenience to our customers.“The plan is to make our revamped restaurant asenvironmentally-friendly as possible with regards toheating, cooling and rain water capture systems. Theexact details are being finalised during the next fewmonths.”“As a business, we’recommitted to thecommunity and to giving anexcellent customerexperience. Monkton Elm isa destination,family-orientated gardencentre and our food offeringis an essential part of this.“The new restaurant willseat 350 people and thefood will continue to beprepared by our chefson-site in a brand newkitchen facility.”The 950 square metre development, which isapproximately double the size of the currentrestaurant, is anticipated to start next summer (2014)and be completed by Christmas that year. The projectinvestment will total £1.5million, making it one of thebiggest catering investment projects in Somerset.As a result of this investment, Mike and his team hopeto create more than 10 new jobs across the wholebusiness, which already employs around 90dedicated, experienced and friendly staff.He added: “The planners at Taunton Deane BoroughCouncil have been supportive of this project and veryefficient in processing the planning application, whichwww.monktonelmgardencentre.co.ukPicture 1: Mike Lind, Managing Director at Monkton Elm Garden &Pet Centre with the restaurant expansion plans.Picture 2: Computer generated image of Monkton Elm Garden &Pet Centre including the proposed new expansion.14


Taunton Deane Borough Council - Business GrantsTime is running out for new smallbusinesses in Taunton Deane to apply forgrant funding to help get them on their feet.Grants for Start-Up Businesses - Round 3In addition, theRural RetailerGrant isavailable to helpindependentretailers in thecountryside.Grants of up to£2,000 areavailable to rural businesses such as pubs, shops andpost offices to help them upgrade or expand theirservices and to assist them in promoting their business.Taunton Deane Borough Council has grants of up to£500 available for new start-up businesses, with thenext funding round closing on Thursday 31st October.Last year the Borough Council distributed £20,000 ofgrants to locally based start-ups and is hoping to beable to help even more budding entrepreneurs this year.Up to £500 is available to start-ups in Taunton Deanethat fit the criteria and make a sound businesscase. Funding cannot be guaranteed as the awards arecompetitive.Candidates will need to show they are creating jobs(including their own), will procure locally and they mustapply within six months of starting up. They will need toprovide a business plan and three quotes for the item ofexpenditure.Taunton Deane Borough Council is able to offer eligiblebusinesses one-to-one meetings to discuss theirindividual needs. They also offer a signposting serviceto training and support offered by other departmentswithin the Council as well as external organisations.To find out more about the business grants available,contact Hattie Winter on 01823 356485 or emailh.winter@tauntondeane.gov.ukRound Five of Regional GrowthFund to open in OctoberThe next round of the Regional GrowthFund will open in October, it has beenannounced.Cllr Norman Cavill, who holds the EconomicDevelopment and the Arts portfolio, said, "This Grant ispart of our commitment to assist and encouragebusiness start-ups in Taunton Deane."Small business is the lifeblood of the economy and weare lucky to have so many interesting and innovativebusinesses here in Taunton Deane - but there's alwaysroom for the next one!"Taunton Deane Borough Council also has a number ofother initiatives available to help businesses, includingan Investment Grant that is open to employers takingon ten or more employees at one time. £1,000 peremployee is available, up to a maximum of £100,000.This must be used towards the training anddevelopment of the staff. Likewise, a business plan willbe required as part of the application for this grant.Round 5 will be focused entirely on private enterpriseproposals, for high quality projects that can generatesignificant private sector investment and createsustainable jobs.Application forms for Round 5 will be available in earlyOctober and businesses will have until the closing dateof 9 December to submit their bids. Any companiesthat will not be ready to apply for Round 5 will be ableto apply for Round 6, which will be launched in thesummer of 2014.The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is a £3.2billion fund,helping companies throughout England to create jobsbetween now and the mid-2020s. The Regional GrowthFund supports projects and programmes that areusing private sector investment to create economicgrowth and sustainable employment.Contact the Chamber Call 01823 444924, email manager@somerset-chamber.co.uk or visit www.somerset-chamber.co.uk18

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