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Business Support

The Visitor Economy Support Programme (VESP) is a programme funded by an allocation of £500,000 from the Somerset Business Rates Retention Pilot programme (BRRP). The BRRP is funding to deliver economic growth and prosperity and is managed by all local authorities in Somerset via the Somerset Growth Board (which provides strategic oversight of joint economic development priorities).

VESP will fund free support services to visitor businesses around Covid impact/resilience and growth, enhance the publicity message across visitor markets and produce sector specific research that will provide valuable insight for Somerset businesses in their forward plans for growth.

Future priorities will focus on clean growth and green tourism. Further funding proposals are being developed to create new, added value, services for the Somerset 'visitor market offer'

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