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More Digital Marketing Training for Small Businesses in South Somerset

Following on from the successful Digital Marketing Training sessions for small businesses   in South Somerset, SSDC is providing a short programme of additional business support offering in depth workshops and one to one digital surgeries. 

The programme of free training ran throughout September, October and November to businesses in Wincanton, Castle Cary, Bruton, Milborne Port, Chard, Crewkerne, Ilminster, Langport, Somerton, South Petherton and Martock.

Delivered by Cosmic, an organisation specialising in website development, IT training, technical support and digital marketing, the sessions have helped small businesses from across the district to improve their on-line presence. Around 200 places were taken up at the 17 sessions on offer.

A further programme of business advice has now been organised by South Somerset District Council.  In addition to digital training sessions on LinkedIn and Advanced Facebook, businesses are invited to take advantage of a free five-hour drop-in session for business support, where they can reserve a 20 minute 1-2-1 advice session with a member of the Cosmic team or talk to one of the business support specialists who will be in attendance.

Representatives from the Regional Cyber Crime Unit, the Federation of Small Business, the Somerset Business Agency, Visit Somerset and South Somerset District Council's Small Business Advisor will be on hand to talk to businesses and explain how their organisations can support the local economy.

Councillor Angie Singleton, Chairman of the Market Towns Investment Group said, "We are really pleased that so many businesses have engaged with our Digital Training Programme, we are confident that many have gone away with the skills to promote their businesses online, to reach new customers and help to drive footfall to our market towns."

Digital Marketing Training and Advisory Drop-in Sessions


Location: Edgar Hall, Somerton

Date: 19 November 2018

Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm



Digital advice drop-in

Location: Edgar Hall, Somerton

Date: 19 November 2018

Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm



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Location: SSDC offices Churchfields, Wincanton

Date: 21 November 2018

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm



Business Support & Digital Advice

Location: ACE Arts, Somerton

Date: 4 December 2018

Time: 2:00pm - 7:00pm


The Support & digital Advice event will be held at ACE Arts Gallery in Somerton, between 2pm and 7pm on 4th December. Visitors will also have the opportunity of viewing their new exhibition "Dig My Earth" which celebrates the work of ceramists in Somerset.

For the limited number of 1-2-1 sessions with Cosmic on the 4 December session please book here: We will also facilitate a literature exchange so please bring printed promotional material.


Businesses can also apply for a "Digital High Street" grant by emailing: or pick up an information leaflet at SSDC Community Offices in Chard, Crewkerne or Wincanton.

Posted: 19/11/2018 13:17:41


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