At the council we do all we can to help businesses that want to grow in the town, as well as those who wish to locate here. We have staff dedicated to this aim, and many of our councillors have experience of running local enterprises.
We work closely with other organisations in the town, such as Somerset Skills and Learning and Edventure, and this week we co-hosted with Edventure an event at the Town Hall where entrepreneurs old and new could see if there was a market for their business. We also hosted a meeting to address vocational training in the town, with an emphasis on apprenticeships and creating opportunities for our young people.
Last Saturday I was delighted to attend the opening of a new independent funeral directors. Wayne Kelly started with work experience at Frome’s then only funeral director when he was 15 and has now achieved his ambition of opening his own business in his hometown. I wish him all the best with his new venture.
These three events exemplify that our council is dedicated to supporting employment opportunities at all stages, including training and recruitment, business development and business creation. We will continue with these aims as well as everything else we wish to achieve for the town – watch out for some forthcoming events; our next ‘Discuss and Do’ is back on 28th January focusing on Business Awards and the Women Mean Business conference will be hosted on 7th March – full details will be available on the Frome Town Council website.
PS – if any of you were motivated by last week’s appeal to volunteer at Parkrun, I turned up to find it had to be cancelled due to ice. Please stick with it and join me and everyone else on a day more suited to running!