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Mendip Economic Development Strategy 2013-16

A fresh approach to economic growth in Mendip.

In 2012, we refreshed our economic strategy to reflect current economic conditions and refocus how we support businesses and help grow the economy.

Mendip is a largely rural district with five distinctive towns - Frome, Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Street and Wells - that has the additional benefit of being close to the economic prosperity of Bristol and Bath.  Whilst the majority of businesses are small-medium in size, the district is home to established global companies and brands including Clarks, Mulberry, Blackthorns and the Glastonbury Festival.

Since the 2008 recession, the Mendip economy has remained resilient and entrepreneurial.  Going forward we need to improve competitively and ensure we attract, retain and stimulate investment and employment growth.  Six priority themes have been developed to guide and drive this approach.

This strategy looks at the state of Mendip's economy and suggests ways forward. It comprises two documents:

  • Baseline Socio-Economic Conditions Report 2012.  This uses the latest economic data to measure the state of the Mendip economy.
  • Mendip Economic Development Strategy 2013-2016. This concentrates on Mendip going forward and how economic potential can be unlocked.  The six priority themes identified are supported by targeted actions for delivering change.


Last modified: 14 June 2017