Why is it great to do Business in Chard

Chard offers many opportunities for businesses, situated only 12 miles from Taunton and the M5, it also has great links to the A303. With a population of around 13,000 it is home to some large employers including Numatic International Ltd, the makers of Henry vacuum cleaner.

There are a number of long standing independent businesses in the town and Somerset Council supports business development and growth through a number of different ways. You can see how you can kick start your business not just in Chard but Somerset on the business support section of the Somerset Council website.

Chard has a number of unique and interesting selling points in the town which make it great to do business here:

  • Home to some major employers including Numatic International Ltd
  • A central point between Taunton and Yeovil
  • Second largest town in South Somerset
  • Great secondary school and sixth form, close to two local colleges
  • Great local attractions including Chard Reservoir, Ferne Animal Sanctuary and Snowdon Park
  • Live near to the coast
  • As the birth place for flight, the local museum is a must for visitors

Building Repair Grants

Grants of up to 70% are available to properties on the Chard HSHAZ approved Schedule of Buildings to renovate frontages and reinstate historic shop fronts. Owners of these properties (or those responsible for maintenance) will be asked to complete an application form, and submit detailed plans and costings for the proposed works.

Find out more about Chard Building Repair Grants.

​The Heart of the South West Growth Hub

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub provides business advice, support and resources to aid you with every aspect of growing and developing your business.

National Support

The GOV.UK Business pages provide information on and access to all government services and information, providing consistent advice and information on what businesses should or could do to start well and thrive. The site hosts an extensive range of content and tools covering a whole range of sectors, issues and themes.

Somerset Chamber of Commerce

Somerset Chamber of Commerce promotes and lobbies for business development in Somerset. Established in 1994, Somerset Chamber of Commerce works hard to support local businesses and, specifically, our 500-strong network of member businesses covering all industry sectors from sole-traders to multi-national corporations. Combined with local town chambers, Somerset Chamber represents over 2,000 businesses across Somerset.


M-Hub is a network of manufacturing and engineering businesses across Yeovil and the surrounding area. The group shares learning, supply chain opportunities and business support with the purpose to increase standards and grow the industry in and around the Yeovil area.

Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses is a non-profit making and non political membership based organisation that is led by its members, they provide a package of business support and services and campaign for change which supports smaller business to grow and succeed. They offer free events to all small business and self-employed.

Last reviewed: July 21, 2023 by Daniel

Next review due: January 21, 2024

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