NORTH Somerset Council is running a project to help make the region a "vibrant and busy" place to live and visit.

The council is supporting local businesses and social enterprises to increase the viability of remaining in or taking on town centre units.

Funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), the Town Centre Occupancy Project aims to help businesses flourish.

On average, the programme offers eight hours of support to each business.

This includes support on pricing, brand management, digital transformation and more.

This project will be running until the end of 2024.    

Councillor Mark Canniford, North Somerset Council’s Executive Member for Placemaking and Economy, said: “A vibrant and busy town centre is a fantastic advert for our region, boosting our local economy and benefitting both residents and visitors alike.

"North Somerset Council is delighted to offer this support to help local businesses transform our town centres into attractive places for residents to live, work and study.” 

For more information, contact by noon on Friday, April 12.