THE BATH & WEST SOCIETY, which runs the UK’S last four-day agricultural show, is transforming its former office building on the showground, to the tune of £520,000, into a Rural Enterprise Centre (in an artist’s rendering, above). ‘Since 1777, the society has been working tirelessly towards the improvement and encouragement of agriculture, manufacture, commerce and the Arts,’ explains Rupert Cox, Chief Executive of the Bath & West Society. ‘More than 240 years later, we remain committed to ensuring our rural community continues to thrive in today’s modern society.’
As well as commercial space for agri-tech, food and drink or rurally focused businesses, the centre will have meeting rooms, a conference area and a commercial test kitchen.
The idea is that it can be a hub for both Somerset and the South-west and the society is urging organisations and businesses in the region to collaborate in its development by communicating how they hope to benefit from the centre. Telephone 01749 822200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas.