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Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

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 ru­pert.cox@bathandwest.co.uk with ideas.

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