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Breakfast with Somerset Council, January 2024

We are delighted to be hosting our annual breakfast update with Somerset Council. It will be an opportunity to find out about the council’s plans for 2024 and to ask senior council officers questions on a range of topics.

With thanks to our event sponsor Clarke Willmott.

We will be hearing from Paul Hickson – Service Director for Economy, Employment and Planning, and Dr James Gilgrist – Head of Economic Prosperity at Somerset Council. 


Guest speaker Paul Hickson

Paul is the Service Director for economy, employment and planning at Somerset Council and previous to the formation of the new council worked for Somerset County Council as the Strategic Manager for economy and planning. Paul has lived in Somerset for most of his life and shares the joys and anxieties of all who follow the fortunes of Somerset County cricket club. 

Guest speaker Dr James Gilgrist

James has called Wellington, Somerset, home for most of his life. With an academic background in political economy, James has worked in economic development for more than a decade, including having spent four years as Somerset’s senior economist. He is now the Head of Economic Prosperity for Somerset Council, with responsibility for helping to deliver the council’s ambition of a ‘flourishing and resilient Somerset’. Outside of work you might to see James on his bicycle, holding up traffic on the A38.

If you have any dietary requirements or allergies, please notify us when booking. 

Please note: Due to limited places available, bookings are limited to two per company.

Bookings for this event will close 4pm on January 4. 
Somerset Chamber of Commerce is operating a cancellation policy in line with our terms and conditions which can be found here:

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Event details

Thursday 11 Jan 2024

8:00am – 10:00am

Taunton and Pickeridge Golf Club, Corfe, Taunton, TA3 7BY

£20.99 + VAT - member ticket price. 
£24.99 + VAT - non-member ticket price. 

Price includes cooked full English breakfast and refreshments.

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