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Chamber NewsLord Triesman addresses local businesses at Somerset Chamber AGM

Lord Triesman addresses local businesses at Somerset Chamber AGM

Lord David Triesman was the guest speaker at this year’s Somerset Chamber of Commerce AGM, sharing insight and anecdotes from his varied career in business, politics and sport with around 60 of Somerset’s business people. Held at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton on Wednesday 21 November, the AGM is a popular event with Chamber members, providing an opportunity to celebrate the y...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on Brexit agreement

BCC comments on Brexit agreement

Commenting on the announcement from the Prime Minister that the Cabinet has backed the draft Withdrawal Agreement and the political declaration on the future relationship between the UK and the EU27, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:  “Businesses will recognise the huge efforts made by the Prime Minister and across government to reach this milestone....

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Chamber NewsTDA host Business Planning workshop at Somerset Chamber

TDA host Business Planning workshop at Somerset Chamber

On Tuesday 6th November, Phil Riste of TDA hosted a Business Planning workshop with Somerset Chamber of Commerce. Delegates developed their understanding of business planning and delved into the key elements of successful business planning, sharing ideas as a group. Commenting on the recent Business Planning event Phil Riste said, “It was fantastic to deliver the Business Planning workshop for ...

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Chamber NewsMembers of regional and town Chambers enjoy a relaxed evening of informal networking

Members of regional and town Chambers enjoy a relaxed evening of informal networking

Nearly 50 attended Somerset Chamber of Commerce's Simply Networking event with Yeovil Chamber at Westerly BMW on Thursday 8th November.  Designed to be a relaxed, informal event that allows new connections to be made without a presentation or meal, Westerly laid on a splendid array of canapes, prosecco and soft drinks and created space in their Yeovil showroom for mingling. David Woan of Yeovil ...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Brexit uncertainty and skills shortages starting to weigh on jobs market

BCC: Brexit uncertainty and skills shortages starting to weigh on jobs market

Commenting on the labour market figures for November 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “The slight increase in the unemployment rate suggests that the UK jobs market may be starting to falter under the weight of persistent Brexit uncertainty and chronic skills shortages. While the number of people in work rem...

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Chamber NewsThe Somerset Education Business Partnership is looking for Award sponsors!

The Somerset Education Business Partnership is looking for Award sponsors!

The Somerset Education Business Partnership (EBP) is inviting members to sponsor the very first Somerset EBP Awards, to be held on 24 April 2019. The Somerset EBP Awards celebrate businesses, schools, colleges, training providers, third sector projects and inspirational individuals across the county who have raised aspirations and helped to develop a future local workforce. The Somerset EBP is a...

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Chamber NewsOverall a good Budget for business, says Somerset Chamber CEO

Overall a good Budget for business, says Somerset Chamber CEO

The Chancellor’s Autumn Budget is a step in the right direction for business, according to the Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce, although he said more detail on road improvements and digital connectivity would have been welcomed.  Speaking following the Budget announcement on 29 October, Somerset Chamber CEO Stephen Henagulph said, “All in all, it was a good budget for busines...

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Chamber NewsBudget 2018: Full BCC reaction to Autumn Budget and OBR forecast

Budget 2018: Full BCC reaction to Autumn Budget and OBR forecast

Giving his reaction to the Autumn Budget 2018, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “In an atmosphere of unprecedented uncertainty and heightened political noise, the Chancellor has demonstrated that he is listening to business concerns by delivering a Budget that supports investment and growth. “The Chancellor responded directly to the BCC...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Education Business Partnership Launch

Somerset Education Business Partnership Launch

Over 70 education and business partners gathered for the launch of Somerset Education Business Partnership on 24 October. The Partnership connects education providers with businesses, to raise young people’s awareness of the opportunities in Somerset and to help prepare them for the workplace.Somerset Chamber CEO, Stephen Henagulph set out the importance of this work for the Somerset econom...

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Chamber NewsWinners announced at the 2018 Somerset Business Awards

Winners announced at the 2018 Somerset Business Awards

The winners of the 2018 Somerset Business Awards were announced at a glittering black-tie event last Friday (19 October 2018), where nearly 400 influential business people celebrated the best of Somerset businesses at Wellsprings Leisure Centre in Taunton.Hosted by Somerset cricket all-rounder and cult hero, Peter Trego, the 14 Awards were presented by their sponsors, before the winners were a...

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Chamber NewsPolitician and former FA Chairman Lord Triesman to speak at this year’s Somerset Chamber AGM

Politician and former FA Chairman Lord Triesman to speak at this year’s Somerset Chamber AGM

Lord David Triesman, the British politician, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Somerset Chamber of Commerce AGM, it has been announced. As Executive Director of Salamanca Group, which is developing a major new enterprise zone in Somerset, he is keen to engage with businesses across the region.  Lord Triesman has built a wealth of commercial experience in finance and real estate, as well...

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Chamber NewsLatest ONS figures show rise in exports

Latest ONS figures show rise in exports

ONS figures released today show demand for British goods and services continues to grow with exports continuing to rise to £637bn in the year to August 2018. UK exports to the world rose by £33bn – an increase of 5.5% compared to the same time last year. Other main points from today’s release include:The country’s renowned service sector continues to grow with exports up 5.3% to a re...

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Chamber NewsSouth West Food and Drink Exports up 7%

South West Food and Drink Exports up 7%

Exports of South West food and drink increased to £760m in the year to March 2018, an increase of 7% compared to the previous 12 months, the latest HMRC figures show. South West food and drink exports increased by 7% in the year to March 2018, compared to the 12 months previous Meat and dairy are most popular South West food and drink exports Food and drink exports to China showing stro...

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Chamber NewsBCC Quarterly Economic Survey: Uncertainty bites as survey shows UK economy is stuck in a rut

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey: Uncertainty bites as survey shows UK economy is stuck in a rut

The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey – the UK’s largest private sector survey of business sentiment, and a lead indicator of UK GDP growth - shows little to be cheerful about as growth flatlines and business confidence weakens. Key findings:Percentage of services firms attempting to recruit is at its lowest level for 25 years Of those services firms recruiting...

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Chamber NewsLaunch of Quest - a new Chamber service

Launch of Quest - a new Chamber service

Somerset Chamber of Commerce has an ongoing commitment to provide members with a range of benefits that offer real value to their business and this is why we have invested in a national BCC scheme which offers members access to HR, Legal, Health & Safety Tax and VAT support. We have invested in these services so that access is included in the membership fee – you have nothing extra to pay! ...

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