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Chamber NewsWE ARE HIRING: Marketing and Engagement Administrator

WE ARE HIRING: Marketing and Engagement Administrator

Somerset Chamber of Commerce have an exciting opportunity to join their Marketing function as a Marketing and Engagement Administrator on a contract basis. Reporting into our Marketing and Communications Supervisor, you will be assisting with creating and publishing news content from our members to promote both their activities and raise the profile of our work across the region.  You will be up...

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Chamber NewsFull house for Chamber update with Somerset County Council

Full house for Chamber update with Somerset County Council

Devolution, road improvements and digital connectivity were among the key topics discussed at Somerset Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast briefing with Somerset County Council on Tuesday 16 January. Sixty business people gathered at Taunton Racecourse for the Chamber’s first event of the year, where Cllr. David Hall, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Deve...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on inflation statistics

BCC comments on inflation statistics

Commenting on the inflation statistics for December, released today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Inflation has eased for the first time since June 2017, with air fares placing the largest downward pressure on price growth in December. “It’s probable that inflation is on a downward trajectory, as the impact of the post-EU refe...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Immigration policy must support business

BCC: Immigration policy must support business

Commenting on the Home Affairs Committee’s report on immigration policy, published today, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment and Skills at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The BCC has long campaigned for an immigration policy that supports business and the economy, so we welcome the Home Affairs Committee raising these issues. “With unemployment at an all-time low, j...

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Chamber NewsPatrons race day

Patrons race day

The Somerset Chamber were delighted to welcome their patrons to our annual Patrons Race Day at Taunton Racecourse.  Dale Edwards (CEO) was honoured to present the trophy for the Somerset Chamber of Commerce Maiden Hurdle to the owners of Applesolutely who made a strong challenge for the lead with 3 to jump and eased to a clear win. The Chamber would like to thank all our patrons for their contin...

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Chamber NewsBCC Annual Conference - 8th March

BCC Annual Conference - 8th March

Join a high-level audience of business decision-makers, policy makers and the Chamber network on 8th March at the QEII Centre in London, for the British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference 2018. The Conference aims to emphasise the positive role that companies play in stabilising the UK economy in a time of uncertainty and change. The day will bring together senior decision-makers, business l...

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Chamber NewsSave the dates for 2018

Save the dates for 2018

If you love to organise your diary early (or have resolved to for 2018) you'll want to get some key dates in there for our events later in the year. Somerset Cider Stomp, Saturday 19th May - Calling any professionals in your 20s and 30s!  We are actively seeking participants for our next fundraiser challenge in aid of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. This will comprise of a 30km trek from We...

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Chamber NewsEU Council - Joint statement for the BCC, CBI, EEF, FSB and IOD

EU Council - Joint statement for the BCC, CBI, EEF, FSB and IOD

EU leaders have agreed to move Brexit talks on to the second phase.  The British Chambers of Commerce, Confederation of British Industry, EEF, Federation of Small Businesses and Institute of Directors comment on the statement from the EU Council. “We welcome the fact that the European Council has approved the progression of talks to the discussion of a transition period, and a future trade rel...

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Chamber NewsRitchie's visit to Hinkley Point C

Ritchie's visit to Hinkley Point C

After visiting the HPC site with Laura Rigby our Office Administrator, our new Membership Manager Ritchie Cridge wrote a few words about the visit: Everyone across the South West is familiar with Hinkley Point C (HPC), but have you actually seen it? The scale of the project and equipment involved is immense – jaw dropping up close. When first approaching the site, it is likely you will see ...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Young Professionals fundraiser for 2018

Somerset Young Professionals fundraiser for 2018

Following the success of the 2016 Somerset 5 Peaks charity challenge, the Somerset Young Professionals (SYP) board is pleased to announce its latest fundraiser challenge.    The Somerset Cider Stomp is a 30km hike from Wellington to Ilminster on Saturday 19th May starting at Sheppy’s Cider Farm and ending at Perry’s, two of Somerset’s iconic brands. Travelling across varied terrain and ch...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber Christmas opening hours

Somerset Chamber Christmas opening hours

The Chamber offices will be closed from 13:00 on Friday 22nd December till 08:30 on 2nd January. We wish all our members and businesses across Somerset a Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2018. Our events calendar is in place for the New Year and is filling up fast so why not book on to start 2018 with a networking event, briefing or workshop.  You can view our upcoming events here ...

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Chamber NewsStrode College International Students visit the Chamber

Strode College International Students visit the Chamber

A group of French international exchange students from Strode College visited the Somerset Chamber of Commerce on Thursday 7th December as part of their HE Business course.  Accompanied by 2 staff and Adrian Ash from Strode College, the group presented in groups to Alistair Tudor (Head of Chamber Services) and Sam Evans (Hinkley Supply Chain Engagement Manager).  Their presentations focused on ...

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Chamber NewsGovernment's New Careers strategy launched

Government's New Careers strategy launched

The government's new careers strategy has been launched with the strap-line 'Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents' Introducing the strategy The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP (Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills and Minister for Women) said : We want to create a stronger, fairer society in which people from all backgrounds can realise their potential. A thriv...

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Chamber NewsDNA Worldwide wins prestigious national business award

DNA Worldwide wins prestigious national business award

Somerset-based company, DNA Worldwide, is celebrating after winning the coveted Small Business of the Year award, at the British Chambers of Commerce’s annual Chamber Business Awards 2017. The company was a regional finalist in the Small Business of the Year category at the Somerset Chamber of Commerce Awards and went through to compete for the overall national award against nine other finalist...

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Chamber NewsAutomatic enrolment and ongoing duties – what employers need to know

Automatic enrolment and ongoing duties – what employers need to know

Every employer has automatic enrolment duties. They need to assess their staff, put them into a workplace pension scheme if they meet certain criteria, write to them to tell them what they’ve done, and complete and submit a declaration of compliance with The Pensions Regulator (TPR). To date, nearly 9 million people have been automatically enrolled in a workplace pension by more than 850,000 em...

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