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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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Chamber NewsEmphasis on change at Somerset Chamber AGM

Emphasis on change at Somerset Chamber AGM

Change was the principal theme of the recent Somerset Chamber AGM, with positive changes reported from the Chamber, while the guest speakers reflected on changes in business from the past to now and into the future. Held at the Holiday Inn, Taunton on Wednesday 22 November, around 60 business people attended the AGM to hear an update on Chamber activities over the past 12 months. This included an...

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Chamber NewsBudget “choked on delivering change” says Somerset Chamber CEO

Budget “choked on delivering change” says Somerset Chamber CEO

The Chancellor of the Exchequer did not go far enough in delivering change to support the economy, according to the Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce.  Responding to Philip Hammond’s Budget speech on 22 November, Dale Edwards, said, “The 2017 Budget comes at a time of uncertainty, both politically and economically, not just in the UK but throughout the world. But the Chancellor...

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Chamber NewsBusinesses gear up for GDPR at Somerset Chamber panel event

Businesses gear up for GDPR at Somerset Chamber panel event

More than sixty business people attended a panel discussion on 14 November to find out more about the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is due to be enforced from May 2018. Organised by Somerset Chamber of Commerce, the event was held at The Canalside in Bridgwater and was attended by businesses from across Somerset and further afield. The panel of speakers covered the top...

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Chamber NewsAccolade for Somerset business at 2017 Chamber Business Awards

Accolade for Somerset business at 2017 Chamber Business Awards

DNA Worldwide Group, a drug and alcohol testing company from Frome, has been crowned one of the winners in the Southern heats of the Chamber Business Awards 2017. Now in their 14th year, the Awards are a highlight of the business calendar, recognising the key role that local businesses play in driving the UK economy. The Small Business of the Year winner, DNA, will now go forward to represent the...

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Chamber NewsChambers comment on MPC decision

Chambers comment on MPC decision

Commenting on today’s interest rate decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, Mike Spicer, Director of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Our preferred outcome was for a further period of monetary stability, with interest rates steady over the near term. Today’s quarter point rise may have little effect on most companies, but many will view this...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber and Taunton RFC celebrate Silver MoD Recognition Award

Somerset Chamber and Taunton RFC celebrate Silver MoD Recognition Award

On 10th October, both Somerset Chamber of Commerce and Taunton Rugby Club were presented with the coveted Ministry of Defence Recognition Scheme Silver Award at the Lord Lieutenant’s Awards ceremony at the Bishops Place, Wells.  The scheme recognises support given to the whole of the Armed Forces Community including reservists, veterans, wounded and sick, spouses and Cadet Force adult voluntee...

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Chamber NewsDevolution – have your say!

Devolution – have your say!

In recent years devolution has been a word banded around by national and local politicians alike, as  the Government‘s approach to economic development has been one towards decentralisation, by encouraging decision making from London and into the regions through devolution. This presents an opportunity and a challenge for Somerset to shape its own economic future. A number of devolution deals h...

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Chamber NewsBCC: UK economy locked onto low growth trajectory

BCC: UK economy locked onto low growth trajectory

Commenting on the preliminary UK GDP figures for Q3 2017, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “While GDP growth in Q3 was a slight uptick on the previous quarter, the UK’s combined economic growth performance over the first nine months of 2017 was still the weakest since late 2012, and indicates that the UK economy remain...

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Chamber NewsGovernment invests £350 million improving local roads

Government invests £350 million improving local roads

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has today (Thursday 19 October) has announced a £345.3 million funding package to improve local roads and public transport across the country. 76 projects from across the country have been awarded funding totalling £244 million. The remaining £101.3 million will pay for two new major roads in Middlewich, Cheshire and Worcester in the Midlands. Mr Grayling sa...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on inflation figures

BCC comments on inflation figures

Commenting on the Consumer Price Index for September 2017, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Inflation rose for the second successive month, confirming that price growth remains on an upward trajectory. The rise in September mostly reflects increasing prices for food and recreational goods, along with transport costs, wh...

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Chamber NewsCorrespondence with the Chancellor on Delivering certainty for EU citizens in the UK

Correspondence with the Chancellor on Delivering certainty for EU citizens in the UK

 Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, penned a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding the immigration status of EU citizens living and working in the UK, following the first meeting of the EU Exit Business Advisory Group on Wednesday, 13 September.  Dr Marshall notifies us of the exchange, saying, "Since the referendum, we have repeatedly called o...

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