Skip to: main navigation | main content | sitemap | accessibility page

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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! ...

Read more

Chamber NewsBCC reacts to Chancellor’s speech

BCC reacts to Chancellor’s speech

Commenting on the Chancellor’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “After a period where many in business have felt that their concerns have not been centre stage in Westminster, firms will be heartened by the Chancellor’s forthright support for business as the foundation of both a strong economy an...

Read more

Chamber NewsBusinesses turn out in force for Bank of England’s annual economic update

Businesses turn out in force for Bank of England’s annual economic update

Around 70 business people gathered to hear predictions for the British economy at this year’s Bank of England Update, held on 14 September at the Holiday Inn in Taunton. Organised by Somerset Chamber of Commerce, the annual breakfast event provides businesses with an update on the current economic situation, as well as summarising the Bank’s views on the short-to-medium term prospects for the...

Read more

Chamber NewsSix months to Brexit: Major new BCC survey finds investment and recruitment would be cut in the event of ‘no deal’

Six months to Brexit: Major new BCC survey finds investment and recruitment would be cut in the event of ‘no deal’

One of the biggest surveys of business intentions since the EU referendum has found that nearly two-thirds of firms still aren’t preparing for Brexit – and in the event of a ‘no deal’ outcome many would cut investment and recruitment plans.  With just six months to go before the UK leaves the EU, the British Chambers of Commerce is calling for UK ministers to redouble their efforts to re...

Read more

Chamber NewsSomerset Business Awards 2018 finalists are revealed

Somerset Business Awards 2018 finalists are revealed

Back for its 14th year, the organisers of the prestigious Somerset Business Awards announce the eagerly anticipated finalists for 2018.Following another outstanding year of Award entries from over 90 companies, the judges have spent weeks visiting businesses of all sizes and sectors from around the county. The finalists for each of the 14 categories have now been selected and will find out if ...

Read more

Chamber NewsBCC comments on inflation statistics

BCC comments on inflation statistics

Commenting on the inflation statistics for August 2018, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Inflation surprisingly rose for the second successive month in August, largely wiping out the recent recovery in real wage growth and emphasising the continued squeeze on consumers. “The strong growth i...

Read more

Chamber NewsBCC comments on MAC report recommendations

BCC comments on MAC report recommendations

Commenting on the Migration Advisory Committee’s report on EEA migration, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment and Skills at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:“From the perspective of businesses facing severe skills gaps, the MAC’s report gives with one hand and takes away with the other, and the recommendations are unlikely to meet the needs of all employers. Any sudden...

Read more

Somerset Pulse

Somerset Pulse

Hear the latest chamber news in our fortnightly E-Shot

Click here to sign up

Advertising Opportunites

Advertising Opportunites

To advertise in the next Somerset Voice issue, please contact the Marketing Team on

01823 444924

Ready to get started?

Become a Chamber Member

Thank You to our Patrons