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Chamber NewsAre you our next Chief Executive?

Are you our next Chief Executive?

Do you have strong leadership and management qualities developed during your track record of at least five years in a successful senior management role? Are you able to build and maintain effective, positive and productive working relationships, with the ability to positively inspire, influence and motivate those around you? Do your excellent communication skills include making impactful present...

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Member NewsBarclays launches package of business support to help small businesses in Taunton Deane

Barclays launches package of business support to help small businesses in Taunton Deane

Barclays is providing a bespoke support programme to local businesses to help the UK’s economic recovery at a local level. Focusing first in Taunton Deane one of Barclays’ Rebuilding Thriving Local Economies (RTLE) pilot areas, the package offers support to boost growth for local businesses. The RTLE initiative will provide a range of support to businesses and communities, as Barclays engages...

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Chamber NewsCall for long-term economic plan to be set out in Budget

Call for long-term economic plan to be set out in Budget

The Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, Dr Adam Marshall, said the Chancellor must not waste the chance to set out a clear, long-term framework for business recovery in next week's Budget. Speaking in response to the publication of a BEIS Committee report, ‘The impact of Coronavirus on businesses and workers’, Dr Marshall said Chambers had repeatedly warned businesses could ...

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Member NewsSurviving Winter appeal raises record-breaking amount to help older people

Surviving Winter appeal raises record-breaking amount to help older people

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is delighted to announce that the 2020/21 Surviving Winter appeal has smashed its target, raising an incredible, record-breaking £160,000, thanks to the generosity of local donors. The annual appeal encourages those who can afford to, to donate some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment. These donations provide funding and support for older and vulnerable neighb...

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Member NewsEU Settlement Scheme: fully funded help for individuals and employers

EU Settlement Scheme: fully funded help for individuals and employers

It’s been a busy year for businesses, with Brexit, COVID-safe workplace measures, and changes to the immigration system coming all at once.  To add to this, from January 1, 2021 the new points-based immigration system is running alongside the grace period for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).    Citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland who were living the UK before December 31 2020 need to app...

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NewsAlbert Goodman offers support package prize to help Somerset’s small business community

Albert Goodman offers support package prize to help Somerset’s small business community

South West-based chartered accountants, tax consultants and financial planners Albert Goodman has announced a support package up for grabs worth over £2,000 aimed at Somerset’s small business owners. The lucky winner will gain access to a variety of services on offer with the aim to raise their profile, professionalise their branding, manage their accounts online and allow them to network with...

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NewsWhat Brexit changes mean for business

What Brexit changes mean for business

Clarke Willmott specialist commercial lawyer Amy Peacey (pictured) looks at some of the implications of Brexit since the transition period ended, particularly on businesses importing and exporting goods: The recent end of the transition period has brought the reality of Brexit into sharp focus for any business moving goods to and from the EU. Since 1 January 2021 EU law has ceased to apply in th...

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Chamber NewsAlmost half of exporters to the EU are planning to grow their business

Almost half of exporters to the EU are planning to grow their business

Results from the latest British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) survey, in partnership with moneycorp, found that while 44% of UK exporters to the EU plan to grow their exports to the European Union, nearly a quarter (23%) are looking to either reduce their activity in the EU or have no activity at all in the next 12 months, following the ratification of the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement.  Tw...

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Chamber NewsCall for more support as unemployment increases to highest level for five years

Call for more support as unemployment increases to highest level for five years

The UK's unemployment rose to a five year high in the three months to December, rising to 5.1% according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The statistics show 1.74 million people were unemployed in the October to December period, up 454,000 from the same quarter in 2019. Some 726,000 fewer people are currently in payrolled employment than before the start of th...

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Member NewsBold and Brave: the Young Somerset shop! 

Bold and Brave: the Young Somerset shop! 

Young Somerset has announced it has secured premises for a retail shop in the centre of Taunton.   The shop will be an innovative test-and-learn employment project for vulnerable young people in Somerset, combining retail venture with employment and life skills training, while challenging stigma and tackling isolation.   The shop will sell high quality products, designed and ethically produc...

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Chamber NewsBCC welcomes roadmap for reopening but calls for business support to be extended

BCC welcomes roadmap for reopening but calls for business support to be extended

The British Chambers of Commerce has welcomed the Prime Minister’s roadmap for the reopening of businesses, events and activities in England, but said it was critical the stop-start approach to lockdowns came to an end. Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the BCC, said businesses needed clarity and honesty from the Government and called for key business support schemes to be extended as many ...

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Member NewsKloeckner Metals UK hits the gold standard for sustainability

Kloeckner Metals UK hits the gold standard for sustainability

Kloeckner Metals UK | Westok are proud to announce that they have been awarded BCSA Sustainability Charter “Gold Standard” status on the back of their BES 6001 certification. Westok are active members of the BCSA – British Constructional Steelwork Association. BCSA is committed to Sustainability and has in place a Sustainability Charter. The objective of the Charter is to ensure structural...

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Chamber NewsBCC criticises Government decision to delay review of business rates

BCC criticises Government decision to delay review of business rates

The Government has blamed the “ongoing and wide-ranging impacts of the pandemic and economic uncertainty” for its decision to delay a review on business rates. While the findings of an interim report will be published on March 23, the final review will not be completed until the autumn. Suren Thiru, the British Chambers of Commerce Head of Economics, criticised the decision and said the issu...

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Member Newsbibic appeals for new trustees to join charity's board

bibic appeals for new trustees to join charity's board

Children’s charity bibic is appealing for volunteers to join the board as trustees. The board meets six times a year and board meetings are held virtually, lasting around two hours. bibic helps children and young people with neurological or genetic conditions to achieve their full potential, delivering individualised developmental therapy and training to parents and professionals. The charity ...

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NewsClarke Willmott holds first in a series of green energy webinars

Clarke Willmott holds first in a series of green energy webinars

National law firm Clarke Willmott LLP hosted the first in a series of energy-focussed webinars, partnering with NFU Energy to look at green energy projects in the agricultural sector. The Green Energy Diversification event attracted over 230 people from a wide cross-section of industries including farmers, contractors, land and estate agents, funders, green energy consultants and planning special...

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Member NewsNRL named top STEM recruiter for eighth year running

NRL named top STEM recruiter for eighth year running

Technical engineering recruitment experts NRL have been named one of the HOT 10 engineering, science and technical providers in Recruiter’s annual listing for the eighth consecutive year. The report, part of the magazine’s annual HOT 100 listing, highlights those recruitment organisations across the UK who are leading the way within their specialist fields. The listing evaluates organisations...

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