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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 NewsOsprey Group wins multi-million Pound contract at Hinkley Point C

Osprey Group wins multi-million Pound contract at Hinkley Point C

Somerset Chamber member Osprey Group has won the multi-million Pound contract to deliver all of the oversized equipment needed in the next phase of construction at Hinkley Point C (HPC). Through their innovative shared services logistics model, the team will use its expertise in both marine and heavy land transport to provide centralised logistics and management for all major critical assets comi...

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Member NewsGlobal order secured by Sycamore Process Engineering

Global order secured by Sycamore Process Engineering

In-line with the company growth plans to expand manufacturing and sales internationally, Sycamore Process Engineering is pleased to announce it has secured an order for four open curd tables for a cheese manufacturer in India. Sycamore has designed, built, and delivered numerous open curd tables to effectively perform curd conditioning, whey drainage, curd salting and mellowing for milled cheddar...

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Member NewsCoronavirus Appeal raises £1.5m for communities in Somerset

Coronavirus Appeal raises £1.5m for communities in Somerset

The Somerset Coronavirus Appeal, launched by local charity Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) at the start of the pandemic, has raised a phenomenal £1.5 million. The funding has enabled the Foundation to award grants to over 300 local charities in just 10 months, thanks to the generous support of local individuals, businesses, charitable trusts and public sector partners, as well as funding fr...

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Chamber NewsFinalists announced for Somerset Business Awards 2021

Finalists announced for Somerset Business Awards 2021

THE finalists have been announced in this year’s prestigious Somerset Business Awards, with companies, charities and individuals from across the county vying for the honours. Judges faced a tough time whittling down a record-breaking number of entries in this year’s awards, which are run annually by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce. The 2021 finalists come from all corners of the county, inc...

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Chamber NewsBCC welcomes improvements to Prompt Payment Code  

BCC welcomes improvements to Prompt Payment Code  

Big businesses have been told they must pay small suppliers within 30, rather than 60 days, under a strengthened Prompt Payment Code. The Department for Business said the code, first introduced in 2008, needed to be bolstered to protect small firms as poor payment practices were "still rife" and threatened the viability of solid businesses as the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic....

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NewsHealth and wellbeing – exploring the link between wellbeing and productivity

Health and wellbeing – exploring the link between wellbeing and productivity

In the latest in a series of blogs, Weston College's Business Partnership Manager, Louise Greene, explores the link between wellbeing and productivity: As people, we all know that being in a good state of wellbeing, being happy and fulfilled helps us to perform at our optimum. Organisations that address and support positive health, wellbeing and mental health initiatives are more likely to achiev...

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NewsNew road is another key milestone for Junction 25

New road is another key milestone for Junction 25

A multi-million project to upgrade Taunton’s M5 Junction 25 has taken a big step forward with the opening of an important new link road serving the town and motorway. The Nexus link road is the next key stage in the £19.2m improvement of Junction 25, which when finished next summer will deliver significantly increased capacity.  The road, which from Sunday night (January 17) began carrying A...

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Member NewsSSG trainer and consultant achieves Chartered Fellowship

SSG trainer and consultant achieves Chartered Fellowship

SSG trainer and consultant Adam Worth received great news at the end of 2020, having successfully achieved Chartered Fellowship. Chartered Fellowship is IOSH’s elite level of professional membership and is awarded to Chartered Members of at least five years’ standing. These individuals demonstrate dedication to the profession by going ‘above and beyond’. Furthermore, they are role models ...

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Chamber NewsEconomy shrank as third lockdown hit in November, according to latest ONS data

Economy shrank as third lockdown hit in November, according to latest ONS data

Coronavirus continued to impact the economy at the end of last year, with the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures showing the economy shrank by 2.6% in November as fresh lockdown restrictions were introduced in England. The ONS said it meant gross domestic product was 8.5% below its pre-pandemic peak and came after six months of growth. The services sector was hit hardest, althou...

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NewsClarke Willmott supports company to secure Hinkley Point C contract

Clarke Willmott supports company to secure Hinkley Point C contract

National law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has supported client Ingersoll Rand to win a major Hinkley Point C contract. Lawyers specialising in energy generation at the firm worked with a subsidiary of the group – Ingersoll Rand Air Solutions Hibon S.A.R.L – to secure the contract to design, manufacture, transport and install seven TEP TEU compressors to HPC for waste processing along with support...

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Member NewsNRL ranks as top 50 largest UK staffing firm for another year

NRL ranks as top 50 largest UK staffing firm for another year

NRL’s recruitment business is celebrating after being recognised as one of the UK’s top providers for another year. The Largest Staffing Firms in the UK report is prepared following extensive research by specialists at Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) to rank the top 50 performing recruitment businesses in the UK each year by stringently evaluating each organisations’ financial performance ...

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NewsNew road layout for A358 motorists heading to M5 Junction 25

New road layout for A358 motorists heading to M5 Junction 25

Motorists heading towards Taunton’s M5 Junction 25 will be using a new road layout (see map below) from next week marking a big step forward in a major project to improve the junction. The £19m scheme to upgrade Junction 25 and increase capacity is progressing well and is due to complete in the summer. The scheme includes an important new link road serving the town and motorway. From Sunday n...

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NewsRichard Huish College sets up COVID testing centre to support staff and students

Richard Huish College sets up COVID testing centre to support staff and students

In just a few short weeks, Richard Huish College, in Taunton, has transformed its sports hall into an extensive COVID asymptomatic testing centre, initially to allow staff, and students taking exams in January to have a test and sit exams with added safety. Within the first week of operating they had carried out over 310 tests, including supporting Bishop Fox’s Community School staff and pupils...

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Member NewsThe Somerset Fund grants given to local charities thanks to generous donors

The Somerset Fund grants given to local charities thanks to generous donors

Grants up to £2,500 are now available for smaller charities and grassroots groups based in Somerset. Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) manages The Somerset Fund and is encouraging smaller charities and community groups that run on less than £100,000 per year to apply now for funding. The grants are ‘unrestricted’, which means they can be used to pay for ongoing running costs, also known a...

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Member NewsBridgwater & Taunton College makes finals of national awards for employer engagement

Bridgwater & Taunton College makes finals of national awards for employer engagement

Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC) has been selected as one of the finalists for the City & Guilds Award for Colleges Engagement with Employers at the Association of Colleges (AOC) Beacon Awards 2020/21. The national awards celebrate and recognise the best and most innovative practice among UK further education (FE) colleges and the City & Guilds Award for Colleges Engagement with Emp...

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