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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 Sangha House secures major piece of international business

The Sangha House secures major piece of international business

The Sangha House has this week secured a major piece of international business. The wellbeing centre, based in Taunton, very quickly introduced a completely new arm to the business with the first lockdown of 2020 and now offers a complete programme of yoga, Pilates, exercise and meditation classes via Zoom.  Directors Andy and Denise Spragg saw the benefit to corporate clients to assist with the...

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Member NewsLocal solicitors donate festive fund to charities

Local solicitors donate festive fund to charities

Regional law firm, Porter Dodson, would normally host Christmas drinks for all their offices in December, but like many others, were unable to celebrate Christmas in their usual way so instead decided to donate £6,000 to local charities. Porter Dodson has chosen charities which have been hard hit this year, with their fundraising events being cancelled and for many, their services being needed m...

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NewsManaging productivity - are we getting it right?

Managing productivity - are we getting it right?

So here we are, in what some people are calling Lockdown 2.0. If we’re being honest, I think most people are feeling a little weary about the pandemic and looking for that light at the end of the tunnel. I’m Dave Crew – Head of Business Growth & Employer Partnerships at Weston College and Somerset Chamber has let me loose on their newsletter to provide an insight into how our business i...

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NewsWPA to host webinar with expert speakers on the wellbeing of women in the workplace

WPA to host webinar with expert speakers on the wellbeing of women in the workplace

With women representing 51% of the population and 47% of the UK workforce, companies are realising the gains to be made in understanding and recognising the specific health and wellbeing needs of their female employees. Continuing their webinar series, WPA has organised two thought-provoking speakers:   Professor Dame Lesley Regan, instrumental in the 2019 Better for Women report and recent...

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Member NewsLocal transport company awarded with industry-recognised accreditation

Local transport company awarded with industry-recognised accreditation

Somerset-based C&D South West Ltd, based in Chard, has, once again been successful in achieving Bronze status in The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme. The scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme for logistics companies which aims to raise the level of quality within fleet operations and to demonstrate that those operators are achieving exemplary levels of best practice in safety, e...

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NewsSomerset Economic Update - Quarter 3 Economic Survey with the British Chambers of Commerce

Somerset Economic Update - Quarter 3 Economic Survey with the British Chambers of Commerce

We were joined by David Bharier, Nick Porter and Maciej Partyka to discuss the results of the Q3, 2020 Quarterly Economic Survey and the challenges facing business from Covid and Brexit.

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News50 schools to benefit from free broadband

50 schools to benefit from free broadband

Staff and students at 50 rural schools in the BANES (Bath and North East Somerset) and Somerset local authority areas are set to benefit from free ultrafast broadband connectivity for life, ensuring school-age children have fast, reliable internet access to support their education. Reliable broadband is vital in modern education, with curriculums relying on internet access to carry our effecti...

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Member NewsGrowth Support Kickstart Grant Scheme launches

Growth Support Kickstart Grant Scheme launches

The Growth Support Kickstart Grant scheme aims to help businesses to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. There is additional funding within the grant to help small businesses in tourism related sectors to adapt their business as part of a Kickstarting Tourism package announced by Government for businesses in tourist destinations. You can only submit a single Growth Support Kicks...

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Member NewsSCF offers grants of up to £10,000 to help communities recover from Coronavirus

SCF offers grants of up to £10,000 to help communities recover from Coronavirus

The Somerset Coronavirus Appeal, launched by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), is offering funding of up to £10,000 to local charities and community organisations delivering frontline work that will help communities recover from the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak. The first phase of the appeal has already seen grants of almost £500,000 being awarded to more than 170 local good causes acr...

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NewsQuarterly Economic Survey - The economic impact of COVID-19

Quarterly Economic Survey - The economic impact of COVID-19

The Coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on our lives and on business. The Q2 Quarterly Economic Survey results highlight the effect on business sales, growth, confidence and cash flow as well as highlighting changes to the way we work and our approach to the workplace in the future.We were joined by David Bharier from the British Chambers of Commerce, Graham Austin, from Barclays and Heather Williams-Taplin of Demos.

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NewsThe Future of Furlough with  Albert Goodman and Clarke Willmott

The Future of Furlough with Albert Goodman and Clarke Willmott

With regular updates from the government it is important to be aware of the legal and financial implications returning to work may have, taking into account the future changes to the furlough scheme and how the changes will affect your business after the end of June.With further clarification now issued by the government, we will be advised by experts at Clarke Willmott and Albert Goodman.Tracey Watts, Partner at Albert Goodman, provided an update and recommendations from the accounting side including tax, NI and pensions implications of the changes faced.Kate Gardner updated on how the return to business will work, as well as providing general employment law tips and guidance.

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Member NewsHuish Hero Jill volunteers at St Margaret's Hospice throughout lockdown

Huish Hero Jill volunteers at St Margaret's Hospice throughout lockdown

English Teacher, Jill Burton has been nominated as a Huish Hero after volunteering at St Margaret’s Hospice in her spare time around her ongoing virtual teaching commitments. The Huish Hero initiative at Richard Huish College, in Taunton, celebrates those students and staff who are going above and beyond to support their community during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Having completed her training wi...

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NewsReturning to work safely after Covid-19 with Atlas Safety Management

Returning to work safely after Covid-19 with Atlas Safety Management

We're joined by Atlas Safety Management who gave us an invaluable insight into the considerations for businesses when re-opening the workplace. Ensuring your staff and workplaces are safe to return to is vital as we start to unlock after the Coronavirus shutdown.

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Law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has announced a series of senior internal promotions at its Taunton office.   The announcement includes two lawyers promoted to partner, three to senior associate and five to associate, all of which took effect on May 1, 2020.  Alastair Macleod (pictured left) a family law specialist and Sarah Manley (pictured below) a commercial property specialist have both b...

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