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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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NewsSomerset CCC teams up with Mansfield Sports Group

Somerset CCC teams up with Mansfield Sports Group

Somerset County Cricket Club can today announce a new partnership with Mansfield Sports Group. The initial two-year agreement will see MSG become the Club’s Official Equipment Partner. Mansfield Sports Group provides a wide range of exclusive products that give coaches a complete sports equipment and apparel solution, empowering them to spend more time focusing on the players themselves. Found...

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Member NewsBrewhouse Theatre secures grant to build on successful development programme

Brewhouse Theatre secures grant to build on successful development programme

Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre has secured a £136,000 grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation’s Weston Culture Fund  to enable the creative arts centre to build on new projects which were introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will also support employment opportunity at the Theatre. The theatre spotted a number of opportunities when it was forced to close its doors to aud...

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Chamber NewsBCC Coronavirus survey: cash remains top concern for lockdown-stricken firms across UK

BCC Coronavirus survey: cash remains top concern for lockdown-stricken firms across UK

Results from the latest British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) survey on the impact of Coronavirus, show businesses have been pushed to the brink by the effect of multiple lockdowns. Among the sobering findings from the survey of more than 1,100 businesses are:Three in every five firms (61%) have seen their revenue from UK customers fall in the last three months Almost a third (31%) of busines...

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Member NewsHippychick sponsors employee on fundraising charity run

Hippychick sponsors employee on fundraising charity run

Baby and toddler specialist, Bridgwater-based Hippychick is supporting employee Mike Bird raise awareness of Neurofibromatosis – a rare genetic condition from which both Mike and his two young children suffer. As well as giving Mike (pictured) a large donation towards his fundraising target, Hippychick are sponsoring Mike by providing him with running equipment. He intends to run the equivale...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber CEO supports Great Western Freeport bid

Somerset Chamber CEO supports Great Western Freeport bid

Somerset Chamber CEO Stephen Henagulph has joined business leaders from across the South West to sign an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, outlining their support for a Great Western Freeport bid. Freeports are designated by Government and will have special economic status, operating with little or no tax in order to encourage economic activity. Companies operating with...

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NewsHuish medic receives MBE for services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Huish medic receives MBE for services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Former Richard Huish College student, Gareth Hynes, who is a Specialist Registrar in Respiratory Medicine at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) and a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, has been awarded an MBE for Services to Medical Education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gareth, 36, who now lives in Oxford, attended Huish from 2000-2002 where he achieved his A Levels in Maths, ...

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Chamber NewsBank of England publishes quarterly Monetary Policy Report

Bank of England publishes quarterly Monetary Policy Report

The Bank of England has published it's quarterly Monetary Policy Report, which sets out the economic analysis and inflation projections that the Monetary Policy Committee uses to make its interest rate decisions. COVID-19 continues to hit spending, incomes and jobs in the UK. It has put a big strain on UK businesses’ cash flow, and is threatening the livelihoods of many people. The Bank's job ...

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Member NewsBristol Airport supports project to investigate feasibility of electric air taxis

Bristol Airport supports project to investigate feasibility of electric air taxis

Somerset Chamber member Bristol Airport is supporting a pioneering project to research and investigate the feasibility of an electric air taxi service in the South West by acting as the project’s principal support airport. The £2.5m project is a consortium led by Atkins which includes Vertical Aerospace, a Bristol-based electric aircraft manufacturer. The West of England Combined Authority has...

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NewsStrode College students set up weekly podcast to provide lockdown support

Strode College students set up weekly podcast to provide lockdown support

Students at Strode College, in Street, have set up a new weekly podcast to support each other during lockdown.  'The Lockdown Lounge' is a discussion-based podcast created by students, for students. The weekly show will give students a supportive platform to discuss a range of topics and issues relating to them during lockdown.  Produced and hosted by L3 Creative Media Production students, the ...

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NewsWeston College launches laptop support to bridge digital divide

Weston College launches laptop support to bridge digital divide

The rapid growth of remote education, digital working and dependence on technology in many aspects of day-to-day life has shone a light on digital poverty across the UK. Closing the digital divide is a national challenge, requiring a national effort. As part of the Department for Education’s (DfE) Get Help with Technology scheme, Weston College has received over 380 devices to support learners ...

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Member NewsNew routes to Greece announced from Bristol Airport from summer 2021

New routes to Greece announced from Bristol Airport from summer 2021

easyJet and easyJet holidays have launched new flights and holidays from Bristol Airport to the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini for this summer. All flights and holidays are subject to market-leading flexible policies under its ‘Protection Promise’ which means that customers can book now for later this year with the confidence that if their plans change, so can their booking. Flights...

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Chamber NewsEconomy shrank but double-dip recession avoided according to latest ONS figures

Economy shrank but double-dip recession avoided according to latest ONS figures

The UK economy shrank by a record 9.9% last year as Coronavirus restrictions hit output but managed to avoid a double-dip recession, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In December, the economy grew by 1.2%, after shrinking by 2.3% in November, as some restrictions eased. Hospitality, car sales and hairdressers recovered some lost ground. Suren Thiru, B...

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Chamber NewsChamber network welcomes new SME Brexit Support Fund

Chamber network welcomes new SME Brexit Support Fund

The Chamber network has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a new £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund to help small and medium sized businesses adjust to new customs, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU. SMEs who trade only with the EU will be encouraged to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to pay for practical support including training and professional advice to ens...

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Member NewsBattens Solicitors expands its Sherborne residential property team

Battens Solicitors expands its Sherborne residential property team

Leading South West firm, Battens Solicitors, has expanded its Sherborne residential property team with the appointment of Senior Associate Solicitor, Samantha Pattle and Chartered Legal Executive, Nicola Pugsley. Together, Samantha and Nicola have extensive local knowledge of the Dorset area and boast almost 20 years’ experience in the conveyancing field between them. Samantha started her lega...

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