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News1,200 new jobs and 300 apprenticeships for next phase of construction at Hinkley Point C

1,200 new jobs and 300 apprenticeships for next phase of construction at Hinkley Point C

Staffordshire-based Capula and Exyte Hargreaves from Lancashire are the latest British engineering companies to create new jobs to support the next phase of construction at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. Their 80 new engineering posts are a small part of the expected 1,200 new jobs and 300 apprentices who will become part of the 4,000 strong workforce who will fit electrical systems, c...

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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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Member NewsDouble award success for Cooper Associates Mortgages

Double award success for Cooper Associates Mortgages

Cooper Associates Mortgages has achieved double success at the 2020 ESTAS - the Estate and Letting Agents Awards also incorporating mortgage advisors. For the fourth consecutive year we have been named Best Mortgage Office in the UK and Best Regional Mortgage Broker in the South West. The ESTAS is an independent customer feedback scheme, with the winners determined by feedback provided by client...

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Member NewsCharity works with businesses to help mentor young people

Charity works with businesses to help mentor young people

PROMISEworks provides long-term inspirational, one-to-one mentoring to some of Somerset’s most vulnerable children and young people. Some of them are on the edge of care or have left the care system. The charity’s volunteer mentors help them as they deal with struggles young people should not have to face. Many will have never experienced the benefits of security and trust that come with the...

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Member NewsTop careers advice from entrepreneurs and business leaders for King's College students

Top careers advice from entrepreneurs and business leaders for King's College students

At King’s College, Taunton, the lockdown has led to a number of online innovations to help its pupils and over the last two weeks of term the school ran a Festival of Careers and Entrepreneurship for the Upper Sixth Form. Making full use of the omnipresent Teams technology, and the good will of their guests, twice a day for ten days King’s welcomed a wide range of speakers, all with the desir...

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NewsNHS COVID-19 test centre opened at Cooper Associates County Ground

NHS COVID-19 test centre opened at Cooper Associates County Ground

Somerset County Cricket Club has confirmed that the NHS has opened a drive-through testing centre at the Cooper Associates County Ground. The testing centre at the Club is testing pre-operative patients and symptomatic NHS staff.  The aim is to keep transmission of infection to a minimum at local health care facilities such as Musgrove Park Hospital and to enable NHS staff to  continue working ...

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Chamber NewsSurvey shows almost a third of Somerset firms expect to make redundancies in next three months

Survey shows almost a third of Somerset firms expect to make redundancies in next three months

ALMOST a third of Somerset firms which took part in a county-wide business survey expected to make redundancies in the next three months, while half expected turnover to worsen in the next year and three quarters had no plans to recruit. But on the flip side, around 60% of businesses expected their workforce to remain the same in the next three months, a quarter said their cashflow had stayed the...

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NewsClarke Willmott appointed to leading specialist housing panel

Clarke Willmott appointed to leading specialist housing panel

Clarke Willmott LLP has been appointed to serve on a panel of leading housing specialist law firms as part of a £15 million legal services framework agreement. The firm is among a group of law firms named by the Central Housing Investment Consortium (CHIC), which supports housing providers and local authorities to ensure they can provide the best service to their residents. Clarke Willmott, who...

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Member NewsSchool's virtual charity fundraiser raises more than £1,200 for Brainwave

School's virtual charity fundraiser raises more than £1,200 for Brainwave

Year 8 pupils at King's Hall School used their creativity to ensure their usual charity fundraiser went ahead – albeit virtually - and raised more than £1,200 for the charity Brainwave. As with many other aspects of school life this term, pupils and staff began toying with the idea of creating a virtual version of the traditional Year 8 Charity Fair. This event would normally take place in the...

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Member NewsBridgwater & Taunton College student wins Global Innovators app award

Bridgwater & Taunton College student wins Global Innovators app award

Bridgwater & Taunton College digital media design student Emily Bradley recently won the Global Innovators Category in The Apps for Good Awards. ‘Space Bubble’ is a mental health app for teens designed to help keep the user’s mental health on-track through daily, tailored activities. Emily’s inspiration came after she struggled with her own mental health and she felt other young peo...

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NewsStrode students successully compete in Biology Olympiad Awards

Strode students successully compete in Biology Olympiad Awards

A number of Strode A Level Biology students have been successful in two challenging competitions run by the Royal Society of Biology, designed to test the students wider knowledge of the subject.   Year 2 A Level students achieved fantastic results in the British Biology Olympiad earlier in the year and have just received their certificates. The Biology Olympiad is run by the Royal Society of B...

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Member NewsStaircase Three Peaks Challenge raises thousands for School in a Bag

Staircase Three Peaks Challenge raises thousands for School in a Bag

During the pandemic lockdown period, while the rest of the team were in furlough, School in a Bag’s Founder and CEO Luke Simon has been running a skeleton workload in between home-schooling and climbing staircases!   Luke read about the Three Peaks Staircase Challenge in a magazine and promoted it as a potential fundraising idea to the charity’s supporter network.  To inspire others, he a...

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NewsData protection warning for hospitality businesses

Data protection warning for hospitality businesses

The much-anticipated re-opening of businesses in the food and drink sector has been given the green light for 4 July, a welcome decision for both those in the industry and consumers. However, the opening of these businesses comes with additional responsibilities and requirements which specialist lawyers are warning could leave businesses falling foul of the data protection rules. Amy Peacey, a s...

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Member NewsHelp Somerset Skills & Learning shape the apprenticeship landscape

Help Somerset Skills & Learning shape the apprenticeship landscape

As lockdown eases, schools and businesses are planning how to move forward and Somerset Skills & Learning (SS&L) wants to know how best to support them, working together towards economic recovery and helping to future-proof the Somerset community. Apprenticeships have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and are very much in the national spotlight, with the Government poised to offer a ...

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NewsSomerset Coronavirus local outbreak management plan published

Somerset Coronavirus local outbreak management plan published

Somerset County Council and partners have released further detail on how they will prevent and react to localised Coronavirus outbreaks after Somerset’s Local Outbreak Management Plan was published online.Somerset cases continue to remain low compared to other parts of the country, but Coronavirus is proving to be a disease around clusters and outbreaks. To date, almost 70 outbreaks (define...

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