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Member NewsWhat does the end of the Stamp Duty holiday mean for current transactions?

What does the end of the Stamp Duty holiday mean for current transactions?

The current Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday is set to expire on March 31, 2021, with strong assertions from the Treasury that it will not be extended. Here, Battens Solicitors take a look at what it means for current and ongoing transactions: Any conveyancing transaction that has not completed on or before March 31, 2021, will attract SDLT at the rates which were in place prior to the SDLT hol...

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Member NewsFree training and business advice for retailers in Somerset and Devon

Free training and business advice for retailers in Somerset and Devon

Cosmic is offering a package of free training and business advice to retailers in Devon and Somerset. With the high street and retailers so dramatically impacted by lockdowns and restrictions, Cosmic is keen to support businesses looking to adapt to the circumstances and wanting to improve their sales opportunities. The company is offering a series of training workshops over the next six weeks, ...

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Member NewsCharity launches community engagement programme

Charity launches community engagement programme

If you mention the name Lloyd Fouracre in Taunton, most people will know exactly who you mean. Lloyd’s senseless murder in 2005 sent shockwaves through the local community, shockwaves still felt today. Stand Against Violence, the charity started as a result of his death, is now launching a new community project, encouraging volunteer campaigners to raise awareness of the impact violence has on i...

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NewsStrode College wins the Edge Award for Excellence in Real World Learning in AoC Beacon Awards 2010/21

Strode College wins the Edge Award for Excellence in Real World Learning in AoC Beacon Awards 2010/21

Strode College is the Association of Colleges’ (AOC) Beacon Awards 2010/21 winner of the Edge Award for Excellence in Real World Learning sponsored by the Edge Foundation.  Achieving this national recognition was based on our unique partnership with Historic England and the delivery of the Historic Environment Advice Assistant Higher Apprenticeship.  This Award was presented at the Association...

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Member NewsSS&L helps businesses to cut cost of hiring an apprentice

SS&L helps businesses to cut cost of hiring an apprentice

Somerset employers have been celebrating this National Apprenticeship Week after benefiting from a scheme that enables them to fund apprenticeship training via Somerset County Council’s apprenticeship levy. The initiative supports Somerset-based employers in the care sector, early years sector and schools, enabling them to access the funding via a transfer of the council’s apprenticeship levy...

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Member NewsA C Mole & Sons offers free printing service for parents and students

A C Mole & Sons offers free printing service for parents and students

To help parents during lockdown A C Mole & Sons is offering a free printing service for local parents and students. Printing requests can be emailed to schoolprinting@acmole.co.uk together with the senders name and home address and the team will then print and post the school work to them. Requests received by 3pm will be sent by first class post on the same day. A C Mole & Sons also off...

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Member NewsHinkley Point C Community Fund supports mental health and wellbeing

Hinkley Point C Community Fund supports mental health and wellbeing

Fortitude Wellbeing is one of the latest groups to receive a grant from the Hinkley Point C Community Fund. With their work on improving mental health and wellbeing having even greater significance during the latest lockdown, the group, which is based in Taunton, is focused on providing opportunities based in the natural world to help people rediscover a sense of purpose and enjoyment in their liv...

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Member NewsTaunton School ranked seventh best school in the country for sport

Taunton School ranked seventh best school in the country for sport

School Sport Magazine has released its annual list of the most successful sporting schools in the country with Taunton School making the top ten. For the first time ever, the magazine has combined its separate lists of independent and state schools into one league table of the top 200 schools. The magazine used the results from 100 events across 18 different sports to compile its final list. Th...

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NewsWeston College launch Skills Surgeries to help businesses

Weston College launch Skills Surgeries to help businesses

Weston College recognises that, despite challenging times, many employers are looking at how to access training for their teams. The college also knows there are plenty of options available for employers to access funding and skills support and that it can sometimes feel overwhelming and leave firms not knowing where to start – which is why the college is launching Skills Surgeries.   Skills ...

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NewsProject management – delivering with a dispersed team

Project management – delivering with a dispersed team

In the latest in a series of blogs, Lauren Squibb, Weston College’s Business Growth and Employer Partnership Manager, takes a closer look at project management and delivering with a dispersed team: When Coronavirus came into our lives last Spring, we were exploring a project in Weston-super -Mare and although it changed our approach, it certainly hasn’t stopped us. In this blog, Somerset Cha...

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NewsWPA wins Health Insurance Provider of the Year accolade for second year in a row

WPA wins Health Insurance Provider of the Year accolade for second year in a row

At last Wednesday’s virtual National Moneyfacts Consumer Awards, for the second year in a row, WPA won the Health Insurance Provider of the Year Award against other finalists including Aviva, Axa, BUPA and Vitality.    Rod Bramston, WPA’s Executive Director for Retail and Commercial Customers, said: “Recognition like this is a testament to the team’s hard work and success in 2020. We we...

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Chamber NewsHornsbury Mill takes delivery of QES Q4 2020 prize hamper

Hornsbury Mill takes delivery of QES Q4 2020 prize hamper

John and Jane Nagle at Hornsbury Mill, near Chard, were the lucky recipients of the last hamper to be delivered to the winner of our QES prize draw in 2020. Everyone who completed the Q4 Quarterly Economic Survey at the end of last year was automatically entered into a prize draw to win a hamper of Somerset produce. Jane said: “We would like to say a heart-felt thank you for the lovely QES ham...

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NewsStrode College virtual events supporting National Apprenticeship Week

Strode College virtual events supporting National Apprenticeship Week

Ofsted Outstanding Strode College is planning a series of special virtual events to support National Apprenticeship Week 2021, which runs from February 8-12, 2021. Businesses will have the chance to find out about all the benefits employing an apprentice can have in terms of productivity and skills development. Prospective apprentices can also find out about the opportunities available, includin...

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Member NewsTaunton School delivers meal boxes to staff at Musgrove Park Hospital

Taunton School delivers meal boxes to staff at Musgrove Park Hospital

Taunton School is supplying 300 meal boxes each week to Musgrove Park Hospital, in Taunton, to support frontline NHS staff working throughout the pandemic. Starting this week, the food parcels are being delivered to the Well Being Hub at the county’s largest acute hospital. Providing a nutritiously balanced meal, they be available to staff 24 hours a day. The meal boxes have been made possible...

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Member NewsMilsted Langdon advise on what can and cannot be claimed under Business Interruption insurance

Milsted Langdon advise on what can and cannot be claimed under Business Interruption insurance

More than 370,000 small businesses in England and Wales could be eligible to claim via their Business Interruption insurance policies for disruption during the first COVID-19 national lockdown, following the Supreme Court’s important ruling, writes Roger Isaacs (pictured), Forensic Partner at Milsted Langdon. This ruling substantially allowed the appeal brought by the Financial Conduct Authori...

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