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NewsStrode College designs and produces PPE headbands and face shields for healthcare staff.

Strode College designs and produces PPE headbands and face shields for healthcare staff.

The NHS is doing all it can to prepare for the next phase of the coronavirus pandemic. PPE is a key factor in limiting the spread of this disease and is also vital to enable NHS staff to care for patients. Demand is currently outstripping supply.  The staff at Strode College have been busy trying to help.  Dan Basra, Lecturer in IT and Engineering and his partner Kayleigh Ecsh have worked toget...

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Member NewsNumatic produces 10,000 face shields a day for the NHS

Numatic produces 10,000 face shields a day for the NHS

Normally known for their vacuum cleaners (most famously the Henry vac), Numatic has urgently re-tasked research and development teams, production specialists and manufacturing teams to work across projects in support of the response to the COVID-19 crisis.  The Numatic teams have been working around the clock to provide support to the Government and the NHS, including the development and provisi...

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Member NewsNew website helps keep Somerset Chamber member charity visible

New website helps keep Somerset Chamber member charity visible

PROMISEworks is a local charity and Somerset Chamber member which is making a big difference in Somerset, by offering mentoring services to disadvantaged children across the county. A new website has just been launched by the charity as Christell Charles, Case-Holder for Taunton, explained: "We are trying to keep visible online and having a new website will really assist us. We mention our websit...

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NewsWe talk to Chris Loach Area Director of Lloyds bank about the CBILS Scheme

We talk to Chris Loach Area Director of Lloyds bank about the CBILS Scheme

We talked to Chris Loach - Area Director of Lloyds Bank about the CBILS Scheme. What is it there for, what businesses can do to access the scheme and how to give themselves the best chance of accessing the funding.

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Chamber NewsBCC Coronavirus Impact Tracker finds two thirds of respondents still awaiting furlough funds

BCC Coronavirus Impact Tracker finds two thirds of respondents still awaiting furlough funds

The results from the third BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker reveal that the majority of businesses responding to the survey have now furloughed a proportion of their workforce, and are awaiting funds from the Government’s Job Retention Scheme to enable them to pay staff. 66% of survey respondents have furloughed staff in anticipation of scheme going live More than half of firms...

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NewsChamber Business Partners Clarke Willmott create legal hub for COVID-19

Chamber Business Partners Clarke Willmott create legal hub for COVID-19

Legal experts Clarke Willmott have created a specialist legal hub to support businesses through the Coronavirus pandemic. Using a series of easy to navigate drop-down menus, you can access advice and support, with critical information to keep you, your staff and your business safe. The team at Clarke Willmott have supported a series of webinars organised by Somerset Chamber covering the legal imp...

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NewsFurther questions on furloughing workers with Kate Gardner of Clarke Willmott

Further questions on furloughing workers with Kate Gardner of Clarke Willmott

Kate Gardner clarifies the recent guidance on the furloughing of staff, taking questions from the attendees of the webinar on Thursday 9th April

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NewsSomerset West and Taunton Council detail the support available for business via the Small Business Rates Relief Scheme

Somerset West and Taunton Council detail the support available for business via the Small Business Rates Relief Scheme

Somerset Chamber of Commerce speak to Councillor Marcus Kravis - Executive Member for Economic Development and Asset Management, about the support and grants available for businesses in the region

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Member NewsSouth West accountants say businesses should look again at Government loan scheme following reforms

South West accountants say businesses should look again at Government loan scheme following reforms

South West-based Milsted Langdon has said that businesses should look again at the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme (CBILS) following changes to the scheme. The CBILS scheme is designed to give SME businesses with turnovers of up to £45 million access to loans of between £1,000 and £5 million, backed by an 80 per cent guarantee from the Government. Previously, the scheme was onl...

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Chamber NewsBCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker: Businesses not yet successfully accessing government loan and grant schemes

BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker: Businesses not yet successfully accessing government loan and grant schemes

Results from the second BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker reveal that most businesses have not yet successfully accessed the government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the grants for small businesses.Just 1 per cent of firms had successfully accessed CBILS and 7 per cent are receiving grants 57 per cent of firms have three months cash in reserve or less,...

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NewsWeston College Principal shortlisted for education 'Oscars'

Weston College Principal shortlisted for education 'Oscars'

Weston College Principal, Dr Paul Phillips CBE, is in the running for the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Award for Lifetime Achievement. At a time when colleges and schools are doing more than ever to support their communities, the shortlist for the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Awards has been announced. Selected from thousands of nominations, Dr Paul Phillips is alongside othe...

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NewsTop tips for leasing vehicles

Top tips for leasing vehicles

Marcus Puddy of PVS gives tips on managing your vehicle leases during the Coronavirus pandemic

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Chamber NewsSouth West business community help Bank of England understand impact of Covid-19

South West business community help Bank of England understand impact of Covid-19

The people of the UK are making extraordinary efforts to limit the health impact of Covid-19. This crisis is very different from other economic shocks that the Bank has had to grapple with in the past. That means it’s very difficult to judge how big the disruption is going to be or how long it’s going to last. What is clear is that Covid-19 is already having a major impact on the UK economy. ...

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NewsRemote Working - Tech tips and tricks to stay in touch

Remote Working - Tech tips and tricks to stay in touch

We were joined by CETSAT, who gave a virtual session on the best practices for utilising your technology from home.This session provides practical suggestions for working at home, including remote access do’s and don'ts, useful products and nifty apps and ways to ensure that you still feel part of a group and involved.

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NewsManaging The Health and Wellbeing of Remote Working

Managing The Health and Wellbeing of Remote Working

We were joined by Becky Wright, Founder of New Leaf. Its crucial that we are able to offer practical suggestions to employees working remotely to help protect their mental health and wellbeing. This session offers some practical suggestions on how to look after your wellbeing and suggestions for your employees.

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