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Member NewsOsprey moves the UK's heaviest bridge into place

Osprey moves the UK's heaviest bridge into place

A few seconds footage are all that’s needed to convey the size and scale of the UK’s heaviest single-span bridge, being moved into place by Osprey at Gipsy Patch Lane, Bristol: https://vimeo.com/504404730 On behalf of South Gloucestershire Council, Network Rail has been putting in a new railway bridge at Gipsy Patch Lane – a single-span superstructure that’s part of the Cribbs Patchway Me...

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Chamber NewsSomerset in strong position to fight back post pandemic

Somerset in strong position to fight back post pandemic

Somerset is well placed to adapt to a post pandemic business climate once the economy begins to pick-up, two leading business figures – Sir Ian Cheshire, chairman of Barclays UK and Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce – told local firms last week. Speaking at an online ‘Future of Business 2021’ event hosted by Somerset Chamber of Commerce, they said whil...

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Chamber NewsIncrease in businesses attempting to recruit in Q4 despite lockdown, according to BCC/Totaljobs survey

Increase in businesses attempting to recruit in Q4 despite lockdown, according to BCC/Totaljobs survey

Results from the British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Recruitment Outlook (QRO), in partnership with Totaljobs, found that while there was a modest improvement in the overall number of businesses attempting to recruit in Q4, sectoral disparities remain.  Fieldwork for the survey was carried out between 2 and 26 November 2020, during the second lockdown. It found that:    41% of firms ...

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Member NewsBusinesses must seek immediate help if they fear insolvency, says Milsted Langdon

Businesses must seek immediate help if they fear insolvency, says Milsted Langdon

One of the South West’s leading independent accountancy firms, Milsted Langdon is urging businesses and individuals in financial trouble to seek help.  While many businesses affected by the latest national lockdown are receiving assistance via the various Government financial support measures, such as the furlough scheme, grants and loans, Milsted Langdon said it was concerned about business i...

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Member NewsSporting stars join Taunton School’s remote learning line-up

Sporting stars join Taunton School’s remote learning line-up

An Olympian and an England cricketer joined virtual lessons this week and shared their unique insights into elite sport. On Saturday, Olympic Bronze Medalist and Team GB pentathlete, Kate Allenby MBE (pictured), joined over 100 students for a Q&A on the topic of “What attributes create the perfect athlete”. She was asked questions about her sporting career and achievements and how she man...

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Member NewsOsprey Group wins multi-million Pound contract at Hinkley Point C

Osprey Group wins multi-million Pound contract at Hinkley Point C

Somerset Chamber member Osprey Group has won the multi-million Pound contract to deliver all of the oversized equipment needed in the next phase of construction at Hinkley Point C (HPC). Through their innovative shared services logistics model, the team will use its expertise in both marine and heavy land transport to provide centralised logistics and management for all major critical assets comi...

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Member NewsGlobal order secured by Sycamore Process Engineering

Global order secured by Sycamore Process Engineering

In-line with the company growth plans to expand manufacturing and sales internationally, Sycamore Process Engineering is pleased to announce it has secured an order for four open curd tables for a cheese manufacturer in India. Sycamore has designed, built, and delivered numerous open curd tables to effectively perform curd conditioning, whey drainage, curd salting and mellowing for milled cheddar...

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Member NewsCoronavirus Appeal raises £1.5m for communities in Somerset

Coronavirus Appeal raises £1.5m for communities in Somerset

The Somerset Coronavirus Appeal, launched by local charity Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) at the start of the pandemic, has raised a phenomenal £1.5 million. The funding has enabled the Foundation to award grants to over 300 local charities in just 10 months, thanks to the generous support of local individuals, businesses, charitable trusts and public sector partners, as well as funding fr...

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Chamber NewsFinalists announced for Somerset Business Awards 2021

Finalists announced for Somerset Business Awards 2021

THE finalists have been announced in this year’s prestigious Somerset Business Awards, with companies, charities and individuals from across the county vying for the honours. Judges faced a tough time whittling down a record-breaking number of entries in this year’s awards, which are run annually by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce. The 2021 finalists come from all corners of the county, inc...

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Chamber NewsBCC welcomes improvements to Prompt Payment Code  

BCC welcomes improvements to Prompt Payment Code  

Big businesses have been told they must pay small suppliers within 30, rather than 60 days, under a strengthened Prompt Payment Code. The Department for Business said the code, first introduced in 2008, needed to be bolstered to protect small firms as poor payment practices were "still rife" and threatened the viability of solid businesses as the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic....

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NewsHealth and wellbeing – exploring the link between wellbeing and productivity

Health and wellbeing – exploring the link between wellbeing and productivity

In the latest in a series of blogs, Weston College's Business Partnership Manager, Louise Greene, explores the link between wellbeing and productivity: As people, we all know that being in a good state of wellbeing, being happy and fulfilled helps us to perform at our optimum. Organisations that address and support positive health, wellbeing and mental health initiatives are more likely to achiev...

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NewsNew road is another key milestone for Junction 25

New road is another key milestone for Junction 25

A multi-million project to upgrade Taunton’s M5 Junction 25 has taken a big step forward with the opening of an important new link road serving the town and motorway. The Nexus link road is the next key stage in the £19.2m improvement of Junction 25, which when finished next summer will deliver significantly increased capacity.  The road, which from Sunday night (January 17) began carrying A...

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Member NewsSSG trainer and consultant achieves Chartered Fellowship

SSG trainer and consultant achieves Chartered Fellowship

SSG trainer and consultant Adam Worth received great news at the end of 2020, having successfully achieved Chartered Fellowship. Chartered Fellowship is IOSH’s elite level of professional membership and is awarded to Chartered Members of at least five years’ standing. These individuals demonstrate dedication to the profession by going ‘above and beyond’. Furthermore, they are role models ...

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Chamber NewsEconomy shrank as third lockdown hit in November, according to latest ONS data

Economy shrank as third lockdown hit in November, according to latest ONS data

Coronavirus continued to impact the economy at the end of last year, with the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures showing the economy shrank by 2.6% in November as fresh lockdown restrictions were introduced in England. The ONS said it meant gross domestic product was 8.5% below its pre-pandemic peak and came after six months of growth. The services sector was hit hardest, althou...

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NewsClarke Willmott supports company to secure Hinkley Point C contract

Clarke Willmott supports company to secure Hinkley Point C contract

National law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has supported client Ingersoll Rand to win a major Hinkley Point C contract. Lawyers specialising in energy generation at the firm worked with a subsidiary of the group – Ingersoll Rand Air Solutions Hibon S.A.R.L – to secure the contract to design, manufacture, transport and install seven TEP TEU compressors to HPC for waste processing along with support...

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