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Member NewsNRL ranks as top 50 largest UK staffing firm for another year

NRL ranks as top 50 largest UK staffing firm for another year

NRL’s recruitment business is celebrating after being recognised as one of the UK’s top providers for another year. The Largest Staffing Firms in the UK report is prepared following extensive research by specialists at Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) to rank the top 50 performing recruitment businesses in the UK each year by stringently evaluating each organisations’ financial performance ...

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NewsNew road layout for A358 motorists heading to M5 Junction 25

New road layout for A358 motorists heading to M5 Junction 25

Motorists heading towards Taunton’s M5 Junction 25 will be using a new road layout (see map below) from next week marking a big step forward in a major project to improve the junction. The £19m scheme to upgrade Junction 25 and increase capacity is progressing well and is due to complete in the summer. The scheme includes an important new link road serving the town and motorway. From Sunday n...

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NewsRichard Huish College sets up COVID testing centre to support staff and students

Richard Huish College sets up COVID testing centre to support staff and students

In just a few short weeks, Richard Huish College, in Taunton, has transformed its sports hall into an extensive COVID asymptomatic testing centre, initially to allow staff, and students taking exams in January to have a test and sit exams with added safety. Within the first week of operating they had carried out over 310 tests, including supporting Bishop Fox’s Community School staff and pupils...

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Member NewsThe Somerset Fund grants given to local charities thanks to generous donors

The Somerset Fund grants given to local charities thanks to generous donors

Grants up to £2,500 are now available for smaller charities and grassroots groups based in Somerset. Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) manages The Somerset Fund and is encouraging smaller charities and community groups that run on less than £100,000 per year to apply now for funding. The grants are ‘unrestricted’, which means they can be used to pay for ongoing running costs, also known a...

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Member NewsBridgwater & Taunton College makes finals of national awards for employer engagement

Bridgwater & Taunton College makes finals of national awards for employer engagement

Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC) has been selected as one of the finalists for the City & Guilds Award for Colleges Engagement with Employers at the Association of Colleges (AOC) Beacon Awards 2020/21. The national awards celebrate and recognise the best and most innovative practice among UK further education (FE) colleges and the City & Guilds Award for Colleges Engagement with Emp...

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Member NewsChamber members join forces to find COVID Community Champions

Chamber members join forces to find COVID Community Champions

Somerset Chamber members SASP (Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership) and Spark Somerset have joined forces to encourage people to become COVID Community Champions. The Covid Community Champions Network gives local people a role in helping their community to get up-to-date information and make choices to stay healthy. After attending a short online training course, COVID Community Champions w...

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Member NewsNew jobs as top grocery researchers expand their Somerset business

New jobs as top grocery researchers expand their Somerset business

The former bosses of a leading grocery benchmarking programme in the UK and Ireland have announced the expansion of their own research group based in Somerset, creating several new jobs. Julia Pascu and Andy Kemp-King had been running the Advantage Report in the UK and Ireland for nearly 20 years under a franchise agreement with Advantage Group International (AGI), based in Canada. That agreeme...

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Member NewsReflex Medical Limited kicks of the new year with new, improved premises

Reflex Medical Limited kicks of the new year with new, improved premises

Somerset-based small business Reflex Medical Limited has started 2021 with expansion! While the business landscape is so uncertain, Reflex Medical have gone from strength to strength despite the additional challenges imposed by COVID-19. Moving from a small storage space and office in Bruton, Reflex Medical has secured new premises near Cannards Grave in Shepton Mallet. This new location offers a...

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Member NewsPatrick Mears joins Battens to head Bath commercial offering

Patrick Mears joins Battens to head Bath commercial offering

Leading South West law firm Battens Solicitors has today announced the appointment of Patrick Mears as Head of Commercial Property, Bath. Renowned for his considerable expertise in commercial law, servicing the Bath market for many years, Patrick will help focus and build the firm’s commercial offering in Bath. Building on Battens’ reputation for excellence in commercial law, from its Yeovil ...

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Chamber NewsBCC QES Q4 2020: business conditions remain weak with no signs of improvement for vast majority of firms 

BCC QES Q4 2020: business conditions remain weak with no signs of improvement for vast majority of firms 

The British Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) – the UK’s largest independent survey of business sentiment and a leading indicator of UK GDP growth – found that business conditions remained weak in the fourth quarter as the second lockdown squeezed activity.  The bellwether survey of 6,203 firms, who employ nearly a million people across the UK, revealed tha...

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NewsManaging remote teams – a challenge or an opportunity?

Managing remote teams – a challenge or an opportunity?

In the latest blog from Weston College, Joe Smith, the college's Business Partnership Manager, takes a closer look at making remote working work! The last nine months has seen remote working move from a trend to a requirement for many of us. Many leaders quickly transformed some if not all of their operations to virtual working in March, having had little time to prepare. This shift has presented...

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Chamber NewsBCC calls for long-term business support package not 'drip-feed' approach

BCC calls for long-term business support package not 'drip-feed' approach

The Chancellor has announced one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property in the wake of the third national lockdown. A £594 million discretionary fund will also made available to support other impacted businesses and comes in addition to £1.1 billion further discretionary grant funding for local authorities, Local Restriction Support Gra...

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Chamber NewsBusinesses 'baffled' by no announcement of grant aid with news of new lockdown

Businesses 'baffled' by no announcement of grant aid with news of new lockdown

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s announcement of a new, national lockdown in England, BCC Director General Adam Marshall said:   “Businesses will understand why the Prime Minister has felt compelled to act on the spiralling threat to public health, but they will be baffled and disappointed by the fact that he did not announce additional support for affected businesses alon...

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Member NewsForest leaders brave the elements to raise £2,200 to support Reminiscence Learning

Forest leaders brave the elements to raise £2,200 to support Reminiscence Learning

Otterhead Forest School leader Peter Holmes has raised £2,200 to support a forest school project with Reminiscence Learning. He had originally set out to raise £600 by camping out in all winds and weathers for one week as his old-fashioned alter ego ‘Tarquin Montgomery’. Tarquin’s Big Camp Out saw Peter and friend Harvey cooking on a campfire, sleeping in hammocks and tackling the worst ...

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Member NewsAspen Waite director invents machine to recycle disposable face masks

Aspen Waite director invents machine to recycle disposable face masks

Aspen Waite Director, David Scheeres, has designed, developed and implemented a pioneering process which has received national recognition and praise for turning the huge amount of waste caused by the use of disposable surgical face masks into a useful product. Sterimelt technology, developed by David and colleagues, melts single-use polypropylene plastics with blocks later converted into new pro...

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