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Member NewsCastle Bow Restaurant at Taunton’s Castle Hotel ranks top in Somerset in The Good Food Guide 2018

Castle Bow Restaurant at Taunton’s Castle Hotel ranks top in Somerset in The Good Food Guide 2018

The 2018 Good Food Guide just published has ranked Castle Bow at the top level of Somerset’s restaurants, shared only with one other in the county. Brazz, the Castle Hotel’s casual restaurant has also received recognition in the 2018 guide, with its first full listing. Published by Waitrose, the Good Food Guide lists the best restaurants in Great Britain.  After a recent visit to Taunton’...

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Chamber NewsHave you completed this year’s Membership Survey yet?

Have you completed this year’s Membership Survey yet?

The annual Somerset Chamber membership survey is your chance to tell us what you value most from your membership, what you’d like us to do better, and to highlight any additional activities or benefits that you’d like to see the Chamber offer. If you’re a Chamber member, the link to this year’s survey would’ve been emailed directly to the nominated main point of contact for your busines...

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Chamber NewsHinkley Supply Chain Team welcomes its first apprentice

Hinkley Supply Chain Team welcomes its first apprentice

Somerset Chamber’s Hinkley Supply Chain Team has taken on a new Advanced Business and Administration Apprentice, 18 year old Gracie Greenslade from Taunton. Gracie joins the Hinkley Supply Chain Team as it continues to develop the local supply chain database for the Hinkley Point C project, which now comprises more than 3,800 Somerset and South West businesses. She will be helping to manage som...

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Member NewsNew Bridgwater Networking Breakfast Club Announced to launch this Autumn

New Bridgwater Networking Breakfast Club Announced to launch this Autumn

Red Berry Recruitment, Sedgemoor FM, Bridgwater YMCA and New Leaf Life Design have jointly collaborated to create a new Bridgwater Breakfast Club for local SMEs, to be launched on 18th October 2017. In 2013, there were 4,460 businesses within Sedgemoor, of which 4,000 were classified as micro SMEs in total making up 99.9% of the total business stock within the District. This network will aim to e...

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Chamber NewsBCC: 4 in 5 businesses hit by rising employment costs

BCC: 4 in 5 businesses hit by rising employment costs

Around 4 in every 5 businesses have seen their costs increase this year through changes in employment legislation, according to a survey released today (Friday) by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). BCC’s annual workforce survey of over 1,400 businesses and held in partnership with Middlesex University, reveals that pensions auto-enrolment, the National Living Wage and the Apprenticeship ...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber golf day raises £4,000 for local dementia charity

Somerset Chamber golf day raises £4,000 for local dementia charity

This year’s Somerset Chamber charity golf day raised a record amount of £4,000 for local charity Reminiscence Learning. Held at Taunton and Pickeridge Golf Club on 16 August, the Chamber’s 11th annual golf day was a huge success and attracted over 60 business people across 16 teams. The winning team on the day, with 95 points, comprised players from four different companies, namely Atom Ins...

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Member NewsMilsted Langdon named as one of the UK’s top tax practices at AccountingWeb Practice Excellence Awards 2017

Milsted Langdon named as one of the UK’s top tax practices at AccountingWeb Practice Excellence Awards 2017

One of the South West’s leading accountancy firms, Milsted Langdon, has been shortlisted at this year’s prestigious AccountingWeb Practice Excellence Awards. The firm, which has offices in Yeovil, Taunton, Bath, Bristol and London, was selected as one of just three finalists in the National Tax Practice of the Year category. The rigorous judging process has already seen the firm make a detai...

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Member NewsKellaway Building Supplies relocates from Ashton to Bedminster

Kellaway Building Supplies relocates from Ashton to Bedminster

Kellaway Building Supplies has continued its year of investment and development in its branches by relocating its well-established branch at Ashton to a new larger site in Bedminster, less than a mile from the old branch. The new premises comprise of a larger yard, warehouse and shop, enabling Kellaway to provide a large stock range to its ever-increasing number of customers. “The new site is s...

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Chamber NewsChamber highlights apprenticeship opportunity for school leavers

Chamber highlights apprenticeship opportunity for school leavers

Somerset Chamber is encouraging school leavers to consider the wealth of apprenticeships on offer within the county, providing a valuable opportunity to gain new skills and ‘earn while they learn’. Speaking on A Level results day, Somerset Chamber Chief Executive, Dale Edwards, said, “Our congratulations to all those students across the county who have been successful in their A Levels. ...

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Member NewsClarke Willmott staff get on their bikes for St Margaret's Hospice

Clarke Willmott staff get on their bikes for St Margaret's Hospice

Six cyclists from Taunton law firm Clarke Willmott LLP have completed a 78-mile charity bike ride from Taunton to Yeovil. Kate Gardner, Thomas Halford, Phil Roberts, Paul Hazeldine, Mary Pike and Amy Pike took part in the ride from St. Margaret’s Hospice in Taunton to the St. Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil and back again to raise funds for the charity. The team, comprised of lawyers and suppor...

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Member NewsBrewin Dolphin entertains more than 400 guests at Taunton Flower Show

Brewin Dolphin entertains more than 400 guests at Taunton Flower Show

Taunton Flower Show’s main sponsor, wealth management specialists Brewin Dolphin, entertained more than 400 guests in the company’s marquee at this year’s two-day event in Vivary Park. First held in 1831, the show is the oldest in the country and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Keen advocates of horticulture and its important health and social benefits, Brewin Dolphin annually hos...

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Member NewsClass of 2017 achieve 99% A Level pass rate

Class of 2017 achieve 99% A Level pass rate

Richard Huish College students will be celebrating today after an incredibly successful year of A Level and vocational results. The Class of 2017 achieved an A*to B pass rate of 54%, and an A*to C pass rate of 78%. The overall A Level pass rate is again an outstanding 99%. Huish students did extremely well with 69 students gaining three or more A/A*grades, and 22 of these gaining 2 or more A* gra...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on inflation statistics

BCC comments on inflation statistics

Commenting on the inflation statistics for July 2017, released today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Inflation was unchanged in July, as falling fuel prices continue to put a check on price growth. “Inflation is likely to resume its upward trend in the short term, as the sizable increases in the cost of imported raw materials over ...

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Member NewsMilsted Langdon congratulates more than a dozen trainees on exam success

Milsted Langdon congratulates more than a dozen trainees on exam success

Nearly 20 members of staff at one of the South West’s top independent accountancy firms, Milsted Langdon, have recently passed exams as part of their ongoing professional training with the firm. In the last few months the partners and senior staff at the firm’s offices in Yeovil, Taunton, Bristol, Bath and London have been celebrating the successful exam passes of numerous trainees and junior...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on inflation statistics

BCC comments on inflation statistics

Commenting on the inflation statistics for July 2017, released today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Inflation was unchanged in July, as falling fuel prices continue to put a check on price growth. “Inflation is likely to resume its upward trend in the short term, as the sizable increases in the cost of imported raw materials over ...

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