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Chamber NewsInvitation to British Malaysian Chamber trade webinars

Invitation to British Malaysian Chamber trade webinars

Somerset Chamber of Commerce members are being invited to take part in a trio of international trade webinars, which are being organised by the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (BMCC).  BMCC has three webinars coming up this month which are relevant to companies in the UK who have interest to explore the Malaysian market.  All the webinars are complimentary for all UK Chamber members.  ...

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Chamber NewsCoronavirus grant scheme - Stephen Henagulph BBC Somerset interview April 21, 2020

Coronavirus grant scheme - Stephen Henagulph BBC Somerset interview April 21, 2020

Somerset Chamber Chief Executive, Stephen Henagulph, spoke to Simon Parkin on BBC Somerset to raise the profile of the grants available to businesses via their local authority. At the moment, nearly half of businesses have accessed the funds but the local authorities are keen to reach those who may not know they have money they can claim.

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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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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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Chamber NewsWeston College honours Somerset Chamber's CEO for his dedication to the region

Weston College honours Somerset Chamber's CEO for his dedication to the region

Weston College celebrated the outstanding success of staff and key strategic partners in 2019 at the Governor’s Christmas Party last Thursday – including Stephen Henagulph, the Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce. The event was held in the Winter Gardens, and attended by over 300 people, including staff, governors, employers and local dignitaries.  Stephen was recognised for his...

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Chamber NewsClarke Willmott become Business Partners of Somerset Chamber of Commerce

Clarke Willmott become Business Partners of Somerset Chamber of Commerce

One of Somerset Chamber's longest standing members has become a Businesses Partner. Local solicitors Clarke Willmott have been long term supporters of the Chamber and the Somerset Business Awards, sponsoring the popular Charity of The Year award for the last six years.   Chris Thorne, Partner and Head of Taunton office, said: “We are delighted to enter into a new partnership with the Some...

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Chamber NewsTruespeed Broadband Survey iPad presented to lucky winner

Truespeed Broadband Survey iPad presented to lucky winner

The winner of the iPad from the Somerset Chamber of Commerce broadband survey was presented with their prize today by sponsors Truespeed. James O’Sullivan, of O’Sullivans Chartered Accountants, completed the survey which aimed to highlight the demand for broadband across the region.  James noted that as an accountant he was increasingly reliant on a reliable and fast connection as more ser...

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Chamber NewsEntries open for new-look Somerset Business Awards 2019

Entries open for new-look Somerset Business Awards 2019

A FAMILIAR face will be returning to host the Somerset Business Awards this year – but at a new venue and with new categories, while the prestigious awards themselves have a completely new look, website and logo. Organised by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, the annual awards, which are free for all Somerset businesses to enter, were officially launched at a reception for past winners and awar...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber announce plans to open second office to cover the North of the region

Somerset Chamber announce plans to open second office to cover the North of the region

Somerset Chamber of Commerce have announced ambitious plans to open a second office in Somerset, offering further support to businesses across the county.  From their Taunton based HQ, CEO Stephen Henagulph today revealed that the Chamber have developed a Somerset North office covering Highbridge, Weston and the Mendip area of the county.  Stephen commented “Since joining the Chamber as CEO ...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Disappointing lack of progress on continuity trade agreements

BCC: Disappointing lack of progress on continuity trade agreements

Commenting on the latest update to existing trade agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The lack of progress revealed today is an incredibly disappointing, though not unexpected admission. This is unfortunately yet another example where politicians have overpromised and underdelivered – and it...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on labour and productivity figures

BCC comments on labour and productivity figures

Commenting on the labour market figures for February 2019, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The fall in unemployment and strong employment levels are further evidence that the UK jobs market remains resilient, with firms continuing to recruit despite an increasingly challenging economic backdrop. “With earnings growt...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber CEO quizzes Transport Secretary on regional infrastructure improvements

Somerset Chamber CEO quizzes Transport Secretary on regional infrastructure improvements

The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, was in Taunton this afternoon (Friday) where he met with a group of regional business leaders including Stephen Henagulph, Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber CEO took the opportunity to question the Transport Secretary on behalf of the region’s businesses, highlighting the need for real investment in the South We...

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Chamber NewsBCC/DHL: Volatility and price pressures weighing on UK exporters

BCC/DHL: Volatility and price pressures weighing on UK exporters

The percentage of both manufacturing and services exporters who are expecting to increase their prices has risen in the past three months, as international traders struggle with the value of the pound and pressure from the cost of raw materials and other overheads, according to the latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook from the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with DHL. The rep...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on GDP and trade figures

BCC comments on GDP and trade figures

Commenting on the latest UK GDP and trade statistics, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The latest data indicates that the UK economy suffered a significant loss of momentum in the final quarter of 2018, with Brexit uncertainty, a slowing global economy and the persistent financial squeeze on consumers and businesses inc...

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Chamber NewsBusinesses talk Brexit at Somerset Chamber panel discussion

Businesses talk Brexit at Somerset Chamber panel discussion

Risk mitigation, logistical challenges and EU immigration were key topics of conversation at a Brexit panel discussion event held on Wednesday 6 February for the region’s businesses. Organised by Somerset Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil, the half-day event gave businesses an opportunity to learn from the preparations that other firms have made to mitigate the ri...

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