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Member NewsNew trial train service to run to Taunton from Bishops Lydeard

New trial train service to run to Taunton from Bishops Lydeard

The West Somerset Railway will be joining with the Great Western Railway to enable a trial link-up with the main rail line to allow a shuttle service to run between Taunton Station and the West Somerset Railway’s station in Bishops Lydeard. Rail campaigners at Minehead Rail Link Group welcomed the announcement, which will see a service run on a number of Saturdays in July, August, September and...

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Member NewsCommunity projects benefit from more than £220,000 of HPC funding

Community projects benefit from more than £220,000 of HPC funding

The HPC Community Fund, administered by Somerset Community Foundation, has recently awarded over £220,000 to four community groups. The fund supports community projects that help mitigate the impacts and increase the opportunities of the Hinkley Point C development. The latest groups to benefit from the Open Grants programme, which mainly awards grants to larger applications, were: Cheddar Cath...

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Member NewsDemand for retail space remains high despite shift to e-commerce, says law firm

Demand for retail space remains high despite shift to e-commerce, says law firm

Construction specialists at law firm Clarke Willmott LLP say that despite the drastic shift to the e-commerce movement, opportunities within retail construction are still vast and varied and the future is bright for its retail clients. While physical stores have taken a hit, the shift to online shopping has created more demand for warehouse space and has provided large scale projects and increase...

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Member NewsTrio of new faces join Blueloop

Trio of new faces join Blueloop

Yeovil-based IT specialist Blueloop has appointed a trio of new staff – Natalie Peters, Steven Talling and Emma Amor. Natalie has joined Blueloop as a Consultant.  Natalie brings a wealth of experience from her career within State Education, providing IT Network management and support to both staff and students. Before joining Blueloop, Natalie took a short break from working within IT as a Dr...

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Member NewsPorter Dodson recognised as an Investor in People

Porter Dodson recognised as an Investor in People

Porter Dodson has retained the Investors in People Gold standard accreditation after being assessed against a new framework,  joining the top 10% of accredited organisations across the UK who believe in realising the opportunity of their people. Porter Dodson is a Top 200 UK Law firm with eight offices across Somerset and Dorset, offering a diverse range of personal and commercial legal advice. ...

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Member NewsCycle from London to Paris with St Margaret's Hospice Care

Cycle from London to Paris with St Margaret's Hospice Care

Cyclists in Somerset are being offered a chance to ride from London to Paris next summer in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice Care. A group of fundraisers will make memories to cherish forever as they take on the 315-mile journey from capital to capital before watching the finale of the Tour de France. Anyone interested in joining the trip can find out more at an information evening on Tuesday, Jul...

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Member NewsPioneering partnership helps construction students improve skills

Pioneering partnership helps construction students improve skills

Bridgwater & Taunton College is working in partnership with Cardiff-based training technology company Immersity to harness the latest technology to improve skills training. As part of the College’s Construction Live projects and their Steel Fixing and Formwork Apprenticeship programmes, which take place at their Construction Skills and Innovation Centre in Cannington, candidates from around...

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Member NewsForensic accountant makes final of British Accountancy Awards

Forensic accountant makes final of British Accountancy Awards

Roger Isaacs, one of the UK’s most prominent forensic accountants and a Partner at Milsted Langdon has been named as a finalist at the 2019 British Accountancy Awards. Judges at this year’s prestigious national awards have selected Roger for the Partner of the Year shortlist for his work promoting the expertise of forensic accountants. Working with a wide range of professionals and the Court...

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Member NewsSSG supports Armed Forces Day 2019

SSG supports Armed Forces Day 2019

SSG Training and Consultancy was proud to support the 2019 Armed Forces Day, including exhibiting at an official event in Plymouth last weekend. SSG has a strong military background, with many of their consultants and trainers, as well as associate members, having previously served in the forces; ranging from Royal Engineers to Royal Navy to the Defence Fire Service. In 2017, SSG joined 1,300 ot...

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Member NewsTaunton Fabrications' new factory nears completion

Taunton Fabrications' new factory nears completion

New 700 square metre factory nears completion. To meet an increasing demand for their products and services, Taunton Fabrications is currently building an additional 700 square metres of factory space at our Galmington premises in Taunton. The building will primarily house the company's finishing and off-site pre-build activities but will also be used as an overflow facility for welding and fabri...

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Member NewsFinalist Gill honoured for her dedication at Successful Women in Business Awards

Finalist Gill honoured for her dedication at Successful Women in Business Awards

Judges at this year’s Successful Women in Business Awards have announced Gill Freeman as the winner of the Professional Services category. Gill, a General Practice Partner and Head of Charity and Not for Profit at award-winning accountancy firm, Milsted Langdon, was honoured at an awards night at the George Albert Hotel and Spa near Evershot, Dorset, for her commitment and dedication to her wor...

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Member NewsMantech Safety Systems drives industry standards with new training facility

Mantech Safety Systems drives industry standards with new training facility

It’s no secret that working at height can be dangerous and even potentially life-threatening. The Health and Safety Executive consistently ranks it as the leading cause of workplace fatalities, with falls from height accounting for 26 per cent of all workplace deaths between 2013/14-2017/18. Tragically, the HSE considers almost all these fatalities to have been avoidable. Quality fall protectio...

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Member NewsClaims Consortium Group welcomes non-executive director to board

Claims Consortium Group welcomes non-executive director to board

Rob Smale is joining the board of Claims Consortium Group as a non-executive director. This follows his recent tenure as Transformation Director at Ageas UK, prior to which he held the position of Claims Director. Well respected across the market, Smale brings with him extensive market knowledge and operational expertise from an Insurer’s perspective, as well as providing a balanced competitor ...

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Member NewsKings Hall staff tackle Jurassic Coast for charity

Kings Hall staff tackle Jurassic Coast for charity

Over two weekends in June, King’s Hall staff members Antonia Cheeseman and Siobhan Keeling took in the breathtaking sights of the Jurassic Coast as they completed two separate walking challenges. Head of Learning Strategies at the school, Antonia, was joined by her two sisters for the Jurassic Coast Challenge. The trio, who referred to themselves as the ‘Kirby Krawlers’ – a play on their ...

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Member NewsSt Margaret's Hospice Care launches Three Peaks Challenge

St Margaret's Hospice Care launches Three Peaks Challenge

St Margaret’s Hospice Care is looking for hikers with the grit and determination to take on the highest peaks in the UK while raising vital funds to care for people in Somerset. The charity is launching its Three Peaks Challenge, which will see a group of supporters embark on the challenge of a lifetime in June next year. Their aim will be to scale Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24-hour...

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