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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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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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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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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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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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Member NewsBlueloop helps homeless charity with festive donation

Blueloop helps homeless charity with festive donation

Like many other businesses in the UK which were unable to hold their Christmas parties, Blueloop decided to donate to the local community and help others who needed shelter and food during these difficult times and cold winter. Blueloop knew of the great work that the team provided at the Open Door and donated £150 to help provide food and shelter for the homeless. Open Door exists to support ro...

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Member NewsThe Sangha House secures major piece of international business

The Sangha House secures major piece of international business

The Sangha House has this week secured a major piece of international business. The wellbeing centre, based in Taunton, very quickly introduced a completely new arm to the business with the first lockdown of 2020 and now offers a complete programme of yoga, Pilates, exercise and meditation classes via Zoom.  Directors Andy and Denise Spragg saw the benefit to corporate clients to assist with the...

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