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Member NewsGrants available for training and business for young people in Somerset

Grants available for training and business for young people in Somerset

Funding is available from Somerset Community Foundation for young people, from two grants programmes:Enterprise Grants Training and Employment Support GrantsBoth programmes are open to young people who live in Somerset and are not in education, training or employment. Enterprise Grants are for young people aged 18-30 to launch their business idea. This money could be used to pay for th...

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Member NewsCall goes out for entries for the British Cider Championships at Bath and West Country Festival

Call goes out for entries for the British Cider Championships at Bath and West Country Festival

Entries have opened for the UK’s biggest and best cider competition, the British Cider Championships, which will this year be staged as part of the Bath and West Country Festival on August 27-29. And organisers are hoping for a record number of entries, as the best possible bounce-back from the covid crisis, which has hit the cider industry hard. In a normal year, the championships would be s...

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Member NewsOld Mill appoints Stephen Martin as new Senior Tax Adviser

Old Mill appoints Stephen Martin as new Senior Tax Adviser

Somerset financial experts Old Mill has appointed experienced tax specialist Stephen Martin as its new Senior Tax Adviser. The 37-year-old has joined Old Mill’s tax team to help the firm realise its ambitious growth plans. Stephen (picrtured) qualified as an ACA in 2008 and worked at Moore Stephens in London where he trained in the business tax team. During his 10 years at the firm, Stephen pro...

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Member NewsBusinesses offered free training to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce

Businesses offered free training to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce

Businesses are being offered free training to support an individual with learning disabilities or autism into work and reap a wide range of benefits for their company. The Discovery Supported Employment team has coached more than 120 people into work across Somerset since 2017, but many employers are not taking advantage of the talented pool of disabled candidates seeking work. In the UK, 65% of...

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Member NewsSomerset Community Foundation CEO Justin Sargent is recognised with OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list

Somerset Community Foundation CEO Justin Sargent is recognised with OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list

The team at Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) are incredibly proud to announce that their Chief Executive Justin Sargent has been recognised with an OBE for services to the community in Somerset in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Justin (pictured) said: “It is deeply humbling to have been awarded such an honour. It has been the privilege of my life to have led Somerset Community Foundati...

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Member NewsBlueloop gains Cyber Essentials Plus certification following audit

Blueloop gains Cyber Essentials Plus certification following audit

Blueloop (www.blueloop.net) is delighted to announce it has gained Cyber Essentials Plus certification. Building on the company's work securing Cyber Essentials and ISO27001, Blueloop was audited in May to the Cyber Essentials Plus standard and passed with no issues highlighted. Cyber Essentials is the Government's base security standard for organisations that use IT. This can be achieved with s...

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Member NewsTen Three Cleaning staff stepping out to raise money for hospice

Ten Three Cleaning staff stepping out to raise money for hospice

Ten Three Cleaning staff are embarking on a 20 mile walk from their Head Office in Yeovil to West Bay harbour to fundraise for St Margaret’s Hospice Care. The walk will take place early morning on July 3 and will take the team around six to seven hours to complete. This last year it has been very difficult for businesses and charities with the limitations in place as a result of the pandemic. T...

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Member NewsM-CNC Precision Engineering to showcase the best of British engineering and manufacturing

M-CNC Precision Engineering to showcase the best of British engineering and manufacturing

M-CNC Precision Engineering, in conjunction with local Somerset schools, colleges, businesses and enterprises plan to showcase the very best of British engineering and manufacturing in the hope of inspiring the next generation of master craftsmen. The Festival of British Engineering and Manufacturing (FOBEM) is an invitation-only, two-day event being held at M-CNCs advanced manufacturing facility...

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Member NewsLocal artists shine light on Brainwave

Local artists shine light on Brainwave

Eight local musicians took to the stage at the McMillan Theatre last month for a live-streamed gig to help raise funds for The Brainwave Centre, the Bridgwater-based charity that achieves ‘life changing’ outcomes for children with disabilities through specialist therapy. The evening was organised by five students from Bridgwater & Taunton College as part of their Level 3 BTEC course in Bu...

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Member NewsSASP helping to turn Taunton into a giant game to get all ages active

SASP helping to turn Taunton into a giant game to get all ages active

Beat the Street is a real life walking, cycling, running and rolling game for the whole community, which runs from Wednesday, June 16 – Wednesday, July 14. It is being run by Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership, Somerset County Council and Somerset West and Taunton Council, funded by the National Lottery via Sport England and managed by Intelligent Health.Participants score points and w...

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Member NewsGravity releases new images of proposed smart campus as conversation with community about future plans continues

Gravity releases new images of proposed smart campus as conversation with community about future plans continues

New images of how the proposed smart campus at Gravity could look if plans to transform the site are approved have been published. The pictures of a new smart community at Bridgwater, Somerset, have been unveiled as Gravity launches a fresh conversation with local people, stakeholders and businesses about its future ambitions to regenerate the former ROF Bridgwater site. Gravity is progressing w...

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Member NewsRiders encouraged to sign-up for St Margaret's Hospice Care's charity cycle ride

Riders encouraged to sign-up for St Margaret's Hospice Care's charity cycle ride

Keen cyclists can help raise funds to care for people in Somerset by signing up for a popular hospice to hospice cycle ride this summer. St Margaret’s Hospice Care’s Charity Cycle Ride is being held on Saturday, July 18, with a choice of routes starting at the Yeovil hospice. The popular fundraising event will see participants tackle a leisurely 40-mile route from Yeovil to Taunton or an epi...

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Member NewsWest Somerset Railway launches emergency appeal to raise £1 million

West Somerset Railway launches emergency appeal to raise £1 million

The West Somerset Railway (WSR) has launched an emergency SOS funding appeal for £1 million to ensure it can continue to operate through until next May after an unsuccessful bid to the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage for financial support. The WSR was hoping to receive a further DCMS grant of up to £432,200 from the fund after the heritage line was forced to close in March las...

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Member NewsKloeckner Metals UK wins multi-million contract at Hinkley Point C

Kloeckner Metals UK wins multi-million contract at Hinkley Point C

Kloeckner Metals UK is pleased to announce the award of a multi-million pound contract by BYLOR to produce embedment sleeves for the Hinkley Point C power station.    Part of the global Klöckner & Co Group, Kloeckner Metals UK is a leading multi-metals processing supplier in the UK. It has recently been certified with Fit 4 Nuclear status (F4N) which is a testament to its commitment to con...

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Member NewsBristol Airport launches new innovation fund to support decarbonisation and net zero initiatives

Bristol Airport launches new innovation fund to support decarbonisation and net zero initiatives

Bristol Airport has launched a new fund to kick start and fast track decarbonisation initiatives in the South West focusing on emissions from flight and transport activity at Bristol Airport.  The Aviation Carbon Transition (ACT) Programme will support initiatives and projects reducing direct and indirect emissions from Airport infrastructure to enable lower/zero emissions; research and developm...

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