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Member NewsSurviving Winter appeal raises record-breaking amount to help older people

Surviving Winter appeal raises record-breaking amount to help older people

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is delighted to announce that the 2020/21 Surviving Winter appeal has smashed its target, raising an incredible, record-breaking £160,000, thanks to the generosity of local donors. The annual appeal encourages those who can afford to, to donate some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment. These donations provide funding and support for older and vulnerable neighb...

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Member NewsEU Settlement Scheme: fully funded help for individuals and employers

EU Settlement Scheme: fully funded help for individuals and employers

It’s been a busy year for businesses, with Brexit, COVID-safe workplace measures, and changes to the immigration system coming all at once.  To add to this, from January 1, 2021 the new points-based immigration system is running alongside the grace period for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).    Citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland who were living the UK before December 31 2020 need to app...

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Member NewsBold and Brave: the Young Somerset shop! 

Bold and Brave: the Young Somerset shop! 

Young Somerset has announced it has secured premises for a retail shop in the centre of Taunton.   The shop will be an innovative test-and-learn employment project for vulnerable young people in Somerset, combining retail venture with employment and life skills training, while challenging stigma and tackling isolation.   The shop will sell high quality products, designed and ethically produc...

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Member NewsKloeckner Metals UK hits the gold standard for sustainability

Kloeckner Metals UK hits the gold standard for sustainability

Kloeckner Metals UK | Westok are proud to announce that they have been awarded BCSA Sustainability Charter “Gold Standard” status on the back of their BES 6001 certification. Westok are active members of the BCSA – British Constructional Steelwork Association. BCSA is committed to Sustainability and has in place a Sustainability Charter. The objective of the Charter is to ensure structural...

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Member Newsbibic appeals for new trustees to join charity's board

bibic appeals for new trustees to join charity's board

Children’s charity bibic is appealing for volunteers to join the board as trustees. The board meets six times a year and board meetings are held virtually, lasting around two hours. bibic helps children and young people with neurological or genetic conditions to achieve their full potential, delivering individualised developmental therapy and training to parents and professionals. The charity ...

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Member NewsNRL named top STEM recruiter for eighth year running

NRL named top STEM recruiter for eighth year running

Technical engineering recruitment experts NRL have been named one of the HOT 10 engineering, science and technical providers in Recruiter’s annual listing for the eighth consecutive year. The report, part of the magazine’s annual HOT 100 listing, highlights those recruitment organisations across the UK who are leading the way within their specialist fields. The listing evaluates organisations...

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Member NewsBrewhouse Theatre secures grant to build on successful development programme

Brewhouse Theatre secures grant to build on successful development programme

Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre has secured a £136,000 grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation’s Weston Culture Fund  to enable the creative arts centre to build on new projects which were introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will also support employment opportunity at the Theatre. The theatre spotted a number of opportunities when it was forced to close its doors to aud...

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Member NewsHippychick sponsors employee on fundraising charity run

Hippychick sponsors employee on fundraising charity run

Baby and toddler specialist, Bridgwater-based Hippychick is supporting employee Mike Bird raise awareness of Neurofibromatosis – a rare genetic condition from which both Mike and his two young children suffer. As well as giving Mike (pictured) a large donation towards his fundraising target, Hippychick are sponsoring Mike by providing him with running equipment. He intends to run the equivale...

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Member NewsBristol Airport supports project to investigate feasibility of electric air taxis

Bristol Airport supports project to investigate feasibility of electric air taxis

Somerset Chamber member Bristol Airport is supporting a pioneering project to research and investigate the feasibility of an electric air taxi service in the South West by acting as the project’s principal support airport. The £2.5m project is a consortium led by Atkins which includes Vertical Aerospace, a Bristol-based electric aircraft manufacturer. The West of England Combined Authority has...

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Member NewsNew routes to Greece announced from Bristol Airport from summer 2021

New routes to Greece announced from Bristol Airport from summer 2021

easyJet and easyJet holidays have launched new flights and holidays from Bristol Airport to the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini for this summer. All flights and holidays are subject to market-leading flexible policies under its ‘Protection Promise’ which means that customers can book now for later this year with the confidence that if their plans change, so can their booking. Flights...

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Member NewsBattens Solicitors expands its Sherborne residential property team

Battens Solicitors expands its Sherborne residential property team

Leading South West firm, Battens Solicitors, has expanded its Sherborne residential property team with the appointment of Senior Associate Solicitor, Samantha Pattle and Chartered Legal Executive, Nicola Pugsley. Together, Samantha and Nicola have extensive local knowledge of the Dorset area and boast almost 20 years’ experience in the conveyancing field between them. Samantha started her lega...

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Member NewsChamber members join forces to stage new online AI Festival

Chamber members join forces to stage new online AI Festival

Chamber members Orbital Media and BT have joined forces to launch a new AI Festival, which is being supported by leading technology companies, including Facebook and Google. The virtual event takes place online at www.aiglobalfestival.com on February 24 and 25 and is a unique initiative that will explore the implications for business, skills, and employment in relation to what could be the defini...

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Member NewsWhat does the end of the Stamp Duty holiday mean for current transactions?

What does the end of the Stamp Duty holiday mean for current transactions?

The current Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday is set to expire on March 31, 2021, with strong assertions from the Treasury that it will not be extended. Here, Battens Solicitors take a look at what it means for current and ongoing transactions: Any conveyancing transaction that has not completed on or before March 31, 2021, will attract SDLT at the rates which were in place prior to the SDLT hol...

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Member NewsFree training and business advice for retailers in Somerset and Devon

Free training and business advice for retailers in Somerset and Devon

Cosmic is offering a package of free training and business advice to retailers in Devon and Somerset. With the high street and retailers so dramatically impacted by lockdowns and restrictions, Cosmic is keen to support businesses looking to adapt to the circumstances and wanting to improve their sales opportunities. The company is offering a series of training workshops over the next six weeks, ...

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Member NewsCharity launches community engagement programme

Charity launches community engagement programme

If you mention the name Lloyd Fouracre in Taunton, most people will know exactly who you mean. Lloyd’s senseless murder in 2005 sent shockwaves through the local community, shockwaves still felt today. Stand Against Violence, the charity started as a result of his death, is now launching a new community project, encouraging volunteer campaigners to raise awareness of the impact violence has on i...

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