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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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Member NewsLocal solicitors donate festive fund to charities

Local solicitors donate festive fund to charities

Regional law firm, Porter Dodson, would normally host Christmas drinks for all their offices in December, but like many others, were unable to celebrate Christmas in their usual way so instead decided to donate £6,000 to local charities. Porter Dodson has chosen charities which have been hard hit this year, with their fundraising events being cancelled and for many, their services being needed m...

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Member NewsLocal transport company awarded with industry-recognised accreditation

Local transport company awarded with industry-recognised accreditation

Somerset-based C&D South West Ltd, based in Chard, has, once again been successful in achieving Bronze status in The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme. The scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme for logistics companies which aims to raise the level of quality within fleet operations and to demonstrate that those operators are achieving exemplary levels of best practice in safety, e...

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Member NewsGrowth Support Kickstart Grant Scheme launches

Growth Support Kickstart Grant Scheme launches

The Growth Support Kickstart Grant scheme aims to help businesses to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. There is additional funding within the grant to help small businesses in tourism related sectors to adapt their business as part of a Kickstarting Tourism package announced by Government for businesses in tourist destinations. You can only submit a single Growth Support Kicks...

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Member NewsSCF offers grants of up to £10,000 to help communities recover from Coronavirus

SCF offers grants of up to £10,000 to help communities recover from Coronavirus

The Somerset Coronavirus Appeal, launched by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), is offering funding of up to £10,000 to local charities and community organisations delivering frontline work that will help communities recover from the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak. The first phase of the appeal has already seen grants of almost £500,000 being awarded to more than 170 local good causes acr...

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Member NewsHuish Hero Jill volunteers at St Margaret's Hospice throughout lockdown

Huish Hero Jill volunteers at St Margaret's Hospice throughout lockdown

English Teacher, Jill Burton has been nominated as a Huish Hero after volunteering at St Margaret’s Hospice in her spare time around her ongoing virtual teaching commitments. The Huish Hero initiative at Richard Huish College, in Taunton, celebrates those students and staff who are going above and beyond to support their community during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Having completed her training wi...

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Member NewsSkills Support for the Workforce (SSW) in Heart of the South West – funded skills training to help businesses progress

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) in Heart of the South West – funded skills training to help businesses progress

SSW has adapted delivery of its training provision to continue to support small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). SSW is a programme developed to upskill employees in the Heart of the South West. SSW provides funded, recognised and accredited skills training to enhance employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of businesses and help to boost the local economy. Delivered by Serco, SSW i...

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Member NewsBack in business! Somerset building contractors re-open construction sites

Back in business! Somerset building contractors re-open construction sites

Melhuish & Saunders, principal building contractors, are remobilising to get projects up and moving with skeleton crews to ensure that client projects move forward, whilst still being able to maintain the health of its workforce. The company is taking positive action in response to a letter from the Secretary of State, Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP.  The Government is encouraging the construction in...

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Member NewsLove Musgrove Covid-19 Response Fund passes the £80,000 mark in just four weeks

Love Musgrove Covid-19 Response Fund passes the £80,000 mark in just four weeks

Love Musgrove, the official charity of Musgrove Park Hospital, has seen a huge number of donations to support staff and patients during the Covid-19 pandemic and in just four weeks, the Covid-19 Response Fund has passed the £80,000 mark. Donations have flooded in from all corners of the Somerset Community to support the incredible work of NHS staff working tirelessly across the county. The staff...

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Member NewsFood 4 You diversifies in the face of Covid-19 challenge

Food 4 You diversifies in the face of Covid-19 challenge

Food 4 You is a catering events company based in Taunton and has been trading for well over 20 years. 2020 was to be their best year ever – over 150 weddings, Glastonbury Festival, the Royal Bath & West Show plus many other similar events. So as 2020 unfolded the magnitude of the Coronavirus situation, and the effect it was to have on large events and social gatherings became more and more ...

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Member NewsSonovision uses in-house 3D printing expert to produce face masks for NHS

Sonovision uses in-house 3D printing expert to produce face masks for NHS

Grant Mackenzine, Business Development Manager, at Sonovision has used his experience of 3D printing to develop a design to produce face masks for the NHS - and found support both locally and internationally from within the group. He writes: "Before joining Sonovision, a leading technical documentation and training content provider, as a business development manager, I worked for five years at CE...

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Member NewsSomerset charity launches website to find volunteers during Covid-19 pandemic

Somerset charity launches website to find volunteers during Covid-19 pandemic

Local charity, Spark Somerset, is working with community groups to coordinate offers of support and match volunteers to activities in their communities via their new website www.corona-helpers.co.uk. Over the past two weeks, communities have come together to form a huge number of informal groups which are providing a lifeline to vulnerable residents. People who want to get involved can visit www....

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Member NewsM-CNC Engineering supports Ventilator Challenge UK

M-CNC Engineering supports Ventilator Challenge UK

The last few weeks have seen the Coronavirus pandemic generate challenges on a global scale. As brave UK keyworkers and the NHS continue under enormous pressure, it’s been heart-warming to witness the support they have received from the nation’s business community. Utilising the skills of major UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses, the Ventilator Challenge UK Consortium is com...

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Member NewsNumatic produces 10,000 face shields a day for the NHS

Numatic produces 10,000 face shields a day for the NHS

Normally known for their vacuum cleaners (most famously the Henry vac), Numatic has urgently re-tasked research and development teams, production specialists and manufacturing teams to work across projects in support of the response to the COVID-19 crisis.  The Numatic teams have been working around the clock to provide support to the Government and the NHS, including the development and provisi...

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Member NewsNew website helps keep Somerset Chamber member charity visible

New website helps keep Somerset Chamber member charity visible

PROMISEworks is a local charity and Somerset Chamber member which is making a big difference in Somerset, by offering mentoring services to disadvantaged children across the county. A new website has just been launched by the charity as Christell Charles, Case-Holder for Taunton, explained: "We are trying to keep visible online and having a new website will really assist us. We mention our websit...

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