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Member NewsSalary Survey 2017/18 from Red Berry Recruitment

Salary Survey 2017/18 from Red Berry Recruitment

Red Berry Recruitment have released their most recent salary survey providing an insight into hiring trends.   The aim of the survey is to provide guidance for salary and package bench-marking for 2017/18 for the South West region specifically. Red Berry has focused on the South West of England and has gathered the information by carrying out a local survey from their own temporary and all per...

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Chamber NewsDNA Worldwide wins prestigious national business award

DNA Worldwide wins prestigious national business award

Somerset-based company, DNA Worldwide, is celebrating after winning the coveted Small Business of the Year award, at the British Chambers of Commerce’s annual Chamber Business Awards 2017. The company was a regional finalist in the Small Business of the Year category at the Somerset Chamber of Commerce Awards and went through to compete for the overall national award against nine other finalist...

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Member NewsADPR scoops Gold & Silver at CIPR PRide Awards!

ADPR scoops Gold & Silver at CIPR PRide Awards!

ADPR won Gold for Best Consumer Relations Campaign and Silver for Best Arts, Culture or Sport Campaign for the agency’s ‘On the Horizon’ project with its client Helly Hansen, a global leader in technical sailing apparel.     The campaign was designed to showcase how accessible sailing is to a wider non-sailing audience and took four lifestyle bloggers from the UK and Ireland on a year-...

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Chamber NewsAutomatic enrolment and ongoing duties – what employers need to know

Automatic enrolment and ongoing duties – what employers need to know

Every employer has automatic enrolment duties. They need to assess their staff, put them into a workplace pension scheme if they meet certain criteria, write to them to tell them what they’ve done, and complete and submit a declaration of compliance with The Pensions Regulator (TPR). To date, nearly 9 million people have been automatically enrolled in a workplace pension by more than 850,000 em...

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Member NewsThe Bishop of Bath & Wells Endorses Surviving Winter Campaign

The Bishop of Bath & Wells Endorses Surviving Winter Campaign

The Rt Rev’d Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath & Wells, has endorsed this year’s Surviving Winter campaign, which is administered by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF). Now in its eighth year, the award-winning Surviving Winter appeal asks people to think about donating some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment to help SCF reach their target of raising £100,000 to help 500 isolated and vulner...

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Member NewsArmy Officer Swaps the Military for a Career in Law

Army Officer Swaps the Military for a Career in Law

Mark Hood spent 20 years in the armed forces but in 2015, he decided to change vocation completely and become a solicitor.  Two years on, he has passed his Graduate Diploma in Law and his Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Bristol, and he is now starting his training at Battens Solicitors, one of the most respected top Legal 500 law firms in the South West.  “I’d considere...

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Member News“The knowledge-gain from working at HPC has been priceless to our business”

“The knowledge-gain from working at HPC has been priceless to our business”

For almost 80 years Bridgwater-based construction firm RK Bell has served public and private sector clients throughout the South West, earning itself a reputation for providing excellent services which today include civil engineering, plant hire and surfacing work. When Hinkley Point C (HPC) was first talked about RK Bell’s management knew it presented a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the b...

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Chamber NewsAccolade for Somerset business at 2017 Chamber Business Awards

Accolade for Somerset business at 2017 Chamber Business Awards

DNA Worldwide Group, a drug and alcohol testing company from Frome, has been crowned one of the winners in the Southern heats of the Chamber Business Awards 2017. Now in their 14th year, the Awards are a highlight of the business calendar, recognising the key role that local businesses play in driving the UK economy. The Small Business of the Year winner, DNA, will now go forward to represent the...

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Member NewsNew Corporate Solicitor appointed at Ashfords

New Corporate Solicitor appointed at Ashfords

 National law firm Ashfords has appointed Jade Kent as a Solicitor, joining the firm's expert Corporate Team in Taunton.   Jade has considerable experience in advising shareholders, start-ups, investors, individuals and companies on a number of issues including corporate re-organisations, joint ventures, shareholders' agreements and partnership agreements. Stuart Mathews, Corporate Partner at ...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber and Taunton RFC celebrate Silver MoD Recognition Award

Somerset Chamber and Taunton RFC celebrate Silver MoD Recognition Award

On 10th October, both Somerset Chamber of Commerce and Taunton Rugby Club were presented with the coveted Ministry of Defence Recognition Scheme Silver Award at the Lord Lieutenant’s Awards ceremony at the Bishops Place, Wells.  The scheme recognises support given to the whole of the Armed Forces Community including reservists, veterans, wounded and sick, spouses and Cadet Force adult voluntee...

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Member NewsEU data watchdog issues serious warning to WhatsApp

EU data watchdog issues serious warning to WhatsApp

The Article 29 Working Party (WP29), which acts as a European watchdog on data protection issues, has issued a stark warning to a leading messaging app about its sharing of user data with parent company Facebook. This is the second clash between Facebook and European legal bodies over WhatsApp and its data sharing habits after Facebook suffered a £94m fine in May for matching user accounts acros...

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Member NewsCareer change pays off with Health Insurance Award recognition

Career change pays off with Health Insurance Award recognition

Bristol-based Simon Milner was honoured on Thursday 19 October as a newcomer at a national awards ceremony for the health insurance industry. Shortlisted from a list of UK wide candidates Simon achieved the top three in the newcomer’s section at the Health Insurance Awards, impressing judges with his journey from a successful business services career to join health insurance broker Lesson Moore...

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Member NewsLord-Lieutenant becomes a Patron for Somerset Day

Lord-Lieutenant becomes a Patron for Somerset Day

Mrs Anne Maw, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset has been appointed Patron of Somerset Day, alongside His Grace the Duke of Somerset, the Rt Revd Ruth Worsley, Bishop of Taunton and Michael Eavis CBE. Somerset Day, which takes place each year on May 11 celebrates and champions all that Somerset has to offer for those who work, live and play within the county, and it marks the date that K...

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Member NewsBattens Solicitors Supports The Arts With Sponsorship of Three Literary Festivals

Battens Solicitors Supports The Arts With Sponsorship of Three Literary Festivals

Battens Solicitors and Battens Solicitors Charitable Trust are the proud sponsor of not just one literary festival, but three.   “Our Trust was established to support local causes and charities, and it is only right that this extends to the arts,” explains Ceri Stephens of Battens Solicitors. “Words are incredibly powerful – they can teach, inspire, lift a person’s spirits. It is impor...

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Member NewsThe One Step Foundation Somerset Skills & Careers Fair 2017

The One Step Foundation Somerset Skills & Careers Fair 2017

The One Step Foundation Somerset Skills & Careers Fair returned for the fifth anniversary year on Wednesday 11th October at The J24 Venue (Sedgemoor Auction Centre), North Petherton. Our thanks go to the c.3,000 students and job seekers from across the county who benefited from attending on the day, along with 80 exhibitors, enjoying the largest, most interactive Careers Fair in the South We...

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