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Member NewsTwo Chamber members have helped thousands of businesses grow and thrive

Two Chamber members have helped thousands of businesses grow and thrive

Chamber member, Langport-based Somerset Business Agency (SBA) is providing support to businesses throughout Taunton Deane, Mendip, South Somerset, West Somerset and Sedgemoor through The Growth Support Programme. SBA has provided business advice and support to thousands of businesses and individuals across the region and has had the pleasure of watching individuals and businesses thrive with the ...

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Member NewsCharity appeal for gifts to support vulnerable women at Christmas

Charity appeal for gifts to support vulnerable women at Christmas

The Nelson Trust, which runs a women’s centre in Bridgwater and works with vulnerable women across Somerset, has launched a Christmas donation appeal. The charity is collecting items for the women it works to enable them to delivering a gift over the festive period to women in need, along with a warm meal. The Bridgwater women’s centre was opened in July 2019 and provides a women-only space f...

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Member NewsChildren's charity organises virtual balloon race to raise funds

Children's charity organises virtual balloon race to raise funds

Children’s charity Brainwave is holding a fundraising virtual balloon race from Lapland next month. For just £5 each, racers can buy a balloon and customise it before being able to track its progress from the launch on December 11 at 1pm, from Santa's Village in Lapland. The race is computer-simulated where everything is real except the balloon. The software uses current live weather data to d...

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Member NewsHippychick wins coveted best distributor award

Hippychick wins coveted best distributor award

Hippychick, a multi-million turnover nursery goods business based in Bridgwater, is on a winning streak, despite huge challenges posed by the pandemic this year after clinching the hotly-contested Progressive Preschool ‘Best Distributor Award’.  Hippychick is increasingly well-known by consumers but behind the scenes, Hippychick distributes many of its products to independent nursery retaile...

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Member NewsTake advantage of the stamp duty holiday before it’s too late – but buyers beware

Take advantage of the stamp duty holiday before it’s too late – but buyers beware

Those looking to buy a home have until March 2021 to take advantage of the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday, which can drastically reduce the price of buying a home or investment property. The holiday has increased the SDLT threshold, effectively eliminating the payment of charges on property purchases worth up to £500,000 for first-time buyers and those looking to purchase a replacement main ...

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Member NewsCollege apprentice secures full-time job at Carly Press

College apprentice secures full-time job at Carly Press

Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC) works closely with local businesses to provide students with industry connections. Millie Bishop has recently completed a Level 3 Design Apprenticeship with local print company and Chamber member, Carly Press. Imogen Parker, Account Manager at Carly Press and Millie's mentor and line manager, supported Millie throughout the two-year programme. Imogen said...

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Member NewsNew appointments for the Container Team

New appointments for the Container Team

With near-daily news of redundancies and companies calling in administrators, it’s a challenging time for both businesses and individuals.  However, even in these difficult times, there are still small companies who are defying the odds and thriving, despite the obstacles being thrown at them. Local self-storage company, the Container Team, has actually expanded their team this month.  They h...

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Member NewsFootfall Engineering Ltd lights up Marlborough College

Footfall Engineering Ltd lights up Marlborough College

Footfall Engineering has helped to light up historic Marlborough College after being asked to find a way to illuminate the impressive main entrance to the college’s Memorial Hall without causing light pollution. The Footfall team measured the areas to be illuminated and supplied the school with lighting simulations to achieve the required lux levels, including an LED handrail to light-up a sto...

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Member NewsWest Country Blacksmiths shortlisted for the 2020 GAGA Construction Awards

West Country Blacksmiths shortlisted for the 2020 GAGA Construction Awards

Exmoor-based bespoke metalwork specialists West Country Blacksmiths has had a project at the Courthouse Mews development in Somerton shortlisted for the 2020 GAGA Construction Awards (Galvanisers Association Galvanising Awards). The awards celebrate the design and construction of bespoke metalwork both nationally and internationally. The work of West Country Blacksmiths has been shortlisted alon...

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Member NewsAre you a local hero? Could you win £5,000 for your charitable initiative?

Are you a local hero? Could you win £5,000 for your charitable initiative?

Marsh Commercial, one of the UK’s leading commercial insurance brokers, is looking for community heroes – both businesses and individuals who have given their time to good causes to enter their recently launched ‘For the People awards’. Have you helped in a foodbank? Maintained your local green spaces? Helped a charity retrain the unemployed? This award celebrates the businesses and in...

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Member NewsHinkley Point C Community Fund supports specialist courses in Sedgemoor

Hinkley Point C Community Fund supports specialist courses in Sedgemoor

Following the success of training held earlier this year by the award-winning charity Stand Against Violence, businesses in Sedgemoor will be able to benefit from discounted courses thanks to the continued support and funding received from the Hinkley Point C Community Fund. Stand Against Violence has years of experience in developing techniques and delivering training in de-escalating situations...

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Member NewsLockdown presents huge opportunities for coaching and training consultancy

Lockdown presents huge opportunities for coaching and training consultancy

When the COVID lockdown news hit in March 2020 the first reaction of Lorraine Stamp, of face-to-face coaching and training consultancy You’ll Know When You Get There was "Well, that's it, my business will close".  Then things changed. With her only digital skills at the time being Word, PowerPoint and emails, Lorraine (pictured) embarked on a 40-day creating transformations online course. Thi...

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Member NewsCoveted book award for Chamber member David

Coveted book award for Chamber member David

David Hutchins, Chairman and Senior Consultant of David Hutchins International, has won the professionally coveted 'Walter Masing Award' for his book 'Quality Beyond Borders'.  The award is made annually, when deemed appropriate, at the AGM of the International Academy for Quality (IAQ). David, who is based in Charlton Mackrell, is currently the sole UK Academician in the International Academy...

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Member NewsADPR launches free careers advice  for anyone affected by COVID-19

ADPR launches free careers advice for anyone affected by COVID-19

Somerset based communications agency, ADPR, is offering completely free careers advice and support for anyone considering a role in PR & Marketing and has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With many businesses facing difficult decisions about the future of their current work force, thousands are facing unemployment in a saturated jobs market. Those between the ages of 16 -29 are paying ...

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Member NewsRefurbishments to North Petherton Memorial Park in full swing thanks to HPC grant

Refurbishments to North Petherton Memorial Park in full swing thanks to HPC grant

North Petherton Playing Fields Charitable Trust has raised the funds needed to turn the community’s ideas for a multi-purpose park and green space into a reality, including an £80,000 grant from the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund, administered by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF). Val Bishop, Programmes Director at SCF, said: “It is well known that getting outside in nature has many ...

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