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NewsRichard Huish College sets up COVID testing centre to support staff and students

Richard Huish College sets up COVID testing centre to support staff and students

In just a few short weeks, Richard Huish College, in Taunton, has transformed its sports hall into an extensive COVID asymptomatic testing centre, initially to allow staff, and students taking exams in January to have a test and sit exams with added safety. Within the first week of operating they had carried out over 310 tests, including supporting Bishop Fox’s Community School staff and pupils...

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NewsManaging productivity - are we getting it right?

Managing productivity - are we getting it right?

So here we are, in what some people are calling Lockdown 2.0. If we’re being honest, I think most people are feeling a little weary about the pandemic and looking for that light at the end of the tunnel. I’m Dave Crew – Head of Business Growth & Employer Partnerships at Weston College and Somerset Chamber has let me loose on their newsletter to provide an insight into how our business i...

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NewsWPA to host webinar with expert speakers on the wellbeing of women in the workplace

WPA to host webinar with expert speakers on the wellbeing of women in the workplace

With women representing 51% of the population and 47% of the UK workforce, companies are realising the gains to be made in understanding and recognising the specific health and wellbeing needs of their female employees. Continuing their webinar series, WPA has organised two thought-provoking speakers:   Professor Dame Lesley Regan, instrumental in the 2019 Better for Women report and recent...

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News50 schools to benefit from free broadband

50 schools to benefit from free broadband

Staff and students at 50 rural schools in the BANES (Bath and North East Somerset) and Somerset local authority areas are set to benefit from free ultrafast broadband connectivity for life, ensuring school-age children have fast, reliable internet access to support their education. Reliable broadband is vital in modern education, with curriculums relying on internet access to carry our effecti...

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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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Law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has announced a series of senior internal promotions at its Taunton office.   The announcement includes two lawyers promoted to partner, three to senior associate and five to associate, all of which took effect on May 1, 2020.  Alastair Macleod (pictured left) a family law specialist and Sarah Manley (pictured below) a commercial property specialist have both b...

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NewsHPC Community Fund helps communities find new ways to connect

HPC Community Fund helps communities find new ways to connect

Bridgwater Together, an annual event celebrating the Somerset town’s vibrant cultural diversity through music, food, storytelling, dance, film and information sharing, recently took place online. Rather than cancelling or postponing the event, the organisers, supported by Somerset Diverse Communities (part of Community Council for Somerset (CCS)), found a creative way to host the event using the...

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NewsStrode College designs and produces PPE headbands and face shields for healthcare staff.

Strode College designs and produces PPE headbands and face shields for healthcare staff.

The NHS is doing all it can to prepare for the next phase of the coronavirus pandemic. PPE is a key factor in limiting the spread of this disease and is also vital to enable NHS staff to care for patients. Demand is currently outstripping supply.  The staff at Strode College have been busy trying to help.  Dan Basra, Lecturer in IT and Engineering and his partner Kayleigh Ecsh have worked toget...

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NewsChamber Business Partners Clarke Willmott create legal hub for COVID-19

Chamber Business Partners Clarke Willmott create legal hub for COVID-19

Legal experts Clarke Willmott have created a specialist legal hub to support businesses through the Coronavirus pandemic. Using a series of easy to navigate drop-down menus, you can access advice and support, with critical information to keep you, your staff and your business safe. The team at Clarke Willmott have supported a series of webinars organised by Somerset Chamber covering the legal imp...

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NewsMarco Pierre White visits Weston College's catering learners

Marco Pierre White visits Weston College's catering learners

Weston College catering learners have had the opportunity to pick the brains of one of the world’s top chefs. Marco Pierre White visited the College’s Grove Restaurant and Kitchen this week for a question and answer session with learners. Marco was interviewed by Matthew, a Commis Chef Apprentice, and Josh, currently studying the Professional Cookery Award. Among a series of searching ques...

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Chamber NewsWeston College honours Somerset Chamber's CEO for his dedication to the region

Weston College honours Somerset Chamber's CEO for his dedication to the region

Weston College celebrated the outstanding success of staff and key strategic partners in 2019 at the Governor’s Christmas Party last Thursday – including Stephen Henagulph, the Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce. The event was held in the Winter Gardens, and attended by over 300 people, including staff, governors, employers and local dignitaries.  Stephen was recognised for his...

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NewsYeovil College announces university centre information evening

Yeovil College announces university centre information evening

Yeovil College has announced an Information evening dedicated to their University Centre, which will take place at the Mudford Road campus on Thursday 12th December, 5pm to 7pm. The evening will give potential students the opportunity to discover the range of university-level qualifications available from the Yeovil based University Centre including Honours Degrees, Foundation Degrees, Postgradua...

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Chamber NewsClarke Willmott become Business Partners of Somerset Chamber of Commerce

Clarke Willmott become Business Partners of Somerset Chamber of Commerce

One of Somerset Chamber's longest standing members has become a Businesses Partner. Local solicitors Clarke Willmott have been long term supporters of the Chamber and the Somerset Business Awards, sponsoring the popular Charity of The Year award for the last six years.   Chris Thorne, Partner and Head of Taunton office, said: “We are delighted to enter into a new partnership with the Some...

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NewsSomerset Road Safety look to engage business community

Somerset Road Safety look to engage business community

A new initiative is offering organisations and businesses the chance to support important road safety work within Somerset. Latest data shows the number of injury collisions in Somerset was the lowest ever last year – but there was an increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured. Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team is today unveiling a range of sponsorship opportunitie...

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NewsStrode College Celebrates Achievements of  Higher Education Students

Strode College Celebrates Achievements of Higher Education Students

Over 80 Higher Education students completed university-level courses at Strode College last year and their achievements were celebrated at the college’s Higher Education graduation held this month, in Holy Trinity Church, Street. The event was also a great opportunity to recognise the wonderful support they received from their teachers, family and friends, as they worked hard to achieve their ...

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