August edition of the Somerset Chamber magazine

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August edition of the Somerset Chamber magazine

Chamber

REPRESENTING AND WORKING FOR SOMERSET BUSINESSES

www.somerset-chamber.co.uk

SOMERSET

August 2012

Somerset Chamber set to launch

new website

Dr Vince Cable

MP

Dr Vince Cable’s visit to

Somerset

See page 3

A new website with increased

functionality as well as a new

and fresh look!

See page 10 and 11 for full story

Website

New look website

See page 10

Town Chamber

News

Shepton in Business

See page 7

Benefits

Making the most of

your membership

See page 13

Next Events

Scan this code with

your smartphone to

visit the Chamber

website.

Breakfast with Henry

See page 15


Rupert’s Review

You can find the Somerset Chamber of Commerce

on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

With the school exams all

over, school holidays now in

full flow and exam results

eagerly awaited, I wanted to

share some thoughts on

our experience of hosting

our first Year 10 “work

experience” student during

the second week of July.

I have been as a critical as anyone over the perceived

issues that businesses face in recruiting suitable young

people to the workplace, so it is only right that I admit to

eating some “humble pie”.

Stephen Bower wrote to me 6 months ago asking if he

could do his work experience with us as he was

interested in business and thought he would get an

understanding of it from working for the Chamber. He

wrote to me directly and I had no previous knowledge of

the young man, but he knew what he wanted.

Despite living some distance from the Chamber offices

this wasn’t a hurdle as with the help from family he

arranged to stay near-by with relatives.

From his perspective, as luck should have it, he picked

a very diverse and interesting week in the life of the

CEO of the Somerset Chamber. Following an

introductory hour or so with me, Stephen spent the rest

of the day “filing” – which he really enjoyed (honestly,

he did!)

Day two saw Into Somerset hosting a day at the cricket

where Stephen was a fantastic host meeting & greeting;

handing out refreshments and being very attentive to

an array of local business people as well as potential

investors to Somerset. Furthermore, he was also asking

questions of people trying to learn at every opportunity.

Day three started with some “name badge making”

ready for the afternoon event – our International Trade

Forum at the Yeovil Innovation Centre. More hosting

and schmoozing and meeting the Chair & CEO of Daido

Metal (Japan) Ltd who was in town for the day, with

again, more questions. Work did not finish until 7pm, so

he slept well!

At 8.00am on day four, and it was the Bank of

England’s turn to be questioned by Stephen. Following

one of our regular focus groups with the SW Agent for

the Bank, Stephen Collins, “our Stephen” then found

time for a 10-minute one-to-one with “the other

Stephen” to find out how the Bank works – answers on

a postcard, please.

Finally, on day five, I had been invited to have a

meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP

with a small gathering in Bristol. Stephen came with

me. He had been asked by his sister to get a photo of

him with Nick Clegg, but I suggested that this might be

a challenge – what a silly thing to say! As soon as the

Q&A was complete, Mr Clegg left the building at pace,

followed with even more speed by Stephen, who

returned rather puffed, but chuffed about 3 minutes

later with the photo of the two of them – taken by Mr

Clegg’s body guard! - as seen on page 3

Thankfully, there are plenty more Stephen Bowers out

there and it is up to us in business to firstly identify

them, then inspire them to study to the best of their

ability, and then finally to offer them opportunities to

excel in their chosen field. “Good Luck” Stephen,

although I suspect you won’t need it!

Our Patrons

A big thank you to the Patrons of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce whose continued

support is vital to the growth of the Chamber.

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FRONT COVER IMAGE COURTESY OF THE SSP AND THE CORBIN O’GRADY STUDIOS


Cabinet Ministers here to meet Chamber members

During his day long visit to Somerset in July

the Secretary of State for Business,

Innovation & Science (BIS), Dr Vince Cable

MP came face to face with an array of

Somerset Chamber members at meetings in

Frome and Taunton.

In Frome, the Secretary of State accompanied by the

local MP, David Heath, visited Butler, Tanner & Dennis –

the only full colour hard back book publishers in the UK,

followed by a round table discussion Chaired by the

Chief Executive of the Chamber, Rupert Cox including

Neil Howlett, the President of Frome Chamber together

with companies Forward Space, Mulberry, Tickbox

Marketing, Aggregate Industries and The Bicycle

Academy.

The issues that businesses sought clarification from Dr

Cable included funding for businesses and banking

reform, easing the planning system and the

development of skills as well as a discussion on how

Government will be supporting Local Enterprise

Partnerships.

Rupert Cox, CEO, Somerset Chamber said after the visit:

“The visit of Dr Cable to Somerset was most welcome.

There is a perception in the shire counties that the

Government’s economic development policies are very

city centric and Somerset has benefited little from

Government intervention recently.

By highlighting a few key local issues some of

Somerset’s significant business leaders have been able

to influence the Secretary of State so I hope that the

next time Somerset seeks help from Government our

request will be supported”

Dr Cable’s visit to Somerset follows hot on the heals of a

visit to the region by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick

Clegg MP

Left to right:- David Heath MP, Angela Yeoman OBE, (Aggregate

Industries) Gavin Eddy (Forward Space), Dr Vince Cable MP, Ian

Scott (Mulberry), Neil Howlett (Frome Chamber), Claire Sully

(Tickbox Marketing), Kevin Sarney (Butler Tanner & Dennis)

After his visit to Butler Tanner & Dennis Dr Cable visited

Frome College where he opened the new Business

School.

Again, Rupert Cox (together with work experience

student Stephen Bower) of the Somerset Chamber was

present at a Q&A session in Bristol hosted by Chamber

members Heart FM. The Deputy Prime Minister fielded

questions on the health service, social care, education,

badger culling and from the Chamber a question on

equitable funding for the shire counties compared to the

funding that is given to city and urban areas.

Rupert Cox added;

“We were keen to highlight in Bristol—our largest local

city, that economic activity in the more rural and market

town areas is equally important to the economic vitality

of the country”

Later in the day, on a visit to Taunton, Dr Cable, now

supported by Jeremy Browne MP, was hosted at the

offices of WPA on the Blackbrook Business Park where

he met local dignitaries and Chamber members from A C

Mole, Clarke Willmott, Porter Dodson and Milsted

Langdon as well as Colin Barrell, the President of

Taunton Chamber.

Other businesses represented included

Wellington-based Relyon, Pritex and Swallowfield.

Nick Clegg , Deputy Prime Minister and

Stephen Bower (Work Experience Student)

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2011-2012: the year in figures

BCC BUSINESS INFLUENCE IN NUMBERS

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Business News

New-look South West Observatory

Economy Module

The South West

Observatory has

recently

redeveloped its

Economy Module, adding new features and improving

usability and navigation for visitors.

The Economy Module now offers headline economic

information for each of the six South West Local

Enterprise Partnerships, including the Heart of the

South West LEP. Also available via the site are key

economic charts, visualising economic issues by Local

Authorities, including GVA per head, annual gross

earnings, claimant count / unemployment, enterprise

start-ups and business birth rates. A range of timely

economic data alerts provide more analysis and

context on specific data releases. The new business

tracker, providing ‘real-time’ information about the

performance of some of the most significant publicly

traded businesses in the region, helps provide a

snapshot of the trading and business conditions being

faced.

To access the Economy site see http://

economy.swo.org.uk/. Please email any questions or

suggestions to economy@swo.org.uk

Sign up for SWO Updates

Every week SWO compiles an e-bulletin of some of the

policy, data and research announcements from the

past seven days. This includes information made

available via SWO websites, plus a host of external

sites, including UK government departments and the

ONS. To sign-up to receive this direct to your inbox

enter your email at www.swo.org.uk/sign-up.

Thanks to…

Thanks to Stuart

Martin at Taunton

Jaguar, the Somerset

Chamber offices were

quiet for a whole week during July.

Stuart offered our CEO, Rupert Cox, the chance to drive

around in the Jaguar XJ 3.0 Lt Diesel Portfolio.

Wasted on this habitual Audi A3 driver, the Jag’ took

Rupert to Bristol, Plymouth, an evening at Vaux Polo

and a rendezvous with Vince Cable in Frome.

While the subtleties of the gizmos and gadgets went

way over his head

the acceleration

and speed were

recognised as an

asset by Rupert

as he often needs

to get out of tight

corners at some

pace!

Although he may

aspire to the

statesman-like

qualities that the

XJ exudes there is

little doubt that

the style and

quality of this

fantastic car is

well out of his

league.

Join the Somerset Chamber of Commerce

Membership offers support and

advice to help you increase your

profits and also helps the Chamber

increase its influence.

Membership includes:

Effective business lobbying and

representation at local, regional and

national levels through accreditation to

the British Chambers of Commerce and

membership of the South West

Chambers of Commerce.

A range of FREE services provided

through the British Chambers of

Commerce. Access to nine exclusive

Chamber offers from national and

local Premier Providers.

Business Networking events with the

opportunity to network with up to 2,000

Chamber Members from across

Somerset and throughout the South

West.

Informative seminars to share knowledge

and best practice including Meet-the-

Buyer events.

Initial FREE publicity for new Members in

Chamber News and on the website

www.somerset-chamber.co.uk.

For more details please call

01823 444924, email

manager@somerset-chamber.co.uk or

visit www.somerset-chamber.co.uk.

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Somerset Chamber of Commerce Patrons

Patrons of the Somerset Chamber launched the AAT Accountancy Apprenticeship

programme.

Yeovil College is launching the AAT Accountancy Apprenticeship programme with delivery starting in September

2012. The minimum wage to pay an apprentice is £2.60 per hour (£2.65 from 1 st October 2012) and if you take

an apprentice on who is under 19 there is no cost to the training. If you take on a student who is 19-24 or 25+ a

small contribution is required.

There are funding incentives available to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) of £1500 to all employers who

have not had an apprentice within the last three years.

The delivery of the AAT Level 2 will be day-release at UCY Yeovil, the rest of the working week the apprentices will

be in the workplace gaining the valuable work experience.

Yeovil College will support the business throughout the process and advertise your vacancy via The National

Apprenticeship Service. The company will do the interviewing and selection of the apprentice as ultimately they

have the responsibility of who is employed.

If you are interested in the programme or any other type of apprenticeship then please contact the Employer

Engagement Team at Yeovil College on 01935 845392.

Alternatively visit the Yeovil College website www.yeovil.ac.uk

Affiliate Town Chambers

Axbridge Chamber of Commerce

01934 733939

www.axbridge-tc.gov.uk

Baz Hamblin, baz@bristol.gs

Burnham-on-Sea Chamber of Commerce

01278 783276

www.burnham-on-sea.com

Rhonda Mills, seabreezegal@btinternet.com

Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce

01278 228004

www.bridgwaterchamber.org.uk

Steve Leahy, talk@bridgwaterchamber.org.uk

Frome Chamber of Commerce

07887 641469

www.wessexchambers.org.uk

Neil Howlett, kate@wessexchambers.org.uk

Ilminster Chamber of Commerce

01460 54364

www.ilminsterexperience.co.uk

Sarah Calhaem, sarah@theteetree.co.uk

Shepton Mallet & District Chamber

01749 344995

www.shepton.biz

Ian Jarmaine, ian@swanatshepton.co.uk

Street Chamber of Commerce

01458 446114

www.streetchamber.co.uk

Steve Martin, info@streetchamber.co.uk

Taunton Chamber of Commerce

01823 322288

www.taunton-chamber.co.uk

Colin Barrell, colinbarrell@hotmail.com

Watchet Chamber of Commerce

01984 634 565

www.visit-watchet.co.uk

John Richards, chairman@wacet.co.uk

Wellington Chamber of Commerce

01823 661982

www.wellingtonchamber.co.uk

Terry Sanford, Terry.Sanford@wellingtonchamber.co.uk

Yeovil Chamber of Commerce

01935 804999

www.yeovilchamber.org

James Richards james4marketing@yahoo.co.uk

IS YOUR TOWN CHAMBER OR

BUSINESS GROUP MISSING?

Find out more about the benefits of

Affiliating to The Somerset Chamber.

Call 01823 444924 or email

manager@somerset-chamber.co.uk.

Alternatively visit www.somerset-chamber.co.uk

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Shepton Mallet Chamber of Commerce

Shepton Mallet Chamber of Commerce has

launched their new website courtesy of

Noisy Little Monkey, in a bid to promote the

Chamber to the surrounding local

businesses and how they can benefit from

better engagement with each other and the

local community.

promoted the Shepton in Business marquee at the Mid

Somerset Show where they are exhibiting alongside

other local businesses on Sunday 19 August.

If you are a business local to Shepton Mallet and would

also like to promote your business at the show please go

to www.shepton.biz for full details of how to get involved.

W: www.shepton.biz

T: @SheptonCofC

F: Shepton Mallet Chamber of Commerce

Upcoming Shepton Mallet Chamber Events

Tuesday 25th September

Venue: The Ostler's Room's, Rookery Farm, Binegar.

Business "Wellbeing" breakfast with guest speaker Joel

Campbell from Step Success on

To book contact Kim Lowe on 01749 335032 or

kim.lowe@oldmillgroup.co.uk

Sunday 19th August

Mid Somerset Show

Come and visit the Shepton in Business marquee

For details of all upcoming event visit www.shepton.biz

Shepton Mallet Chamber members and local firm Noisy

Little Monkey designed the new website enabling more

content and news for those accessing the site. With a

directory feature where all chamber members are listed,

with a biography and a direct link to their website, as

well an events page with online booking, this is a vast

improvement to the site which was there before.

Coming soon!

The Shepton Mallet Chamber of Commerce will soon be

creating a Facebook page and a Twitter account, be

sure to like/follow these accounts for instant updates,

The launch of the new website was held at The Thatched

Cottage in Shepton Mallet coinciding with a networking

evening for local businesses. Jon Payne from Noisy Little

Monkey gave a talk about the functionality of the site

and why they are members of the chamber. He also

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New Members

July’s new members

Across the Divide Ltd

Challenge Event Management

Claire Langford

01460 30456

www.acrossthedivide.com

Bootup PC

IT Sales, Support & repair

Spencer Blackaller

01823 210010

www.bootuppc.co.uk

Centre for Sustainable Energy

Phillip Morris

01179 341400

www.cse.org.uk

Filofile

Document Management

Simon Barber

0845 602 7006

www.filofile.co.uk

Indigo Group

ICT Specialists

Dave Watson

0800 9555345

www.indigo-group.co.uk

Langford Fivehead

Luxury Period Hotel

Peter Steggall

01460 281159

www.langfordfivehead.co

Mediatopia

Digital Media & Marketing

Duncan Maund

01823 429081

www.mediatopia.co.uk

Navarm Limited

Consultancy Management Support

Lyndia Barnes

01278 773714

www.navarm.com

New Leaf Design

Becky Wright

07590 684888

www.newleaf.uk.com

Peter Rawson Agencies

Plastics for Automotive

Peter Rawson

07788 975834

Rumwell Hall

Business Community &

Conferencing

Pam Knight

01823 462345

www.rumwellhall.com

Across the Divide

Across the Divide is an event management company

which specialises in organising charity fundraising

challenges, both in the UK and overseas. We provide

inspirational challenges for the charity and corporate markets, and enable

teams and individuals to exceed their own expectations.

We currently operate in over 15

different countries and offer a

range of events from treks and

cycle rides to multi-activity trips,

CSR projects and even dog sleds.

Across the Divide has also been

behind such iconic events as Matt

Baker’s Rickshaw Challenge, which

involved The One Show’s Matt

Baker riding a rickshaw from Edinburgh to London, and which raised a

staggering £1.9 million for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal.

Our 2013 Travel Icons series is a selection of some of the ultimate travel

experiences - trekking to Everest Base Camp, dog sledding in the Arctic

Circle, cycling from London to Paris and camping in the Grand Canyon, to

name but a few. Participants can choose to cover their own costs or

fundraise for the charity of their choice. We take care of the administration

and organisation, meaning that there is no risk or cost to your charity or

business in promoting these events.

A full document management service

Whether you are short of space, moving, trying not to move,

or wanting to enhance your data security, outsource your

records management to allow your staff to concentrate on

what they do best. Filofile can help by;-






Collect and Register Boxes (free of charge)

Store

Retrieve – 2 hr, 6 hr or next day (free retrieval allocation)

Confidentially Destroy old records

Supply quality archive boxes

Filofile works closely with many sectors including the legal, financial and

health sectors, so understands that confidentiality and security are

paramount. Our premises are linked to the Police and Fire Services, and are

monitored 24/7, with CCTV inside and out. For every document movement,

there is a time, date and signature recorded.

Archiving services

Take - overs or staff shortages often mean that records are incomplete, so

we can create indexes, and advise on archiving and destruction policy, thus

allows you to have access and discharges your business’ professional and

legal obligations towards The Data Protection Act 1998 and The

Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Confidential records destruction

For office waste or just because records have passed their retention period.

Destruction Certificates are issued to complete your audit trail.

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Chamber Members

50% increase in stress-related absence -

New Leaf Life Design has the solution

The Chartered Institute of

Personnel and Development (CIPD)

and corporate healthcare provider,

Simply Health, recently published a

report highlighting the massive increase in stress-related

absence.

Absence of this type can cost companies thousands not

only in staff time but in productivity and morale as staff

struggle to cover the absence.

Somerset based company, New Leaf Life Design, has

put together an innovative package to help companies in

Somerset who are trying to cope with this invasive issue.

“This area of our work has been growing and we are

conscious that it hits small and medium sized

businesses really hard. Early intervention is the key

when dealing with stress-related health issues, so New

Leaf has put together a special package to tackle this

problem. We are very aware that in today’s climate a

small investment at this stage can save so much later

on,” says Becky Wright Managing Director of New Leaf.

The company currently has 9 counsellors based right

across Somerset and have now added an

Occupational Health Advisor for Psychiatric conditions to

their highly qualified team.

very proud of Matt’s achievement, having already raised

over £2000 from his cycle across the Alps, this will be

donated to furthering Mesothelioma research and

awareness programmes.

For more information on Mesothelioma please visit:

http://www.mesothelioma.uk.com/ or www.lunguk.org

Agincare Demons win Battens charity beach

volleyball tournament

Driving wind and rain failed to

dampen the spirits of teams taking

part in this year's annual Battens

charity beach volleyball tournament in Dorset.

Twenty two teams braved the weather for the event on

Weymouth beach raising more than £1,000 for the

Alzheimer's Society.

In a hard-fought final the five strong 'Agincare Demons'

beat a rival team from the Dorset-based care provider -

the Agincare Angels - by 17 points to 15 to be crowned

2012 champions.

www.battens.co.uk

“New Leaf is unique in that our coaches are also

qualified psychotherapists and can help employees with

professional as well as personal related problems. We

also specialise in helping develop leadership skills and

increasing motivation,” adds Becky.

For further details visit www.newleaf.uk.com

Powrmatic’s Matt Tozer – Mesothelioma

Fundraising Alp Cycle Ride

Matthew Tozer has

recently embarked

on a three day

cycle ride across

the Alps totalling over 300km for

Mesothelioma UK in memory of his

father, Lawrie Tozer, who was a

highly respected employee at

Powrmatic for a number of years

and who sadly passed away earlier

this year through Mesothelioma,

which occurs due to exposure to

asbestos. As a company we are

Matt Tozer, Powrmatic

Employee

Contact the Chamber Call 01823 444924, email manager@somerset-chamber.co.uk or visit www.somerset-chamber.co.uk

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New look Chamber Website

Designed and built by

There has been much excitement and

anticipation at Chamber head quarters

as we launch our new website. A new

website which has increased

functionality as well as a new and fresh

look!

As you can image the process of

developing a new website has had its

challenges and for a small team such as

the Somerset Chamber, a stretch on

resources too. But that said, the

Somerset Chamber team always rise to

a challenge and with the help of Chamber members

Kontrolit.net the process has been relatively smooth.

The new website is now not only a great tool to promote

what the Somerset Chamber does, but also for the

promotion of its members and the great work done

within the Somerset business community.

What to expect from this new online resource …...

Key Features





New members directory search with the ability to

search by sector, area and company name — a

great benefit to encourage more

member-to-member business activity

New Events Calendar & Booking Service — with the

ability to search by area and event type as well as,

for the first time, to make multiple bookings for

more than one event and for more than one

delegate — and also to select your menu choices

(if applicable)

Information hub that provides a host of information

and activity on projects, government, skills,

business networks, statistics and much more.

Enhanced news service linked to our growing

social media platforms covering Chamber news,

members’ news and key information from the

British Chambers of Commerce.


Fully automated membership joining and renewals

making it easier for members to manage their

Chamber account using unique log-in details and

credit or debit card transactions

We Need Your Help

If you have not received an email invitation to log-on to

the new website, please look out for it—and remind

others in your organisation to do the same.

The new system will only work for you if you help it to!

If you have any problems with logging on, please

contact the Chamber team and we will try to help you.

Whilst we think it is a fairly straightforward process,

there are bound to be a few snags, so we need to hear

about them as soon as possible.

Sandra Wilson, Chair of the Somerset Chamber said:

“Following a competitive tendering process through the

Chamber membership we were delighted to appoint Tim

Howes and his team at Kontrolit.net to deliver our new

website.

“One of our key priorities is to communicate more

effectively with our members and the wider business

community, and we know that by utilising the new

website we can achieve this. Furthermore, we know that

the systems within the website will make us a much

more efficient organisation to do business with offering

even greater value to our members”

www.somerset-chamber.co.uk

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New look Chamber Website

New Events calendar -

No excuse to miss out on

up coming events.

Search for events

taking place in your area.

New search

Facility -

searching for

Somerset Chamber

members has

never been easier.

Search by name,

area or sector.

Somerset - A

great place to

live, work and

play. Explore all

that Somerset

has to offer

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Supporting the Growth of the Somerset Economy

The Somerset Chamber of

Commerce Business Plan

2012 –2015

Launched in November 2009 the current

3-year Somerset Chamber of Commerce

business plan entitled “The Hub of Business

Influence”. Its aim was to raise the profile of the Chamber with increased membership and to position the

Somerset Chamber (with its growing reputation) at the centre of business influence in the county. The key target

of this business plan was to grow the membership to 400 by the end of 2012 – a target that was achieved 12

months ahead of schedule.

Now three years on it is time to develop a new business plan that recognises not just what the Chamber has

achieved and would like to achieve, but also the changing face of the economy locally, nationally and

internationally and to set about developing a plan up to the end of 2015.

Following extensive discussion by the Board and consultation with members through an on-line survey the new

Business Plan will be launched at the AGM on 28th November and will be entitled ‘Supporting the Growth of the

Somerset Economy’ recognising that as a Chamber of Commerce we have an obligation not just to our members

but to the wider economy.

The following objectives have been set and during the next few months more flesh will be added to include some

realistic and meaningful targets

Membership

Target –700 members by 31st October 2015 being representative of the Somerset business community

Lobbying & Representation

Target – To maintain our status as being at the hub of business influence in Somerset.

Business Growth

Target – To deliver activities that support the Somerset economy to grow

Communication & Profile Raising

Target – To communicate with 25% of Somerset businesses by 31 st October 2015

Project Management

Target – To maintain at least two external project contracts, and to seek additional revenue generation

As part of our consultation members and non members of the Somerset Chamber were surveyed to measure

whether they felt the targets set out were realistic. Thankfully over 80% of responses supported the direction that

the Board is choosing to take. Two fairly typical example relies are posted below.

WHEN ASKED: PLEASE TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE OVERALL MEMBERSHIP GOAL OF ACHIEVING 700

MEMBERS BY 31ST OCTOBER 2015 BEING REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SOMERSET BUSINESS COMMUNITY

“The Somerset Chamber has brought together the previously fragmented business community across the county. I believe

the membership goal is both achievable and essential to give the county's commerce a united voice that can actually make a

difference.” Stuart Martin -Taunton Jaguar

“This should be achievable considering the wide range of businesses and numbers operating in Somerset. By maximising

online communication and interactive media platforms I believe the ability to add value to the members and the business

community could be very useful and encourage new members.” - Richard Holt, Core Business Design

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Somerset Business Award Sponsors

Making the most of your membership

Chamber Roadside Assistance provided by the AA

There are many reasons why joining the Somerset Chamber of Commerce makes

good business sense for all businesses regardless of size and sector. However,

once a member has joined they often forget to explore and utilise some of the

benefits that that Chamber provides.

The key to making the most of Chamber membership is

to make sure that valued Chamber members, are

utilising the benefits that Chamber membership has to

offer. Through our Accreditation with the British

Chambers of Commerce, the Somerset Chamber offers

benefits on a national scale, giving members incredible

discounts.

This month, we highlight the fantastic offer through the AA (the UK’s largest

breakdown organisation), in which Chamber members can receive rates of up to

61% cheaper than open market price for the same AA cover – offering a genuine

return on Membership subscription and reducing business motoring costs.






Roadside – repair or recovery to the AA’s choice of appropriate local repairer

Relay* – transportation of vehicle, driver and up to 7 passengers to a UK

mainland address if prompt local repair not possible

Relay Plus* – extended Relay service to include one of three alternative

arrangements for driver and passengers; car hire, accommodation or public

transport services

Home Start – for breakdowns at or within ¼ mile of your home address

Accident Management – takes the hassle out of arranging repair, recovery

and insurance claims after an accident or vandalism.

Terms and conditions apply to Relay and Relay Plus *Relay and Relay Plus

services are not provided at or within ¼ mile of driver’s home address.

This offer is unique for one-off vehicles or fleets and has been created to give

Members a benefit that is financially attractive. Accreditation through the British

Chambers of Commerce shows the Chamber's commitment to its members to

constantly bring forth substantial savings in an effort to reduce operating costs

without compromising on quality.

For more information or to take up this offer, please visit theAA.com/business

quoting promotion code 0360.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON YOUR CHAMBER BENEFITS PLEASE EMAIL VIKKI

WATERMAN ON MANAGER@SOMERSET-CHABMER.CO.UK

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER EMAIL HUGH GRAHAM ON

MEMBERSHIP@SOMERSET-CHAMBER.CO.UK

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Connecting Devon and Somerset

Keeping Somerset up to speed

BT’s Openreach programme

will bring broadband speeds

of 330Mb/s to Somerset from

spring 2013. That’s great

news for anyone on the network.

But what about

rural communities for whom there is no scheduled

rollout of superfast broadband?

Many rural businesses work on broadband speeds of

less than 1Mb/s, which is little better than dial-up and

makes even basic tasks like email difficult, whilst

business functions such as video streaming and cloud

computing are unthinkable.

This is a familiar story to Chamber Chief Executive,

Rupert Cox, who says: “Businesses all over Somerset

have told us they see broadband connectivity as critical

to their existence and future plans. The Openreach

programme is fantastic as far as it goes, but we would

like even wider coverage.”

This is where ‘Connecting Devon and Somerset’ (CDS)

comes in. The programme was set up with funding from

Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) to roll out superfast

broadband to rural areas. It aims to deliver faster

broadband for all residents, businesses and

communities by 2015. Of these, at least 85% will enjoy

superfast broadband, with access to superfast

broadband for everyone by 2020.

CDS launched its procurement last month when BT and

Fujitsu signed up to the government’s National

Framework, inviting both companies to tender. The

successful supplier should be appointed in the autumn,

bringing extra funding to top up the £53m of public

money already available. CDS will work with the

company over the winter to plan a detailed rollout

programme beginning in spring 2013. The priority for

rollout will be based on factors including need and

demand.

Rural businesses and communities are firmly at the

heart of the CDS programme. Under European State Aid

regulations, public money cannot be used to distort the

market, meaning that BDUK funding cannot be used

where the private sector has supplied, or is due to

supply improved broadband over the next 3 years.

When companies like BT announce plans for rollout,

those areas will no longer qualify for the CDS

programme.

CDS will bring superfast broadband to some of our most

rural communities, though it won’t necessarily be with

fibre-optic cable to the premises. Different technologies

and solutions will apply in different areas, according to

their topography and logistical challenges.

It’s not just SMEs that stand to gain: some of

Somerset’s biggest business names suffer from poor

connectivity, as Chairman of Sparkford-based Haynes

Publishing, J Haynes, explains:

“Unfortunately, because of our

rural location, we can’t access

superfast broadband. At best, we

receive speeds of 2 megabits per

second, and we've been informed

that the local exchange is unlikely

to be updated within the next five

years. When we send a file to

print, everything else just grinds

to a standstill.

J Haynes of Haynes

Publishing

"The growth in

digital communication will open up

business opportunities and create new

ways for us to interact with and help our

customers around the world. To realise

these exciting possibilities we need a

fast, reliable, cost effective digital network.”

That’s exactly what CDS aims to

deliver.

For the latest news visit

connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk

Contact the Chamber Call 01823 444924, email manager@somerset-chamber.co.uk or visit www.somerset-chamber.co.uk


Next Events

Business Breakfast at Numatic

International

Date: Wednesday 15th August

Time: 08.00

Venue: Numatic International Ltd, Chard

Cost: Members £12.50 Non-Members £17.50 (inc VAT)

Food Provided: Bacon roll, tea & coffee

Breakfast with Henry, Hetty, Harry and

James

Numatic International Ltd is located in Chard and

currently employs over 700 people. The site occupies an

area of more than 10 hectares and operates

continuously, producing over 4000 products per day.

Founded in 1969 originally in Crewkerne, it produced its

first commercial vacuum cleaner design for cleaning

coal, oil and gas fired boilers.

The present site in Chard was acquired over 18 years

ago and there has been a continuous programme of

expansion since. The erection of additional buildings

has created space for new semi-automated production

lines and substantial warehousing.

‘Henry’, the product for which Numatic is famous

throughout the world; has sales increasing year by year

from its inception in 1981.

The Somerset Chamber are delighted that members

have been invited by Numatic International Ltd to come

along to their Chard site for a presentation and further

insight into the operations of the company, and also

after breakfast, a tour of the factory.

Social Media Business Breakfast

Date: Tuesday 18th September

Time: 07.45

Venue: Clarke Willmott Offices, Taunton

Cost: Members £12.50 Non-Members £17.50 (inc VAT)

Food Provided: Bacon Roll, tea & coffee

Have you thought about the implications of

Social Media - Employment and the Law

surrounding it?

If you answer NO to any of the following questions this

will be well worth your time:

Are you up to speed with social media and how your

staff may be using or abusing it at work?

Do you know how your employees may be using their

LinkedIn contacts or Twitter accounts?

Are you sufficiently protecting your business against

competition and information leaks?

Do you have employment contracts and policies that

are up to date and deal with the social media

phenomena?

Kate Gardner (Partner) in the Employment Team at

Clarke Willmott LLP, a leading national law firm, is an

experienced and regular advocate in the Employment

Tribunal arena and a regular speaker for the media and

at training events throughout the South West and

Nationwide. Kate will guide you through all the recent

legal developments on:-

Cyber bullying, harassment and discrimination

Facebook posting and employee misconduct and

dismissals

Linked In and Twitter: misuse of confidential

information

All this and more with practical tips and guidance, plus

hot topics and recent developments in Employment Law

that may affect you and your business.

Kindly Sponsored by

For more information on any of our events, including sponsorship opportunities,

please email events@somerset-chamber.co.uk or call 01823 444924

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Somerset Chamber Events Calendar

For more information on our events, including sponsorship opportunities, please email Sue

at events@somerset-chamber.co.uk or call 01823 444924

(All Costs inclusive of VAT)

Business Breakfast with Numatic International Wednesday 15th August

Come and enjoy a bacon roll and a cup of coffee whilst hearing from Numatic about the

production of their world famous Henrys including a tour of the factory.

Time: 08.00 Venue: Numatic International, Chard Cost: Members £12.50 Non Members £17.50

Business to Business Dinner Tuesday 11th September

Being held at a popular attraction in Somerset and home to Europe’s largest naval aviation

collection of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft— the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton.

Time: 19.00 Venue: Fleet Air Arm Museum Cost: Members £28.00 Non Members £38.00

Business Breakfast with Clarke Willmott Tuesday 18th September

Partner/Sponsor

Partner/Sponsor

Sponsorship

available

Partner/Sponsor

Social Media in and outside of the Workplace - Have you thought about the implications of Social

Media, and the Law surrounding it?

Time: 07.45 Venue: Clarke Willmott, Taunton Cost: Members £12.50 Non Members £17.50

Charity Golf Day Friday 28th September

Partner/Sponsor

Come and join the Somerset Chamber for a day of golf in aid of Age UK Somerset.

Time: From 11.00 Venue: Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club Cost: Per Person £40.00 Team £160.00

Meet the Neighbours with GWE Business West Wednesday 17th October

Partner/Sponsor

Join us for our inaugural Meet the Neighbours lunch with GWE Business West.

Time: 12 noon Venue: North Somerset (TBC) Cost: Member £25.00 Non member £35.00

Somerset Chamber Ladies Afternoon Tea - a recipe for success!

The third Ladies Networking Event, held on the 12th July at The Monks Yard, was another outstanding success!

Nearly 60 business women attended on a very wet and

gloomy day, but that did not dampen the mood within the

venue, as guests enjoyed 2 hours of networking, along with a most informative presentation from events

sponsors Dyne Drewett Solicitors coupled with tea and delicious home-made cakes.

Sue Higgins Event manager of the Somerset Chamber said “We are delighted with the response the new ladies

events have received, each event held so far has had an attendance of over 55. We look forward to the next

ladies event which is planned for December.”

(Images 1,3,4 © Dean Holling, Monks Yard. Images 2 © Anita Corbin)

Ladies networking and enjoying some excellent refreshments whilst listening to presenters from Dyne Drewett

Book online at www.somerset-chamber.co.uk/events

Call 01823 444924

For queries please email events@somerset-chamber.co.uk

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