REPRESENTING AND WORKING FOR SOMERSET BUSINESSES
Somerset Chamber set to launch
Dr Vince Cable
Dr Vince Cable’s visit to
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A new website with increased
functionality as well as a new
and fresh look!
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New look website
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Shepton in Business
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Making the most of
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Breakfast with Henry
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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,
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!
A big thank you to the Patrons of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce whose continued
support is vital to the growth of the Chamber.
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
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
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
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
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
Other businesses represented included
Wellington-based Relyon, Pritex and Swallowfield.
Nick Clegg , Deputy Prime Minister and
Stephen Bower (Work Experience Student)
2011-2012: the year in figures
BCC BUSINESS INFLUENCE IN NUMBERS
New-look South West Observatory
The South West
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
To access the Economy site see http://
economy.swo.org.uk/. Please email any questions or
suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 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
and speed were
recognised as an
asset by Rupert
as he often needs
to get out of tight
corners at some
Although he may
aspire to the
qualities that the
XJ exudes there is
little doubt that
the style and
quality of this
fantastic car is
well out of his
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.
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
Informative seminars to share knowledge
and best practice including Meet-the-
Initial FREE publicity for new Members in
Chamber News and on the website
For more details please call
01823 444924, email
Somerset Chamber of Commerce Patrons
Patrons of the Somerset Chamber launched the AAT Accountancy Apprenticeship
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
Baz Hamblin, email@example.com
Burnham-on-Sea Chamber of Commerce
Rhonda Mills, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce
Steve Leahy, email@example.com
Frome Chamber of Commerce
Neil Howlett, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ilminster Chamber of Commerce
Sarah Calhaem, email@example.com
Shepton Mallet & District Chamber
Ian Jarmaine, firstname.lastname@example.org
Street Chamber of Commerce
Steve Martin, email@example.com
Taunton Chamber of Commerce
Colin Barrell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Watchet Chamber of Commerce
01984 634 565
John Richards, email@example.com
Wellington Chamber of Commerce
Terry Sanford, Terry.Sanford@wellingtonchamber.co.uk
Yeovil Chamber of Commerce
James Richards firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Alternatively visit www.somerset-chamber.co.uk
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
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.
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
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.
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
July’s new members
Across the Divide Ltd
Challenge Event Management
IT Sales, Support & repair
Centre for Sustainable Energy
0845 602 7006
Luxury Period Hotel
Digital Media & Marketing
Consultancy Management Support
New Leaf Design
Peter Rawson Agencies
Plastics for Automotive
Business Community &
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)
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.
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.
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 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
For more information on Mesothelioma please visit:
http://www.mesothelioma.uk.com/ or www.lunguk.org
Agincare Demons win Battens charity beach
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
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
“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
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
Contact the Chamber Call 01823 444924, email email@example.com or visit www.somerset-chamber.co.uk
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
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 …...
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
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
“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”
New look Chamber Website
New Events calendar -
No excuse to miss out on
up coming events.
Search for events
taking place in your area.
never been easier.
Search by name,
area or sector.
Somerset - A
great place to
live, work and
play. Explore all
has to offer
Supporting the Growth of the Somerset Economy
The Somerset Chamber of
Commerce Business Plan
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
"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
For the latest news visit
Contact the Chamber Call 01823 444924, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.somerset-chamber.co.uk
Business Breakfast at Numatic
Date: Wednesday 15th August
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
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
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
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
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
Linked In and Twitter: misuse of confidential
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.
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Somerset Chamber Events Calendar
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(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
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
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
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
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