May 2012 - Somerset Chamber of Commerce

May 2012 - Somerset Chamber of Commerce




An Innovative Somerset

“We wanted to show that

another viable option is to

create your own job—by

starting a business here in

Somerset” - Rachel Sweet

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May 2012


Business Start-up


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British Chamber of

Commerce Awards


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Lead Story

Somerset in Business

Conference - Innovate

to Succeed

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Next Events

Meet the Neighbours

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Starts on page 14


Rupert’s Review

My 6th Year at the Chamber Helm

As I celebrate 6 years as the

Somerset Chamber’s Chief

Executive on 2 nd May it is fitting

that while we can recognise our

successes over this period of

tremendous growth and change,

the Board are already looking at

the next 3-year business plan.

Several years ago I heard a

speaker use the phrase “your

past is for reference and not residence” and this is

something that has left an indelible mark on me as we

try to progress the Somerset Chamber forward to its

next phase of development. We will not live the past

and dote on previous success although we will learn

from our successes and failures as we build for the


The new Business Plan, to be launched at our AGM in

November 2012, will be owned by the Board and I hope

embraced by the membership and our other

stakeholders; so over the next few weeks and months

everyone who has a stake in the Somerset Camber will

have the chance to contribute to shaping its future.

When you get invited to get involved through our

surveying or through a focus group, please do, as this

will help us deliver what our membership wants and will


We know our members are at the centre of all we do

and that will remain so. We are setting an ambitious

target of achieving 1,000 members by 2020 (over the

lifetime of more than one 3-year plan). This is a 150%

increase, but will only bring us to the average

membership for BCC accredited Chambers. To deliver

this level of growth we have to put in place not just a

robust recruiting mechanism, but also a benefits

package that is meaningful, tangible and cost effective,

Our Patrons

You can find the Somerset Chamber of Commerce

on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

and a member relationship process that provides our

members with the level of service they deserve.

From our early deliberations we are keen to develop the

principles of the successful Hinkley Supply Chain

project, into mainstream procurement opportunities by

inviting our largest employers and businesses to use

the local supply chain more proactively. This will provide

benefit to both sides of the procurement process.

We will work with other agencies to support exporters

and those who may wish to export to garner more

business from international trade. We will continue to

project manage Into Somerset and the Hinkley Supply

Chain and make sure that our members can make the

most of business opportunities that arise from them.

We will also continue to represent the views of our

members and the Somerset business community on

matters of economic development policy at a local,

regional and national level such as broadband capacity,

skills & training agenda or road & rail infrastructure


What do you think? What do you want your Somerset

Chamber of Commerce to do to support your business?

Is it new business opportunities; networking events;

discounted products or services; strong lobbying voice;

advice service; start-up or mentoring service?

We should not or will not be “all things to all people” as

this will devalue our brand and our services, but we will

endeavour to understand the needs of the Somerset

business community and provide a membership

package and pricing structure that will attract a wide

cross section of businesses to membership as we know

that the bigger the pool of members, the more business

opportunities there will be.

Please email me with your views to and also

contribute more formally to our summer consultation.

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

support is vital to the growth of the Chamber.


Business Start-Up Exhibition

Start-up exhibition is a great


The Somerset Chamber of

Commerce hosted its inaugural

Business Start-Up Exhibition on 17 th

April. Over 150 budding

entrepreneurs attended the event

held at The Canalside Centre,

Bridgwater, where advice and

support was on hand to those

wishing to pursue their dreams and

start their own businesses in


Already-successful entrepreneurs

including Michael Eavis of

Glastonbury Festival, Helen Lacey of

Red Berry Recruitment,

mumpreneur Helen Bristol of Skibz

and David Baker from Styles

Farmhouse Ice Cream all spoke at

the event, sharing their personal

experiences and expert business


“we want to encourage and

give confidence to those

who face redundancy or

can’t find a job.”

Rachel Sweet, Somerset Chamber

board member and event organiser,

said, “The aim of the start-up

exhibition was to inspire and

motivate the people of Somerset to

start their own businesses and we

hope that they will take that leap,

following the expert advice they

received at the exhibition.

“With the recent announcement

that unemployment levels in

Somerset are at an all time high, we

want to encourage and give

confidence to those who face

redundancy or can’t find a job. We

wanted to show that another viable

option is to create your own job – by

starting a business here in


Sponsoring the Business Start-Up

Exhibition was solicitors firm, Porter

Dodson. Evelyn Adfield, Corporate

Commercial Partner, said, "The

event provided a valuable

opportunity for those in the process

of establishing a start up business

to learn from the experiences of

others and meet professionals who

are able to advise on the needs of a

new business. Whilst it is an

exciting time for budding

entrepreneurs who are keen to bring

their ideas to market, it is worth

investing time at the outset to

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


� Informative seminars to share knowledge

and best practice including Meet-the-

Buyer events.

ensure that the business has been

properly set up with appropriate

contractual, trademark and design

protections which will benefit both

the individual and the brand in the

long term."

One delegate attending the event

was public sector worker Charlotte

Day. Charlotte said, “I attended the

exhibition because I am not sure

how secure my current job is. I

have had an idea for a business for

a long time and the exhibition

provided me with the perfect

opportunity to develop my business

idea, talk to some experts and see

if I can turn my dream into reality!”

Guest speaker—Michael Eavis,

Glastonbury Festival

� Initial FREE publicity for new Members in

Chamber News and on the website

For more details please call

01823 444924, email or




British Chamber of Commerce Awards 2012

Companies could win £25,000 at Chamber


Companies are being urged to show that ‘Business is

Good for Britain’ by taking part in one of the nation’s

leading Awards.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have officially

launched the Chamber Awards 2012 by inviting firms to

showcase their talents and achievements to be in with

a chance of winning a £25,000 cash prize.

Open to all businesses that are members of an

Affiliated Chamber (such as Somerset Chamber), the

competition is designed to recognise and promote the

best businesses in Britain through a series of regional

heats followed by the National Final, which will be held

in London on November 29 th.

There are nine categories to choose from;

� Achievement in International Business

� Award for Commitment to People Development

� Award for Excellence in Innovation

� Award for Excellence in Customer Service

� Business of the Year Award

� Entrepreneur of the Year Award

� Marketing Campaign of the Year

� Most Promising New Business Award

� The Sustainability Award

The Awards, which are now in their 9 th year, is one of

the showcase events for the BCC’s ‘Business is Good

for Britain’ campaign that highlights the role of

business as a positive force for the UK recovery and the

success of local communities and individuals.

President Martyn Pellew said: “This year we want

everyone to understand the contribution business

makes to the economy, and to society as a whole.

Businesses will be at the forefront of the recovery,

providing jobs, and creating wealth.

“Every day we hear amazing stories from businesses

that are innovative, successful in international markets,

and create new products. It is stories like these that we

are looking to find and recognise through the Chamber

Awards. Last year, over 600 firms took part and 2012

promises to be even bigger as we look to demonstrate

that ‘Business is Good for Britain!’”

Closing date for entries is 29 th June, with companies

assessed at a regional level first, with the winners going

through to compete in the National Final in November.

At this stage, a high-profile judging panel of business

leaders and entrepreneurs assesses contenders,

before the overall winners are announced in each

category with one company winning the £25,000 cash

prize and the Outstanding Business Achievement title.

To date, there have been over 650 Chamber Award

winners and over £300,000 given out in cash prizes.

This year, it could be you and all you need to do is

complete and submit your entry form!


Gaining that competitive edge!

The world of commerce is increasingly competitive, due

to factors such as e-commerce and ever changing

economic climates. Businesses in the UK have to work

harder and smarter for success.

As members of Accredited Chambers of Commerce our

entrants are part of a wider national business network,

and the Chamber Awards provide them with the

opportunity to gain recognition on a regional and

national scale for the hard work and achievements of

their business.

Taking business to the next level!

Previous winners have experienced year round

exposure from the Awards programme including

appearances on TV. With the added incentive of

winning a £25,000 cash prize courtesy of the RBS

Group, many businesses have taken advantage of this


Awards categories

Our awards categories aim to recognise the success

and achievements of your business across a number of

disciplines from international trade to innovation and

entrepreneurial spirit. Your business can enter as many

of our awards as you wish, but you can only enter each

award once!


Somerset Business News

Seed Developments Sows plan for growth

Expansion plans follow HSBC-backed Management


The new management of Seed Developments, a

company that produces materials to facilitate the

successful growth of flower and vegetable seeds, is

targeting international and domestic expansion after

completing a management buy-in (MBI) of the business,

backed by HSBC’s South West and Wales Commercial


The four strong investment team, lead by managing

director Andrew Gould, has acquired the entire share

capital of the business following the £2.5 million MBI,

with finance provided by HSBC. Mark Perrins,

International Commercial Manager at HSBC’s North

Devon and South Somerset Commercial Centre, led the

deal on behalf of the bank, whilst the acquirers were

advised by law firm Foot Anstey and accountants Albert


This is the second significant MBO/MBI deal HSBC’s

North Devon and South Somerset Commercial Centre

has supported since the start of the year. It provided

structured debt and ongoing banking services to

facilitate the £8.5 million MBO of Aero Stanrew in


Seed Development is based near Bridgwater,

Somerset, and employs approximately 50 people. The

company produces materials to facilitate the growth of

domestic flower and plant seeds, including tape, mats

and disks. The products optimally place the seeds for

efficient growth without the need for handling seeds,

remove the need for thinning out seedlings and

resulting in better yields and stronger plants.

Pictured from left to right are Duncan Sykes,

Andrew Gould, Tracey Williams and Mark


It makes seed tapes and associated products for seed

companies throughout Europe, North America and

Australasia and enjoys a 70% share of the global

market, generating 98% of its £2.3 million turnover

from exports. It was formed in 1966 and the previous

joint owners, Pieterpikzonen BV, a leading Dutch seed

company, and Richard and Bella Flood, ran the

business since 1996.

Andrew Gould was previously finance director of the

Jockey Club for 22 years and is currently chief

executive of Verand Consulting. He believes the

business offers strong growth opportunities both at

home and abroad. He says: “We all like to be more

careful about what we eat these days and there is

certainly a trend towards growing your own food in the

UK. Many gardeners are using pot luck when planting

seeds and could be deterred from trying again if their

plants fail. We believe the UK is a real untapped

market for this product, but there are also strong

growth opportunities in our current international

markets and, potentially, beyond.”

Gary Burton, HSBC Regional Commercial Director for

the South West and Wales, added: “The management

team behind this MBI have significant business

experience and delivered a clear and coherent vision of

where they want to take the company, which has

already enjoyed strong success and operates in a

growth market. These factors present a compelling

case for investment and we were pleased to back the

management team in this MBI.

“This is the second MBO/MBI type deal we have

supported in the South West since the turn of year

following the Aero Stanrew deal in January and

although this type of deal is not as commonplace as it

once was, we are seeing an increase in activity in this


Duncan Sykes, Corporate Partner at law firm Foot

Anstey, said: “We are delighted to have worked with

Andrew Gould and the team on this deal. They clearly

have strong plans to expand the business which is

great news for the region. We look forward to

supporting the team with specialist advice in the


Albert Goodman Corporate Finance Partner Tracey

Williams added: "It was good to work with a bank who

from the outset looked beyond the 'MBI' headline and

the conditions of the debt markets. This is a gem of a

business. Even in this climate, the usual prerequisites

apply and made this deal possible: impressive

management team, visibility of revenues and an

attractive and growing market sector."



Business News

Chance for food based

business to win up to the

value of £30,000


The Honor Chapman Mentoring

Award was launched in November

2011 in memory of her inspirational

work and love

farming, food

and the


which she

demonstrated as

Chair of the

Somerset Food

Links Board until

her untimely


Somerset Food Links supported the

growth of the local food sector

across Somerset for a decade

before in closed in 2009. Their

residual funds have been donated

to The Ducky Foundation in order to

support a one off Honor Chapman

Mentoring Award to a Somerset

candidate who has managed their

food and/or farming business for no

more than five years nor should the

turnover exceed £150,000.

Affiliate Town Chambers

Axbridge Chamber of Commerce

01934 733939

Baz Hamblin,

Burnham-on-Sea Chamber of Commerce

01278 783276

Rhonda Mills,

Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce

01278 228004

Steve Leahy,

Frome Chamber of Commerce

07887 641469

Neil Howlett,

Ilminster Chamber of Commerce

01460 54364

Sarah Calhaem,

Any Somerset-based entrepreneur

between the ages of 18-35 can

apply. The Award’s value is up to

£30,000 over a two year period.

They will need to demonstrate a

passion for food, an inventive use of

land or real estate and an ambition

to grow or start up a food-based

business in farming and/or

processing and/or retailing that is

commercially sound rather than an

academic proposition.

The Ducky Foundation will manage

the Awards and, unlike any other

award, The Honor Chapman

Mentoring Award will combine

business mentoring from a range of

industry experts and the opportunity

for up to £10,000 as an investment

in the winning enterprise.


Applications to be made via the


Applications closing date: 30 th June.

Contact details.

Elaine Spencer-White,


Tel 01935 051280

Shepton Mallet & District Chamber

01749 344995

Ian Jarmaine,

Street Chamber of Commerce

01458 446114

Steve Martin,

Taunton Chamber of Commerce

01823 366832

Chris Mitchell,

Watchet Chamber of Commerce

01984 634 565

John Richards,

Wellington Chamber of Commerce

01823 661982

Terry Sanford,

Williton Chamber of Commerce

01984 632306

Ken Westall,

Wincanton Businesses Together

07729 117699

John Smith,

Yeovil Chamber of Commerce

01935 804999

James Richards



Find out more about the benefits of

Affiliating to The Somerset Chamber.

Call 01823 444924 or email

Alternatively visit

Affiliate Town Chamber News and Events

Axbridge Chamber

Somerset Showcase 2012

After last year’s success, Axbridge Chamber of Commerce will again be hosting Somerset Showcase

and plan to make this year’s event even more successful. Somerset Showcase 2012 will again be

held in the historic town of Axbridge on Saturday May 5 th. The event is a celebration of Somerset

country arts and crafts, food and drink along with a large helping of fun for all ages. The festivities

start at 10am and continue through the day until live music and a firework display in The Square

brings it to a close at 11pm.

The carnival queen will open the event at 10am followed by a peel of bells to announce the start of the day. The

Spring Fayre Market in the medieval town square will be offering a fine selection of local produce and arts and

crafts with a street market close by offering an interesting range of wares.

For those with an ear for music, there will be a variety of live performances throughout the day from The Axbridge

Singers, the Pied Piper with medieval musical instruments and two Brass Band performances. The ‘Mad Hatters

Tea Party Café’ will be serving morning coffee, wine, luncheon and afternoon cream teas. Both the museum and

the two churches will be open all day. The Red Barrows display team will be performing a novelty low level fly past

in the Square and the public houses will, of course, be serving a fine selection of beers, cider, wines and spirits.

There will be much to keep the younger ones entertained too including Punch and Judy shows which will be held at

Compton house. Children will be escorted to the performances by The Pied piper. Compton House will also be

serving afternoon cream teas. There’s also a children's disco 5pm - 7pm.

In the evening the party gets into full swing with a firework display, a live band performing in the square and the

Mad Hatters Tea Party Café’ bar open from 7pm. The party continues until 11pm when the day comes to a close.

Full details of the day’s events at



New Members

April’s new members

Aquastat Environmental Services, part of

InTime Group

Phil Bailey

01934 811264

Britanniacorp Ltd

Michael Parry

01278 684595

Careers EQ Ltd

Steve Martin

01823 240018

Gary Gabriel Associates

Duncan Clayton

01823 444900

GB Recruitment Services (UK) Ltd

Ben Milsom

01934 750993

JAE Telemarketing Services

Julie Evans

01935 315042

Styles Farmhouse Ice Cream


David Baker

01984 640255

Howzat! Somerset County

Cricket Players Get Behind

The Cheeselympics at

Quantock View

Former England star and Somerset

County Cricket Club captain Marcus

Trescothick and batsman James

Hildreth have lent their support to

this summer’s inaugural

cheeselympics by explaining the

games in a series of hilarious

YouTube clips.

The Cheeselympics will form part of

Somerset’s first ever Cider and

Cheese Festival on Saturday 16th

June at Quantock View, Nether

Stowey, near Bridgwater.

The event is being promoted by

former Somerset cricketer and local

Businessman, John Francis. John,

along with Nadine Isaac, set up

Quantock View 3 years ago as a

wedding and events venue.

Quantock View consists of a

converted 18 th Century Barn,

marquee lawn and twin lakes, with

the Quantock hills surrounding. John

explains: “Quantock View is a true

Somerset rustic venue with fantastic

views of the surrounding

countryside, a magical feel to the

place with the ability to hold both

small and large numbers for any

kind of event.”

(From Left to right) John Francis,

James Hildreth, Marcus Trescothick

and then on right is Richard Villis

(Cricketer Farm)

Quantock View’s Event Director and

co-owner, Nadine Isaac, previously

worked for Peter de Savry in

Grenada as a Project and Events

manager, before leaving for London

where she helped organise the

London Fashion Week and

International Motor Show. This was

before she had reached 24 years


“We’ve wanted to create a cider and

cheese festival for some years and

now it’s finally going to happen. The

thought of listening to good music,

having lovely local food while

sipping cider next to our stunning

lakes gets me excited. With John’s

sporting background and the

Olympics this year we thought we

would put our own West Country

twist on the Games,” added Nadine.

You can check out the funny clips on

youtube by typing in ‘Somerset cider

and cheese fest’

Membership Recruitment


After a great response for the

vacancy of Membership recruitment

consultant, we are pleased to

welcome Hugh Graham to the

Somerset Chamber as the newest

member of team.

Hugh has a

wealth of

experience in

sales including


working for

house hold

names such as Hugh Graham

Coca-Cola Enterprise, Littlewoods

Lotteries and SC Johnson. Hugh is

also the director of Somerset Based

company, The Bid Coach which

specialised in coaching companies

to get winning results.

On accepting his new role Hugh

said; I look forward to getting to

grips with this exciting new role and

becoming a familiar face among the

Somerset business community.

Soon to be a regular at the

Chambers events, we wish Hugh all

the best in his new role and look

forward to working with him.


If you know of a business that would

benefit from becoming a Chamber

members contact Hugh on

Call: 01823 444924

Chamber Projects

Into Somerset So Well Connected

The team managing the new Somerset marketing

campaign So Well Connected has been extremely active

in the last month placing advertisements, press

releases and

outdoor posters

around the

country to draw

attention to

Somerset as a

great place to live

and work.

The So Well Connected campaign strapline highlights

the top class connections that Somerset has for new,

expanding and relocating businesses, including great

transport infrastructure, friendly and dynamic business

networks, growing connectivity to superfast broadband

with projects underway to secure this for 2015, and of

course an enviable quality of life.

“The marketing campaign developed by Impact Design

and Marketing, has taken major strides forward” says

Rupert Cox. “We have signed-up new ambassadors for

the campaign including Haynes Publishing, Charles

Hazlewood, Clarks Shoes and Sassi Holford and have

secured some great outdoor sites for promotion at Fleet

services westbound and closer to home at Gordano

services. These slots will be repeated later in the year

and supported with in-train advertising on Thames

Valley trains and further concourse posters. Our PR

agency ADPR are supporting this activity with some

great coverage in print and online”

In addition to the So Well Connected campaign, the Into

Somerset team has been working with Mendip Media

on a new Into Somerset promotional video. The video

will have its launch at the Somerset in Business

conference in May. It will showcase Somerset’s

innovative and entrepreneurial flair, with footage from

some of the high-tech industries that are operating very

successfully from the county. Mulberry will be featured

as a new ambassador for Somerset’s creative

industries and a new video case study for Mulberry will

be available on the Into Somerset website in early May.

“The So Well Connected campaign is the focus of the

marketing activity for the project, but an enquiry

doesn’t automatically lead to an investment.“ says

Rupert. “We work hand in hand with potential investors

to highlight opportunities and assist with issues as they

arise. Our relationships with both the public and private

sector are a key strength for us – putting into practice

the so well connected marketing message. With

reduced budgets, we still have a challenging few years

ahead to deliver inward investment to the county, but

we have made a great start with the campaign.”

Since May 2011 Into Somerset has welcomed 14 new

investors to the county creating 49 jobs, once all

Investments are complete. Over the lifetime of the

project, we estimate it will have benefitted the

Somerset economy by approx. £20m in job creation.

Where to see the So Well Connected


Marketing Where Date

Small Advert The Guardian weekend March 24

Small Advert The Independent Sunday Magazine April 1st

Outdoor Poster Gordano Services March - May

Advert The Professional Engineer Magazine April

Advert Business Insider Magazine April



New Business Magazine May

Outdoor Poster Fleet Services Westbound May - June

Outdoor Posters Fleet Services Westbound and

Gordano Services with stalls

Into Somerset

booth / Speaking

The Business Start Up Show / Great

British Business Show

Excel, London

Advert Talk Business Magazine May

Into Somerset


July - Sep

May 17/18

Somerset in Business Conference May 17

Orchestra in the Field June

In train Posters Thames Valley network 100 of 2

poster designs


Outdoor Poster Reading Station Concourse TBA


Sailing Village

Gary Bee, Impact Design

Somerset Highlights – Tourism



The Chamber team wish to express our deepest

condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of

Gary Bee, Director of Impact Design, who died suddenly

from a heart attack on the weekend of the 14th April.

Gary has been instrumental in bringing Into Somerset’s

So Well Connected campaign to fruition and will be



Member’s News

Premier Regional Law Firm Lands National


South West Law Firm Foot Anstey has won the highly

prestigious Regional Law Firm of the Year award at the

British Legal Awards.

The British Legal Awards recognise the achievements of

law firms, teams and individuals who have responded

most successfully to the demands being placed on

them in the new post-recession business environment.

They celebrate achievement, excellence and innovation

in the industry. The Regional Law Firm of the Year

category was open to all UK commercial law firms

based outside London which had to convince the

judges that they were leaders in their chosen markets,

and had made significant progress over the past 12-18

months. Foot Anstey beat off significant competition to

land the award.

Commenting on the announcement, Managing Partner

John Westwell, said; “I am delighted with the result

which confirms the success of our strategy and further

extends our position as one of the region’s premier law

firms. We believe that this type of objective and

independent recognition is particularly important as it

helps organisations and professionals to choose the

right firm. We have grown by 30% in the last five years

and by 7% in the recessionary years and have invested

heavily in bringing the best talent to the region. We

pride ourselves on participating with our clients rather

than merely commentating and this, I believe, is why we

have been so successful.”

He added; “We understand that clients and

professionals who use and recommend us have a

vested interest in our success and we treat them as

valued stakeholders in our business.

“We have grown by 30% in the last five

years and by 7% in the recessionary years “

Our approach has helped to secure a growing regional

and national client base which includes Halfords,

Progressive Digital Media, Odeon/UCI Cinemas,

Screwfix and Which? Ltd. This year alone we have had

over 30 lawyers recognised as being leaders in their



Clerksroom Help Create New Fundraising


Chamber member,

Clerksroom based at

Taunton, have linked up with

local charity, Headway Somerset to create a novel

scheme called ‘Project 2012’ to help meet a funding

gap of £20,000 following cuts from Somerset County


The charity, which works with head/brain injury

survivors living in the county, have pledged that they

won’t let a cut in their funding mean a cut to their


The plan is to get £20k in 12 months by asking 200

businesses, clubs or individuals to sign up for £100 to

join the special Project 2012’ website created and

designed by Clerksroom’s web team.

Clerksroom’s MD Stephen Ward said; “Our company is

already involved as members of the charity’s ‘21 Club’,

a corporate networking scheme with Headway

Somerset. I want to encourage smaller business, local

groups and individuals to also get involved. Project

2012 seemed a simple solution.”

“Brain injury can be devastating, not only for the

survivor but for their families too and I have been really

impressed with the services they provide at their three

Brain Injury Outreach Units across the county.”

Alison Mills, Fundraising Manager

Headway Somerset with Stephen Ward,

MD of Clerksroom

For more information contact Alison Mills on

01984 656769 or visit

Member’s News

2012 LiquidShop

Successful Ecommerce

Award, now open to


Sitemakers, the developers of the

LiquidShop ecommerce platform,

announce the launch of the 2012

LiquidShop Successful ecommerce


The LiquidShop Successful

Ecommerce Award seeks to

encourage the development of

independent ecommerce

enterprises and to highlight the

increasing importance of

ecommerce for all retail businesses

in the UK. This annual Award is

designed to provide practical help

for a business that is either at or

near the beginning of its online

retail life. The winner of the Award

needs to demonstrate that they

have a sound business plan and the

motivation and energy to be

successful; in return they receive

considerable practical assistance

and support from all of the

participating sponsors to help them

develop and grow their ecommerce


Applications are sought from new

and existing retail businesses,

judged drawn from the

sponsoring companies. The winner

will launch their new website in

October, to begin trading straight


The winner receives substantial

practical and financial assistance

for a full 12 months to help them

establish their business

Closing date: 31st July 2012

Roger Bullivant Preferred

Supplier for Exeter


Roger Bullivant Ltd, the largest

foundation engineering company in

the UK and one of the newest

Somerset Chamber member has

recently been involved in some big

Exeter projects.

These projects include designing

and installing Vibro Compaction

Techniques for the £210 million

Exeter Skypark development and

the design and install of Continuous

Flight Augered (CFA) piles at the new

Hampton Hilton at Exeter Airport.

Bath and West Show 2012

The biggest event in the rural

calendar is nearly upon us! The

2012 Royal Bath and West Show

takes place near Shepton Mallet in

Somerset from Wednesday 30th

May - Saturday 2nd June.

There's more happening than you

think at the country's biggest rural

festival and there really is

something for everyone, from food

lovers to families and farmers.

From the country’s finest livestock

and over 600 trade stands to the

National Cheese Awards and the

UK’s biggest cider competition. It's

your chance to experience canoeing,

visit an art exhibition, sample and

purchase some of the best British

produce, marvel at the birds of prey

in the Countryside Arena or watch

some of the finest animals in the



Somerset in Business Conference 2012

Acclaimed Speakers Announced for the

2012 Somerset in Business Conference

Two renowned experts in the fields of business

innovation and collaboration will front this year’s

Somerset in Business Conference, entitled Innovate

to Succeed.

Keynote speaker Professor John Bessant, Professor

of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Exeter

University is a leading authority in the subject having

taught and consulted on technology and innovation

management for over 25 years. He will explain

exactly what we mean by innovation in business and

how businesses can grow by seizing change

initiatives and doing things differently, better, quicker

and more cost efficiently.

Acclaimed as one of Britain’s foremost experts on

Collaboration, inspirational speaker Nick Jankel will

talk on the opportunities in the age of collaboration.

In this talk, Nick will blend nuggets from evolutionary

science, sociology, history, neuroscience and

psychology to present a compelling case for how and

why the world is changing - and why every business

needs to open up as it does.

The Somerset in Business conference, which is

co-hosted by Into Somerset and the Somerset

Chamber of Commerce will take place at the

Westland Conference and Leisure Complex, Yeovil on

the 17 th May and is open to businesses of all sizes

and from all sectors, from Somerset and the wider

south west.

Innovate to Succeed will be the sixth conference

delivered by Into Somerset and the Chamber, and

the organisers anticipate it will be a bumper year with

delegate numbers expected to be in excess of 230.

Rupert Cox, Chief Executive of both Somerset

Chamber of Commerce and Into Somerset,

comments, “The Somerset in Business Conference is

the perfect platform to bring businesses together to

discuss the growing opportunities that Somerset can

offer. We have seen transformational change in a

wide range of sectors from how we manage and

deliver energy needs, to banking and finance,

technology and media sectors and these are forcing

companies to work and think differently. Successful

organisations will embrace this as an opportunity and

work with all their stakeholders to deliver exactly

what the market needs. But, this may require a

change in a company’s culture. We all know that

innovation and collaboration are the latest ‘buzz’

words and can mean a variety of things, but to a

proactive company it can mean success.”

Delegates will also hear from a number of local

business success stories including Nicholas Ames,

from Supacat, Chris Squires - EDF Energy and Andy

Knutt from Somerset Design & Enterprise Network.


Conference Speakers

Keynote speaker

on Innovation

Professor John


University of


Nick Ames


Andrew Jupp

Smith &


Keynote speaker

on Collaboration

Nick Jankel,


Andy Knutt,

Somerset Design



Al Goodwin

Foot Anstey LLP

Chris Squires

EDF Energy

Somerset in Business Conference 2012

Agenda 08.30 – 13.20

� Delegate registration

� Welcome: Cllr Anne Fraser, Chair of Into Somerset

� Keynote speaker: Professor John Bessant -

Managing Knowledge Spaghetti – The New

Innovation Challenge

� Nick Ames, MD/Owner, Supacat - Innovation in


� Andrew Jupp, Director, Smith & Williamson - How to

Fund Innovation

� Q&As

� Mid-morning break -Tea, coffee and networking

� Nick Jankel, Founder of Wecreate - Opening Up:

Opportunities in the Age of Collaboration (Sponsored

by Business West)

� Andy Knutt, Somerset Design Enterprise

Partnership—Business Growth through Co-Creation

� Al Goodwin, Partner, Foot Anstey - Collaborate, Not


� Chris Squires, Procurement Manager, EDF Energy –

Supply Chain Opportunities Through Collaborative

Working: Hinkley Point C

� Q&As

� Lunch and Networking

Afternoon Workshops 14.20 - 15.20 (optional)

Workshop 1 — Marketing Your Business in the Digital

Age (Claire Sully, Tickbox Marketing )

Workshop 2 — Cloud Computing for Business (Dave

Watson, Indigo IT)

Workshop 3 — Innovative Thinking – Developing an

Agile Business Fit for the Future (Jason Loomes, South

West Manufacturing Advisory Service)

Workshop 4 — An Innovative Approach to Contracts

(Graham Potts, Wessex Commercial Solutions)

Workshop 5 — Innovation Development Workshop — A

Taster of Co-creation. (Richard Holt, Somerset Design

Enterprise Network & Core Business Design)

How to book

Online — Book online at

Phone—Call 01823 444924 & speak to the team

Email—Sue on

Post—Post an event flyer back to Equity House,

Blackbrook Business Park, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2PX

Event Sponsors

Roger Hall from the Open Innovation

Initiative said; The Open Innovation

Project is delighted to be sponsoring the

Somerset in Business Conference and

supporting the innovation theme.

Innovation and collaboration are key

drivers to business success; the exciting

agenda for the conference will ensure

that delegates will come away from the

event with raised awareness, new ideas

and through the workshops, practical

approaches for driving their businesses

forward. A thought provoking and

inspiring day is assured"

Paul Waller of Smith & William said; “Smith &

Williamson are delighted to be one of the main

sponsors of this leading business conference,

which is focused on supporting and advising

entrepreneurial, growth business of all sizes. We

look forward to working closely with the Somerset

Chamber of Commerce to make this event a great

success by stimulating ideas for innovation and

growth to the benefit of businesses across the


Greg Saunders, partner at Foot Anstey said: "Foot

Anstey is delighted to be able to support this

year’s Somerset in Business Conference. As a

business we are committed to the South West

and are confident that the conference will provide

a tremendous opportunity to showcase all

that Somerset has to offer.”




AC Mole & Sons Accountants

01823 624450

AJM Accountancy Bookkeeping Ltd

01823 442189

Andika Partnership

01823 444682


Albert Goodman

01823 286096

BJ Dixon Walsh Ltd

01823 462400

Eliana Sydes Limited

01823 216229

Francis Clark

01823 275925

Ivan Rendall & Co

01935 422793

Lentells Limited

01823 286274

The Local Bookkeeper Wells

01749 372004

Milsted Langdon

01823 445566


01458 836810

Old Mill Accountants

01749 343366

Phillips Dinnes

01823 275300

Portal Tax Claims

07773 228331

Quartz ABS Ltd

07891 636899

Smith & Williamson

0117 3762000





Membership as of 6th April 2012. If you feel your

company has been place in an incorrect category or

your details need updating, Please let us know.


Prime Meridian

01749 346699

Andy Foster Architects

01935 473373



Ads Distribution Ltd (Costgard)

01460 282925

Allbrooks Consultancy Ltd

01934 742410

Berry Rowan Consultants

01278 449845

Britanniacorp Ltd

01278 684595

Buckley Young Associates Ltd

01935 862292

Business Hat Ltd

01460 248450

Careers EQ Ltd

01823 240018

Concentric Partners Ltd

01823 423352

The Culture Exchange Ltd

07817 795089

Deborah Wilkes and Associates

01823 490606

Emma Hubbuck Associates Ltd

07814 950476

Energy Descent Limited

08081 004250

Hayne Consulting Ltd

01278 723538

John Pepper Consultancy Ltd

01823 325045

KmG Management Consultants

01460 234581

The Langdon Partnership

08451 214710

MJC Employee Benefits

01823 663174

Perception Matters Ltd

01278 425799

Portfolio Directors Limited

01460 477774

Raith Associates

01935 420400

RDA Consultancy

(Rob Darch Associates)

07540 221072

Rebel Publishing

01749 860100

Smith Oliver Consulting

01934 710017

Access Performance Solutions

01823 353402


The HSQE Department

01934 610168

TIME Project

07730 814088

Touchline Consulting

08452 578578

Tsiolkovsky Solutions Ltd

07811 513052

Wessex Commercial Solutions

01935 385929



Age UK Somerset

08456 434709

Fredericks Foundation

01823 680042

National Trust

07919 695604

National Blind

Childrens Society

01278 764778

Piers Simon Appeal

01935 849160

SaBRE South West

01823 254571

Somerset Community Foundation

01749 344949

Somerset Rural Youth Project

01278 722300

Somerset Sight

01823 366150

Somerset Wildlife Trust

01823 652449

St John Ambulance

01278 726740

St Margaret Somerset Hospice

01823 365615

Taunton Assoc For Homeless

01823 271326


A&R Contracting Limited

07811 210389

Avalon Surfacing & Construction

01458 241611

BAM Construct UK Ltd

01179 448800

Bradfords Building Supplies

01935 845245

Brick Peers Limited

01749 683110

Hi-Reach Access

01793 766755


07889 634237

JE Webber

07811 086940

Avalon Exterior Cleaning

01458 254131

Nicholas Morris Bricklaying Services

01934 842 261

Plant Force

01934 830034

R G Spiller Ltd

01460 62881

Somerset Construction Training


01395 270769

Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd

01179 349214



Character Graphics

01823 279008

Not in the directory? Call 01823 444924, email or visit


01458 448882

Glyder Graphics and Print

01823 339411

Impact Design & Marketing

01823 332972


01749 813916


01458 259252

MODA Design & Marketing

01823 601260

New Century Creative Design Ltd

01460 234941

Oxygen Creative

01823 619095

Print Guy

01823 433514

Quayshelfco 677 Limited

01749 330677

Rockwell Printers

08000 640786

Signs Express (Taunton)

01823 289366

Thoroughbred Design & Print Ltd

01460 240773



Aircool Systems Ltd

01278 691897

BW Controls

Control Panel Manufacturer

01278 450909

Elecsis Ltd

01278 427374


Coemi Wind Turbines Ltd

08703 831689


01278 444600

EWS Solar Power Ltd

01458 251900

Magnox Ltd Sites

01278 652461

Tincknell Green Energy

07584 518135


Aggregate Industries

01283 714434

AgustaWestland PATRON

01935 702602

A M Sensors Ltd

01278 444650

Bosta UK Ltd

01935 385933

Boulting Group Ltd

01925 446000

Brecknell Willis & Co Ltd

Railway Mechanical Engineering

01460 64941

Castle Welding & Fabrication

Metal Work, All Types

01749 890666

Damar Group Ltd

Electrical, Mechanical, Civil

01761 402060

Electro SW

01278 429229

Gary Gabriel Associates

Consulting Structural & Civil Engineers

01823 444900

Giles Raymond Agriservices

Steel Fabrications

01963 210954

Manuflex Ltd

Sheet Metal Fabrications

01278 794004

Numatic International Ltd

Commercial Cleaning Equipment

01460 269341

Powrmatic Ltd

UK HVAC Manufacturer

01460 53535

Roger Bullivant Ltd

Piling/Foundations Specialists

07970 576724

Rotec Hydraulics Ltd

01823 337097

Seepex UK Ltd

01935 472376


01458 835 375

Smedegaard Pumps Ltd

01278 458686

South West Galvanizers Ltd

Hot Dip Galvanizing

01363 774574

Taunton Fabrications Ltd

01823 324266

Unwin Safety Systems

01935 827758

William Haley Engineering Ltd

01278 760591



NatWest Commercial Bank

01823 443935

Bank of England

01179 273909

Barclays Business Banking

07755 546101

Brook Financial Management Ltd

01460 259852

Clydesdale Bank

01392 442519

Cooper Associates Ltd

01823 273880


07854 412764

HSBC Business - Somerset East

08455 838144

Lloyds TSB

01823 446614

London House Services

01934 863616


NatWest Bank

01749 676299

Pilgrim Financial Planning

01823 444079

Positive Wealth Creation Ltd

01278 788646


A Taste Of Exmoor

01643 704289

The Bay Tree Food Company

01749 831705

Cup of Tea Ltd

01761 239162

Framptons Limited

01749 341000

GerberEmig Group Limited

01278 441600

John Gerard Wines

01300 320987

Magners GB Limited

01749 334000

Oscar Mayer Foods

01460 63781

Somerdale International Ltd

01823 322180

Styles Farmhouse Ice Cream

01984 640255



Crown Pet Foods Ltd

01963 353044

Probiotics International Ltd

01460 243230



Somerset West Business Against


07795 561290

HM Prisons Bristol -

Business Development Unit

01173 723094

Somerset County Council PATRON

01823 355661

The Rifles Taunton Office

01823 333434



Avalon Leisure Ltd

01458 446878

Bow House Physiotherapy

01458 253388


01823 491490

Nuffield Health

01823 286991

Radiant and Healthy

01963 350163

Not in the directory? Call 01823 444924, email or visit


Sah Sen Consulting

02032 897425


01823 653990

SOH Vanilla

07967 193077

Somerset Care Group

01823 448150

South West Reiki

08453 703839

C2 Safety Limited

01278 671995

Concept Products Ltd

01458 274020

Quality Safety Training Ltd

01626 366076


Somerset Safety

01823 282401



BCC Huntworth Somerset

01278 456545

Bright* Productions

01823 339908

Convections Ltd

01823 282679

Dillington House

01460 52427

Junction 24 Ltd

01278 662200

Kilver Court

01749 340410

Quantock View

01823 729333

WST Enterprises Ltd

01823 328216

The Monks Yard

01460 200020

Taunton School Enterprises

01823 349244

Woodlands Castle

01823 444955



At the Chapel

01749 814070

Best Western Shrubbery Hotel Ltd

01460 52108

The Castle at Taunton

01823 272671

Clavelshay Barn Restaurant

01278 662629

Cleve Hotel & Spa

01823 662033

Express by Holiday Inn Ltd

01823 624000

The George Inn

01934 712124

Holiday Inn Bristol Airport

01934 861123

Holiday Inn Taunton

01823 281680

Mint & Mustard

01823 619208

Mount Somerset Hotel

01823 442500

The Old Vicarage

01278 458891

Rookery Manor

08454 090909

Best Western Swan Hotel

01749 836300

The Battleborough

Grange Hotel

01278 760208

The Mendip Inn

01749 841703

The Walnut Tree Hotel

01278 662255




08456 026729

Blueloop Ltd

01460 271055


01935 826886

CJ Systems Ltd

01823 478515

Datamine International Ltd

01749 683350

Eloquent Technologies

07766 900244


01823 278 500

Higher Sites Ltd

01823 444442

Intouch CRM

08453 109973 Ltd

01935 434734

Mark One Consultants

01935 411319


01935 385902

Sitemakers Ltd

01458 253290

Solutions AV

01458 252000

Somerset Web Services

01823 353760

Ylem Ltd

01398 322000


Higos Insurance Services Ltd

01749 834799

Jelf Insurance Brokers Ltd

01823 365640

Jo Pavey Insurance Services

01823 252198

Oxford House Insurance

01823 332648

Towergate Risk Solutions

01823 625500


01823 421800


01934 748292



Amicus Solicitors

01278 664060


01823 284444

Battens Solicitors

01935 846156

Beviss And Beckingsale

01460 269700

Clarke Willmott

01823 445202

Clerksroom - Taunton

08450 833000

David McCrum Ltd

01458 851530

Dickinson Corporate Services

01278 453116

Dyne Drewett Solicitors

01935 813691

Foot Anstey Solicitors

01823 625673

Humphries Kirk LLP

01305 251007

Milford and Dormor

01460 55445

Mogers LLP

01225 750000

Nicholas Moore

01823 421903

Pardoes Bevins Human

Resources Ltd

01935 411191

Pardoes Solicitors

01278 457891

Porter Dodson

01823 625848

Porter Dodson

01935 846735

Future Law

08442 098500


The Brewhouse Theatre

01823 274608

Butlins Skyline Ltd

01643 700501

Cleve Hotel and Spa

01823 662033

Not in the directory? Call 01823 444924, email or visit

Fleet Air Arm Museum

01935 842624

Funtasia Entertainment Ltd

01935 414393

Glastonbury Festival

01749 890254

Glastonbury Abbey

01458 832267

Haynes International Motor Museum

01963 442791

Latona Leisure Ltd

01934 750100

Mill on the Brue Outdoor Activity


01749 812307

Royal Bath West of England Society

01749 822200

Somerset County Cricket Club

08453 371875

Taunton Vale Golf Club

01823 412220

West Somerset Railway

01643 700384

Wincanton Racecourse

01963 32344

Yeovil Town Football Club

01935 423662



Cooper B-Line

01278 772600

Griffin NuuMed Ltd

01458 210324

Tact Enviro Ltd

01458 253395

Terence Ball Kitchens

01984 624640

Thales Group PATRON

01963 372558


Atlantas Marine

01935 426000



01460 241641

Hillgrove PR

01458 441215

Juice Images

01935 848593


01935 385907

Redfront Projects Limited

01823 337522

Place your

company advert

here for the

September edition

of the Chamber


Contact Jenn for more



Richenda Oldham PR

01460 64717

RSH Copywriting

01823 674167

Rubix Solutions UK Limited

01460 281945

Blackmore Vale Web Design Ltd

01963 824420

SWM Marketing Ltd

01278 434231

Tickbox Marketing

01749 347315

The Writing Hut Ltd

01460 54182


The Digital Film Company

08004 880321

Grace Productions

01935 385904

Haynes Publishing Group

01963 440635

Heart Somerset

01179 843200

Mendip Media Ltd

08451 214702

Redpath Productions

08453 105725



Aquastat Environmental Services

(InTime Group)

01934 811264


Bridgwater Communications

SW Ltd

01278 445952

CF Business Solutions Ltd

01460 279550

DC Direct

01823 660002

1st Office Equipment Ltd

01225 337600

JAE Telemarketing Services

01935 315042

M & J Bowers Ltd

08000 276255

Paragon Laundry Yeovil

08458 732477

PBT International Ltd

01749 685686

Rainbow International

01460 249004

Samson Office Supplies

01460 55000

Scan Film or Store Limited

01935 479998

Service Point

01935 476688


01278 724012



Camelot Photographic Ltd

01963 34189

Corbin O'Grady Studio

01823 662329


Abacus Surveying Services Ltd

01297 561455

AB Heritage Limited

03333 440 206

Alchemilla Architects Ltd

01460 234149

Clive Miller Associates Ltd

01458 252806

Dickson Powell Partnership

01179 732431

Lewis Brown Ltd

01823 667200

Mark Pollock Planning Ltd

07855 234979

O2i Design Limited

01458 253050

Peter Brett Associates LLP

01823 445150

Slade Parry Chartered Surveyors

01935 422298



Abbey Manor Group Ltd

01935 848502

Bennett Residential Management

01823 366080

London and Wharfedale

08702 409222

Long Sutton House

01458 241717

Magna Housing Group Ltd

01305 214070

McKinlays Commercial

Property Consultants

01823 333391

Stuarts Residential Limited

01749 672678

Summerfield Developments (SW)

01823 257961

TVB Properties Limited

01458 259525

Not in the directory? Call 01823 444924, email or visit



Daniels Global Services Ltd

0844 6696989

George Snelling

07966 230740

Morgan Sindall Plc

01935 403700

Prioryfield House

01823 323363

S+D Services

01460 221442


01278 732796

South West Ranger Services

07501 845399



ABC Contract Services

02920 388757

Amberley Management Recruitment

01823 323363

Blue Arrow Staffing Solutions

01278 444622

GB Recruitment Services Ltd

01934 750993

HR GO Recruitment (Wells) Ltd

01749 675400

Jobseekers Recruitment Ltd

01823 335674

Morson International

01454 275660

Red Berry Recruitment

01749 330630

Octopus Personnel

01935 385930


Brandon Tool Hire

01823 259501

Clarks International

01458 842001


01761 419419



01823 450414

Fit & Furnish Ltd

01935 412811

Hippychick Ltd

01278 434440

Jual Branded Clothing Ltd

01278 661199

REALM Ltd - Clarks Village

01458 840064



Bridgwater College

01278 455464

Richard Huish College

01823 320800

Somerset College

01823 366366

Strode College

01458 844476

Yeovil College PATRON

01935 845437

The Castle School

01823 274073

Heathfield Community School

01823 414168


Precept Optimum Performance

01458 259765

Academic Commercial Training

01823 326561

Action in Change

08456 890241

Action Resources Ltd

01458 253442

Blake Training

01823 690042

Chris Mitchell

01823 326562

Connect South West Limited

01823 692500

Cranford Training Ltd

01823 421140

Estadia Ltd

08451 222963

JaLee First Aid Training

08452 024107

Learning South West

01823 365447

MBA Safety & Training Ltd

01823 668526

Peninsula Enterprise PATRON

08716 41 2119

Pitman Training

01823 337350

Prospects Services Limited

01278 422301

Reeve Nooney Partnership

01823 412034

Sanctus Training Ltd

01458 828555

Sandler Training (Wessex)

01935 315006

Skills South East

08450 264298


01823 326682

Wyatt-Jones Associates Ltd

08458 695431



Annette Hennessy Translations Ltd

01458 850918


All World Freight Ltd

01278 733600

Berry Coaches(Taunton)Ltd

01823 331356

Bridge Tyres & Wheels

01823 334494

Bristol International Airport

01275 473627

The Bristol Port Company

01179 820000

Charles Gee Bridgwater Limited

01278 683005

Delivery Direct Logistics

01823 331999

F J Chalke

01963 34335

Framptons Transport Services Ltd

01749 333400

Gillards Transport Ltd

01823 698408

King Lifting Ltd

0117 9821121

Taunton Jaguar

01823 414000

Western Logistics Limited

08451 222962


01249 710000

Zalda Ltd

01934 744220



Middleton Engineering Ltd

Recycling Baler Manufacturer

01458 860264

Perrys Recycling

01935 852023

Viridor Waste (Somerset) Ltd

01823 624600

Not in the directory? Call 01823 444924, email or visit

Next Events

Meet the Neighbours

Date: Wed 9th May

Time: 12.00

Venue: The Eastbury Hotel, Sherborne

Cost: Members £28.00 Non-Members £38.00

Food Provided: 2 Course lunch and coffee

Joint lunch with Dorset Chamber of


Do you want to introduce your company to new contacts

over the border? It really is very easy, and this event

provides the perfect platform for you to raise the profile

of your business to others.

This joint venture with Dorset Business is now in its 4th

year - and at every previous event we have welcomed

approximately 60 companies from across both counties.

Numerous contacts have been made, and hundreds of

business cards exchanged which has no doubt led to

increased enquiries and sales for most companies.

You will get to network before, during and after lunch

and also hear from representatives of both Chambers

with updates on current issues directly facing

businesses at the time.

You can also bring along a colleague, or recommend to

a friend as we welcome anyone to come who is in

business, no matter size or sector !

Business to Business Dinner

Date: Tuesday 29th May

Time: 19.00

Venue: The Walnut Tree Hotel, North Petherton

Cost: Members £28.00 Non-Members £38.00

Food Provided: 3 Course meal and coffee

Our 40th Anniversary Business to Business

Dinner—Join us for this special event

We ask you to join us on this special occasion for a

relaxed evening of networking, over a 3 course dinner.

Over 2000 members have joined us to date to meet as

many new and valuable business contacts as possible.

We expect to greet around 60 plus delegates from

companies of all sizes and sectors from across the


Put faces to names and explore new ideas and

opportunities in the company of likeminded business

people from across the county.

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

please email the Sue on or call 01823 444924


Somerset Chamber Events Calendar

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

Higgins on or call 01823 444924

Meet the Neighbours Wednesday 9th May Partner/Sponsor

Come and meet new business contacts from Dorset Chamber of Commerce

Time: 12.00 Venue: Eastbury Hotel, Sherborne Cost: Members £28.00 Non-Members £38.00

Somerset in Business Conference Thursday 17th May

‘Innovate to Succeed’

Now in its 6th year, this conference sees an inspiring line up of speakers.

Time: 08.30 Venue: Westlands Conference and Leisure complex, Yeovil Cost: £20.00

Business to Business Dinner Tuesday 29th May

Our 40th B2B dinner, come and join us for an evening of great networking

Time: 19.00 Venue: The Walnut Tree Hotel, North Petherton Cost: Members £28.00 Non-Members £38.00

Bank of England Breakfast Wednesday 20th June

What is the key issue adversely affecting the growth or success of your business?

Time: 12.00 Venue: Somerset County Cricket Ground Cost: Members £15.00 Non Members £20.00

Business Leader’s Dinner Tuesday 26th June - By invitation

A dinner specifically for Somerset's larger employers

Time: 19.00 Venue: Castle Hotel, Taunton Cost: Members £45.00


Dinner Thursday 19th January 2012

Business Start-Up Exhibition

EDF Energy

Open Innovation

Smith & Williamson

Foot Anstey

Sponsorship Available

A big thank you to sponsors and exhibitors who supported our recent business start-up exhibition in Bridgwater.

With special thanks to our speakers; Helen Bristol (Skibz), David Baker (Styles Farmhouse Ice Cream), Helen

Lacey (Red Berry Recruitment), Michael Eavis (Glastonbury Festival) and Alice Driscol (ADPR Ltd)

The exhibition saw over 150 people attend who were interested in starting up their own business or getting

support for a newly established business venture.

The Business Start-up Programme dates: May course starting on the 4th / June course starting on the 6th

David Baker of Styles

Farmhouse Ice Cream

Call 01823 444924 Email





Francis Clark Exhibitors Stand Busy Exhibition Hall Red Berry Recruitment

Stand with Helen Lacey

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