2017 has seen the promise for great economic growth coming to the Bridgwater and Sedgemoor region. With the Hinkley Project now fully engaged and the work force increasing daily, the effects are starting to be felt locally, both in positive and negative ways.
One negative saw the year start in a very challenging way for all the traders in the Drove / Wylds Road areas of the town with Road closures and diversions costing these traders a great deal of financial pain.
With many other large projects coming to the area because of the Hinkley build, it’s now vital that as a Chamber, we help as many of the local businesses as possible take part in supplying as many of these large projects, thereby indirectly gaining business from the arrival of Hinkley if not supplying them directly. We must keep as much of the wealth locally as possible and get our local businesses to mitigate against the challenges by ultimately benefiting in some way from this project.
With a town of SME & Micro businesses, we need to get in at the start of the other large projects and supply them with local lists of quality locally suppliers. 2018 will see the Chamber provide a brokerage matching service of supplier and project managers to help this happen.
In summing up, the Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce wishes you all a very happy Xmas & New Year and encourages all local businesses to engage with the growth of the town in 2018.
Stephen Leahy (Bridgwater Chamber Chairman/ CEO)