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Breakfast networking event 10th March. Meeting report & presentation. Managing the skills shortage in the Bridgwater boom!
March 16, 2016

Theme:- Managing the skills shortage in the Bridgwater boom!  Steve Leahy (Chairman) with speakers  Sarah-Jane Trask and Chris Young   The Victoria Park Community Centre was the venue for the event and they looked after us with first-rate refreshments. Following the informal networking opportunities to meet with other attendees the main event commenced with an…

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EU approves EDF and CGN’s Hinkley partnership
March 15, 2016

The European Union's competition authority has approved EDF Energy's partnership with China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) for the construction of Hinkley Point C in Somerset. The Commission's investigation found that competition in the wholesale supply of electricity in the UK will not be hindered by the transaction given the moderate market share of EDF, the very…

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Detailed planning permission granted for the new Bridgwater Gateway business park.
March 2, 2016

Detailed planning permission has been granted for the new Bridgwater Gateway business park. The consent covers the 45-acre first phase of the development and comprises a range of proposed new business park buildings including offices, industrial and a 150-bed hotel. Buildings are available on a design and build basis. The initial enabling works have already…

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Bridgwater solicitors Pardoes celebrate after winning a trio of national awards
February 11, 2016

Pardoes solicitors who are a member of Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce are celebrating after winning a trio of national awards The forward-thinking solicitors won the awards for a variety of achievements including service to customers, its work in property disputes, and with private clients. The first award was the 2016 Corporate International Magazine Global Award for…

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New project director for Hinkley C
February 4, 2016

EDF has appointed a new project director for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project after Chris Bakken left to take up a new role in the US. Philippe Bordarier, chief nuclear officer at EDF Energy Generation, will take up the position having been at the French company for two years. Bakken joined Nuclear…

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Press Release - Hinkley Point C
February 2, 2016

Somerset engineering boss - we are primed, I just wish I was younger   EDF Energy is close to making the final investment decision that will start main construction work on Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, Europe's biggest civil engineering project. The build will bring huge benefits for business, jobs and skills upgrades throughout…

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Hinkley Point funding could be delayed
January 27, 2016

The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station could be delayed amid reports that EDF has postponed a final decision on funding. It is understood that the French energy company was set to hold a meeting today (27 January 2016) to finalise its funding for the project, but this has now been postponed. French newspaper Les…

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Good news for constuction and apprenticeships
January 27, 2016

About 26,000 construction jobs could be created in the South West over the next five years, according to figures from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). CITB's Construction Skills Network (CSN) report said sector employment could reach more than 257,000 by 2020. The Hinckley Point C nuclear power station will drive growth with a 14.2…

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Bridgwater Chamber members go from strength to strength
January 12, 2016

Two of Bridgwater Chamber’s accountancy members have merged with larger companies to create two comprehensive accountancy firms within the South West. Thomas Westcott will join forces with Butterworth Jones of Bridgwater to create a combined business with 24 partners and 190 staff across 18 offices in Devon and Somerset. Whilst another Bridgwater Chamber member, a…

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Hinkley Point December update
January 5, 2016

The latest update on the Hinkley project including news on the supply chain and registration and the latest road improvements. To read more click here THE HINKLEY POINT PROJECT UPDATE DEC 2015

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Bridgwater Chamber Christmas Lunch
December 16, 2015

On Thursday 10th December Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce held its Christmas lunch at The Walnut Tree Hotel, North Petherton. An informal occasion with good company and a superb meal resulted in an excellent time being had by everyone. The dining table was beautifully laid out, complimenting the high quality of the food, and we were…

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Business Questions to your MP
December 15, 2015

Friday 15th January 2016, registration 7:30am, and finishing approximately 9:30am. This event is being held at The Walnut Tree North Petherton, Somerset, TA6 6QA Guest Speaker Ian Liddell-Grainger Ian is a Conservative Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bridgwater between the 2001 general election and 2010 and the Bridgwater and West…

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Small Business Saturday!
December 2, 2015

Help get more small businesses working on government contracts on Small Business Saturday! On Small Business Saturday, the Government want to get more small businesses signing up on Contracts Finder for tailored alerts for contracts that suit them. If you want to find out more follow the links below SmallBusinessSaturday-briefing GCS Local GCScontentforSmallBusinessSaturday To see…

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Auto Enrolment for Pensions - Read more about how it affects you
November 25, 2015

Auto Enrolment for Pensions  -   Networking Event 24 November 2015    - Neil Pinney from Pilgrim Financial Consultants gave a very interesting and insightful view of the auto enrolment process and how it affects businesses. Slides of the presentation can be viewed here Auto Enrolment Nov 2015 The talk covered the timescales for enrolment and how…

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Get Business Get Digital
October 28, 2015

GET BUSINESS GET DIGITAL– a new service from Sedgemoor District Council and West Somerset Council  The Economic Development Team is pleased to announce a new programme designed to help and support micro and small businesses in the Sedgemoor/West Somerset area. The sessions are FREE and can be booked at www.getbusinessgetdigital.eventbrite.com More information can be found here:…

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Would you like to take your business to the next level? A free expert seminar on 18th November
October 28, 2015

Would you like to take your business to the next level? Are you wondering how it’s done and where to start? We can help. Milsted Langdon, Barclays Bank and Amicus Commercial have teamed up to host a free event featuring expert speakers on business growth. We work closely with businesses day in, day out to…

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