About Corsham Chamber Of Commerce

Our objective is to promote and strengthen the business community in Corsham and the surrounding district, which includes Box, Lacock, Neston and Colerne and ensure a vibrant future for all businesses in our area.

Membership

Whatever your organisation size or business sector, there is always a reason to be a Corsham Chamber member whether it is to increase sales & profitability or get involved and increase your contacts. For as little as £90 per year, you can join the voice of your local business community.

Events

Corsham Chamber organises workshops, networking and special events regularly throughout the year, including the Corsham Means Business Show. All events are available at substantially discounted prices to members and many are also open to non-members.

Support

Raise local business issues, discuss challenges and receive business support via the Corsham Chamber. As a not for profit organisation which is part of Inspire by Wessex Chambers we help and represent businesses of every size, across every sector of the local economy.

Voice

Corsham Chamber exists to promote and encourage the business, commercial, industrial and retail interests of Corsham and the surrounding area. We keep our members at the heart of everything we do and are their voice in the wider Corsham community.

Corsham Chamber of Commerce 2018 Christmas Lunch at The Greenhouse Restaurant, Wadswick Green

Please join us to celebrate another successful year for Corsham Chamber Of Commerce and meet other local business people in a relaxed setting at the Greenhouse Restaurant at Wadswick Green and enjoy a delicious seasonal Christmas lunch on Thursday, 13 December 2018 from 12.30pm.

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The Corsham Business Show

Watch the video produced at the Corsham Business Show in 2016.

Following on from the success of the previous ‘Corsham Means Business’ Shows in 2015 and 2016, we are delighted to announce we are due to return on 21st March 2018.

About Corsham, Box, Lacock, Neston and Colerne

About Corsham Corsham is an historic market town and civil parish in north west Wiltshire, England. It is at the south western extreme of the Cotswolds, just off the A4 which was formerly the main turnpike road from London to Bristol, between Bath (7.5 miles / 12 kilometres) and Chippenham (4.5 miles / 7 kilometres). Find out more about Corsham, Box, Lacock and Colerne here...

Corsham Chamber Of Commerce Partnerships

Corsham Chamber works in partnership with local authorities, business groups and others, to build and maintain a regional business network and community.

Corsham Chamber Of Commerce News

Chippenham Business Awards open for entry

 
Businesses of Chippenham and the nearby area are starting to jostle for a place as entries are now open for the Chippenham Business Awards 2019. Chippenham BID and Awdry Bailey & Douglas Solicitors are inviting entries from businesses within five miles of SN15 3HU across a range of categories at the increasingly prestigious local awards ceremony.
 
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Goughs Solicitors celebrates being listed in the top three tiers of the Legal 500 guide

 

Goughs Solicitors celebrates being listed in the top three tiers of the Legal 500 guide.

 

Wiltshire based law firm Goughs Solicitors is delighted to announce that their family law team has been listed in the top three tiers of the prestigious Legal 500 guide to law firms in the South-West.

 

The Legal 500 is widely regarded as a definitive list of leading UK and worldwide law firms and to be awarded its listing Goughs had to undergo a thorough and rigorous ranking process.

 

This included interviews with key employees, clients, and contacts, a detailed analysis of the firm’s specialist areas of practice, and the submission of specific examples of work undertaken in the preceding year.

 

The Legal 500 concluded that Goughs Solicitors has ‘a strong family team’with ‘experienced and first-rate lawyers placed across a number of offices’. Among its array of services, the firm was noted as providing niche family law expertise to military families. The head of the Family law team Matthew Drew, Corsham was mentioned as he “acts for a number of clients overseas, particularly in high-value finance matters”.

 

Devizes based Partner, Jonathan Shipton is ‘a tough litigation lawyer who is not to be messed with’and has ‘excellent interpersonal skills, combining technical legal advice with guidance on risks and what is practicable and likely to be achieved through legal proceedings’; he has particular expertise in trusts of land disputes.

 

Richard Bebb, Partner, Melksham is ‘a focused and intelligent man who cares deeply about providing a sterling service for his clients’and specialises in finance matters, marital agreements and collaborative practice.  Thomas Boyce, Partner is also recommended as having a ‘high level of experience in this area’and Ross Phillips, Associate is “strong in cohabitee cases”.

 

Matthew Drew, Head of the Family Law Department said “This listing, earned purely on merit, is testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, and the strong and trusting relationships we form with all our clients. We never forget that the client is central to everything we do and this listing is a ringing endorsement of our people, our approach and our focus on providing a high quality service”.

 

Contact details:  For more information please contact Steve Watson, Marketing Manager, Goughs Solicitors, 23 Pickwick Road, Corsham, Wiltshire. SN13 9BH

Tel: 01249 712193

Email: stevewatson@goughs.co.uk

Web: www.goughs.co.uk

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Corsham Town Council November Local Business Community Update

Christmas in Corsham

It’s coming… On Saturday 1 December the town’s Wishing Tree will be open for business in the High Street, from 10am-1pm, taking Christmas wishes to hang on the tree. (Wishes are free but a donation to our Chairman’s chosen charities would be much appreciated.) And then, on Friday 7 December, the Christmas Lights will go on in our usual family-friendly festive style, with music and entertainment, a Christmas market, Father Christmas and his reindeer – and his (free) grotto, and lots more. All the fun starts at 5pm, with the lights on at 6pm.

 

Small Business Saturday – 1 December

Saturday 1 December is national Small Business Saturday so we’ll be encouraging residents and visitors to support their local businesses and come into Corsham’s town centre to not only visit the Wishing Tree, but also to discover the great range of independent shops we are lucky enough to have here – www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.

 

Christmas Window Competition

For all the town centre shops and businesses, the theme for this year’s Christmas Window Competition is Christmas Stars and the judging – by Town Council Chairman Cllr Steve Abbott, and the Chamber’s President Stuart Pearce – will take place the week of 3 December, with the winner being announced at the Christmas Lights Switch On on 7 December.

 

Neighbourhood Plan

As of the end of November, the examination of Corsham’s Neighbourhood Plan has been delayed, which is a great disappointment. The delay is to do with the Habitats Regulation Assessment Screening Report. Wiltshire Council concluded that a separate HRA would not be necessary, however a recent legal case elsewhere in the country has meant that many Neighbourhood Plan examinations have been held up whilst government guidance is awaited. The guidance was expected several weeks ago but has not materialised so Wiltshire Council has now agreed to get their own legal opinion. We hope to know more very soon and also hope that the referendum will go ahead early in the New Year. For full, up-to-date, information, visit www.corshamneighbourhoodplan.co.uk or contact Kirsty Gilby at the Town Hall.

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November Business in Focus – Matcham Property Investments

This month we speak to Tim Matcham from Matcham Property Investments

What was your mission at the outset?

Matcham Property Investments was initially set up to manage my pension via a SSAS with local company Hartsfield Financial. At the time I was working as a garden designer and realised that my pension was going to be inadequate, so some serious action was required.

I recognised that by investing in property we could generate significantly better returns, even with all the legislation changes recently. I learnt how to get the best out of investing in property by going on a yearlong Property Investment course which was very supportive and abundant.

During that year I learnt many different strategies and also devised my own which lead to me writing a book, which became an Amazon Bestseller last year, and starting to coach and mentor people who faced a similar challenge to me.

How do I advertise my business?

Blue Line Coaching has grown out of this. I use social media, in particular, LinkedIn, to get national reach, and am constantly working on my profile to attract more clients. I also make a point of getting testimonials from happy clients, preferably via video. My book has also allowed me to get speaking engagements and interviews with other high profile people within the industry. My book is not only available in Paperback & Kindle formats but also Audible, which is easily the most popular.

I also speak at events nationally and host my own networking event in Swindon. This helps me get face to face with my audience.

Is my business local or national?

It is a national business but serviced locally. Using technology we can manage time more effectively to get best use out of everyone’s time. Video conferencing allows eye to eye contact but takes away the need for travel which is expensive and time consuming. I would rather my clients focused on their tasks! As a result of my book being available on Amazon globally I also get enquiries from overseas, particularly America & Australia.

What is unique about my business?

Property is an industry with many facets and means of investing. There are lots of coaches that deal with a very wide array of different strategies but no one focuses on the financial side. It is widely acknowledged that buying property is an expensive business and if you are using your own money you will run out at some point. Understanding how you can work with other people’s money means you have unlimited funds. Given that bank rates are still incredibly low, the potential for higher returns is significant. Understanding the risks means we can help people with SSAS Pension funds, savings and other lumps of cash that are probably not achieving best results. I help investors with understanding how they can work with these private clients to access funding for their projects.

What made you choose this business?

My strength lies in helping and motivating people to achieve great things. I help them understand that they are unique and that being unique has massive advantages that they can use to their benefit. Helping to turn people lives around, which is a natural end product of this work inspires and motivates me. Frequently there are a chain of beneficiaries too which means even more people benefit from my work.

Have I ever turned down a client?

Yes I am selective with whom I work. My reputation and brand is of paramount importance. One client came to me and I discovered he was a convicted fraudster! Not the sort of background that is going to build trust amongst people wanting to invest with him. I politely made some suggestions and recommendations that would help him and showed him the door.

What advice to someone just starting out?

Believe in yourself and understand the value you bring. We are all much better than we think we are and are more capable than we give ourselves credit for. We are all Superheroes pretending to be human! You will experience some challenging times, it’s how you deal with those that will set you apart. To help with this surround yourself with good people, either employees or support team. In particular get a mentor or coach who has achieved what you aspire to. This is something that is embraced in the sports world but businesses seldom do. Those people that do, accelerate their progress and achieve far more than they would have done alone.

To what do you attribute your success?

Giving value and persistence! My rise to success recently has been over 50 years in the making – not quite overnight!! I have learned from the many mistakes and failures over the years and have learned that when there is ‘no light at the end of the tunnel’ that it is your opportunity to be that light, and guide others. Having experienced some very challenging times and ridden the storm, I am well placed to support others and give them massive value.

What are my companies’ goals?

The company has a key goal to introduce two new clients each month, working with them for 6 months or more to help them achieve their goals. Whilst this is predominantly property based, my life skills also play an important part in helping people who are stuck but haven’t yet created a pathway to achieve their own success. There are plans for a second book based on self-belief and we continue to acquire property for longer term security.

 

Tim Matcham

Tim can be contacted at tim@propertyfinance.coach07792 707334

www.attractarmchairinvestors.com

His book is available on Amazon – search Tim Matcham

Tim is also a Director of Fiveway Apartments www.fivewayapartments.co.uk offering short term accommodation on the coast in South Devon

 

 

 

 

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Oxford Innovation Services – Intensive 2 Day Business Workshop

 

Oxford Innovation Services are hosting an Intensive 2 Day Business Workshop taking place on Monday, 12 November 2018 9:00am to 4:00pmand Tuesday, 13 November 2018 9:00am to 4:00pm at Manor House Enterprise Centre, Royal Wootton Bassett. For more information please see below and please click here to book your place at the workshop.

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Corsham Town Council October Update

 

The End of the Great War

As the commemorations for the centenary of World War One come to an end, peace will be declared in Corsham on the afternoon of 11 November 2018 – following the traditional Remembrance Sunday service and parade in the morning – with an exhibition at the Town Hall honouring Corsham’s Women of World War One, as well as looking at the impact the War had on the town and launching the updated Corsham War Records book. There will also be a re-creation of the ‘spontaneous’ thanksgiving service held at St Bart’s on 11 November 1918, as news of peace spread, including the re-dedication of the town’s original wooden war memorial which has been found and repaired. The exhibition will be open from 1.30-4pm, and the church service will take place at 2pm. (These events have been funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, for which the Corsham Commemorates group is very grateful.) And, at 6pm, the Royal British Legion will launch 115 rockets to honour the 115 Corsham men who lost their lives in the War. Alongside this, Corsham is also home to a Royal British Legion Silent Soldier figure so watch out for this returning Tommy around town, and is part of the national There But Not There art project, featuring Perspex figures, each of whom represent the Fallen.

 

Christmas in Corsham

It’s coming… On Saturday 1 December the town’s Wishing Tree will be open for business in the High Street, from 10am-1pm, taking Christmas wishes to hang on the tree. (Wishes are free but a donation to our Chairman’s chosen charities would be much appreciated.) And then, on Friday 7 December, the Christmas Lights will go on in our usual family-friendly festive style, with music and entertainment, a Christmas market, Father Christmas and his reindeer – and his (free) grotto, and lots more. All the fun starts at 5pm, with the lights on at 6pm.

 

Small Business Saturday – 1 December

Saturday 1 December is national Small Business Saturday so we’ll be encouraging residents and visitors to support their local businesses and come into Corsham’s town centre to not only visit the Wishing Tree, but also to discover the great range of independent shops we are lucky enough to have here – www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.

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Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and the Young Ambassador Network

Many of you may be aware of the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and the Young Ambassador Network that operates nationally.  There is a South West element and we are actively recruiting for new members both as employers and young (18 -26yrs) current and former apprentices.

These young apprentices are able to share their experiences of being an apprentice but also promote your organisation to local schools and colleges and with that in mind we would love to have you on board.

The next Ambassador meeting is being held in Melksham on Thursday 22nd November from 10am. There are also places available on the young ambassador training taking place next Friday in Bristol, should any of your apprentices be able to take part, more dates will be available in the New Year. Full details can be found on the booking page.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/young-apprentice-ambassador-network-training-south-west-tickets-48799442446

If you are a training provider please share with the businesses you support, we are looking to engage with all sizes and sectors. For further information please contact rachael.johnson@wiltshire.gov.uk.

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Queens Square Wealth Management – Autumn Update

Setting up Queens Square Wealth Management Ltd, a Senior Partner Practice of St. James’s Place in 2009 seemed like a natural step after helping people over the previous 9 years to make most of their money and realize their financial goals, this included working with clients of two of the most recognized Private Banks in the UK.

A decision to base our office on the High Street in the pretty town of Corsham, was an easy one.  With fantastic links to the capital, cities and of course the town itself, clients old and new have flexibility of having a successful team locally. We work very closely with local businesses and professionals and offer a free no obligation meeting for all potential clients.

Based on core values of excellence of service and above-all integrity, at Queens Square Wealth Management Ltd, we will provide you with bespoke wealth management solutions that you require to satisfy your needs both now and in the future. We do not provide off-the-shelf solutions, but offer you the benefit of a trusted relationship to meet all your financial needs.

Hot topics coming up include: Budget 2018 & Brexit

Budget 2018 – five to watch. As the chancellor hunts down savings ahead of the Budget, what should you look out for?

The Chancellor has announced that the Budget will take place on Monday 29 October, earlier than has been speculated. It will be the final tax and spend speech before Britain leaves the EU, and will outline how the extra £20 billion a year for the NHS will be funded.

  1. Pensions
    Tax relief on pension contributions has been at the mercy of cash-strapped chancellors for some time…The annual allowance for pension contributions came down £50,000 to £40,000. It could potentially be cut again, perhaps to £30,000. It’s also quite possible that the chancellor could lower the earnings threshold for the ‘tapered annual allowance’, which has so far only affected top earners.
  2. Income Tax
    A small increase in the higher and top rate could help the chancellor fund his extra spending commitments. A 1p increase in the basic tax rate is expected to generate £4.85 billion by 2021/22.
  3. Capital Gains Tax
    Capital Gains Tax (CGT) rates are at historic lows, potentially making them an appealing target. He could also be persuaded to cut the current tax-free threshold of £11,700.
  4. Entrepreneurs’ Relief
    This scheme allows people selling companies to pay half the normal rate of CGT (10% rather than the current top rate of 20%) on up to £10 million of gains. However, the Resolution Foundation has called for Entrepreneurs’ Relief to be scrapped, given that it benefits a relatively small number of individuals.
  5. National Insurance contributions
    Mr Hammond has already tried, and failed, to raise National Insurance contributions (NICs) for the self-employed, nevertheless, a 1% rise in the main employees’ NIC rate would yield £4.2 billion in 2021/22, while a similar rise in the employers’ rate would bring in over £6 billion.

What could you do?  Pre-budget action plan

  • The ISA allowance of £20,000 in this tax year remains one of the simplest and most popular ways to shelter money from any further liability to Income Tax or CGT.
  • You should think about boosting your pension savings now by making the most of available allowances, so that you can potentially benefit from higher rates of tax relief on your contributions. It could also make sense to carry forward any unused allowances from the three previous tax years.
  • High earners can take steps to bring their taxable income down by making pension contributions or charitable donations.

Please take the time to view our website www.queenssquarewealth.co.uk and feel free to register for our e-briefing service, to keep up to date with these hot topics and many more.

 

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StoryTown Festival Corsham

A family festival of stories, books, performances, exhibitions and workshops that are bold, exciting and fun. Over 30+ events, most of which are free, for all ages and abilities at various venues around the town including Pound Arts, The Corsham Bookshop, Corsham Library and the Town Hall. Full programme available now, or download a copy from https://www.corsham.gov.uk/index.php.

 

As part of the upcoming StoryTown Festival taking place at venues throughout Corsham from 19-21 October 2018. The John Parker Gallery is hosting an exhibition of war-related art by Eric Ravillious. Eric was active in the early half of the 20th Century and this exhibition will display some of his book illustrations. Contact John on 07468 454001 or email john@theparkergallery.co.uk for further information and to book.

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Plastic Waste Free Corsham

No one can fail to be concerned about the extent of plastic waste in the oceans of our blue planet.  We have all seen images of huge masses of floating plastic, and of sea creatures being harmed by the waste.  We are all at risk from micro-plastics entering the human food chain through seafood and also through the water we drink.  Plastic waste on land is also a menace to wildlife and a risk to humans as it enters the food chain.  While this may seem to be another overwhelming global environmental problem, that cannot be an excuse for inaction.  Every piece of plastic waste in the environment got there through the actions of a human being – and so it is our actions which can eliminate waste.  We must all play our part.  If everyone on the planet did, the problem would not exist.  Ghandi said ‘be the change you want to see in the world’ – meaning if you want the world to change, you need to start with your own actions. This philosophy is at the core of what Transition Community Corsham (Transcoco) stands for – taking local action to solve global environmental problems.

 

It is feasible for a community like Corsham to eliminate plastic waste entirely, and we intend to work towards this goal, confident that this will have strong support from everyone in the area.  Other communities around the UK and across the world are taking a similar path.  If we all work together, we can make this happen. It can be achieved by rigorously applying the basic principles of waste management – reduce, reuse and recycle.

 

  • Reduce – reducing use of plastics, particularly single use plastics like straws, disposable cups and cutlery, single use packaging etc. We have seen recently how easily this can be achieved, as the charge for single use plastic bags reduced usage by 90%.  We need to work together to eliminate single use plastics wherever possible, and where we can, use more sustainable alternatives.
  • Reuse– plastics are very useful and will continue to be an important part of daily life. But by switching to reusable plastics, we can significantly reduce waste.  For example, we can use reusable plastic containers instead of single use plastic bottles, and reusable containers for shopping rather than single use packaging.
  • Recycle– we need to move towards a world where all plastic waste is recycled.Clearly this is not something we can entirely control within our own community, as it depends on manufacturers supplying products in recyclable plastics, and on local authorities providing facilities for recycling all plastics.  We are moving in the right direction with Wiltshire Council extending kerbside plastic recycling, and government are finally starting to take measures to encourage plastic recycling, such as the proposed deposit scheme on plastic bottles.

 

We intend to work with all parts of the community to achieve the aim of eliminating plastic waste.  Our main areas of focus will be:

  • Local government: we will work with Corsham Town Council and Wiltshire Council (via the Corsham Area Board) to identify how local policies can be developed to support the goal of zero plastic waste. This could include extending local plastic recycling facilities, improving communication on what recycling facilities are available to homes and businesses, and endorsing and promoting local action to eliminate plastic waste, perhaps through a ‘kitemark’ type scheme which identifies those organisations which have adopted plastic waste free policies.  We will encourage local government to adopt plastic waste free policies in their own premises.  We will also keep our local MPs informed and encourage them to support national polices to eliminate plastic waste.
  • Local retailers(e.g. shops and cafés): consulting with retailers to determine what changes they can make to eliminate plastic waste, without harming their business.For example, eliminating single use plastic cups and straws would save money, while potentially increasing loyalty from customers who want to see less plastic waste. We will also lobby national retailers such as Co-op and Sainsbury’s to introduce reusable/recyclable packaging and eliminate single use plastics.
  • Local businesses: helping them think through ways they could eliminate plastic waste, for example stopping use of single use plastic beakers for coffee or water, and encouraging use of reusable cups and containers.
  • Local community organisations(e.g. churches, youth groups): encouraging and educating on ways to eliminate plastic waste, e.g. through avoiding single use plastics when catering for events.
  • Local individuals: communicating and promoting ways to eliminate plastic waste, raising awareness and encouraging simple but effective changes in behaviour to eliminate plastic waste.
  • Transcocowill organise the project, working with the community to promote and encourage plastic waste free policies, and producing resources such as guides and checklists to make it easy to implement these policies. We will also continue our regular Transcoco litter picks around the town, collecting and wherever possible recycling plastic litter.

 

By working in a collaborative way with all these parts of the community, we believe we can, together, achieve a significant reduction in plastic waste and move ultimately towards the elimination of plastic waste altogether. As there is clearly a widespread consensus that plastic waste is a major problem, we are confident that our community will embrace this project and make the simple but effective changes needed to achieve this goal.

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