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.


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.


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.


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.


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 2019 AGM

Corsham Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to attend the 2019 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 28th of March at the Methuen Arms.

Corsham Chamber of Commerce April Networking Breakfast hosted by Lean Lines

Corsham Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend our monthly Networking Breakfast Meeting hosted by Lean Lines on Wednesday, 3rd of April 2019 at the Methuen Arms.

Keep up to date with everything to do with Corsham Chamber of Commerce and the Corsham Business Show. Join in the conversion and share with us your news via any of our social media channels.

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

Dorothy House chief returns to Bath to complete ‘One Man & His Dog’ 180-mile walking tour

Corsham Chamber of Commerce are huge supporters of Wiltshire-based Dorothy House Hospice Care and are continually focusing on the importance of providing them with opportunities to gain maximum exposure and fundraising opportunities.

The Corsham Business Show held in March 2018 was a prime example of this support and acted as a platform upon which they could connect with local businesses; raising not only their profile, but by donating a percentage of the show’s income to the charity, more than £1,000 was raised for Dorothy House Hospice Care.

With the need to continually raise funds and awareness of the work of the hospice among the local community, Dorothy House Chief Executive, John Davies recently embarked on a ‘One Man and His Dog’ 180 mile walking challenge; which over 17 days has so far raised more than £5,000. Fundraising continues until Friday 16th November 2019.  To donate, visit the One Man & His Dog page on www.localgiving.org or www.dorothyhouse.org.uk


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inVenue Community Hub Survey

inVenue is an initiative to help local organisations generate income from the use of their space. It aims to give arts, cultural, sports, municipal and heritage venues the tools to attract businesses and individuals to meet and celebrate with them, strengthening the local community at the same time.

Corsham has many beautiful spaces where businesses can meet, work, play… and grow. Please help us understand what your needs are. Please follow the link below to participate in the survey.


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Corsham Olympian seeks local business backing to take her to Tokyo 2020 Games

Corsham Olympian seeks local business backing to take her to Tokyo 2020 Games

After winning two Golds in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Corsham-based Olympic swimmer Stephanie Millward MBE expected to gain sponsors and funding support to take her to the Tokyo Games in 2020.

But being the best isn’t good enough.  Stephanie’s medal classification (S9) and age (38) means British Swimming no longer considers her a medal contender for Tokyo 2020 and has since cut her £1,000 pm National Lottery Award.

However, the gold medallist refuses to give up her successful sporting career and with training for the Olympic circuit a full-time job, Millward, like many other UK Olympians are stretched financially thin.

For the past 18 months, the MS sufferer has been working 8 hour shifts at her local petrol station in Box Wiltshire and giving swimming lessons and coaching sessions to make ends meet.

Now, a rigorous, full time training schedule ahead of Tokyo 2020 leaves little time for paid work and as preparation for the British Trials in April 2019 and the World Championships in July, Stephanie is seeking sponsorship deals from local businesses in the final push to become a Paralympic Champion again.

As supporters of the Corsham Chamber of Commerce, we would very much welcome your backing to help Stephanie succeed with her sporting excellence.  For sponsorship enquiries, please contact Nigel Laughton nigel@nigellaughton.com

President of the Corsham Chamber of Commerce and MD of Corsham-based SMARTech energy, Stuart Pearce presents Stephanie with a cheque for £500.

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Young Entrepreneurs Swindon Network Launch – The Purpose of Networks

Thursday 31 January sees the launch of the Young Entrepreneurs Swindon Network but what is the purpose of business network groups?

A business network, also known as a business club, is a membership group in which business people share knowledge, experience and contacts. Some are narrowly focused on members generating business leads for one another. Others offer a broader exchange of knowledge and support, and may also provide services such as mentoring, member-to-member discounts, office space and online promotion of members’ businesses. The launch of the Young Entrepreneurs Swindon Network should see the purpose of this network being defined as well as its legal status and if you are a young entrepreneur or know of one in the area we hope to see them there.

Networks are usually operated via regular networking meetings, which may be formal or informal, and have a website with event listings, news and often a members’ discussion forum. Breakfast business meetings are increasingly common, as are speed networking events. Many networks rotate their meetings between breakfast, lunchtime and evening in order to encourage attendance.

Business networks or clubs typically generate their income via membership subscriptions. Fees vary greatly, from around £50 to around £500 per year. Some make additional charges for events or for services such as training. Many raise money from corporate sponsorship and from advertising on their websites. Some may charge for, and make a profit from, catering. For example, some business breakfast clubs charge an additional £10 per meeting to cover refreshments.

For many people, the ultimate purpose of networking is to generate new business by finding potential new business partners and obtaining word-of-mouth referrals, recommendations and introductions. However, networking can also help to:

  • Share or learn about new ideas.
  • Find out what competitors are up to.
  • Gather general or specific industry information.
  • Get help with problems from people with appropriate knowledge and experience.
  • Keep up to date with new industry developments, regulations and policies.
  • Form relationships with potential partners.

There are a number of common traits among business people who are effective networkers:

  • They treat everyone equally and with respect.
  • They are good listeners.
  • They demonstrate empathy.
  • They are friendly and approachable.
  • They are interested in other people.

In addition to good listening and verbal communication skills, it is important to be able to react appropriately to different kinds of situations and emotional moods. These skills can all be developed with practice.

Networking is often the start of forming new business relationships and alliances. This can take a number of months, so it is important to have a plan for when and how to follow up with new contacts to nurture and develop the relationship.

However you approach business network here’s three tips all attendees:

  • Always follow up conversations or introductions later and never promise something that can’t be delivered.
  • When collecting business cards, have a plan for maintaining contact with people in order to encourage further meetings or invitations to events.
  • Networking is reciprocal so it is as much about giving and sharing contacts and referrals as receiving them
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AA announces new Rosette Award winners – The Methuen Arms

Congratulations to Head Chef Leigh Evans and his talented team at the Methuen Arms for recently being awarded awarded three AA Rosettes, placing the local restaurant amongst the top restaurants in the country.

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New Year sees Goughs Solicitors welcome seven new recruits

New Year sees Goughs Solicitors welcome seven new recruits

Goughs Solicitors, one of Wiltshire’s leading law firms, has kick started the New Year by announcing the appointment of seven new recruits firm wide, the highest number of recruits to start at any one time. This includes the recruitment of a new Head of Residential Property, three new Solicitors, a new Marketing Executive and two secretaries.

The recruitment is a reflection of the firm’s strong performance, its continuing focus on strategic planning and its dedication to providing an excellent service to all clients throughout the region and further afield.

The firm’s Residential Property department sees a number of new recruits, including the appointment of Associate Solicitor and new Head of Department, Sarah Thomson.  Further strengthening the team are Solicitors Nadine Cook, Lisa Seddon and Faye Rawlings who bring with them more than 50 years of combined experience.

Sarah prides herself on being approachable, pro-active and highly practical and has quickly made a positive impact on both the team and clients.  She advises clients on all aspects of residential property transactions including complex and high value properties, transfers of equity, freehold and leasehold sales and purchases.


On her appointment, Sarah said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed as Head of Residential Property at such an exciting time for the firm. I look forward to offering our clients the highest level of care and service tailored to their unique circumstances and ensuring our dedicated team stays at the cutting edge of Residential Property law.”

Kevin Basnett, managing partner of Goughs Solicitors, commented:“We are delighted to start the New Year by announcing our new recruits.As one of Wiltshire’s leading law firms, we are very focused on giving our clients the highest standard and quality of service, so we’re delighted to welcome such a diverse group of talent to the firm”

He added “Goughs sustained success is testament to the outstanding legal talent within our ever-growing teams.”


Goughs Solicitors has 6 offices across Wiltshire, with more than 40 lawyers offering a full spectrum of legal advice. www.goughs.co.uk


Contact details:  For more information please contact Steve Watson, Marketing Manager, Goughs Solicitors, 23 Pickwick Road, Corsham, Wiltshire. SN13 9BH.  Tel: 01249 717879 Email: stevewatson@goughs.co.uk  Web: www.goughs.co.uk


Background Company Information:  Goughs Solicitors has 6 offices based throughout Wiltshire and over 90 members of Staff. The firm provides legal advice for both individuals and businesses including: Divorce, Separation, Finance and Children, Employment advice for Employees, Personal Injury and Medical Negligence, Private Client and Residential Property services.  The firm’s commercial offering includes Commercial Property, Construction Services, Corporate Services, Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Employment advice for Employers and Real Estate, Land and Development


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Corsham Town Council January Update


Town Centre/Parking Survey

The Town Council is undertaking some survey and focus group work on the town centre, parking and the public realm. We want to involve local businesses in this so if you would be interested in being part of a focus group, do get in touch with Sharon Thomas at the Town Hall (sthomas@corsham.gov.uk).


Community Awards 2019

Our annual celebration of the people who make Corsham a better place to live is back for 2019. Do you know an unsung hero who makes a difference to our town? The Town Council would like to recognise and promote those individuals and groups who make a real contribution to the parish. They might do voluntary work, coach a sports team, be an artistic inspiration or have made a real difference to their local environment. If you would like to nominate someone, all the details and the forms are available from the Town Hall or via our website (www.corsham.gov.uk). Nominations close on Friday 1 March, and the awards will be presented at the Town Council’s Annual Meeting on Thursday 11 April, 7pm for 7.30pm.


Neighbourhood Plan

We’re disappointed to have to report that the examination of Corsham’s Neighbourhood Plan has been delayed for several weeks due to legal technicalities which are out of our control. A recent court case elsewhere in the country has meant that many Plans have been held up while we all wait for guidance – we need to be certain the Plan is robust and not open to challenge. The problem revolves around changes in the way habitat assessments are dealt with. Habitats are especially sensitive around Corsham, primarily due to the rare and protected species of bats that live in the area. We hope that the process isn’t held up for too long and will be able to report on progress soon (www.corshamneighbourhoodplan.co.uk).


Taste of Corsham

Foodies of Corsham, put Saturday 15 June in your diaries because Taste of Corsham is back! From 10am onwards, the town centre will be the place to discover the best in local produce, discover what our town’s cafes, pubs and restaurants have to offer, and enjoy some great live music too. There’ll be stalls, tastings, talks and more. Watch out for lots more information coming soon – and if you’re interested in being a part of the day, then please contact Kirsty Gilby at the Town Hall for more details. It’s also part of Festival Fortnight, which includes the Walking Festival (7-9 June) and The Pound’s Blue Sky Festival will run over the weekend of Taste of Corsham too.

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January Business in Focus – Honey Legal

This month we talk to Jerry Walsingham, Estate Planning Consultant from Honey Legal.



What was your mission at the outset?

The core philosophy of Honey Legal, that underpins everything we do is “Do the right thing”. Its the same approach I took in my own business – do right by the customer, no matter what. Our primary purpose is to help people protect their loved ones, themselves and their assets through effective end of life planning. Part of the mission is education, part to get the conversation going and part to put the protections in place. We take out buildings and contents insurance to protect our bricks and mortar against the unforeseen, but do not treat ourselves and our family with the same diligence.


What services do you offer?

Honey Legal are a specialist Estate Planning company. We do 5 things only. They are Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Trusts, Funeral Plans and Probate Services. Thats all we do.


How do you advertise your business?

As a self employed consultant I am responsible for finding my own clients. I am tackling this on several fronts –  talks, Linked In, events, leaflets, Facebook ads, networking and referrals. Referrals will become the major source I suspect as my client base grows. Honey Legal also take national ads in the Times, Telegraph and Mirror.


Do you work locally or nationally?

I am focussed on Somerset and Wiltshire although Honey Legal consultants are not territory based. If you referred me to a family member or friend in say, Cornwall or B’rum, I would go and see them as the personal connection is very important to me.

With over 200 consultants Honey Legal cover England and Wales.


What is unique about your business?

In an unregulated industry, Honey Legal are voluntarily regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (who also cover Probate Lawyers) and each of our solicitors is individually registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority. They triple check that we always do the right thing. Honey Legal offer all the services above including Trusts. Not all solicitors or will writers can offer the full range of requirements for estate planning.


Does your company help the community where it is located?

Yes indeed. Honey Legal give a % of their profits to charity each year, such as Help For Heroes, Cancer Research UK and When You Wish Upon a Star amongst others. Honey Legal facilitate over £12m pa to charities and good causes through Will Legacy Donations. I personally support Business Against Poverty, Mencap and Breast Cancer UK.


 If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Persist and you will win. Most give up when the going gets tough. If you believe in your product/service and have a good business plan in place, persistence is the key quality you need to succeed.


What made you choose this type of business?

I wanted to do something with a greater sense of purpose. Helping people protect themselves, their loved ones and the assets they have worked so hard to build fulfils that for me. When you read the stories of grief and financial hardship caused by the lack of estate planning, helping families avoid such situations is very worthwhile. 2 in 3 have no will, 9 in 10 have no Powers of Attorney in place. There is a lot to do.


What are your responsibilities as the business owner?

Firstly to “do the right thing” for each and every client. Secondly to make people aware of the possible consequences of not putting wills and LPA’s in place. Thirdly getting “that” conversation going early enough. Helping people realise they can take control of their situation benefits both them and their families.


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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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