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 October Networking Breakfast hosted by Lucknam Park Hotel

Corsham Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend our monthly Breakfast Meeting hosted by Lucknam Park Hotel in the Brasserie on Wednesday, 3 October 2018 from 7.30 to 9.00am.

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

The Corsham Antiques Roadshow on Sunday 30th of September

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Connect @ Hartham Park Complimentary Networking Breakfast with Business West and Innovate2Succeed

Business West will be delivering the Connect Breakfast at Hartham Park on the Thursday, 11th of October 2018. With a large increase in membership in Wiltshire we have partnered with Hartham Park to use their fantastic workspace for our business consultants so we can extend our reach into Wiltshire and better support our existing and new members in the area and engage with the 60 innovative and enterpriaing SMEs working at the Hartham Park site already. Please click here to book your place at the event.

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SWLEP 2018 Annual Conference and Business Growth Summit

SWLEP would like to invite you to join the 2018 Annual Conference and Business Growth Summit on 4 October. An excellent opportunity for valuable networking with influential attendees and businesses from across the area’s  diverse industries. It is an event not to be missed.

Please click hereto book your place.

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Have your say on new council division boundaries for Wiltshire

Have your say on new council division boundaries for Wiltshire

The 10-week public consultation has started on proposals for new council divisions and division boundaries for Wiltshire Council. Consultation will close on 5 November 2018 and the new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in May 2021.

If you represent a local organisation or community group in Wiltshire, please pass this message on to your members or anyone who you think might be interested in the review. You can share the message by email or through social media by using the buttons at the bottom right of the page.

Please click here for further information.

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Corsham Town Council – September Update

The Chamber Exhibitions

The latest in the art exhibitions being held in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall is Resonance, an exhibition that shows how five artists respond to our changing environment as our planet is being transformed by the actions of mankind. Resonance is open during weekday office hours, from 9am-5pm (4.30pm on Fridays), and will also be open from 12-4pm on Saturday 15 September to coincide with the Street Fair.

 

Corsham StoryTown

Do you have a tale to tell? Or want to escape with a good book? Or want to encourage your children to get writing? StoryTown is a new, three-day, festival celebrating reading, writing and all things literary for all ages. From 19-21 October, you’ll find writing workshops, author Q&As, performances, exhibitions and more happening at venues around the town. This Corsham Town Council/Bath Spa University Paper Nations’ collaboration features over 20 different events so there really is something for everyone, and the vast majority of them are free. Watch out for more details coming soon – www.corsham.gov.uk.

 

Strategic Plan

The Town Council’s new Strategic Plan for 2018-2022 has been approved and the priorities for the next 12 months are being discussed. Once finalised, the Strategic Plan will be available to download from www.corsham.gov.uk. The Town Council’s desire to help and support local businesses and employment opportunities continues from the previous Plan.

The Autumn issue of the Town Council’s quarterly newsletter will be sent out to all households and local businesses w/c 8 October. And if you want to discuss any business-related matters with a local Town Councillor, do contact the Town Hall and we’ll put you in touch – 01249 702130, towncouncil@corsham.gov.uk.

 

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Oxford Innovation and SWLEP SME Growth Project

Oxford Innovatioare now working closely with SWELP on a project to Support SMEs in their growth and development, offering an Intensive Business Workshop for SMEs and Start-ups, as part of the SME Growth Programme. Eligible business owners or directors will be able to attended a fully funded, 2 day immersive business coaching; where they will have the opportunity to discuss and discover their business, market and industry more in depth; as well as network with other new businesses, and identify good practices from peers.

These events every couple of months, and the next one is taking place on the 17th and 18th September 2018, in Salisbury. Please click here for further information about the workshop, Key Note Speakers and to book a place.

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September Business in Focus – Red Forge Studios

This month we are in discussion with Red Forge Studios. Thank you to Director Michael Holman for taking the time to answer some questions.

 

What was your mission at the outset?

I have always been very keen to work with as varied a client base as possible, but to bring the same core values of quality and creativity to each project. Whether I’m dealing with a fashion campaign, putting together pieces for traditional printed media, shooting for agencies, or working on any number of other projects, commercial photography demands the same basic principals – those of showcasing a product or service to its very best advantage.

 

What service(s) or product(s) do you offer/manufacturer?

The studio offers a complete range of commercial photography services, including, if necessary, every step from concept all the way through to print preparation and proofing. As a fully equipped commercial studio, we are able to organise and conduct shoots ranging from simple set-ups to advanced campaigns involving models, stylists, makeup and all the various talents which are necessary to get the very best results.

A recent addition to our facilities is a custom-built professional vocal sound booth, which is perfect for recording voiceovers, podcasts, audiobooks, soundtracks and singing vocals.

 

How do you advertise your product/service?

The vast majority of new work comes through word of mouth from existing clients or through enquiries from people who have seen our work published. I personally also try to network as much as possible (although not enough…), and have noticed an upward trend of prospective work coming directly from the website.

I’ve been lucky enough to work with a lot of fantastic clients over the years, and as a result have built up a strong and varied portfolio, which goes a long way in promoting the studio’s capabilities.

 

To what do you attribute your success?

Slightly obsessive attention to detail and a lot of very long working days! I think it’s also very important to make the same effort with every client, regardless of the size of the project, and treat everyone as you’d wish to be treated both on a personal level and from a business perspective. The most productive shoots are always those for which everyone is relaxed and enjoying the process.

 

What made you choose your current location?

Aside from stints away at university on the south coast and in London, I’ve always lived in North Wiltshire, and Corsham specifically offered what I judged to be a very good balance between city-centre and middle-of-nowhere… The access from the M4 is good, and Bath is very easy to get to. It feels rural, and yet there are plenty of places for a good client lunch!

 

What are your company’s goals?

The aim is to exceed client expectations on every project. Each job is a unique challenge and the creative process varies from client to client, but the common thread is a requirement to produce images which fulfil the brief, whether that’s massive visual impact for a poster campaign, technical accuracy for a brochure, or minute details for an in-depth instructional website.

It’s always wonderful to work with repeat clients, and that requires giving them a good reason to come back!

 

What made you choose this type of business?

An historical interest in photography, combined with degrees in design and illustration seemed to lead naturally towards commercial photography, which allows me, especially in the studio environment, to exploit the more technical side of my experience. There’s a lot of problem-solving involved in many studio projects, and this appeals to the engineer in me, while the photography itself allows a huge amount of creativity.

 

Does your company help the community where it is located?

We try to work with local businesses as much as possible, and also do everything we can to get involved in anything that might benefit Corsham as a whole – both as a place to live (I live here as well as work here), and as a place to run a business. It’s a brilliant place to work, but that’s only sustainable with constant innovation and enthusiasm from the businesses that work in the town. The studio has hosted work experience placements, given local talks on photography and been involved with Corsham School for their careers day for the past couple of years.

 

Have you ever turned down a client?

Never an existing client, but a prospective new one, yes, absolutely. In my opinion clients would much rather be referred elsewhere than hear promises which will inevitably be broken due to time constraints or conflicting jobs. It’s encouraging, however, how long people are often willing to wait if you’re honest and upfront about how busy you are and how long it’s likely to take.

 

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

Never undersell yourself. Find rates which you’re happy to work for, and stick to them. In this industry in particular, it would be very easy to work full time on favours and ‘mates rates’. Allow some flexibility, but remember that once you’ve charged a client a super-low rate, that’s what your service is worth to them, regardless of the quality of material or level of service that you’re providing.

 

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July Business in Focus – Purple Lime

This month we are in discussion with Purple Lime. Thank you to Director Oli Thomas for taking the time to answer some questions.

 

  • How did you get your idea or concept for the business? I was working in an accountancy practice and had potential clients approaching me for outsourced finance function services that we were not geared up to deliver. I also have always kept a close eye on how AI and cloud technology was coming to change the way accounting services are performed and delivered to growing businesses. These two opportunities came together with my setting up of a new accountancy firm

 

  • What was your mission at the outset? Purple Lime’s mission is to deliver valued accountancy services to ambitious growing businesses, using a blend of highly capable people and the latest technology within accounting and finance. We help businesses get to where they want to be by being the tailored finance function – to plan, capture and report financial performance. We help people get to where they want to be by applying our core values of integrity, investment in people and the use of technology both internally to our employees and externally to the entrepreneurs and business leaders that we work with.

 

  • How many employees? Currently five accountants with two more planned before the end of the year.

 

  • What services or products do you offer or manufacture? Accountancy services; running businesses finance functions whilst taking care of the year-end tax/compliance as well.

 

  • How do you advertise your business? We use PR (ads, editorials, interviews), social media and a lot of networking/relationship building.

 

  • To what do you attribute your success? Extremely driven management, unique service offering and culture (youthful and modern accountants) and a good team of professionals delivering the service.

 

  • Do you use the services of a professional accountant or solicitor? We run our own finances and compliance in house. We use solicitors/lawyers on a project by project basis as the need arises. We have retained outsourced HR service for staffing.

 

  • What do you look for in an employee? Smart, interested in technology and SME business and happy to join in with team socials.

 

  • What made you choose your current location? We have a number of high-growth clients based on the same business campus as us. Hartham Park offers an excellent place to base an ambitious team and has a history of harbouring innovative businesses.

 

  • What kind of Corporation is your business? A Company limited by shares.

 

  • What’s your company’s goals? Purple Lime’s vision is to change the way SME businesses think about accountancy – moving away from compliance and tax (whilst still recognising that these are very important aspects of business) to a more involved, proactive advisory approach. We do this through our mission of utilising highly capable people and the latest technology in order to have “live” performance data for the businesses that we work with; allowing collaboration and advice to happen in real time. Every small, ambitious business can have their own finance department.

 

  • Do you work locally or nationally? Nationally, but mainly in the South, from London to Cardiff.

 

  • What is unique about your business? We are not like traditional accountants. We really do work with a client every week of the year to ensure they are on track. We also dress casually!

 

  • What are your responsibilities as the business owner? To manage the company’s growth in a sustainable way to create an environment for employees to be successful at work and our clients to be successful in business. We ensure all employees are given equal opportunity and have the tools and skillset required to deliver their best work to clients.

 

  • What made you choose this type of business?  I have been an accountant for my entire career and love working with SME businesses to help them achieve their goals and comply with tax and accounting requirements in a changing landscape of compliance.

 

  • Does your company help the community where it is located? Yes, we have quarterly charitable drives which are picked in turn by the staff. These could be local (such as schools) or national (such as large charities) organisations. We also take an active part in socialising and sharing knowledge with the business community in Corsham and specifically at Hartham Park.

 

  • Have you ever turned down a client? Yes, we have a clear profile of who we can help and which businesses we will add value to. If the business does not fit this profile, we signpost the enquiry to our contacts in the accounting profession.

 

  • If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be? Plan your business model our in numbers and narrative to the finest detail you can before starting, always linking this back to your mission and values. Once you have a plan that works, stick to it ruthlessly and measure against it (financially and non-financially) at least monthly.

 

 

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Corsham Town Council – July Update

Strategic Plan 2018-2022
The Town Council is currently working on its new Strategic Plan, to guide its work from now until 2022. Alongside the major projects in the pipeline, including the new cemetery and public realm work, there are five main themes to the Plan: A safe and healthy community; Open for business; Where everybody has the opportunity to thrive; Cultural Corsham, and A sustainable future/gaining the most from sustainable growth. The Plan is still at the draft stage, with more review and consideration to come, but the objectives within each them have been prioritised and a workplan and timescales will be put together over the next few weeks.

 

Parkour Facility/Outdoor Gym
The Parkour (free-running) facility has opened at Springfield Rec and is proving a huge success with locals and visitors alike. Parkour groups from Trowbridge, Bristol and Calne have been to Corsham to use it, and we hope members from the groups will be able to offer coaching sessions there in the near future. The parkour will be officially opened at the Summer Fete on 7 July, at around 12.15pm. Work on the outdoor gym will start in early July – we wanted to get the Fete out of the way first – and should progress quickly enough for the gym to be available to use before the end of the summer holidays.

 

Street Fair
Taste of Corsham, Summer Fete, and next it’s the Street Fair, back in the town centre, from 12-4pm on Saturday, 15 September. It will be the usual mix of stalls, entertainment, great food and fun and games. Watch out for more details coming soon.

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Work Wiltshire: Be Involved – supporting the future workforce

Be Involved is a Swindon and Wiltshire initiative that enables employers to support the employability of our young people and the future workforce. By signing up we aim to create a directory of businesses and other organisations who pledge to work together around the following key areas across Swindon and Wiltshire: supporting local schools, supporting those with significant barriers to work, offering apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships.

Being part of Be Involved means your business can support the residents of Swindon and Wiltshire and inspire a future workforce, as well as assisting local projects such as the Enterprise Adviser Network and Building Bridges. When you sign up to the initiative, a member of Wiltshire Council’s Employment and Skills service or Swindon Borough Council’s Routes to Employment service(depending on business locality) will be in contact to discuss what support your business is interested in. We will then be in contact with you when opportunities arise that you have registered an interest in, and we will also contact you from time to time to see how things are going.

If you would like to get involved please visit our website here or email workwilts@wiltshire.gov.uk
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