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.

June Networking Breakfast Event at the Methuen Arms

Corsham Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend our monthly Networking Breakfast Meeting on Wednesday, 27 June 2018 from 7.30 to 9.00am at the award winning Methuen Arms.

Our focus this month will be on Connection and Business to Business networking.  We’ll be taking time to broaden our knowledge of other local businesses, explore what we may be able to offer in support of them and generally creating a collaborative environment in which business may flourish. Our intention is to really encourage everyone to think ’give’ before ‘receive’ and to build good strong business relationships with each other.  So, our format will be a little different and we’ll welcome your feedback at the end of the event.

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

Proposed parking increases by Wiltshire Council


Update from Tracy Parker, President of the Trowbridge Chamber.

We are urging you to raise your objections to the proposed parking increases and as well as a petition in our local stores have now started one online. We request that you sign and also get the word out via social media etc and get your members, customers, friends to sign the petition. Also please share with any other relevant business organisations.
There is a link on our Facebook and Twitter page as well as our website  https://www.trowbridgechamber.co.uk/ I have also included a direct link below https://www.change.org/p/bridget-wayman-petition-to-wiltshire-county-council-to-reconsider-increase-in-parking-charges.
As local businesses we need to have our voices heard. By coming together we are not only are we stronger but louder.
The Wiltshire Council meeting on this matter is May 22nd so time is of the essence. If you already have your own campaigns going let us know so that we can support you.
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Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership: Shaping our Industrial Strategy – Business Breakfast or Lunch


Shaping our Industrial Strategy – Business Breakfast or Lunch

The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP), is in the process of developing an industry-led Local Industrial Strategy that will focus on sector strengths in Swindon & Wiltshire.

To do this we need to work in partnership with Government and innovative businesses at the heart of our thriving economy. The Government has said that it will prioritise areas with “the potential to drive regional growth, focusing on clusters of expertise and centres of economic activity.” Working together, we need to ensure that Swindon & Wiltshire is an area of choice to partner with Government and be leaders of this activity not passive recipients.  We want your help in shaping our Local Industrial Strategy, thereby supporting the UK  to lead the global tech revolution.

You are invited to join the SWLEP with representatives from Government on Wednesday 13th June for a:

Business Breakfast in Salisbury 07:30 – 10:30

Or a Business Lunch in Swindon 12:30 – 15:30

For further details, please register at:



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£8m Loan Fund for Business Growth in Swindon & Wiltshire

The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership is today launching the next round of the Growing Places Infrastructure Fund (GPIF) Loan Programme. SWLEP are inviting applications to the fund to support capital investment by local businesses.

Businesses can make applications from £750,000 up to around £2m in support of capital projects that help stimulate innovation, enterprise, growth or productivity gains in the Swindon and Wiltshire area. Loan payments will be made in line with the development plan for the investment.

GPIF is a ‘revolving loan fund’ which offers negotiable terms for repayment and a straightforward 2 stage application process. Stage one comprises an online application form which will be independently assessed before consideration by the SWLEP Board; this is expected to take 3 weeks from the closing date for applications.

Stage two focuses on developing more detailed business information on issues such as project costs and procurement.  This second stage is expected to take three weeks from the date of submission of the detailed business information to the final decision

The deadline for applications is 17.00 on 4th May 2018 and projects are expected to be initiated this year and completed by March 2021. Further details can be found in our new GPIF Prospectus on our website, in particular Appendix 1 which sets out key things to consider before applying.

In March 2018, the Woods Group was awarded a £1.279m Growing Places Infrastructure Fund (GPIF) loan towards the construction of Lansdowne House, its new HQ building at the Bumpers Farm Trading Estate in Chippenham. Construction is due to be completed in July 2018. The investment will allow the consolidation of their current six sites to a single 50,000 sq ft facility expected to create capacity for 200 jobs in the local economy.

John Lowndes, Director, commented “We are delighted to have been awarded the loan from the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, without which our construction plans would have been delayed.”

For further details about the programme please email Phil Clement, Head of Investment & Export Phil.Clement@swlep.co.uk.

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Methuen Arms – Best Pub in Wiltshire Award

Congratulations to the Methuen Arms who recently were won Best in Wiltshire in the National Pub & Bar Awards 2018.  The couple who took over the running of the Methuen Arms in Corsham just over a year ago have claimed the title for the best pub in Wiltshire.

Abi Vince and Ashley Harlow helped reinvigorate the pub, restaurant and hotel with Liberation Group after the previous owners decided to sell up.The pair had a shock though when they discovered that their pub had beaten dozens of others to claim the county title of the National Pub and Bar Awards.

“We didn’t expect it all, not least because we didn’t actually enter it ourselves,” Mr Harlow said. “Someone has obviously come along to the pub and liked what they saw because now we are county winners.

“I’ve known the pub for 20 years and I actually worked for the previous owners Debbie and Martin Still, but the fact we took the pub on just little over a year ago and have won an award is crazy.”

Mr Harlow and Ms Vince will now be invited to attend a red carpet celebration in London to find out if the Methuen Arms will become a regional or national winner.

“To win best a pub and bar award for the county is amazing because it recognised that we are not just a restaurant or just a hotel, and that we keep our locals happy,” he added.Mr Harlow added. “I am so proud of the team because that is so important to us.”

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Wishford Schools acquire the Westonbirt School

Corsham based Wishford Schools are very excited to announce that Westonbirt School in Gloucestershire have joined the Wishford Schools group. This highly regarded prep and senior school, housed in a beautiful building in a stunning location is currently celebrating its 90th birthday.

Sam Antrobus, Wishford’s Executive Chair said, ‘We have been looking for some time to bring a senior school into the group that fits with the Wishford educational ethos. We have known and admired Westonbirt for many years, and already have a close and very positive working relationship with the school. Westonbirt therefore represents the perfect opportunity, with a strong reputation on which to build and huge potential for further development. We very much look forward to working with Headmistress Natasha Dangerfield and her team.’

Adding Westonbirt to the group brings further opportunities for staff and pupils to work collaboratively across our growing network of schools locally, and the potential for our prep school pupils to benefit from the school’s excellent facilities and expert senior school teachers.

Natasha Dangerfield said of the move, ‘This exciting development ensures continued progression and investment for the future of both our schools. We are delighted to welcome the expertise and significant experience of the Wishford Group as we continue our journey.’

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HR Support 4 You: HR – not just an emergency service

HR – not just an emergency service

When a business hits a people crisis, then my phone usually rings. Disciplinary, Grievance or worse Redundancy.

However HR can provide prevention too, an HR Health Check will look at your policies and processes to make sure you are meeting legislation, and provide advice on how to fill any gaps with policies that work for your business and processes.

I can coach your managers (or you) in the art of having honest conversations, to try and minimize the chance of you having a people crisis.   I can coach your staff if they are having any performance issues – for example time management, attendance or confidence.

If you are recruiting to a key role, I can do a colour profile for your team, and those in the interview process to see how they will fit in, what their strengths are, what areas for development they may have – it a useful tool as part of your decision making process for senior roles in particular. Colour profiles can also be used as a development tool for your current staff.

For all your people issues, get in touch, I’d love to find out more about your business and how I can support you.

Julie Brewster, Chartered MCIPD

07743 492450




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BCR Associates: Threat to businesses as energy prices set to continue rising

Threat to businesses as energy prices set to continue rising

With all the various negotiation to form an orderly exit from the European Union another potential time bomb awaits to ambush UK businesses. Since Brexit, the UK has seen some of its biggest cost rises in years.
The new costs have large implications for commercial users and SMEs whose energy costs are a large part of their business. Already, we have seen Electricity costs rise 15% – 20% in the last 18 months and businesses are expecting it. Roll back to 2015 / 2016 when oil was at rock bottom and many companies secured attractive 2-4 year fixed energy contracts at great rates. These same businesses are now coming towards their renewal window and suddenly finding large unexpected increases. 52% of the energy costs businesses pay are third party charges such as infrastructure, transport,government taxes, renewable obligations and tariffs. This total is set to increase to 58% in the near future meaning that whilst energy commodity costs may be flat, charges to businesses are still increasing. So, if your business is an energy user then be prepared for higher future costs. Ensure that your business plan and budgeting have taken these elevated costs into account, it will be higher costs for the same product. We have already worked with many businesses who have found these new costs crippling to their businesses when margins are already tight.
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May Update from Corsham Town Council


Second Consultation on the Corsham Neighbourhood Plan

There’s still time to have your say on the Neighbourhood Plan before Wiltshire Council passes it to an independent examiner ahead of a community referendum later this year. It’s also a chance to offer your support for the Plan. The consultation runs until 5pm on Friday, 25 May 2018, and the Neighbourhood Plan and all its associated documents can be viewed via Wiltshire Council’s consultation portal http://consult.wiltshire.gov.uk/portal. Paper copies are also available at Corsham Library, the Town Hall and Wiltshire Council’s offices at Monkton Park in Chippenham. You can comment via the portal, or download a form from the portal and email it to neighbourhoodplanning@wiltshire.gov.uk, or fill in a paper copy, which will be available at the three sites listed. For more information about the consultation, contact Spatial Planning at the email address above, or call 01225 713223. For more information on the Plan itself, contact the Town Hall on 01249 702130.

Taste of Corsham

Taste of Corsham (www.corsham.gov.uk/visit), 16 June 2018, is a delicious experience, set in and around Corsham’s beautiful High Street, with something for everyone. Come and try, buy and enjoy the best local and regional food – from gin and cider to ice-cream, pickles and chocolate cake. Companies already signed up include Mr Pastry, Lacock Dairy, The Free Range Chef, the Wiltshire Liqueur Company and Scout & Sage Gin, plus there will be sampling tents, master classes and guest speakers, and the chance to eat your way around Corsham as the great local cafes, pubs and restaurants offer a free ‘Taste’ of what they do best.

Plus Taste of Corsham is teaming up with the Pound Arts Centre who will be bringing you music and entertainment on the Taste Stage, as part of the Blue Sky Festival (12-17 June, www.blueskyfestival.org.uk). There will also be street theatre, crafts, some delicious art to enjoy and lots more fun for all the family. It’s also the 350th Anniversary of Corsham’s Almshouses (www.corshamalmshouses.org.uk) so why not take a free tour around this historic building and enjoy even more activities in the grounds? And Bath Spa University are throwing open the doors of their campus at Corsham Court, as well, so you can  immerse yourself in the Arts and enjoy a sneak peek at all the creativity on display.

Taste of Corsham, sponsored by Queen Square Wealth Management, runs from 10am-4pm and there’s free parking in town all day too so why not come and ‘Taste’ all that Corsham has to offer?

To find out more contact Corsham Town Council on 01249 702130 or email towncouncil@corsham.gov.uk


Corsham Walking Festival

It’s time to get your walking boots on and step out into the glorious countryside and footpaths that surround Corsham. This year’s Walking Festival (www.corshamwalkingfestival.org.uk) takes place from 8-10 June, features 27 themed walks allowing you do to everything from Climbing Up on Solsbury Hill to getting a taste of Nordic Walking, as well as walks for all the family including a Children’s Treasure Hunt. Booking is open now via the website or in person at The Pound. Five walks are already sold out, so book soon.


Strategic Plan

The Town Council is currently working on its new Strategic Plan for 2018-2022, with five major themes, including the continuation of the ‘Open for Business’ theme from the current Plan and the new ‘Where Everybody has the Opportunity to Thrive’. There are also likely to be changes within the Town Council after next week’s Annual Council Meeting, when committee chairmen and representatives to outside bodies, including the Chamber of Commerce, are chosen and elected.

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May Business in Focus – BMC Resourcing

This month we are discussion with BMC Resourcing, thank you to Operational Director, Caroline Butson for taking the time to answer some questions.

How did you get your idea or concept for the business?

Marc and I were tired and frustrated with building businesses for other people.  Building successful businesses for others, no longer appealed.  It was time for us to step up and do this for ourselves.

What was your mission at the outset?

To provide honest, straightforward service and a driven recruitment business.

How many employees?

Three and looking to expand during the next 18 months.

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

Permanent, temporary and contract recruitment services.

How do you advertise your business?

All forms of Social media, along with market leading job boards.

How do you advertise your product/service?

Our own website, social media and job board advertising.

To what do you attribute your success?

Providing a quality service, to both clients and candidates alike. Helping them succession plan, in order to future proof their businesses.

Do you use the services of a professional accountant or solicitor?

Yes, an accountant.  We also have the support, from REC Recruitment and Employment Confederation, in order to make sure we are compliant.

What do you look for in an employee? 

Apprenticeships are the best fit for our business, people who are willing to learn from on-the-job training.  Taking in all we have to offer, from our wealth of knowledge gain over many years.

What made you choose your current location?

The decision was an easy one!  We are situated in-between our client base. Therefore, Corsham was agreed on, as our location of choice.

What are your company’s goals?

To build a respected recruitment business, that is built on honesty and quality of service.  A company that people will be proud to work with and for.

Do you work locally or nationally?

We support our local businesses, and with that, supporting them with their national recruitment needs.

What is unique about your business?

We never end the search for the right candidates; other recruitment agents will just give up.  We listen, understand the client’s needs/wants/desires and talk to the about Market-Forces and how this can have an impact on the way in which they are recruiting.  We provide more than just recruitment.  We have many solutions, with lots of alternative routes to recruiting successfully.

What are your responsibilities as the business owner?

Making sure that the business is moving in the right direction.  Forecasting for the future, with regular reviews, making changes and adapting to the market, thus in turn will keep us in business.

What made you choose this type of business?

Being successful during our careers in this sector, we identified a gap in the market.  With the use of our combined 30 years of experience within the industry, we knew we could support the local business community grow.

Does your company help the community where it is located?

Yes, we help support the local community in providing them with career options, advice; we also support our local clients by finding them local candidates.

Have you ever turned down a client?

Certainly not, we have no reason to do so.  Having a full understanding of our client’s needs, we will manage the recruitment process in order to fulfil their goal.

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

Research your industry within the local area. Use your knowledge, you are an expert in your field, and don’t ever doubt yourself.  Always make sure that you have the right people around you.  Starting your own business is a risk, with lots of financial commitments. So, seek advice, have lots of funds available, work on your business plan and keep reviewing this until it is viable.

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Businesses thrive at Corsham Business Show

After months of careful planning, the Corsham Business Show which took place on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 has been deemed a success. The show which took place at the town’s Springfield Community Campus included a packed schedule with more than 50 exhibitors and a range of seminars and workshops from the likes of Founder and CEO of Melksham-based GripIt Fixings, Jordan Daykin and Rob Law MBE, founder and CEO of Trunki, the brand behind the much-loved ride-on suitcase for tots. Highlights from the show were published in the Gazette & Herald on Thursday 29 March, please click here to read the article in full.

Alison Edgar and Jordan Daykin at the Corsham Business Show

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