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 – February Breakfast Meeting hosted by Queens Square Wealth Management at Hartham Park

Corsham Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend our monthy Networking Breakfast meeting hosted by Queens Square Wealth Management on Wednesday, 6th of February 2019 from 7.30-9.30am at Hartham Park.

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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

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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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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