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 Summer Networking Lunch

Corsham Chamber of Commerce Summer Networking Lunch will be taking place on Wednesday 29th August from 12.30-2pm at the Pound Arts, Corsham. 

This lunch will be a delicious seasonal vegetarian buffet, giving delegates the chance to network and meet some new faces as well as catch up with existing contacts.

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

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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Meeting rooms available for hire with Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire Council has an extensive range of meeting rooms and event spaces available for hire across the county. Located in state-of the art facilities, our flexible spaces are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of audiences. We can accommodate as few as two people right up to 200 – perfect for meetings, small conferences, training sessions and corporate events.

Why not take a look and consider booking your next event with us? Please click here to read the brochure.

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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:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/swindon-amp-wiltshire-local-enterprise-partnership-16943962253

 

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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

julie@hrsupport4u.com

www.hrsupport4u.com

 

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