Breakfast with the Neighbours 2

At the George Albert Hotel

Tuesday 14 March 2017 07.45-09.30


Opening up business opportunities accross Somerset and Dorset

Meet delegates from the following Chambers of Commerce -

Dorchester - Sherborne -  Bridport - Yeovil

Full English or Continental Breakfast



DavidThe President's Heartbeat Message

23rd January 2017

I am grateful to Emma Slee, Editor at the Western Gazette for publishing my piece ‘Works Prepare Town For Growth’ which appeared on p.18 of the 19th January edition.  Yeovil (and in particular the town centre business community) needs all the support it can get during the much-needed roadworks. Somerset County Council Highways team are doing the best they can under very challenging requirements. Just because we have to spend longer than we expect in our cars, or take a different route, to avoid roadworks is no reason to bash Yeovil. Yeovil has been earmarked as a growth town by central Government, and the business community is responding positively to the opportunities and challenges opening up in and around the town.  Also, there a lot of people coming together to encourage open, collective thinking and action, which will ultimately, be for the benefit of those who live and work in Yeovil.  Road works are a necessary part of the growth pains. Negativity is corrosive.  If you have a gripe, channel it through Chamber – that’s what we’re here for, via our connections with local, regional and national government and other stakeholders in the business community.  Airing your rage in public won’t make the problem go away, and sends subliminal messages that will spin your cry for help into a message for investors, visitors and shoppers to go elsewhere. Don’t inadvertently throw the baby out with the bathwater; Yeovil is open for business, and that is what we need to be trumpeting from the rooftops, to anyone who might be listening. Roadworks are temporary; careless talk costs livelihoods.

David Woan - President, Yeovil Chamber

So Why Join Yeovil Chamber?

Benefits start from as little as £53 per year.  Networking opportunities with over 130 local businesses of all sizes and from all sectors, PLUS business support via connections with local, regional & national government figureheads.  This unique dual function makes Yeovil Chamber the BIG voice for the business community.

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Welcome to the Yeovil Chamber of Trade & Commerce website

Yeovil Chamber is the BIG voice for business and commerce for local, regional, and national issues; actively promoting new opportunities for our members, and the wider business community.

To keep members informed and empowered, our Executive Committee meets monthly, and regularly engages with stakeholders such as South Somerset District Council, Somerset County Council, Avon & Somerset Police, the Western Gazette, and our Member of Parliament.  Through these relationships, we are able lobby on behalf of the business community, all the way up to Westminster, on hot issues such as business rates, and broadband provision.

Our work with Yeovil College on the Employer Ambassador initiative, encourages business people to mentor students and assist with aligning the curriculum to match local employment needs, and has brought patronage from Yeovil College.

Chamber now has a direct influence on the delivery of the economic regeneration budget, through our work with South Somerset District Council, and our board membership of the Yeovil Vision group.

Our membership of the Yeovil One Crime & Safety Team sees Chamber working with the PCC, senior police officers, and town centre security officers, to keep crime rates low, and keep anti-social behaviour out of Yeovil town centre.

We also offer a variety of regular, high-quality, and informal networking events to entertain, inform, and promote networking opportunities between business people.

Feedback tells us that smaller employers and SMEs join Chamber for the networking opportunities.  Larger employers join Chamber to support and the business community.  Large or small, and whatever the sector, membership of Yeovil Chamber can make a difference!