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DavidThe President's Heartbeat Message

21st April 2017

If you believe your business will be affected by road closures during the A30 drainage works scheduled for 25th July to 24th August, please call me on 07900-491211. After receiving calls from frustrated business owners, I have emailed, and await clarity from, senior figures at Somerset County Council Highways (SCCH).  The works will involve a closure of the A30 Sherborne Road between Pen Mill Station bridge and the Babylon Hill Roundabout, at some point during the works. Details at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/roadworks/ - although the detail simply states ‘road closure’.  While the (unacceptable) absence of support and clarity from SCCH continues, Chamber guidance is to direct any correspondence to David Fothergill, Somerset County Council Cabinet member for Highways, at DJAFothergill@somerset.gov.uk, quoting work reference LG210YEODR004779 – Yeovil, Sherborne Road (36610186), with a CC to president@yeovilchamber.org. As a minimum, give the name, location & nature of your business, and request individual guidance on access availability during the works.  If you believe these roadworks will adversely impact on your turnover or ability to carry on trading during the affected period, you must ideally provide documentary evidence of this to SCC. There is never a good time for road closures, but these works need to take place, and are part of a tightly co-ordinated programme of works to upgrade Yeovil’s road systems.  I will do everything we can to work with SCCH and minimise disruption to businesses affected by these works. If you experience any problems communicating with Councillor Fothergill, or have any questions or require guidance, please let me know.

I would also like to clarify that Somerset County Council Highways are the delivery agent for road works - not South Somerset District Council.

David Woan - President, Yeovil Chamber

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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.

Member feedback tells us that smaller employers, the professional sector and SMEs join Chamber for the networking opportunities.  Larger employers join Chamber to offer support and a presence within the business community.  Large or small, and whatever the sector, membership of Yeovil Chamber can make a difference to your business.