Stakeholder Relationships and Activities
Yeovil Chamber is widely regarded as the go-to organisation for all things business across Yeovil and it's area of influence, which extends outwards across South Somerset and North Dorset. A key factor in maintining this position and delivering a commitment to the business sector, is the relationships and dialogue we maintain with senior figures and key stakeholders in the wider economy. These relationships deliver the insight and support aspects of the Chamber proposition, encouraging and promoting a joined-up approach to the Yeovil economy.
Information and insight gained from these relationships is at the heart of our business support function, and is distributed via our regular networking and briefing events, social media channels, and regular bulletins, pless releases and communications to our members. This is the 'big voice' of Yeovil Chamber, allowing the business sector to influence local and regional decision-making; promoting Yeovil, to attract new business, employment and economic opportunity, Stakeholder relationships also allow our members to access support for day-to-day business challenges, such as transport, broadband and business rates.
Yeovil Chamber ethos is of constant improvement and development, and the list of stakeholders is growing as the economy develops.
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Patron member of Yeovil Chamber since 2016. Regular meetings with the College governors and mangement team, as well as their place on the Chamber Executive, promotes training, apprenticeships, academic courses, and ultimately assists with business sector engagement, influencing and aligning the curriculum to match short and longer-term employment requirements. At every opportunity, Chamber encourages businesses and employers to engage with Yeovil College. This relationship has been key to Yeovil College becoming a vital part of the business community.
Currently, a sub-committee of Yeovil Chamber, comprising retailers, and officers from the Town Council, and District Council Economic Development team. Mainly Retail and town centre focus. Devising, promoting, and delivering events; giving people reasons to visit and experience Yeovil. Love Yeovil is recognised by South Somerset District Council, as a key influencer and delivery agent for their ongoing economic regeneration projects.
Yeovil Chamber is a politically neutral organisation, and traditionally enjoys a good working relationship with our representative at Westminster. Regular communication between Chamber and the Yeovil MP, allows Yeovil Chamber to feed business issues in to your representative at Westminster, which allows local issues to be raised with central Government.
Yeovil Chamber is regarded by SSDC as a key stakeholder in their economic delivery strategy. SSDC are represented on the Chamber Executive via their economic development officer. Regular meetings between Chamber Executive members and senior SSDC offcers, allows the business sector to keep abreast of planning and infrastructure, and feeds the concerns and ideas of the business sector into SSDC. Yeovil Chamber chairs the Refresh Stakeholder Group, which influences delivery of economic regeneration and infrastructure projects.
Our relationship with senior staff at Somerset County Council allows Yeovil Chamber to feed concerns of the business sector into the infrastructure management and project delivery teams at County Hall. The Highways team consider Yeovil Chamber to be a key driver in the successful delivery of road upgrades and traffic management in and around Yeovil; Chamber engagement influences planning and minimises disruption when major projects take place.
Yeovil Chamber is one of two Somerset town Chambers represented on the Board at Somerset Chamber. Regular two-way dialogue with the SCOC team feeds local insight to colour the regional business picture. As well as delivering the regional business picture to Yeovil, our affiliation with SCOC affords a direct line through to the British Chamber of Commerce, which is a key influencer at Westminster. Annual Business to Business dinners and other key events in Yeovil, hosted by SCOC, demonstrate SCOC commitment to Yeovil as a key Somerset business hub, and allow wider networking opportunities with regional business people.
A Patron member of Yeovil Chamber since 2020. Yeovil's largest employer and a flagship for the town. The long-standing Chamber relationship with Leonardo covers a wide range of activities, such as internal training, community projects, apprenticeship and graduate activities, supply chain opportunities, and their engagement with the wider business community and our other stakeholders. Leonardo are currently represented on the Yeovil Chamber Executive team by their Community & Communication manager.
The health sector is a major employer in and across Yeovil. Our relationship with senior management at YDH is focused on maintaining a good perception of the town to their employees, many of whom are from outside the UK and joining up with other stakeholders. Quarterly meetings with senior management figures allow the Chamber an insight into the operation of the Hospital and their development plans.
Yeovil Chamber enjoys a pro-active relationship with all levels of policing, from officers on the beat, and the Chief Inspector, right through to the Police & Crime Commissioner. Yeovil Chamber also sits on the police-led multi-agency Yeovil Night-Time Economy Steering Group, which creates dialogue with agencies such as Licencing, A&E, Fire & Rescue, Crime Reduction Team, Pubwatch and Rough Sleeping. The main aim is communication and to keep reporting channels operating as optimally as possible, to encourage members to report ASB and crime. This relationship is key to keeping Yeovil a low-crime town, and a safe place to do business. Call 101 to report ASB & criminal activity.
A key player in the town centre since 1986, and part of the Benson Elliott Group, which owns retail centres across the UK. Regular contact and communication with Quedam management and the owners of the business provide Chamber with local and strategic UK retail insight. Quedam is a good measure of the retail health of Yeovil town centre. Chamber also works with the Quedam team on the SSDC stakeholder group and Quedam is a pro-active participant and venue provider for the delivery of Love Yeovil initiatives and events.
Operated by South Somerset District Council, and home to a range of new and innovative SMEs, as well as a meeting place with conference facilities. Regular dialogue between Chamber and YIC management allows Chamber to promote YIC to the wider region. Dialogue with resident businesses allows Chamber greater depth of insight, and fosters supply chain and networking opportunity for the resident businesses.