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; and 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.

If you would like to know more about Chamber-Stakeholder relationships, or you have an issue which requires assistance and support, please email president@yeovilchamber.org

 

Yeovil College

A patron 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.

 

Love Yeovil

Currently a sub-committee of Yeovil Chamber, comprising retailers, and officer from Town Council, and District Council.  Mainly Retail and town centre focus, devising, promoting, and delivering events to give people a reason to visit and experience Yeovil.  The group feeds into South Somerset District Council as part of their ongoing economic regeneration projects.

 

Member of Parliament

Yeovil Chamber is a politically neutral organisation, and has traditionally enjoyed 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 our representative at Westminster, which allows local issues to be raised with central Government.

 

South Somerset District Council

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.

 

Somerset County Council Highways

Our relationship with Somerset Highways allows Yeovil Chamber to feed concerns of the business sector into the road 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; business sector engagement helps planning and minimises disruption when major projects take place.  The Chamber Executive team receives a half-yearly briefing from Highways senior management representatives. 

 

Leonardo Helicopters

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 represented on the Yeovil Chamber Executive team by their Community & Communication manager.

 

Yeovil District NHS Hospital

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, a many of whom are from outside the UK, and joining up with other stakeholders.  Quarterly meetings with senior management figures allow Chamber an insight into the operation of the Hospital, and their development plans.

 

Avon & Somerset Police

Yeovil Chamber enjoys a pro-active relationship with all levels of policing. This covers diverse aspects such as Licencing, Crime Reduction, officers on the beat, and right up to the Police & Crime Commissioner. The main aim is communication and to keep reporting channels operating as optimally as possible, to encourage members to report ASB and crime.  Fast and efficient reporting directly influences the number of officers on the streets in the town centre. Chamber presence contributes to Yeovil being a low-crime town, and a safe place to do business.  Call 101 to report ASB & criminal activity.

 

Quedam Shopping Centre

A key player in the town centre since 1986.  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 health of Yeovil town centre.  Chamber also works with the Quedam team on the SSDC stakeholder group and is a pro-active participant in the delivery of Love Yeovil initiatives and events.

Get In Touch

Yeovil Chamber of Trade
Yeovil College
Mudford Road
Yeovil
BA21 4DR

Telephone: 01935 804999

Email: Secretary