In this video, we chat with Stephen Henagulph, Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce. They are a membership-based business support organisation which promotes and lobbies for business development in Somerset.
Stephen is a professional Sales & Business Development Director with over 30 years’ experience gained from a career working within sales, B2B, manufacturing, retail, marketing, and advertising.
We discuss what the Somerset Chamber of Commerce do for their members, how they do it, and the impact of COVID-19 on Somerset Businesses.
Established in 1994, the Somerset Chamber works hard to support local businesses and specifically our 500 strong network of member businesses covering all industry sectors from sole-traders to multi-national corporations. Combined with local Town Chambers, the Somerset Chamber represents over 2000 businesses across Somerset. Somerset Chamber is one of only 53 Chambers accredited to the British Chambers of Commerce, which represents over 100,000 businesses in the UK and is the only truly independent UK business support organisation which has local representation, credibility in the eyes of the government and the media, and is consulted at all levels by Government.
Chamber Objectives: Help people and businesses CONNECT
INFLUENCE and represent Somerset business
Provide opportunities for businesses to GROW
Chamber Vision and Values
Vision: A catalyst to support and grow a vibrant Somerset economy
Chamber members have access to a range of services such as:
Events – They organise over 70 events each year of varying scale and size. This supports and informs business and helps strengthen supply chains. They believe this is at the heart of the Chamber so they offer specific events for members.
Representation – this is a service at the heart of Somerset Chamber and is largely to support members. They take on issues that affect the whole business community and lobby at all levels of policy decision making.
International Trade – they encourage international trade working with the Department of International Trade.
Their website has extensive resources for businesses, including an advice hub. Please visit their website for more details:
n these series of short videos, we chat with Somerset business owners to find out what they do, how they do it, and more importantly, why they do it. Informal chats are recorded via Zoom and offer a chance to share tips, information, and advice.
SEE ALL THE VIDEOS ON THE CHANNEL: Meet the Business
Word Gets Networking has been active in Taunton for over 8 years at local venues, giving people a chance to promote your business at a convenient time, working around the busy lives they lead. In a relaxed environment, they get a chance to build relationships, share ideas, and develop your network, with like-minded people.
Our business network group is open to anyone who embraces the idea of support, learning, and a ‘together we’re stronger’ attitude. Now more than ever it is about sharing skills and experiences which help build relationships and in time, trust. Everyone has value and you can take away as much as you put in.