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Archive for: September 2011

Room Six Design is officially launched

Room Six Design Room to grow your business?

Room Six Design is officially launched and according to its Creative Director Melanie Dowling they have lots to shout from the rooftops about.

Room Six’s Melanie comments: “For the past five years we were known as Studio 6 but during the past year we felt it was time to change our name – for the simple reason we want to be completely different, one of a kind, special – however you want to visualise us.

“And to mark our official re-launch we are offering new customers free design consultations.”

For those who haven’t heard about the Burnham-on-Sea based design agency Melanie explains what they do:

“We offer a diverse range of graphic design, website design, signage and print services. We were established in 2006 and have been privileged to work with organisations and businesses such as Bridgwater College, Butterfly Conservation, The National Trust, Mendip District Council, Animal Farm and even a British superbike rider.”

According to Melanie, Room Six’s job is to understand someone’s ideas and communicate them visually through web and print as well as develop a strong corporate brand through great graphic design that does the following:

  • Add strength and success to a business or organisation.
  • Influence customers into buying products and services.
  • Clearly communicate a message, reduce costs and increase sales.

“At Room Six we love meeting new people and are happy to offer free advice or have a chat about a business, organisation or individual’s current marketing material. Once we have listened to what a company wants to achieve we can then decide the best way for them to move forward and sell more of their products and services,” Melanie concludes.

Room Six also work with a host local businesses and their portfolio of work can be seen here: http://www.roomsix.co.uk/graphic-design-portfolio.htmlor http://www.roomsix.co.uk/signage-portfolio.html

To find out more about Room Six’s services call: 01278 783273 and speak to Mel or email: info@roomsix.co.uk and visit them at: www.roomsix.co.uk

Work to start on new development in Wrington

CJH's Chris Glover

Chris Glover

Work is to start shortly on creating 11 cottages suitable for the active elderly off Silver Street in Wrington, North Somerset.

Retirement home providers Blue Cedar Homes has purchased Brook House and its grounds from the Rector and Churchwarden of All Saints Church in a deal brokered by specialist development and land agency CJH Land.

The sale follows five years of work by CJH land to find an acceptable future for Brook House, which was left to the Church by its former owner.

Chris Glover of CJH Land said:

“We now have planning consent for 11 cottages that will provide homes for the over 65s in the area. We believe it will be a benefit to the village and provide much-needed accommodation.”

“To get to this stage we had to go through a landmark planning appeal, the first in the UK, to challenge the regulations that stated new homes in this area had to include either live-work units, affordable units or retirement homes.”

“We knew there was greater demand for homes for the active retired than units where people could work from home and that this site was ideal for such a use. It has been a long road but it means a good solution for the local community and an excellent development site for Blue Cedar Homes,” adds Chris.

Brook House stands on a one acre site, including a paddock and orchard and was left to the Church in 2004.

For further information about the devlopment contact Martin Powell (01275) 394400

Latest news on Weston-super-Mare beach race

RHL beach raceIt has been confirmed that The Molson Group will be supporting the 2011 RHL Weston-super-Mare Beach Race on the 7th to 9th October 2011 with the supply of the all-important machinery to build the super-tough dune course.

With the challenging track taking a total of two weeks to build, Molson has agreed to supply two Hyundai loading shovels and a Hyundai excavator for the mammoth task of creating the circuit.

The heavy machinery will also be used to re-grade the track on Friday and Saturday evening of the race, and plays possibly one of the most important roles in the build up to the event – with no dunes there really wouldn’t be a beach race!

Molson is the biggest independent dealer in construction equipment in the UK and has a full range of heavy excavation machines and construction equipment, as it represents a number of major worldwide manufacturers in the UK.

“I’m pleased we will be supplying the necessary machinery again for the RHL Beach Race in Weston-super-Mare,” comments Chairman of Molson, Bob Barnett.

“Obviously with the nature of this event it’s vital we have the very best machinery to put the track together as easily as possible, and I’m very pleased that Molson will be supplying the necessary tools to do the job again in 2011 because this will mean the best possible event for Weston,” said Director of RHL Activities, Gareth Hockey.

For more information about the RHL Beach and to book tickets visit www.wbruk.com.

Bishop Fleming’s Sam Talby gives his views on the economy

Bishop FlemmingA ‘double-dip’ recession seems inevitable given the plunge in consumer confidence across both Europe and the United States.

Unfortunately, keeping interest rates low has not encouraged savers to spend money. The lack of consumer spending here in the UK is made more daunting because of the weakness of the Eurozone, which makes an export-led recovery more of an aspiration than a reality.

Globally, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for further easing of monetary policy, which in plain English means that more money is to be pumped in to stimulate economies. Some commentators suggest that if this does not happen soon, given the state of France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece, we will face recession again.

Here in the UK, the government  is committed to continuing its programme of cuts to reduce the deficit and the opposition Labour Party maintain that a slower cuts programme, with more public spending would be better economic medicine.

When the recession first struck, it was seen by some as a way of cleansing an economy which had gone out of kilter and become unbalanced. Businesses which were underperforming and causing harm were removed from the system, creating opportunity for stronger, more efficient businesses to take their place.

Unfortunately, due to a combination of government intervention, banking policy and HMRC ‘Pay as you Go’ schemes, those businesses in breach of banking covenants and schemes are operating like zombies.

So what is the solution? There is two theories which would both have consequences.The first is to liquidate underperforming businesses now, and this includes underperforming banks. If this happens strong businesses should fill the void and cause regeneration. The downside to this approach is the pain of unemployment and the social problems that occur because of this.

The second explanation is to implement Keynesian economics, the economic theory proposed by John Maynard Keynes, which says it is better to pay a man to dig a hole and pay another to fill it in rather than having somebody doing nothing, as this will stimulate the economy. But this would result in a greater national debt burden.

As a Restructuring and Insolvency Practitioner, I want to see a growing sustainable economy with an availability of credit to both good businesses and ailing businesses which, with help, can become healthy again.

At present, I see a real danger of a double-dip recession but no clear strategy of how to stimulate lasting growth which business and society desperately depends on.

Sam Talby is a Partner and Licensed Insolvency Practitioner at Bishop Fleming Business Recovery and Insolvency. Sam has over eighteen years of mainstream insolvency and business turnaround experience gained from both small and large accountancy  firms and has dealt with a variety of cases ranging in both complexity and size. Sam is also a Chartered Certified Accountant and a Member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.


Tel: 0117 9100 250

Email: stalby@bishopfleming.co.uk

Free business and tax advice for new start-ups in North Somerset

Arthur CrokerFor a limited time only, private practice accountants Arthur Croker and Co is offering new business start-ups free tax and business advice, as well as help dealing with HMRC and Companies House. They can also guarantee a saving of 20% on fees for any established business that switches to Arthur Croker and Co from their existing accountants.

In the current climate starting up a business is a challenging task, and Arthur Croker, owner of the company which is based in Meare, Somerset, is urging local firms to take advantage of this offer.

As well as supporting new businesses the company also offer accounting, taxation and business support services to a wide range of clients and their specialist services include self-assessment advice, company formation, auditing, help with annual returns and a host of other tax related matters.

Established for over 28 years they have a wealth of experience working with limited companies and non-incorporated businesses and Arthur explains that they put their customers at the heart of everything they do:

“We are pro-active and always go out to our clients, which can help small businesses that are time limited. We want our customers to value their experience with us and not just see it as a transaction, so our prices are always competitive because we feel that many other accountants overcharge for their service.”

Arthur further explains that his business is fully compliant with all Inland Revenue requirements and hold up-to-date money laundering certificates, along with professional indemnity insurance.

For more information regarding their range of services, or to arrange a non-obligation and no-cost meeting contact by email: info@arthurcrokerandco.co.uk or telephone: 01458 860495 or mobile: 07817475270 www.arthurcrokerandco.co.uk

IT Support in Bristol and North Somerset


Tek Source

Tek Source, who provide IT support solutions for small businesses across Bristol and North Somerset, can help companies minimise their computer ‘downtime’ and save money according to Matthew Weiss, who represents the Bristol based IT consultants.

Tek Source’s Matthew explains that the IT consultants, who specialise in on-site computer repairs and network maintenance, can send a technical support engineer to businesses in Bristol and North Somerset within four hours, meaning problems can be quickly diagnosed and resolved, minimizing downtime and saving firms money.

According to Matthew, Tek Source provide a full range of IT support for businesses across the region, which includes help with setting up network systems or upgrading IT infrastructure:

“Three levels of service can be purchased from Pay-As-You-Go, Remote Support or a full and comprehensive IT service. We can help with a whole of range of IT issues such as PC health checks and System Optimization, server, connection and back-up monitoring and remote and telephone support.

“All our technicians are certified and have IT degrees. We also have over a decade of experience providing support for major companies and government agencies and strive to offer small businesses the type of IT support that large companies experience, at an affordable price,” Matthew adds.

Tek Source also run a locally-staffed help desk which is open from 7am to 6pm and have a 24-hour on call engineer available for IT emergencies. Furthermore, Matthew states that they offer free initial on-site consultation for small businesses and is offering new customers a 25% reduction in labour costs. To book a consultation or to find out more visit: http://www.teksource.co.uk or Email: info@teksource.co.uk Phone: 0117 370 4215 or 07759724711

Major rock salt supplier is urging businesses to stock up

Rock saltNailsea based Visual Business, who is a major supplier of rock salt, is urging organisations, businesses and individuals across the South West to stock up on the mineral, so they don’t get caught out when winter hits.

Nicci Davies, owner of Visual Business explains that in the UK supplies of rock salt often run out when severe weather conditions occur. To stop this happening Visual Business have started to supply de-icing products ahead of the winter period, with major airports amongst those already ordering from them.

But Nicci is urging more companies of all sizes and members of the public to also stock up in preparation.

The alternative is to buy nearer the time but this will mean inflated prices because as the UK stock runs low and demand increases, suppliers are then forced to buy in from abroad at higher prices.

According to Nicci prices are still at an acceptable level but because the official winter forecast has been issued, with predictions suggesting the worst winter for four years, buying has started in earnest and she predicts that prices could start to rise within two weeks.

“This year, companies have the chance to reserve and pay for their salt now and we will store it for free until it is required. This can be up to two years and if it hasn’t been used after this time, it can be stored for the nominal amount of £11.00 per tonne per year,” Nicci explains.

“Our stock is held on private land that has a 5000 tonne storage capacity in Derbyshire and we are in the process of having another storage facility built in time for the winter rush,” adds Nicci.

Visual Business use a highly effective logistics network that can guarantee large quantities of rock salt are delivered to businesses and individuals in a very short period of time, barring severe weather, and they have supplied most of the local airports for the past four years. As well as many other large and small companies across the UK.

“There is a tendency to leave buying rock salt to the last minute or to assume that your local authority will have enough to cover your area. But it is vital that people prepare now and businesses take the initiative and buy in even small supplies, so they don’t get caught short and also take steps to minimise injuries caused by icy conditions, which can lead to lost work time and the potential of costly court cases.”

To find out more or to order your stock contact Nicci by: T: 01275 852512. E: info@viz-biz.co.uk. W: www.viz-biz.co.uk. or M: 0772 9617245

The Wine Tasting Co. – upcoming events.

Wine & Cheese NightTo celebrate one year of trading, The Wine Tasting Co. is hosting a ‘New Zealand’ themed night at The Heritage Bistro, Weston-super-Mare on Thursday September 29.

Entry to the event costs £10 and it will be hosted by New Zealand born James Leary, who is Director of the Antipodean Sommelier Company.

Guests will be able to taste wine sourced exclusively from independent producers in New Zealand and also learn about how they were crafted. There will also be the opportunity to ask James any questions they may have, regarding the wines.

The Wine Tasting Co. founder Kelli Gould is looking forward to re-visiting wines from the island where she first developed a passion for tasting: “James will introduce many great wines from New Zealand and it promises to be a memorable night. My apprecation for wine was born when I was travelling in New Zealand , so celebrating the businesses’ first year this way is perfect.”

“I also want to use the event to say thank you to all the people who have supported us along the way.”

The Wine Tasting Co. is also hosting an evening of local wine and cheese tasting, along with the viewing of a selection of films shot in the local area by East Brent based filmmaker Neil Richard, of the Digital Film Company.

Tickets cost £8 and this event is taking place on Thursday September 15 from 7.30pm at the Clocktower at Rossholme, located on Church Road in East Brent.

For more information on either of the events or to book tickets call Kelli Gould on 01934 853 574 or 07891723785.

Guest speaker at next Weston Chamber meeting

Weston ChamberWeston and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce has organised a special guest speaker for the next meeting on Wednesday 21 September.

James Durie, Director of The Initiative, Business West, and Director of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, will be speaking about the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and how it could help with the region’s financial future.  The LEP is a group made up of council officials and local business leaders and aims to encourage economic growth in the region.

The meeting will start at 7pm and will take place at the Royal Hotel, Weston-super-Mare.

Gail Parsons, President of the Weston and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: “We are delighted that James Durie will be speaking at our next meeting and look forward to finding out more about the LEP. In the current economic climate, we have no doubt that this topic will be of great interest to many of our members and look forward to seeing them at the meeting.”

The meeting is open both to members and non-members.

Venture aims to boost local economy with ‘micro investors’

The SalthouseSomerset based Saltbox is asking local residents and businesses to back a new community venture that aims to help the local economy and provide a cost-effective community resource for the area.

The Salthouse, based in Nunney, near Frome, will provide a much-needed facility for training, exhibitions, events and community learning in the area and aims to generate business in Somerset.  The Salthouse will offer local companies, charities, therapists and artists a flexible venue where they can hold meetings, courses and one-to-one sessions.

Nicki Davey, Director of Saltbox explains why she is setting up the centre: “After 20 years of running training courses and events, I’ve found a gap in the market for venues which offer a positive and fun environment for people to learn, connect and communicate. The Salthouse will give the community an accessible and cost-effective resource that is different to the usual bland corporate premises.”

Saltbox plan to finance the refurbishment of the centre through “crowdfunding,” rather than the traditional route of a bank loan. Crowdfunding is a means of getting support for projects from a group of people and organisations. Instead of one or two institutions supplying the funding, crowd funding provides lots of people a return on a small investment.

Crowdfunding offers individuals and organisations in Somerset the chance to be part of a unique project for minimal risk. The Saltbox aims to raise £6,000 for the building works of the premises in Nunney. But you can support the Salthouse for as little as £20 or £2000. In return, each investor receives a reward  – ranging from shiatsu treatment, meeting room hire, desk space or consultation, depending on the size of their support.

With today’s entrepreneurs needing affordable and fast ways of raising funds, Nicki Davey believes crowdfunding could revolutionise rural business and community ventures.

“We know that in the county, two of the biggest barriers to growth and productivity are finance and affordability of appropriate premises. Somerset is full of people with good ideas but in today’s financial climate, it’s hard to turn these into reality. Crowdfunding is a fresh way of making great ideas happen, and the community can watch the project grow and own its success.”

So far, a range of different people and businesses have invested in the Salthouse project, with pledges ranging from £20-£100. The deadline for raising these funds is 22nd September – you can find out more and back the project by going to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/investment/the-salthouse-307