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  1. BRIDGWATER INDUSTRIALISTS ELECT NEW PRESIDENT – May 2015

     

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    Mr Norman Hucker / Mr Matthew Redman / Mr Harley Brown

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  2. Muller Wiseman Diaries Visit – 20th March 2015

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    Our members were treated to a tour at Muller Wiseman Diaries based at Junction 24,  North Petherton, our thanks to Rebecca Holloway and the Management Team.

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  3. Presidents Night – 11th April 2015 – Maunsel House

    We are pleased to announce that our 2015 Presidents Night will be held at Maunsel House, North Newton, www.maunselhouse.co.uk

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  4. Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger MP – Friday 20th June 2014

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  5. AGM – 16th May 2014

    Annual General Meeting – 16th May 2014

     

    Venue – Tudor Hotel and Restaurant

    In Attendance – Roger Smith, Adrian Robson, Norman Hucker, Matthew Redman, Deborah Robson, Graham Bentley, David Satchell, Chris Spencer, Richard Winter, Darrell Hill, Andrew Teal, Ian Dyer, Mike Williams, Helen Lacey and Doug Bamsey

    Apologies received from absent members.

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  6. BRIDGWATER INDUSTRIALISTS ELECT NEW PRESIDENT – May 2014

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    Mr Adrian Robson, proprietor of local Electrical Contractors’ Robson Electrics has been elected president of The Association of Bridgwater Industrialists; he replaces Angel Place shopping centre manager Mr Roger Smith and Mr Matthew Redman of Auditel has been elected as vice president of the group.

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  7. Dave Flack, ASA South West – 6th December 2013

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    Dave Flack is the Chairman of the ASA South West and gave members a short presentation on the ASA. The ASA South West is the regional governing body of swimming in the South West of England. They are one of 8 regions, affiliated directly to the Amateur Swimming Association nationally.

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  8. Bridgwater College Visit – 15th November 2013

    The Principle Mike Robbins,  showed our members the most recent addition to the College,  the new £8 million Energy Skills Centre, the first of its kind in the South West, which firmly positions the College as one of the leading training providers for the engineering, nuclear and sustainable energy sectors.

    The College has an excellent reputation both regionally and nationally as a highly successful provider of education and training.  Their examination and course results consistently place us amongst the best of all education and training providers in the South West.

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  9. Mulberry Tour at The Willows, Bridgwater – 18th October 2013

    Our Members were treated to a tour at The Willows, Bridgwater.  

    Mulberry is a British design company renowned world-wide for its craftsmanship and quality.  The brand’s backbone is an extensive line of luxury fashion bags for men and women that combine stylish, stand-out design with the finest leathers and detailing. In addition to leather goods, Mulberry’s product range includes womenswear, accessories and footwear.  They have  two large head offices in the UK, in Somerset and London. They also have two UK factories based in Somerset  known as The Rookery, Chilcompton and have recently opened a further factory,  The Willows at Bridgwater. 

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  10. Highways Discussion/Presentation on TBW – 20th Sept 2013

    Helen Vittery, Somerset County Highways and Doug Bamsey member and also representing Sedgemoor District Council attended September’s meeting for a question and answer session on current and planned road works/developements that are underway in and around Bridgwater and the surrounding areas. 

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  11. Members Have a History Lesson on Carnival

    BGFCCOur June meeting provided our members with an insight into our Town’s most famous event, The Bridgwater Carnival..!

    Guest speakers Rita Jones, Bridgwater Carnivals newest and first ever Lady President and Dave Stokes, Carnival Publicity Officer gave all an informative history lesson which all members found very interesting.

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  12. Members Diary Dates 2013 – 2014

    17th August 2013 – Summer BBQ at Blackmore Farm, Cannington

    20th September 2013 – Lunch at the Tudor Hotel and Restaurant. Followed by a presentation/discussion by the Highways Department.

    18th October 2013 – Mulberry Site Visit – Meet at the Factory at 11.20 for the tour to commence at 11.30.
    Lunch at the Tudor Hotel and Restaurant followed by a short presentation by Ian of Mulberry.

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  13. BRIDGWATER INDUSTRIALISTS ELECT NEW PRESIDENT

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  14. Meetings / Visits 2012-2013

    20th January 2012 – Yeo Valley – Members visited the site, tour and discussions held followed by lunch at Blackmore Farm.

    17th February 2012 – General Meeting held at the Tudor Hotel & Restaurant.

    23th March 2012 – Speaker, John Biffen on the work of a Funeral Director at the Tudor Hotel & Restaurant.   http://hbiffen.co.uk/

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  15. London Marathon 2012

    Graham Bentley, Jason Environmental, ran the London Marathon in aid of TASC Madagascar www.tascmadagascar.org

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  16. AGM Meeting 20th April 2012

    AGM – Friday 20th April 2012

    Venue – Tudor Hotel and Restaurant

    In Attendance, Wes Harford, Roger Smith, Alan Manchip, Matthew Redman, Ian Dyer, Steve Travis, Len Eden, Graham Bentley, Gary Thomas, Phillip Adams, Richard Winter, Gary Mansfield, Terry Green, Mervyn Parish.

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  17. 23rd March 2012 – John Biffen Funeral Director

    Members welcomed John Biffen who gave an informative insight into the work of a Funeral Director and a potted  history of the family firm in Bridgwater.

    Almost 9 decade’s ago Harry Biffen launched a Taxi and Limousine business in Bridgwater and this has now grown to become a hugely successful family-run business. The business became established as a family concern when Harry’s sons Bill and Ron joined and in 1946 they formed a limited company with a reputation for quality service; which is as true today as it was back then.

    From it’s formative years Biffen’s became established as carriage masters to the funeral trade and also provided luxury weeding limousine hire, taxi service, self drive and car sales.  But the business has not stood still and has changed over the years to build on it’s strengths.

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  18. March 2012 – ISO9001:2008 Success – Pantec Engineering Ltd

    Good news at Pantec Engineering Ltd.  Managing Director Gary Thomas is delighted to have completed their final audit for ISO9001:2008, and have been approved by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance.

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  19. 17th February 2012 – Putting the World to rights!

    It’s not often that the Bridgwater Industrialists don’t have a guest speaker at their meetings but when there is an opportunity to chat together the group benefits from the gathered, wide ranging experience in the room.

    To tap into this knowledge source an open debate was held at our February, meeting where in true consultant’s style the members were asked to name the subjects they wanted to cover, on ‘post it’ notes and hand to the President who ‘skillfully’ managed proceedings.

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  20. Yeo Valley Cannington Visit – 20th January 2012

    Members were  invited to YeoValley Manufacturing site at Cannington, followed by lunch at Blackmore Farm.  Our Host for the morning was Graham Keating – Director of Communications, supported by members of the management team.

     Site visits like this are like hens teeth – very rare, and the number of places were limited.  Members who attended completed the standard visitor screening form before dressing with protective clothing for the tour.

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  21. Geoff Dymond Entertains! – 9th December 2011

     

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  22. Presidents Annual Dinner – 19th November 2011

    The 2011 black tie event was held at the Walnut Tree – North Petherton.   A group of fifty five members and friends arrived to start the evening with welcome drinks & speech from our President John Vieth, who summarised another successful year.

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  23. Bridgwater Town Clerk – 21st October 2011

     Our President and members gave a warm welcome to Alan Hurford.  Alan shared his interesting and at times, amusing career and local history.  All leading to his current role,  as Town Clerk (& Responsible Financial Officer) to Bridgwater Town Council.  

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  24. Visit to Jasun Envirocare plc – 16th September 2011

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  25. Apprenticeship Partnership – 22nd August 2011

    Members of the Bridgwater Industrialists Association have decided to work together to share apprentices.  Five of the member companies  identified a need for additional business administration strength within their teams.

    In working with Theresa Strange from the South West  Apprenticeship Company, candidates will be selected to pursue this  exciting and unique opportunity.

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  26. 24 Hour – 3 Peaks Challenge – July 2011

    Bridgwater Industrialist member Harley Brown from PC Comms, and Friends, are all walking, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon in a 24 Hour Challenge.  This is to raise funds for the Josh Evans Trust Fund.

    http://www.joshevanstrustfund.org.uk/

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  27. Grand Charity Summer Ball – Friday 8th July 2011

    Successful night with almost £5,000 raised for the two charities.

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  28. Murder Mystery Dunster – June 24th 2011

    Murder Mystery – Yarn Market Hotel – Dunster

    Members arrived to ‘Meet The Players’ at 7.15pm – and were introduced to all the characters and the scene was set!

    Everyone took their seats and the first ‘scene’ was enacted.  The actors walked around the restaurant acting out their parts in between the courses – will all listened to everything that was going on because basically every character seemed to have a ‘motive’.

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  29. Annual General Meeting – 17th June 2011

    Chris Spencer accepts Vice President Role

    The AGM opened with a welcome to members, grace and lunch

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  30. Jim Bloodworth/Jon Lawson – NEST & group pensions – 20th May 2011

    NEST & Group Pensions

    John Vieth and Norman Hucker welcomed our guest speakers from Churchill Investments PLC, who gave members an informative talk about NEST and group pensions.

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  31. Bridgwater company Jasun Filtration Plc joins forces with Envirocare Services Ltd to create Jasun Envirocare Plc

    UK Filter Manufacture, Air Hygiene & Water Treatment

    Sector is Strengthened by Merger

    Long established and highly regarded in the ‘Filter Manufacture, Air Hygiene & Water treatment’ sector: Jasun Filtration Plc (Bridgwater) and Envirocare Services Ltd.(Waterlooville, Hants) have recently joined forces to create Jasun Envirocare Plc.

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  32. AA Award Winner – Blackmore Farm

    AA Press Release

    AA Guest Accommodation Winner 2011

    Blackmore Farm in Cannington, Somerset has been named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for England 2011-2012, beating off stiff competition from all over the country.

    Blackmore Farm is a working dairy farm that is situated on the outskirts of the village of Cannington, near Bridgwater and offers guests luxury, traditional farmhouse accommodation.  The accommodation is situated in the 15th Century Manor House, a converted cowshed and a converted cider press. Proprietors Ian and Ann Dyer have faithfully restored and converted the guest rooms to retain old world charm yet with all the modern comforts for today’s visitors to enjoy.  Blackmore Farm has 7 guestrooms that are all en-suite and there is a self-catering option in the Cider Press.

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  33. Golf Society – 12th May 2011

    Team Green Growers and WW Associates represented the Bridgwater Industrialists in a 4 ball Society invitation day at Enmore Park Golf Club.

    The weather was dry, but with a challenging wind.  The team came a respectable 8th place out of a field of 19 teams.

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  34. Theresa Strange – South West Apprenticeship Company – 15th April 2011

    Our president welcomed Theresa Strange to the April meeting.  After an excellent dinner, Theresa provided a valuable insight into how the South West Apprenticeship company (SWAC) operates, and the potential benefits to business.

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  35. Local MP invites questions – 18th March 2011

    Members welcomed local MP Ian Liddell Grainger who invited open questions about local business issues.


  36. Amber Chemical Company sells industrial repair and aftercare business.

    “Amber Chemical Group announced today Monday 28th February 2011 that it has sold its Ambratec-Matecra industrial repair and maintenance business operating in Germany and Austria together with its Automotive aftercare business, Automotive Cleaning Chemicals based in the UK to the Berner Group based in Kuenzelsau, Germany.

    Joachim Roeser, Group CEO of Amber commented: “This transaction will allow Amber to concentrate on its Silicone Specialty business and to accelerate the rapid expansion into new segments and territories of the silicone market. It will also ensure that Ambratec –Matectra and Automotive Cleaning Chemicals get the appropriate resources and attention they deserve under the new ownership of Berner, who are Industrial Investors.”


  37. Graeme Crosbie- Action Coach – 18th February 2011

    John Vieth (President) welcomes  Graeme Crosbie, Business Coach.

     Einstein said that” the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get a different result.” 

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  38. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP – Opens Skills Centre

    Opening of Energy Skills Centre at Bridgwater College

    A state-of-the-art facility for teaching sustainable energy techniques and alternative energy innovations was formally opened last week by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP.

    The Energy Skills Centre at Bridgwater College is the first of its kind in the South West and forms a key part of plans to deliver the region’s economic and skills development objectives. It represents an £8 million investment by funders EDF Energy, the National Skills Academy (Nuclear), the South West Regional Development Agency and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Further industry support has been provided in the form of sponsorship from EnergySolutions and the Kier Group. Sedgemoor District Council has also supported the project through the donation of the land on which the Centre is built.

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  39. National Apprenticeship Week 7-11 February 2011

    7 – 11 February is National Apprenticeship Week!

    National Apprenticeship Week is nearly here and Bridgwater College has been working in partnership with nine other training providers across the county to raise the profile of apprenticeships.

    The 100 Apprenticeships in One Hundred Days Challenge has already generated over 70 new placements in just 3 weeks – and is showing no signs of slowing! Employers from a wide range of businesses have been quick to embrace the benefits of employing a young person under the apprenticeship scheme, and are signing on the dotted line to pledge their commitment to improve job opportunities for young people in the region.


  40. Chief Executive Officer of Amber Chemical Group – Speaker – 21st January 2011

     

                                                                 Joachim Roeser Chief Executive Officer – Amber Chemical Group.

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  41. Graham Watson M.E.P speaks to Industrialists – 10th December 2010

    Graham Watson MEP- Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for South West England and Gibraltar & President John Vieth
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  42. Presidents Annual Dinner – 2010

        We welcomed our international after dinner entertainer.  Paul Stockman (Mind Illusion) – One of the country’s leading psychological illusionists. We were guaranteed that we would be taken on a journey that would entertain and mystify.  Paul’s appearances in Las Vegas have made him a truly international act.  We were fascinated and entertained with his unique performance and will not forget his mind illusion Show! 


  43. Robson Electrics Light up the Town!

    Adrian Robson and his team are busy erecting Bridgwater’s Christmas Lighting, all ready for the Snowflakes and Christmas Shopping event on 24th November 2010.  Hope to see you all there for the 6pm Live Switch on!

    Check out www.bridgwaterchamber.org.uk for full program of events.

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  44. Manufacturing Advisory Service – 22nd October 2010

    Simon Howes, Managing Director of the SouthWest Manufacturing Advisory Service has 27 years industry experience. Raised in Bridgwater he started his career in manufacturing at Courtaulds (Cellophane) at the age of 16.  He is a passionate supporter of local industry and shared why with members in an interesting and informative overview – Making it in the SouthWest.

    What is MAS?

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  45. Jason Filtration plc announce acquisition of Envirocare Services Ltd

    Jasun Filtration plc, Bridgwater’s very own Filter Manufacturer are pleased to announce the acquisition of Envirocare Services Ltd.

    Envirocare based in Waterlooville ,Hampshire have been established since 1980 and are predominantly a service company involved in Duct Cleaning, Air Hygiene Management, Filter supply and Water treatment.

    This strengthens Jasun’s own nationwide team of Filter Fitters and adds extra services to our customers. It has also lead to a rise in Filter Manufacturing to supply Envirocare for their existing customers.

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  46. Bridgwater College joins forces with the Somerset Business Awards

    Bridgwater College joined Somerset’s top businesses and business organisations to recognise and celebrate business success across the county at one of the most important and popular fixtures in Somerset’s business calendar – the Somerset Business Awards.

    The awards ceremony, held at the Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton, was attended by nearly 300 people and was a sell-out event. Bridgwater College assisted the organisers, the Somerset Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses, by producing films of the 42 shortlisted entries. These were shown during the awards ceremony and the students provided a live feed of the event within the venue.

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  47. What’s in a name? – 15th October 2010

    When President of the Bridgwater Industrialists, John Vieth, Googled his name he wasn’t expecting to meet with his namesake 12 years later. John and John have been internet pen friends ever since that first contact.

    John only has a small family in the UK since his great grandfather came to England from Germany before the first war. Now he has a new ‘cousin’ in Wisconsin whose family also originates from the same region in central Germany.

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  48. Visit Team Green Growers – 1st October 2010

    Towards the end of the growing season members of the ‘Bridgwater Industrialists’ were the guests of fellow member Richard Winter, Director of Team Green Growers – strawberry horticulturists.

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  49. Somerset Railway Trip – Sunday 26th September 2010

    Members enjoyed a trip on the Quantock Belle Dining Train service on the scenic West Somerset Railway between Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) and Minehead, recreating the nostalgic atmosphere of the days of steam.

    Diners enjoyed good food and great company as the train wound its leisurely way through the beautiful Quantock Hills past the ancient port of Watchet and along the coastline at Blue Anchor Bay.

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  50. Heritage Training Advisor for the South of England – Wales Claire Wallbridge – 17th September 2010

    Heritage Training Advisor for the South of England and Wales

    Working for the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for Construction and based at Loughborough within the Specialist team responsible for the Built Heritage Sector.  Claire explained that she sits on The Welsh Assembly Govt’s steering group for Traditional and Sustainable Skills, The National Heritage Training Group Executive and advises the Prince of Wales Foundation for the Built Environment along with associate Partners, English Heritage, CADW, National Trust and Federations.

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  51. ACC Chemicals visit – 29th July 2010

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  52. Ways2Win Speaker – 18th June 2010

    Norman Hucker introduced Wendy Wills, who is the Managing Director of ways2win business tendering organisation.  With professional clinical qualifications – and having held senior management positions within the NHS – Wendy was able to discuss her experience and detailed understanding of how best to win public sector tenders.

    Wendy provided an overview of her company and the services it offers and took a wide range of questions from the floor.

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  53. Annual General Meeting – 21st May 2010

    1. Introduction

    John Vieth noted apologies for absence and ran through a summary of the last 12 months.

    • Interesting range of speakers including; Business Link, Local MP, PardoeBevins, Sedgemoor District Council and others.
    • Visits to House of Commons & London Eye, more recently, Cannington Cold Store and CCTV.
    • Represented ABI at several partnership meetings and reviewing how our organisation can work with them and develop for our members.
    • Raised our profile and produced publicity flyers and our website continues to develop.
    • Socially, we have enjoyed:-

    Presidents Dinner at Blackmore Farm with guest speaker Roger Evans.

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  54. CCTV Visit – 21st May 2010

    The Sedgemoor District Council CCTV control room is located at the Sedgemoor District Council offices in Bridgwater House.

    They are a 24/7 service monitoring 170 CCTV cameras in Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Cheddar and North Petherton.  They also work in partnership with Taunton Deane Borough Council and South Somerset District Council, monitoring the CCTV systems in Taunton, Wellington and Yeovil.  All CCTV images are recorded 24/7 and are kept for a minimum of 31 days.

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  55. Society Golf at Enmore Park – 6th May 2010

    Team Growers, Pardoes Solicitors and Wendy accepted the Society Golf Day invitation at Enmore Park Golf Club.  The weather was kind, the food was lovely and the score – well 2 out of 3 is not bad!


  56. North Petherton Indoor Bowls – 30th April 2010

    Members were made very welcome by staff at the venue, and each team was provided with a coach.  After a bit of practice, the real competition got going. There was some keen rivalry.  In particular between the ladies and men on the Presidents team.  We were lucky enough to have a County Level player – Peter Shaw – who demonstrated to us how it really should be done.  Peter Shaw showed us  that bowls is a game that can be enjoyed by all ages and how other younger people, like himself, were enjoying the sport.

    Our President has signed up and is currently taking lessons, so watch this space!


  57. Visit Cannington Cold Store – 16th April 2010

     

    Tim Roe, director of Cannington Cold Stores welcomed a large group of members.  All were keen to explore how the business was now able to generate its own power!

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  58. Business Link Speaker – 12th March 2010

    The President welcomed Lucie New, who stepped in to represent  Liz Oram Business Link.  Liz has the role of Competitiveness Partnership Manager and works with businesses in the local area.  Lucie works substantially in Bridgwater and  updated everyone on the work of Business Link and the help it could offer.   In particular, drawing attention to  the  free 1-2-1 business support clinics that are available.   Example below:-

    Aimed at business owners or managers of established businesses, the Business Advice

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  59. Marathon Man Graham Bentley -7th March 2010

    Marathon Man – Congratulations to Graham Bentley from Jasun Filtration Plc who completed the Bath Half Marathon on 7th March 2010, with a very good time!   Graham would like to thank all sponsors and reports he raised over £500 for his charity.


  60. Bridgwater Challenge Summary – 19th February 2010

    Doug Bamsey, Corporate Director Regeneration Sedgemoor District Council, gave an interesting and informative update on the topic of the “Bridgwater Challenge”.

    The vision for Bridgwater is that in 2060 the town will be energy conscious, known for its ambitious approach to sustainability and low carbon living.

    Bridgwater will be seen as a place that has been re-energised into a confident town through its strong, innovative architecture, its vibrant town centre and its revitalised neighbourhoods – encouraging a greater sense of local community, well being and civic pride.

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  61. Emerging From Recession – 15th January 2010

    Guest Speaker Rebecca Bevins, from PardoesBevins, encouraged a lively discussion with her presentation  “Emerging from Recession”

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  62. Local MP supports aims of Bridgwater Industrialists

    As guest of honour and speaker at the last meeting in the 2009 calendar. Ian Liddell-Grainger was delighted to update the group on his activities at Westminster and how he fully supports the associations drive to engage with the potential investors to the town.

    A lively debate on current topics was enjoyed by members and their guests.

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  63. Visit to Palace of Westminster & London Eye Flight

    Tuesday 13th October 2009 – Visit to Palace of Westminster

    A full coach of members and guests left Bridgwater at 6.3Oam. We arrived in London to glorious sunshine. After passing through strict security we were met by Ian Liddell-Grainger and introduced to our tour guide. We received a fascinating tour of the Commons and House of Lords, soaking up the history as we walked around. It looks so much bigger on the television!  All too soon we were off to our leisurely lunch at a nearby Italian Restaurant. This was followed by a “Fast Track” flight on the London Eye and a 4D film. With clear skies we could see for miles and enjoyed identifying local landmarks from our birds eye view. After some time at leisure to visit other local attractions we were off on the coach home. A note of thanks goes to our Secretary Wendy White for organising such a memorable day and to Ian Liddell-Grainger and his secretary, Claire Gibson, for inviting us on a tour of the house.

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  64. 52nd Annual Presidents Dinner – Blackmore Farm – Cannington

    The “52nd Presidents Dinner” was a resounding success.  The ladies looked splendid, the food & wine was excellent and Roger Evans kept every-one’s attention with his haunting experience’s and tales of local ghost history.  The beautiful banquet hall at Blackmore Farm added to the atmosphere of the occasion – was it the draft from the door that made the lights dim!!

    One of our new members Chris Spencer (Partner Pardoes) hand the honour of making the toast to the ladies.

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  65. Into Somerset Presentation from Chris Langdon – October 2009

    Chris Langdon reminded us of the many reasons Somerset is a great place for you to live and for your business to grow.

    You can live in real market towns and villages, enjoy short commute times and make the most of the countryside, the coast and the clean air.

    At the heart of the £90 billion economy of the South West, Somerset has the highest business start up rates outside of London.  Our economy is a magic mix of multinationals and niche entrepreneurs with markets worldwide.

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  66. Nigel Finch presents update on Web Activity

    Members were given a tour of the ABI website and an overview of Google Analyitics.  A demonstration of how site navigation can be tracked and reports obtained on activity.

    Which areas of the site people access and how long they spend on each page.  We can identify which pages are more appealing and which we could improve.

    All members are encouraged to provide data for the website with links to their own sites.

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  67. Dunster Show

    Friday 21st August 09 – Dunster Show
    Association President for 2009 – John Vieth- invited members to attend the Dunster Show as sponsored VIP guests.  It was a real treat to have ring side seats and an excellent lunch in the main marquee.  The main ring was full of activity all day with a range of classes showcasing magnificent livestock of all sizes.  Inbetween there were performances from bird of prey handlers to the Wild West Stunt Riders who kept everyone holding their breath or sitting on the edge of their seats.

    The showground was full of a wide variety of vendors selling an interesting range of goods and produce, much of which was produced locally.  Nobody left the show empty handed!

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  68. Bridgwater Industrialists Annual Golf Tournament raises £500 for St. Margaret’s Hospice Charity.

    12 intrepid golfers from the association played temporary greens at Enmore to raise money for St. Margaret’s Hospice. The winner was Ray Cavill closely followed by Dave Bishop and Geoff Day; however everybody went away with a prize.

    Thanks go to Nigel Wixon and Steve Varcoe from Enmore who helped us raise £500 for such a worthy cause.

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  69. 2009 Annual General Meeting

    Minutes – Annual General Meeting 22/05/2009

    1) New Members –Welcome to Keith Jones, European Silicones Finance Director of Amber Chemicals ;Chris Sidaway representing Sedgemoor District Council and Harley Brown MD of PC Comms. (appologies)

    2) Review of the last year by our President.

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  70. 51st Presidents Dinner

    Members of the Bridgwater Industrialists gathered for the 51st President’s Dinner, at Blackmore Farm, Cannington, on the 22nd November 2008.

    The evening was well attended with business leaders from many of Bridgwater’s top Industrial Employers.

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  71. New web site launched

    Somerset Web Services have written a new web site to help us to increase our local profile and develop our membership. The site has been sponsored by Magnox South at Hinkley Point A Power Station. We hope you find it useful.


  72. Health & Safety Update

    Caroline Coleman, HM Inspector of Health & Safety was a guest speaker at our June meeting. She addressed to the association regarding the role of the H&S Executive.
    The main purpose of the HS Executive is to:-

    • Review protection & to reduce risk of accidents in the workplace.
    • Develop laws and set standards
    • Measure trends
    • Provide information (via website/visits etc)

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  73. Talk by Mr Neil Parish, MEP

    Mr Neil Parish is one of three Conservative MEP’s for The South West of England and Gibraltar and is Chairman of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee.

    An extremely interesting talk was given by Mr Parish at our meeting. It was an eye opener to find out about the internal struggles of the European Union within Brussels and Strasburg.

    It was clear to our members that the EU has a significant affect on commercial business development and some members were keen to express the effect of bureaucracy on small businesses.

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  74. A Tribute to Ken Dewar OBE

    St Mary’s Church, Bridgwater was packed full, for a service of thanksgiving held on Friday 2nd May 2008, to mark the sad passing of our Honorary Member and friend Ken Dewar.

    Ken had been President of The Association of Bridgwater Industrialists until April this year and previously in 1975, 1991 and 2006-7. Even when he was not President, he was still working behind the scenes to attract new members and invite guest speakers

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  75. Bridgwater Industrialists tour of Hinkley Point A Site

    Members of the Association of Bridgwater Industrialists (20 Club) visited Hinkley Point A Site to see at first hand the progress of decommissioning being made on the Site, which ceased generation in May 2000.

    The Membership of the Industrialists is drawn from Directors of Industrial and Commercial firms in Bridgwater and the surrounding area. Sedgemoor District Council and Bridgwater College are also represented. The group meet to keep abreast of current day concerns of employment and the successes of the area and Mark Lesinski, Site Director of Hinkley Point A Site was delighted to welcome them.

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