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Congratulations to Castle School Education Trust and Plimsoll Productions who are regional winners in the Chamber Awards 2016.

Castle School won Education

and Business Partnership award and Plimsoll Productions won High Growth Business of the Year (south region). They now go through to the national finals on 24 November. Good luck! We continue to receive great feedback about our Chamber Networking events. If you are thinking about networking but haven’t been before you may be wondering if it is for you. We offer morning and evening

events and we typically welcome between 60 and 80 attendees from a range of sectors and size of business. Our events are structured to make sure you have plenty of opportunity to freely network. Networking is of course just one

of the ways we help our members connect. Your Membership can also help you raise your profile and that of your business via our publications and our website. Speaking of which, we are very

close to launching a brand new website with a number of enhanced features for members. Among a number of new developments, members will now be able to advertise and respond to business opportunities as part of the member directory. We conducted detailed research into the design and build of the new website with the help of our member community and this was one of the features that stood out the most.

As always, for more information on how to get involved and make the most of your membership, including how to get your latest news featured in this magazine, contact me via or give the membership team a call on 0800 980 2789.

10 insight NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016

A new senior hire for specialist law firm

specialist law firm, Jordans Corporate Law Limited (JCL). A highly experienced corporate


lawyer, his appointment as head of corporate law is a clear indication of the continued growth at the firm since its launch in 2013 under the “Alternative Business Structure” arrangements, designed to encourage new and innovative entrants into the legal market. Anthony trained and practiced in the City at Ashurst and Charles Russell. Moving to Bristol, he worked with Bevan Brittan

and then joined Bristol stalwarts Veale Wasbrough Vizards. He has been recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners legal directories. Anthony advises on all aspects of corporate law, including M&A transactions, group re-organisations, joint ventures and shareholders arrangements, as well as providing general corporate governance advice.

nthony Young (pictured) has joined the senior team at Bristol-based

He has worked on a range of

transactions from highly complex cross- border transactions, as well as growth acquisitions for local SME businesses. On the key issues that businesses

face in the current climate, Anthony said: “Brexit will throw up challenges for many businesses, not least uncertainty for shareholders and directors about how resilient their business will be, about financial strength and whether they will have the flexibility to adapt their business model as events unfold.” Larger businesses, with more

extended shareholder groups, face the additional challenge of increasing accountability and scrutiny, says Young. “They need to regularly audit their decision making process, ensuring their senior management are fully informed and involved.” Outside of work, Anthony is a keen mountain biker

and will also be found on a boat fishing in the Bristol Channel. He has three children so family, sports fixtures and all that goes with that account for all his out-of-work time.

A learning centre for the future

Opened in September 2016, the £4 million Future Technology Centre is Weston College’s high tech learning environment for the engineers of the future. The centre brings together top of the range

engineering equipment and industry professionals to deliver the most advanced engineering qualifications in the Somerset and Bristol area. The Future Technology Centre creates higher

skills pathways though engagement with the college’s partner universities and the development of full cost recovery training programmes and bespoke provision to specifically meet the needs of employers.

Speaking about the Centre and future planned developments at Weston College, Principal and Chief Executive Dr Paul Philips said: “We have invested over £50 million into Weston-super-Mare, creating some of the best learning environments in the South West, which will benefit learners across the country as well as the local community and businesses. “These developments demonstrate the

magnitude of expertise that the College can bring to creating buildings which exceed the normal standard of educational accommodation offered to young people. “I believe they will set the scene for a dynamic learning environment for the future.”

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