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With inflation on the rise and a new tax year well and truly upon us, I thought it would be timely to remind Chamber members how they can save some serious money using their membership. Here’s my list of the top seven

Chamber discounts members can take advantage of:

1. Up to 64% discount on AA Breakdown Cover for business

2. Up to 45% discount on Chamber Breakfast events

3. £25 discount on Cyber Essentials training – see member offers on page 30

4. 20% discount on marketing contact data to help build your database and conduct marketing campaigns

5. 20% discount on advertising in this very magazine; whereas editorial content is free!

6. Up to 20% discount on Leigh Court Venue hire for your corporate and personal events

7. 15% discount on Virtual Office and Meeting Room Hire

What’s more members can access a range of offers from across the Chamber by checking page 30 or by visiting the opportunities area on our website. You can promote your own offers here too. This month Bristol Sport are

offering discounts on their Big Speaker event tickets, which are not to be missed.

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.

12 insight MAY/JUNE 2017

Legal practice is top Fairtrade business

Business at the South West Fairtrade Business Awards. The results were announced at Bristol Cathedral


on Friday 10 March, in a ceremony hosted by Helen Cooper, managing director of Neal’s Yard Remedies, and opened by councillor Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Place to the Mayor of Bristol. The ceremony brought together prominent

members of the South West business community to celebrate the achievements of more than 50 organisations and individuals from across the region who embrace Fairtrade in the workplace. Awards were presented by VIPs from a range of high profile organisations including Burges Salmon, Wogan Coffee and The New Room. In addition to Best Fairtrade Business, seven

category winners were recognised including the Cotswold Fudge Co., Minuteman Press, and both the University of Bristol and UWE as joint winners of Best Fairtrade University, sponsored by Triodos. Zoe Robinson, director of online ethical fashion hub The Good Wardrobe, won the award for Best Fairtrade Advocate, sponsored by SWTUC. The ceremony was the fifth annual celebration of

ethical business in the region, which takes place each year during Fairtrade Fortnight – a campaign spearheaded by the Fairtrade Foundation. Delegates to the awards were addressed by Maura

Jarquín Blandón, a Fairtrade coffee and cocoa producer from Nicaragua, highlighting the significant impact that businesses can have on the lives of small producers in developing countries. Between them, entrants to this year’s awards spend well over £3m on Fairtrade products each year. As well as the Bristol Blue Glass trophy, winners were treated to a gift box from Neal’s Yard

yons Davidson, a legal practice with offices in the South West and across the UK, has scooped the award for Best Fairtrade

Winners of the South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2017

Best Fairtrade Business 2017: Lyons Davidson

Best Fairtrade Accommodation or Conference Centre: The Greenhouse Bed & Breakfast

Best Fairtrade Advocate, sponsored by SWTUC: Zoe Robinson for The Good Wardrobe

Best Fairtrade Café or Restaurant, sponsored by Wogan Coffee: Full of Beans at UWE

Best Fairtrade Office, sponsored by Burges Salmon: Minuteman Press

Best Fairtrade Retailer (multiple products), sponsored by The New Room: Fair's Fair

Best Fairtrade Retailer (single product): Cotswold Fudge Company

Best Fairtrade University or College, sponsored by Triodos: University of Bristol, University of the West of England

Remedies, and all guests enjoyed a vegetarian feast prepared by caterers from the Palestine Museum & Cultural Centre, made using Fairtrade and organic ingredients. Wogan Coffee, Fair & Square Brownies and the Natural Beverage Company provided Fairtrade refreshments. Clive Croal, environmental management

coordinator at Lyons Davidson, said of the company’s win: “We are absolutely thrilled to be Best Fairtrade Business 2017. We’re a socially conscious business who believe in doing what we can to affect a positive change in the world around us. With the full support of the senior management team, we’ve been supporting the Fairtrade movement for 12 years and we’re committed to carrying out business in a way that is driven by socially responsible values.”

Credit Jon Craig

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