Meet our Sponsors
TDA deliver high quality business advice, economic development, and property and business services to a growing customer base across Somerset, as well as the wider South West. The Somerset Enterprise Centres, provide affordable accommodation to small businesses in the county, along with the critical business support to help small businesses grow.
As well as our tenant community we are proud to be investing in the thriving small business community in Somerset with one-to-one business advice and workshops; as well as organising great events like Somerset Soup to give businesses the opportunity to promote themselves and gain exposure. As an award winning organisation, TDA are making a real difference to the people living and working in region in areas including job and business creation
Julie Hawker is Chief Executive of Cosmic, a social enterprise which is very highly regarded for its work in addressing digital skills development and digital inclusion as key priorities across the region. Cosmic work in partnership with many of the leading organisations locally in the South West and across the UK to enable them to benefit from digital skills, working smarter, engaging with society and delivering value. Cosmic is regarded as one of the UK’s leading ethical digital businesses, having won multiple awards, and with more than two decades’ experience in bringing the value of digital innovations to partners, helping them to benefit as part of the connected, digital world. Julie has led the company to growth and development of a strong team of highly skilled and dedicated individuals.
Julie has been involved at strategic and policy level in the development of regional and national partnerships and currently holds positions at Board level with the South West Business Council, Exeter Chamber of Commerce and the Exeter & Heart of Devon Employment and Skills Partnership. In these positions she aims to provide support for wider economic and social impact through effective use of digital skills and social enterprise. She continues to champion these key components of the Cosmic business model with organisations and people she meets every day.
Helen Lacey is the founder and Managing Director of Somerset’s number one award-winning recruitment agency, Red Berry Recruitment.
Helen has over 18 years’ experience in the recruitment market and opened the first Red Berry Office in 2007. Helen is passionate about making sure Red Berry’s customers receive the service they deserve and experience a professional, friendly and caring approach whilst recruiting. Helen is the Vice Chair of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, is on the Board for the Heart of the Southwest LEP, sits as a Non-Exec Director for Inspire to Achieve and is the Chair of the Somerset branch of the IOD. In December 2017 Helen was awarded a prestigious Honorary Fellowship to the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) – the highest accolade bestowed upon individual IRP members which is awarded at the discretion of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s elected Council and recognises an outstanding professional career, and an exceptional personal contribution to the recruitment industry as a whole.
Red Berry Recruitment has four branches, Shepton Mallet, Yeovil, Bridgwater and Cardiff. The business supplies temporary and permanent staff to the industrial and commercial sectors and works closely with some of the South-West’s leading businesses to supply staff. The team also works closely with candidates from a wide range of backgrounds to help them find the perfect job. For more information visit www.redberryrecruitment.co.uk or follow @Redberryrec on Twitter.
Albert Goodman are a modern, full service accountancy firm with 8 offices across the South-West. Having been founded in Somerset in 1866 the firm has spent over 150 years working with businesses across the region. We are Xero cloud accounting platinum partners and our friendly staff love to help SME’s make the most out of this fantastic software by giving proactive and insightful business support.
Our people help our clients cut through the complexities of modern business by explaining issues in a straightforward and understandable way and giving simple but effective ideas.
We are proud to be sponsoring Somerset Soup for the second year, after the success of the event held in Taunton in 2017.
Somerset Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based business support organisation that promotes and lobbies for business development in Somerset in order to encourage a vibrant local economy. Accredited to the British Chambers of Commerce, Somerset Chamber ensures that member businesses stay well connected at a local, regional and national level, and that the voice of the Somerset business community is heard at all levels of government.
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 represent over 2000 businesses across Somerset.
The founders are Michelin trained Chef Michael Becket and childhood friend Andrew Watmuff, who’s background is in farming. Watmuff & Beckett pride them-selves on sourcing the highest quality and sustainable produce, so you can be assured that the ingredients going in to every pot of soup are of the highest standards. Much of their produce comes from within the UK and whenever they go beyond our borders for ingredients, it’s for good reason – and they always adhere to the same super-strict guidelines on quality.
Co-Founder Andrew Watmuff says ‘Eating Regional and UK grown produce shouldn’t mean you have to cook everything from scratch at home, there is an increasing demand for the simplicity of a ready-meal that you also want to be healthy ’.
Watmuff & Beckett’s soup and risotto ranges can be purchased at Asda and online at Ocado.