|Becoming a member
The Association enjoys a membership of 123 from the trades, professions and retailers of the town. Formed in 1983, it aims to improve and promote the trading and commercial interest of the Parish of Somerton, and to create and foster goodwill and friendship among business and trading people of the town.
Membership is open to all business concerns, whether sole, partnership or company, having premises within the Parish of Somerton. New members are always welcome for their ideas and input to help swell our 'lobby' in matters affecting the business community; they should contact Ian Laker c/o London Cigarette Card Co, Sutton Road, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 6QP, Telephone 01458 273452 see Becoming a member
There are meetings every two months to which all members are welcome, and from time to time visiting speakers are invited. The Association has a committee member appointed to monitor activities of the Town Council and also the District Council. Anyone interested in the work of the Association or wishing to raise a matter with the Association should contact the chairman Mr Don Turner on 07976 533356.
Annually, the Association undertakes a special project aimed at the betterment of the business community. The Somerton Shops and Services Directory for 2013/2014 has been produced and has been delivered to over 11,500 addresses in the local area. In February 2007 an updated version of the tourist leaflet was published and 92,000 copies were printed and in May 2009 a further revised version was printed 50,000 copies. This also made possible due to support from The Somerton Town Council, Somerton Tourism and Heritage Partnership and South Somerset District Council Area Development Group North
Members can also receive a 10% discount off the price of adverts placed in The Wetmoor Magazine and The Conduit Magazine and 10% off selected adverts in the Somerton Sentinel Magazine.
The Association also sponsors various activities, including the town's very successful Christmas decorations and sponsoring event(s) in the Somerton Summer Arts Festival, which takes place in July each year.
The Association has a notice board situated in the Brunel Shopping Precinct. In it you will find an up to date members listing under their appropriate business headings with a street map giving their location. Any business in the Somerton area wanting to become a member please contact Ian Laker c/o L;ondon Cigarette Card Co, Sutton Ropad, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 6QP. Tel No 01458 273452 who will be most willing to give you further information.
Somerton’s Business awards 2012 are announcedSomerton Business Awards: The best of Somerton's business community have been recognised by a new initiative from the Somerton Business & Trades Association, with three awards being created to highlight some of their outstanding contributions to the local community. The winners were named at the Association's AGM on Thursday 8th November, held at the Unicorn in Somerton.
Jane Rodger of Cobbs Wholefoods was the winner of the Community Support Award
Ian Laker of The London Cigarette Card Company became the first recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Local Business award.
Richard Williams of Williams Supermarket was named as the first Business Personality of the Year, following his achievement in completing the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
The awards were well received by members and it is hoped to make this an annual event, with the intention of opening up the categories to non members in future. Anyone who would like further information on the event or the Association can get in touch with Don Turner, the Association's Chairman, and his contact details can be found in the Business Association section of the Somerton Community Website
SOMERTON SHOPS & SERVICES DIRECTORY 2013 - 2014
The Association has produced the 13th edition of the Somerton Shops and Services Directory 2013/2014. For information CLICK HERE