Somerton Business and Trade Association
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The Association enjoys a membership of 110 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.
2016 Somerton Business & Trade Association organised a Snowman Hunt for 5 to 16 year olds.
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Annually, the Association undertakes a special project aimed at the betterment of the business community. The Somerton Shops and Services Directory for 2017/2018 was produced in January 2017 and has been delivered to over 11,900 addresses in the local area.
In February 2007 an updated version of the Somerton Tourist Leaflet was published and 92,000 copies were printed, then in May 2009 a further revised version was printed (50,000 copies). In 2013 another revised version was issued. 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 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 London Cigarette Card Co, Sutton Road, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 6QP. Tel No 01458 273452 who will be most willing to give you further information.
Picture taken in 1988 in The Red Lion Hotel Ballroom at the Association’s Dinner Dance with three previous chairman.
Richard Crighton, founder member, of Barclays Bank (left) Liz Laker of The London Cigarette Card Co Ltd (centre) and Fred Atterbury of Longmires Off Licence (right). Also in the picture are association members Laurie Bridges of Bridges Holland Accountants and Dave Wellington of Dave Wellington Carpenters