Business Leader Jan - Mar South West 2013 - Page 4

LatestNews Royal Portbury Docks Portishead 1 Somerset Chamber has been working closely with EDF Energy as it develops its plans to invest in a multi-billion pound new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point over the next decade. Over 1100 Somerset businesses have so far registered to be part of the Hinkley supply chain, which is managed on behalf of EDF Energy by the Somerset Chamber. NSBL attended the event alongside a number of businesses and organisations, that included Weston College, Michelle Michael of the Grand Pier and Towens. Attendees were able to hear direct from EDF Energy's procurement team and learn how they can become part of the supply chain. Businesses were advised to go online and register at and were assured that preference will be given to local companies ahead of national and international, where appropriate. Clapton in Gordano Walton in Gordano Hinkley Point event for North Somerset fi rms Clevedon Wraxall Tickeham Nailsea 20 Fla Kenn Kingston Bridge Kingston Seymour Wick St Lawrence Bristol International Cleeve Yatton Claverham Weston-super-Mare Somerset Chamber of Commerce held a business breakfast in December to explain to North Somerset businesses how they might be able to benefi t from the proposed Hinkley Point Development. Weston in Gordano Walton Bay Congresbury 21 Redhi Wrington Churchill Sandford Locking Banwell Artist’s impression of Hinkley Point Lower Langford Burrington Hutton Winscombe Bleadon Barton Somerset More business start-ups compared to 2011 More businesses were formed with the help of North Somerset Enterprise Agency (NSEA) in the fi nal quarter of 2012, compared to the same period the previous year. This business activity boosted the local economy says NSEA, creating 48 new jobs across October, November and December. In the fi nal quarter 38 new companies were created altogether. The fi gures compare favourably with the end of 2011, which saw 28 new businesses created in the fi nal three months of the year, 22 of which are still trading one year on. Angela Hicks (pictured), who is North Somerset Enterprise Agency’s Chief Executive comments: “Our latest statistics refl ect, as Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of last week, record numbers of new businesses starting. “Whilst this is a diffi cult time for many larger commercial organisations it is equally a time of new business opportunities." EDITOR’SINTRO Welcome to the fi rst North Somerset Business Leader in print - your new 52-page quarterly business magazine. Throughout the media doom and gloom about the prospects for the economy – and the political arguments about how to get the economy back on track - business seems to be ticking over nicely in our region. Perhaps it is the region’s mastery of the creative and high-tech industries that has been vital to ensuring it has fared relatively well throughout this period of austerity. Perhaps it is because of good governance and the highly skilled work-force. 2 Issue 1 - Jan/Feb 2013 Undoubtedly, North Somerset and the surrounding areas are not free from huge challenges. However, the optimistic outlook from business owners and infl uencers shone through when putting this edition together. Thinking long-term also means thinking global and embracing exports. We have some great businesses that are already well-versed in the trials and tribulations of exporting (see page 36) and some of them are profi led in this magazine. North Somerset and the surrounding region have a lot to offer. It is interesting to read how key business infl uencers are thinking big and working to make the area an attractive business destination (page 34). Inside the magazine there is also a marketing feature – outlining how marketing and branding is important for a business. There is also a feature on banking and de-risking your business as well as a report on the Severn Barrage, and much more. Not hamstrung by looming elections, business can think big and dream. Consider Dr Paul Phillips’ plans for a business inspired college (page 26); the construction of major developments in this area (page 8) and the opening up of Handelsbanken (page 12) – all good indicators of a region leading the way. I hope you enjoy the fi rst edition and to everybody who has supported the magazine – thank you. Oli Ballard - Editor @NSLeader North Somerset Business Leader Bla