Chard – Regeneration and Beyond: Success with more planned for the future

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More than 40 representatives from local businesses took part in an event on Wednesday 26 September, which gave them a chance to learn more about Chard Regeneration and how they can be at the heart of it.

The event, which was organised by Albert Goodman Chartered Accountants and supported by South Somerset District Council, Chard Town Council and Yeovil Chamber of Trade & Commerce, saw businesses receive an update on the project and looked at how they can be involved going forward. The event was so successful that nearly all of the attendees requested a further meeting that would develop a new forum for businesses in the town.

Councillor Jo Roundell Greene, Portfolio Holder for Economy and Deputy Leader of South Somerset District Council spoke about the regeneration of Chard and surrounding areas, and said the updates were well received. She also added that the proposed business forum will give a voice to local businesses.

She added: "I am very pleased that the business breakfast has stimulated interest in setting up a forum/chamber for Chard. Those who attended the event at Cricket St Thomas Golf Club were very interested in the Chard Regeneration Scheme and many of them have signed up for another meeting. I hope that from this we can build a strong business group in Chard that will support the regeneration and through the Stakeholder Group be the business voice for the project."  

David Woan, President of the Yeovil Chamber of Trade & Commerce attended the event and spoke enthusiastically about the developments being made in Yeovil and the possibilities there could be for local businesses in and around Chard.

Mr Woan added: "The potential for success in Chard is massive. All that is required is the will of the Chard business community to pull together; to engage with South Somerset District Council and other local and regional stakeholders. This joined-up approach is now driving and delivering success in Yeovil and I am fully behind any initiatives to bring people together in Chard, to realise the potential."

The Chard Regeneration Scheme is centred on the regeneration of Boden Mill. The proposal does include a new leisure centre and swimming pool, alongside housing and commercial developments. In addition to this, the scheme proposes a number of other measures to boost business in the town, support events and revitalise the market.

Fenton Day, head of Albert Goodman's Chard office, said: "Albert Goodman has had a presence in Chard for 25 years and we are passionate about helping local businesses thrive. This meeting was a fantastic first step in creating a positive and energising forum for Chard Business".

To find out more about Chard Regeneration go to: /business/chard-regeneration/. If you wish to get involved in the business forum you can contact Fenton Day at Albert Goodman on 01460 64646 or fenton.day@albertgoodman.co.uk.

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