Keeping the wheels of business turning is SNOW joke!

March 19th, 2018

Winter always brings a touch of fun up on the hill. Shaftesbury is one of the highest points in Dorset, so if there’s going to be any snow….you can guarantee we’ll get a gentle dusting of the white stuff for sure!

But nothing stops the wheels of business turning here at The Wincombe Centre.  Paths were cleared (Thank you Anne and Jerry) and cars began to arrive – some having had a mini adventure of their own in attempting to get to Shaftesbury.


And then the real work began!


Just one of the benefits of being a Chamber member perhaps?

March 19th, 2018



(Available to all Members & Friends of the Chamber)

Our next networking event will be a lunch this Thursday 22nd March and we’d love you to join us. Basset’s Estate Agents have recently expanded and opened their latest office in Shaftesbury. They are a small independent company who are very involved with local business networking and the local communities at their other locations. We are therefore pleased to welcome Director Matt Boatwright who will be giving us the opportunity to ‘Ask an estate agent’. If you have any burning questions about buying, selling or letting Matt will be happy to share some top tips and words of wisdom.

Our networking meetings are friendly events with opportunities to introduce yourself without the need to stand on ceremony. We aim to provide an informal opportunity for local business people to spend time together for mutual support. Feel free to bring along any business cards or literature and you are welcome to attend two meetings without joining The Chamber.

Meeting details:
Date: Thursday 22nd March
Time: 12.30-2.00pm
Venue: The Grosvenor Hotel, High Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8JA
Cost: £12, payable on the day

Booking is essential for catering: Please email by Tuesday 20th March or call our networking coordinator, Dr Karen Janes, on 07941 031427 to book your place and let us know, at the time of booking, if you have any dietary requirements.

Forthcoming meetings
-Thursday April 26th – Breakfast at Turnbull’s Café, £7 (Speaker to be confirmed)
-Thursday May 24th – Lunch – venue tbc – With Keri Jones, from Great Destinations.

Future dates for your diary. Please let us know if you would like the opportunity to speak at one of our meetings.
-Thursday June 21st – Breakfast
-Thursday July 19th – Lunch
-Thursday September 20th – Breakfast
-Thursday October 18th – Lunch
-Thursday November 29th – Breakfast

Breakfasts are 7.45-9.00am and cost £7 and lunches are 12.30-2.00pm and cost £12 unless otherwise stated. Booking is essential but payments are made directly to the venues on the day. Thank you!

Finding a home for your business start up – exciting or daunting?

February 19th, 2018

Whilst there are many freedoms that come with working for yourself, there are additional costs to think about too. One of the biggest decisions you’ll face is where you’re going to base your business.

Virtual office – a great starting point

If you’re just setting up and building your business from home, a virtual office is a good place to start. It combines the cost savings of working from home with the professionalism associated with having an established office. Whilst you work from home, you can use your virtual office location to make the most of any professional meeting room space offered and meet up with clients and suppliers, even collecting your business post while you are up there.
Virtual offices can help to make your start-up business appear bigger than it is – you have a business mailing address and a reception team onsite, but you still work from your own house to keep costs low.

Our Virtual Office package is available for only £30 + VAT per month.

Serviced office – a step up without too much commitment

Once you begin to expand and take on your own workforce, a good next step is to move into a serviced office. You get all the benefits of an office address, without the long-term commitment and investment of leasing or buying your own office. Serviced offices also offer a great deal of flexibility – if your business takes off quickly, you can increase your office size easily. Similarly, if you need to downsize, you can reduce the amount of space you rent so you’re not paying for workplace facilities you’re not using. And because most utilities are included in your rent, your monthly outgoings are predictable, which helps cash flow forecasting.  Serviced offices are also a great place to network and meet like-minded business people. Business centres are a hive of activity with a wide variety of different companies on site. You might find you can learn a lot from them and even pick up a few new clients. The Wincombe Centre hosts regular networking lunches which, as well as being a welcome escape from the office, can help you meet and connect with other businesses.

Our serviced offices are offered on EASY IN EASY OUT Licences and start from as little as £40 + VAT per week. We can provide access to a shared fibre speed Broadband service from only £25.00 + VAT per month.

CALL 01747 850404 for the latest availability and to discuss your business needs.




Networking over breakfast or lunch…a thrilling example of business multitasking!

November 20th, 2017

Why not join Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce for their next business networking – it’s the last meeting for this year so don’t miss out on a chance to mix with other like minded business people in Shaftesbury.

Attending Novembers meeting will be Claire Commons, recently appointed Town Clerk who will speaking about her involvement with the town and how the Town Council want to work alongside local businesses.

All these networking meetings are friendly events with opportunities to introduce yourself without the need to stand on ceremony; an informal opportunity for local business people to spend time together for mutual support.

Meeting details:

  • Date: Thursday November 30th
  • Time: 7.45-9.00am
  • Venue: Turnbulls Café, 9 High Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8HZ
  • Cost: £7, payable on the day

Booking is essential for catering: Please email by Tuesday 28th November or call the networking coordinator, Dr Karen Janes, on 07941 031427 to book your place. 

When booking please let us know if you would like a bacon baguette or scrambled egg on toast or let us know if you have any other dietary requirements.

There is no meeting in December but networking will be back again with a lunch at The Grosvenor Hotel on Thursday 25th January.

Additional Networking Info

2018 meeting dates for your diary

Thursday January 25th – Lunch at The Grosvenor Hotel

Thursday February 22nd – Breakfast at Turnbulls Café

Thursday March 22nd – Lunch

Thursday April 26th – Breakfast

Thursday May 24th – Lunch

Thursday June 21st – Breakfast

Thursday July 19th – Lunch

Thursday September 20th – Breakfast

Thursday October 18th – Lunch

Thursday November 29th – Breakfast



(Breakfasts are 7.45-9.00 and lunches are 12.30-2.00pm unless otherwise stated)

Happy Networking!

Find out what Astara Training have planned and discover how they could help your business.

November 13th, 2017

Astara’s Autumnal Re-Launch Evening

Tuesday 21st November 2017 between 4.30pm – 8.00pm at The Royal Chase Hotel, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8DB
An evening of showing you what Astara Training can offer, what events we have coming up in 2018, and with Guest Speakers throughout the evening.
There will be chance to meet the team, find out what they offer and answer any questions that you may have. In particular, there will be opportunities for you to discuss the courses, networking breakfasts and events and obtain further details. Also, for those interested in speaking at a Network Breakfast, there will be opportunities for you to register your interest.
There will be information on our Professional Development Programme, Networking Breakfasts, Apprenticeships, Management and Accounting Courses, Bespoke Workshops and Events coming up in 2018.
The Guest Speakers:
Steve Marney, Owner of Manager Hired discussing The Benefits of Networking: as a Business and as an Individual.
Clive Ozzard, Owner of Lumine Development Ltd discussing The Benefits of Professional Development: Investing in Yourself & Investing in Employees.

Head over anytime between 4.30pm – 8.00pm to enjoy a glass of wine, canapes and find out all that we have to offer!

It makes good business sense to look after your health.

September 29th, 2017

The Wincombe Centre Partners give their seal of approval to our new Defibrillator.

“We’re very happy to have been able to help provide this potentially life saving equipment for the business park.”

The defibrillator is live and in the event of an emergency, your 999 call may direct you to your nearest AED and give the code for access.

Let’s hope we never have the occasion to use this machine, but it is, of course, reassuring in its presence.

Is it important to feel like part of a community?

September 22nd, 2017

We think so! It’s the main reason that the tenants at the centre get together every quarter for lunch.

This month Anne and Wendy thought it would be fun to celebrate the coming of Autumn with a Harvest Picnic Feast.

It made a nice change to get together, grab a chunk of fresh locally baked bread and enjoy with cheese, Ham, Gala pie and chutneys, and a small taster of Somerset Cider.

Building a successful business takes a lot of time and drive, so it’s good to have a network of friends and associates to draw energy from.  Anne and I believe that by surrounding yourself with people who share a similar drive and ambition, you are more likely to move forward as a group. We think it is important to be able to share knowledge, create opportunities, and make connections, and what better way to do that that over a glass of cider and a lovely lunch.

looking for a local networking event to join this week?

July 17th, 2017

July’s Networking Lunch is this
Thursday July 20th, at
The Grosvenor Arms, 12:30 – 2pm, £12

A reminder that this month’s Networking Lunch will be held for the first time at The Grosvenor Arms this coming Thursday.  Coming to a networking event, be it breakfast or lunch, is NOT about having to sell to others or having lots of people try to sell to you and even if you are not a Chamber member, you are welcome to come along to two meetings before deciding if you’d like to join.

Shaftesbury Chamber is now into the second half of its new sixth month programme of networking events to help local businesses get to know one another and support each other’s businesses. Becoming a member of the Chamber is only £40 per annum to gain access to all of the networking events held throughout the year. Amongst other benefits, membership also gives you the opportunity to apply to do a ten-minute presentation at one of the meetings on an aspect of your business that could be of interest to other local businesses. Think of networking as an opportunity to share with others why you love doing what you do.

All meetings take place on a Thursday, coinciding with market day and we alternate breakfasts and lunches.

Each meeting includes:

  • Opportunities for informal networking
  • Time to briefly introduce yourself and your business to everyone
  • A ten minute presentation of interest to businesses
  • Announcement slot for local events (for which you can submit items), relevant Chamber notices and testimonials to thank other members for referring business
  • A delicious breakfast or lunch at one of the Chamber’s catering establishments
  • The opportunity to distribute your business cards or other literature
To book your place at our next meeting please email by Tuesday 18th July or call Karen on 07941 031427.  Don’t forget to let us know any dietary requirements.

Future meetings
Breakfasts are from 7.45 to 9.00am and lunches are from 12.30 to 2.00pm unless otherwise stated. If you would like your venue to be considered for hosting a Chamber networking event or you would like the opportunity to speak at one of the events please get in touch.  We’re taking a break during August, so the next networking event after this week will be:

  • 28th September – Breakfast: £7 at Turnbulls

Speaker to be confirmed

Best way to unwind after a working week?

June 26th, 2017

What a day we had on Saturday!  The Wincombe Centre management team – better known as Wendy and Anne, along with Sara from Unit 15 (The Floor Screeding Company) and her daughter, took part in Salisbury Hospice’s first Charity 5K Bubble Rush.

We arrived and threw ourselves into a Zumba warm up (spot the mad people!)

Then it was off to the start.

We had to run around Hudson Field twice, going through giant inflatable vats filled with coloured foam.

Clearly we all had a lot of fun.  And between us we managed to raise almost £450.00!

Fancy joining us next year?

Business image is everything?

May 15th, 2017

Do first impressions count?

We think so, so we’ve embarked on a programme of redecoration to the outside of the centre. The old green boarding is on its way out, to be replaced by shiny new silver cladding.  We’re sprucing up the paintwork too.

It’s important to feel proud of your working environment, and being clean, smart and professional is good for the clients too!

Open for business as usual throughout.  Watch this space to see our transformation.