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Merger adds up for Nailsea firm

Two accountancy firms have merged to offer a wider range of services to hundreds of clients across the South West.

Anthony Smith and Co has joined forces with Hudson Business Accountants and Advisers in Nailsea to combine their expertise.

The merged firm to be known as Anthony Smith and Co now has 15 staff, including two partners, and will also have an office in Taunton and a base in Mayfield Avenue, Worle.

Anthony, managing director of the combined firm, said clients would benefit from the extra resources.

He said: “There will be no changes for our clients on a practical level, as they will continue to work with the same team as before and enjoy the personal touch.

“But they will now have access to a bigger team, with a range of expertise.

"We can support anyone from the one-man band to multi-million pound corporations.”

Anthony is a Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA), which reflects his credentials and commitment to the profession.

He previously worked for Lloyds Bank as an auditor and set up his business from his kitchen table in Worle nearly 10 years ago.

His firm grew organically and then he looked to expand further through acquisitions and mergers.

The former Weston College student then took on two firms - one in Minehead and one in Taunton - in the last two years.

He had not been planning another merger until he met Della Hudson, who headed Hudsons at Crown Glass Place, and found they were a good fit.

 Anthony, who is also a glider and light aircraft pilot and works pro bono for the British Gliding Association, said: “We share the same values in terms of what we want to achieve for our clients.”

Della, a chartered accountant with more than 20 years’ experience, will continue in a consultancy role.

Della is also working on a book to help people to grow their business, using real life practical examples and some theory.

She said: “Anthony and his team will enhance our business advice services with their qualifications and his industry experience.

“I will be around in a consultancy role and I’m also looking forward to working on my long-awaited business book.”

The team can visit clients at their premises and currently serve people in Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Devon and Dorset.

Anthony Smith and Co is part of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), which is the world’s leading and largest professional body of management consultants. 

UPLIFTING IDEA: Donate your old bras to Moonrise Lingerie at Crown Glass Shopping Centre for a very worthy cause. The shop at 15c Crown Glass Place is starting a project to recycle your old and unwanted bras which will then be donated to homeless ladies around Bristol. Moonrise Lingerie will be offering fitting events for the ladies to enable them to be measured correctly. Once they have been measured they will then be given a bra that fits for free. A Moonrise spokesman said; "We hope that this gesture will help encourage the ladies to feel worthy and positive about themselves, whilst receiving a free bra in the process."

Classic car winners from Trendlewood Festival 


Debbie Fortune, managing director Debbie Fortune Estate Agents, has presented a £50 cheque to Trendlewood Community Festival organiser Nik Gardner for Hope For Life Katanga.

This is a charity started by Mark and Meg Walters who both grew up in Nailsea which brings the possibility of education to children in a deprived area of Uganda.

The festival at Golden Valley Primary School playgound featured an incredibly eclectic mix of cars from the 1920s to the 2010s, and from everyday family cars to exotic sports machines.

Debbie’s Backwell team attended with Wallace, their 1920s Austin 7 Chummy vintage car, stuffed full of balloons, together with a 1920s Alvis front wheel drive sports racer named Ratty, and Little Al, a 1950s Alvis TB14.

Nik said: “I heard so many complimentary comments about the brilliant range of cars on display seen by more than 1,500 people.”

The winner of Wallace’s guess the balloons competition was Zai Esmail pictured receiving his Amazon Fire Tablet from Joseph Down, manager of the Backwell office.

Mr Esmail is an engineer who has relocated from Nottingham with his family to work on the Hinkley Point project in south Somerset and revealed that EDF were making inroads to move approximately 6,000 people into the area to work on the project, ultimately chartering planes from Bristol International to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris twice a day.

Zia explained that he used his experience as an engineer to correctly guess the number of balloons in Wallace!

PHOTOS: Amazon 7 Fire Tablet winner, Zia Esmail and Debbie Fortune presenting a cheque to Nik Gardner

£1M+ Nailsea Lodge


A prestigious property in one of Nailsea's best roads has gone on sale with a price tag of more than £1 million.

Nailsea Lodge at 1 Bucklands End is being offered by estate agents Debbie Fortune.

Set in more than half an acre of secluded grounds it is being marketed for £1,250,000.

This Victorian home offers:

  • Six beds

  • Five reception rooms

  • Five bathrooms

  • Conservatory

  • Large garage and driveway

  • Dual occupancy opportunity

Contact estate agents Debbie Fortune to arrange a viewing at 2-4 Dark Lane, Backwell on 01275 406880.

To download details click HERE.

Wanted: Studio flat to rent Nailsea
A Nailsea School German teacher and her partner are looking to rent a furnished studio apartment in the town from mid October til mid February.
The maximum rent they can pay is £550 per calendar month.
Email Mario Kurz at if  you can help?
Business seminar for women at Nailsea


A free workshop for busy, entrepreneurial women who are balancing running a successful business while maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle is at the Tithe Barn midday on Friday, October 13.

Niki Matyjasik, business and accountability buddy, and Ann-See Yeoh, yoga teacher and owner of three successful businesses, combine their many years of experience to deliver this two-hour workshop.

And they are confident participants will leave the workshop full of ideas they can apply straight away.
Niki and Ann-See Yeoh are running the workshop from noon-2pm.

To book a space click HERE.

Feeling stuck? Overwhelmed? Busy but not making progress? Lacking in focus and motivation?Perhaps at the expense to your health, wellbeing and happiness? Want to make better decisions, getting better results for a more successful lifestyle and business?


Then this workshop is for you.We will give you some tips on how to:

  • Gain clarity on how to achieve your goals;

  • Structure your business and wellbeing activities more efficiently;

  • Work around your business and family life.


There is also time for open networking with likeminded women.You can achieve so much more in your business when you incorporate efficient business practices and a healthier lifestyle.It Starts With You.

Nailsea's top bra is in black not orange

Now here is a nice uplifting story for Nailsea about the support a bra shop gives to local ladies.

Do you know the most popular bra bought in the town is called Tango but ha-ha it doesn’t’ come in orange (the new black)!

These are the facts and figures uncovered on Saturday when Moonrise the lingerie store at Crown Glass shopping centre celebrated its first birthday with a party.

Store manager Tanya Hall said: “It was as a day of super heroes, sparkling drinks and cupcakes.”

A topless super villain in the guise of The Butler made an appearance and was on hand to serve drinks to all who popped by to help celebrate the occasion.

There was free face painting for the children, charity collection for Breast Cancer Awareness and a super-duper birthday cake in the shape of a pink lace edged bra.

Tanya and her three-strong team of lingeristas have been serving the women of Nailsea and North Somerset for the past 12 month and have welcomed women of all ages, shapes and sizes from teens to 90 plus who have visited the to shop to get measured and fitted with a range of bras since it opened.

Stock now includes teen bras, non-wired, front fastening, plus-size, mastectomy and sports bras.

But proving the most popular is the Tango bra by Panache which sells in all colours (except orange) from a D cup to double HH sizing.

Tanya said: "It's been an amazing first year, we have an amazing little team and would like to thank all of our customers for their support in allowing us give them support."

Tango was first put on display in nude, black and white then Tanya added red and sky blue to the popular range and said she is expecting a new delivery of purple to arrive before Christmas.

Tanya added: “We take pride in our dedicated fitting service and always rise to the challenge of making sure every customer is fitted correctly before they leave the store.

“We have had some lovely feedback over the year about our fitting service which is really nice to hear."

Moonrise 1st birthday
Moonrise 1st birthday
Moonrise 1st birthday
Moonrise 1st birthday
Moonrise 1st birthday


Birthday invitation


What a difference a year makes!

Moonrise the lingerie shop at Crown Glass Place is celebrating its first birthday.

Since it opened 12 months ago it has introduced later opening times on Thursday evenings to 5.30pm, hosted a specialist fitting date for mums and their teenage daughters, won an accolade at the Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards, extended its range to include front fastening and non wired bras and added an extra staff member to the team.

Owner Ziggy Hall said; "We're having a bit of a party this Saturday at the shop.

"The butler will be returning, along with face painting, drinks and cake, while aiming to raise money for breast cancer awareness as well."

And if you didn't get the opportunity to oggle the half naked butler last year pop along on Saturday - Nailsea People has it on good authority the optimum time is between 10am-noon.

See you there. 

Backwell estate agent uses new online valuation tool  


Award winning, independent agency, Debbie Fortune Estate Agents has launched a new online valuation tool on their website at

This enables their customers to have free, instant property valuations on their homes...all at a click of the keyboard.

Debbie said: "The online valuation will give an instant guide to the value of your home and will be a huge advantage to those potential sellers who lead busy lives, where time is very precious...or are at the very start of their home selling journey.

"It will provide a broad idea based on Land Registry data, and is a great start, but for a more accurate valuation, it will be sensible to do the job properly, so we’ll need to come along and see your property.

"After all, there are so many factors that affect the value, it’s partly art and partly science; and if we see your home, we'll be able to put all our expertise into play and advise you as to the best strategy to get the best result when you sell and of course, at the same time we'll bring along plenty of comparable evidence support our advice.

"It is so important to get it right, so, if you’re having more than one estate agent to give you a figure, don’t be seduced by a high valuation.

"Sadly, inexperienced agents sometimes over-value property simply to gain your business, only to then recommend a reduction a few weeks later... when you are tied into a contract with them.

"Always pick an agent you are impressed by, you get on with and who has given a fair valuation.

"Most importantly they need to be able to back it up with experience, proven success and comparable evidence.

"It is essential that the right asking price is set right from the start - pitch it too high and you will lose the all-important initial impact, which could lead to your property sitting on the market for months and eventually selling for less or not at all."

So if you want to find out more, go to and try our online valuation link.

And of course, we will be more than happy to come out and see you if you would like to take it further.

Call us at our Backwell office on 01275 406880; our Chew Magna office on 01275 333888; or at our Wrington office on 01934 862370.

Community matters to supermarket Waitrose


By placing a green token in the Community Matters box at your local Waitrose branch you’re helping your community.

Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has donated more than £14 million nationwide to charities chosen by customers.

At the end of shopping people receive a token to place in a box of the good cause they would most like to support.

The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. 

Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 shared between the three nominated causes.

Waitrose Nailsea invites local charities or non-profit organisation to apply or request any voluntary help.

Forms can be collected from the High Street store and handed in at the Welcome Desk for the attention of Lisa Davidson.

Groups as diverse as Nailsea Disability Initiative, Nailsea Summer Playscheme and the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity are among the hundreds who have benifitted to date.

However, some shoppers have been 'storing' green tokens and not returning them to the town centre supermarket so a 'pretty please' plea have gone out not to take the tokens home and to deposit in the plastic in-store box.

Donations for 2017:


Nailsea Horticultural Society £396

St Mary's Pre School £206

Backwell School Association £ 398



Wellspring Counselling £398

Court de Wyck PTA £200

Backwell & Nailsea Macular Support £ 402



1st Nailsea Scouts £397

Nailsea & District Leg Club £396

Woodspring Dog Show £207



NS Parkinson's UK £282

Nailsea School PTA £120

St Peters Hospice £598


Nailsea Activity Showcase £504

Flax Bourton Youth Group £200

Failand & Portbury Cricket Club £296



Nailsea Life Changing Challenges £479

Trendlewood Community Festival £240

Greenslade Pre-School £281



Dig for Victory £157

Tough As Nails £249

Nailsea, Backwell & District Diabetes Support £594


2nd Nailsea Rainbows £280

CLIC Sargent SW £399

Nailsea Environment & Wildlife trust £321



Grow & Sell (Waitrose initiative - seed boxes for local schools) £280

Nailsea Community Christmas Fair £332

Pink Ladies supporting BUST charity £388



Great Western Air Ambulance £559

1in4 People North Somerset £237

Nailsea Methodist Lunch Club £204


St Andrews Church (Clevedon) £156.86

St Peters Hospice £715.58

All Saints East Clevedon Primary School £128.57



Luke's Army for MDUK £386

Nailsea Memory Cafe £395

Ravenswood School £219 

Jo(e) X 4 at North Somerset estate agents

Ring up Debbie Fortune Estate Agents and ask to speak to Jo and you'll get... Jo, Jo, Jo, or Joe.

Managing director Debbie Fortune said: "You couldn't make it up if you tried.

“It all started with Jo Pallant in 2009, who was our very first employee and joined us when we opened our doors in January of that year.

"Jo was swiftly followed a couple of months later by Jo Woolley and that made life a little more difficult.

"Then, in 2014, Jo Tiley joined the team and we all realised that we would have to be so careful not to get completely confused!

“And if that wasn't hard enough we made things even more tricky when earlier this year, Joe Down joined us, bringing our compliment of Jo’s to four.”

This award-winning estate agent has shown phenomenal growth since it was launched by Debbie eight years ago in the depths of the financial recession, when the property market was on its knees.

This success was recognised when its first office in Wrington was awarded best new estate agency in the United Kingdom in 2011.

The company has since won numerous awards, and Debbie has been personally recognised, not only for her work with the National Apprenticeship Service, but also when she was awarded Businesswoman Of The Year in the Business Leaders Awards in 2015.

The company’s expansion has continued apace: In 2014, Debbie opened her second office in Chew Magna; and this year she has opened her third office, this time at Backwell.

She remains fiercely independent and advocates a sustainable policy at all of her offices, employing local staff, shopping locally and supporting her local communities.

Debbie added: “Luckily my four Jo’s don't always work together “

We've got the three offices now and there's space for all of them… but I am so very lucky to have all four of them as part of my team... but I do have to think twice before I pick up the phone.”

Welcome to Simpson Solicitors

On Saturday, July 15, Simpson Solicitors launched their new venture in Nailsea’s Crown Glass Place Shopping Centre.

Simpson Solicitors is a fully regulated and insured law firm that specialises solely in Wills, Powers of Attorney and Probate Services.

It is run by husband and wife team, John and Michelle Baden-Daintree who, between them have decades of experience in various aspects of law.

Michelle will be moving full time to the Nailsea office from her current base in Chipping Sodbury where they have a High Street presence, whilst John will continue to work at their second office in Thornbury, and also spending time in Nailsea.  

Brent Perrin a senior legal advisor will also be making the move to Nailsea full time to support Michelle.

Michelle was born and raised in Nailsea, attended Nailsea School and stayed in Bristol to gain her legal qualifications.

John born in Oxford, attended Leicester University and decided upon Bristol as his hometown becoming a partner in a Bristol law firm at just 22.

Thoue couple live at Long Ashton with their five children. 

Michelle said: ‘We already have clients based in Nailsea and various surrounding areas, so having the opportunity to open a North Somerset office was something we were very keen to do.

“Even though we always offer free home visits, a number of our clients still like to pop in and see us away from the home environment.

 "John and I and, in fact, the whole of our team, are incredibly passionate about what we do and the people we meet and ensuring that each and every client gets the very best advice throughout and beyond their journey with us, while still giving value for money.”

“We have invested greatly in our new wheelchair friendly premises where we have two meeting rooms with in order to respect privacy while still having a wonderful light and airy environment.

"The best of both worlds!

“Our aim is to create a warm, welcoming and approachable law firm which breaks all the stereotypical traits of a traditional law firm whilst providing first class advice and services.

"We firmly believe that a lawyer is for life and we hope that people will come and see for themselves how we are friendly lawyers who will make you feel welcome, wanted and cared for.’

A photo of the whole team on its open day is in Gallery 2017 with other walkabout photos from a busy Saturday market day.

POP IN 1: A pop-up free Life & Style event is on Saturday, July 15, 10am-noon at The Blue Room, Nailsea. So before you shop at Nailsea market pop in for summer travel inspiration with presentations, advice and prizes.

POP IN 2: A new solicitors is opening at 15 Crown Glass Place, Nailsea. Its launch party on Saturday, July 15, to coincide with market day, offers games to play, bubbly to drink and 50 goodie bags to give away! Simpson Solicitors also have promotional offers. 

2019 moving date

It is likely to be another two years before the first residents move into the McCarthy & Stone Retirement Living development at the old Nailsea police station at Stockway South.

Building work on the development which has planning permission for 22 one bed and 18 two bedroom fully equiped apartments isn't going to start until spring 2018 with a one year construction schedule.

Features will include

  • Wheelchair access

  • Lifts to all floors

  • Fire detection

  • Intruder alarm

  • Camera entry system

  • 24/7 call system

  • Lounge WiFi access

  • House Manager

Click HERE for more details.

All girls together at work and play


Nailsea businesswomen next meeting is on Thursday evening, July 27, at Hudson Acountants.

For this summertime gathering at 7.30pm Business Buddy Niki Matyjasik is talking on 'What floats your boat in business and in life'.

Niki is a business person who helps people to achieve their business goals.

The meeting is open to anyone in the local area who runs a business and who may be interested in hearing Niki, and in joining this informative and very friendly group.
So they put enough chairs out email secretary Kerris Harrop at to let her know you are coming.

Engine Lane plans with North Somerset Council

Barratt Homes has submitted a formal planning application to build homes off Engine Lane, Nailsea.

 If approved the development would provide up to 183 much-needed new homes for the town.

 The submitted plans are the result of close cooperation between Barratt Homes, Nailsea Town Council - who own the land - and neighbouring Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club.

A robust pre-application consultation programme has ensured that the proposals meet Nailsea Town Council’s housing policies as well as a previously agreed design brief.

 Planning and design manager Chris Dolling said: “After a lot of hard work by everyone involved we have now submitted what we believe is an excellent scheme.

“This scheme will deliver much-needed new homes in a sustainable location in Nailsea.

“The town council has been instrumental in ensuring that the proposals reflect local need and demand.

The project will make a vital contribution towards the sustainable growth of Nailsea, which is important to many local residents, by delivering a suitable mix of modern, comfortable homes for families as well as first-time-buyers and downsizers.”

 This residential scheme is in accordance with town council policy which caps the number of open market 4 plus bed houses to 20 per cent of the total provision.

And as per North Somerset policy, 30 per cent of homes will be affordable, and nclude one bed flats, two, three and four-bed houses with a proportion of these units to be to a standard accessible for wheelchair users.

 The planning application and supporting documentation are available for viewing and commenting on North Somerset Council’s website

 Barratt Homes’ main aim is to create communities where people aspire to live.

In close consultation with local communities and local planning authorities it claims to strive to put forward proposals that reflect local needs and wishes and are viable projects to build.

For more information visit

 The Engine Lane project is for up to 183 homes of which 55 are proposed to be affordable.

The development would offer a range of house types and sizes.

The design of the scheme ensures it will be a natural extension to Nailsea.

The scheme will bring new infrastructure, including an attractive open green space, two play areas, two ponds, pedestrian and cycle links and improvements to existing bridleways.

To comment on the application click HERE.

Discount shop discounts stock

It looks as if Store Twenty One a national fashion chain is on the brink of collapse.

The main backer of Store Twenty One, formerly known as Quality Seconds, refused to continue supporting the business.

The discount chain retailer has shops natiionwide is expected to declare insolvency this week, putting around 1,000 jobs at risk across the country.

The management filed a notice to appoint administrators earlier this month, after the company was served with a winding-up notice by HM Revenue and Customs for breaching the terms of last year’s company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

It is understood AlixPartners will handle the collapse.

The firm, which has around 125 high street shops, has attempted to raise fresh cash from its main lender, State Bank of India, however, the bank, which is owed around £14million, said last week it will not provide any further funding.

Store Twenty One’s accounts, recently filed at Companies House, revealed a drop in sales to £89.4m in 2016 from £92.2m a year earlier, while pre-tax losses increased from £6.6m to £9.3m.

It was in the summer of 2010 in a fanfare of anticipation the then Nailsea Town Council chairman Rod Lees cut the ribbon to officially open fashion and homewares store at Somerset Square.

The retailer spent more than £100,000 on fitting out the unit of the on the former Ethel Austin store which closed in February when its sister brand, Au Naturele, went into administration.

The new store created 12 new full and part-time jobs.

Bigger shops at Colliers Walk

Property investment company Ellandi has announced it is converting several shops at Colliers Walk into larger retail units at Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea

A planning application will shortly be submitted for 3,000 sq ft of additional space, creating four units of 1,679 sq ft each from six smaller shops.

Letting agent and local commercial property expert Ian Thompson, of Thompson Commercial said: “We have very few vacancies in the scheme and lots of interest from tenants who require bigger units including several existing tenants seeking to expand. 

“These proposals will help satisfy this demand and bring this quieter area of the scheme up to par with Somerset Square.”

Ellandi property director Mark Robinson said: “There are a number of areas where we will be announcing further investment over the coming months, and this is this first step in taking the shopping and leisure provision in Nailsea to the next level.”

Centre manager Rob Stokell said: “We have listened to our Independent retailers and developing larger units to support the growing needs within Nailsea.

“This will enhance the retail offer and our customers shopping experience.”

Bristol based Foresight Project Management is responsible for delivering the scheme, having successfully completed projects in Nailsea town centre including refurbishment of The Sion and Somerset Square offices, new ground floor centre management suite, new children’s play area and 17 new apartments in several areas of the Crown Glass Centre.

Ellandi is the UK’s only dedicated investment manager focused on community shopping centres with assets under management in excess of £1.3bn comprising a portfolio of 33 shopping centres across Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

REFRESH RERESHING: For what seemed an age beauty salon Refresh at 6 Clevedon Walk had been hidden by the scaffolding nexdoor when they converted the upstairs offices to flats. Now is looks rejuvenated and offers treatments for mind, body and soul, in its beautiful, tranquil treatment rooms. Call 01275 851333 for further information.

Another bouquet for Nailsea shops

It is slding doors at Nailsea shopping centre as one flower shop closed and another is opening.

After unsuccessfuly competing in the Win A Shop competition florist Claire Davis set up Queenie’s Flower Shop at Colliers Walk selling fresh flowers and up-cycled accessories including vintage crockery and pots.

But after 36 months of trading Claire found the overheads at Crown Glass shopping centre prohibitive so has chosen to trade from home and sell her beautiful wares at local craft fairs and fetes.

You can contact Claire by leaving a message on her FaceBook page.

But as one business closes another begins and a new silk flower shop opens on Tuesday, May 30.

Chic Blooms is the idea of Nailsea mum Lisa Gregory who designs amazing silk flowers for special occasions.

Customer Emma Toomey said: "Lisa is so amazing and I can't recommend her enough.

"Her floral creations are absolutely spectacular and the pictures really do not do them justice. 
"I've had several different displays for my bridal boutique from Chic Blooms, all have exceeded my expectations and I've had so many comments on how beautiful they are. 
"Lisa is extremely talented and really helpful, nothing is too much trouble - I will definitely be ordering more."

Nailsea People is sorry to see Claire go but wishes Lisa much success in her new venture and will be popping in on Tuesday.

STOP PRESS: We popped in and said hello and Lisa's creations are amazing - you can find her in what was once the model railway shop. Call 07825615308 or email

New car wash at Wraxall

Tout's Budgens the Wraxall garage is installing new state-of-the-art German technology car washing machines.

It will be open on Saturday, May 20.

The Wraxall garage is replacing its existing two machines at Nailsea and one at Langford. Its team has literally travelled around the UK to look at different machines to make the right decision, it's been a long process!

But finally they are extremely confident of finding the perfect solution for a brilliant crystal clean wash.
 These car washes are designed and manufactured by a world market and innovation leader within the car washing industry. So they know exactly what they are doing.
Some of the new car washing machines features:

  • Extra wide for larger cars and easier use

  • MultiFlex brush control for all shapes of vehicle including SUVs

  • New softer brush material

  • WheelFlash intensive wheel cleaning

  • ShineTecs protective polish programme

  • RainTecs long lasting wax finish

Instation at Nailsea means the car wash will be closed from Monday to Friday, May 15-19.

And Langford the following week.

  • A planning application by Crown Glass Shopping Centre to use five spaces at Stock Way South car park to wash vehicles was refused by North Somerset Council last December after 35 letters of objections was received.

Business to business

At the annual meeting of Nailsea Chamber of Trade and Commerce chairman Sharon Brown, of The Blue Room, agreed to continue in role.
Sharon said: “There was an excellent turnout this year’s annual meeting on Thursday, April 6.“ 
Hosted by Hudson’s Accountants, at 15a Crown Glass Place, members had an opportunity to network over wine, nibbles and non-alcohol drinks before the formal business.
As well as reviewing the past year it was decided to reinstatement the annual membership fee which had been waived for many years making it difficult to track who was part of the group.
Treasurer Neil Houghton stood down after many years of service and was thanked for his long tenure.
Della Hudson was elected as treasurer. 
It was agreed Sharon, Della Hudson, and commercial property agent and vice-chairman Ian Thompson, would oversee business and represent NCT&C at appropriate forums.
Jon Bird, of digital, marketing and website design agency Squarebird, will look after a new website and marketing activities while Jane Vivian, of telecoms business Pure Comms, will be the minute taker. 
Jane has been active in putting Nailsea back on the radar of North Somerset Council economic development department, the meeting heard.
Luke Hewitt, of Wards solicitors, will manage the membership database and handle production of a regular newsletter.
And Rebecca Purchase, also of Wards, will take on a business/community liaison role focusing on the Nailsea Community Christmas Fair for 2017.
Together with Dave Hawker, of Hawker and Palmer Wealth Management Ltd, they will organise a couple of social events for the year ahead.
Crown Glass manager Rob Stokell will continue to play an active role in liaising with NCT&C in his role as shopping centre manager.
Sharon added: “With new people getting involved we can be more active and better able to represent the businesses of Nailsea and the surrounding area. 
“There are challenging times ahead for Nailsea, and the Chamber must become a voice for the needs of local businesses during the changes that are going to be taking place.”

Multi-million £££s accountants

A firm of accountants in Nailsea can now work with multi-million pound companies after meeting challenging quality checks.
Hudson Business Accountants and Advisers have become Registered Auditors and can work with medium and large businesses which have a turnover greater than £10 million.
The company at Crown Glass Place has met all the requirements set by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) - a world leading professional membership organisation to become registered auditors.
Della Hudson, who has trained with accountancy firms in London and has nearly 30 years’ experience, said: “This is a major achievement for us and means that we can continue to grow the business by providing services for bigger clients.”
Hudson’s currently deals with anything from a start-up to high growth business.
Della, who has previously worked with multi-million pound organisations, said:  “We love the variety of our work and supporting clients at various stages of their business.
“Thanks to this accreditation, we can now handle our clients’ accounts and audit them as they continue to grow.”
The firm, which recently celebrated preparing online returns to HMRC in record time, has also installed modern accounts software in order to take on more clients.
Della, mum-of-two who lives in Backwell, said: “It’s an exciting time for our business and I’m grateful to have such a dedicated team in place.”
Hudson’s was set up in January 2009 and has expanded with the acquisition of Sarah Leighton Accountancy Services Limited in 2015.
Today the firm offers a range of business advice services to help firms grow.
Della also runs a series of free seminars in Bristol and Nailsea, called Money Matters, to help people increase their profit.
For more information on the free seminars click HERE.

Time to talk about Nailsea business

Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce annual meeting is on Thursday, April 6, and top of the agenda is a proposal to reinstate membership fees.
Chairman Sharon Brown, of The Blue Room, said: “While the past year has seen some growth in numbers with two or three well attended events, there is still much more to be done."

Pictured top is one of the successful events - the December social at Coates House.

The annual meeting is at the offices of Hudson Accountants, 15a, Crown Glass Place and free wine and nibbles will be served.

“I’ve been encouraged by the recent emergence of several people willing to get involved although at this stage they are not keen on taking on formal roles,”said Sharon who was elected as chairman last year along with Ian Thompson, of Thompson Commercial, as vice-chairman.

Both are willing to stand down to make way for new blood
Sharon added: “The position of secretary is also open, although we’ve received an offer of help in maintaining a membership database, and collecting membership fees from Della Hudson, it does mean there are people preparing to work on your behalf. 
“We’ve also seen the beginnings of a new relationship with North Somerset Council economic development team and a continued good working relationship with Nailsea Town Council. 
“Given the changes Nailsea faces in the next few years, it’s vital that the business voice is heard in the right places.
“I’m finding it difficult to give the time and commitment needed to drive NCTC forward and would be happy to see position of chair taken on by someone better equipped to carry out the role.
“Some years ago a decision was taken to stop charging membership fees. 
“With hindsight, this was probably a mistake as it’s become increasingly difficult to identify who the members are. 
“A proposal will be made at the AGM to reinstate the fee, at a level to be agreed and to ensure membership remains accessible to all businesses regardless of size.”

The survey is being conducted by North Somerset Council on its draft economic plans and Nailsea business community is being asked to review its proposals.
The plan aims to provide a framework to guide and influence activity, resources and investment, and ensure North Somerset is a vibrant and successful place to live, work and study. 
It will help give focus to the things that will generate the greatest returns to the district economy in the long run and enable the council and partners to build and develop relationships with a range of economic actors (public and private; local, regional and national), to maximise impact.
To view the draft plan click HERE and its evidence base is HERE.
People have until Monday, April 10, to provide your feedback via

Police run cyber crime awareness workshop

Nailsea & District Chamber of Trade and Commerce chairman Sharon Brown, of The Blue Room, is inviting members to attend an online awareness course run by the police.

As part of her role with the Digital Investigations Unit police officer Vicki Moore has organised a free online crime awareness workshop in partnership with Get Safe Online at Police HQ, Portishead on Monday, April 3, 6-8pm.

The training will provide advice on how to stay safe online and online security with the aim of assisting in protecting traders as well as helping police to raise awareness to the wider cmmunity through the business community.

To register click on the poster right.

  • Avon and Somerset Constabulary police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens is answering questions at the Woodspring U3A meeting on Tuesday, February 28, at 2.15pm at Nailsea Methodist Church. Entry £1 for non-members.

You are invited...
by Lynne Fernandes Optometrists 


On Thursday, March 23, discover LINDBERG eyewear at the High Street shop.

We holding a special event in the afternoon on Thursday , March 23, to showcase LINDBERG designer eyewear and you’re invited!

Beautiful, lightweight frames

This world-renowned Danish brand has revolutionised modern eyewear with its exceptional designs and technical innovations.  Gone is everything non essential and, weighing from just 1.8grams, LINDBERG frames are incredibly lightweight, yet extremely robust and beautifully designed.

Exclusive offer

Come along, bring a friend and enjoy some refreshments on us!  Try our LINDBERG frames and see how you look in the latest styles.  Our specialist team will be on hand to help you.  And, when you purchase a LINDBERG frame, we’ll give you a pair of £99 Affordably Fabulous glasses absolutely free!* 

Our Affordably Fabulous collection, glasses from £99 with single vision reflection lenses, includes utterly desirable Cocoa Mint; Jensen tailored designs for men and Basebox for fashion lovers.

There’s also a free prize draw on the day!

When and where

Thursday, March  23, 2-7.30pm, Lynne Fernandes Optometrists, 124a High Street, Nailsea, BS48.

Why not book your appointment now to avoid disappointment on the day. 

Book online at  call 01275 854946 or email

We look forward to seeing you!

*offer only applies to orders placed on 23 March 2017.

The A-ccountancy team

An Nailsea accountancy firm is celebrating – after completing tax returns for their clients in record time.

Hudson Business Accountants and Advisers, at Crown Glass Place, prepared online returns to HMRC for almost 200 clients – weeks ahead of the January 31 deadline.

Della Hudson, the firm’s founder and chief business adviser, said it would give business owners peace of mind and enable them to focus their efforts elsewhere.

She said: “Even the smallest clients have peace of mind knowing that their accountant is easily in control and keeping them legal.

“It helps them to know how much to set aside before it is due at the end of January.

"Also, any repayments will be received sooner.

“It also enables us to work with them to focus more on growing their business, and not just compliance work.”

Della, a chartered accountant with more than 20 years’ experience, said it was also a case of the team practising what they preach.

She said: “We have clearly demonstrated that systemising your business helps you to work more efficiently.

"We’re following our own advice.”

The team kept on top of their clients’ accounts throughout the year with regular bookkeeping or management of accounts.

With the installation of modern accounts software as well, Hudson Accountants is now able to take on more clients.

The preparation will also help the firm handle the government’s proposed Making Tax Digital initiative, set to come into force in April 2018.

It could involve at least quarterly reports to HMRC.

Della, a married-mum-of-two who lives T Backwell, said: “We are well on track towards adapting our processes to deal with possible change.”

Client Steve Nightingale runs Bloq Management Services Limited, which provides block management services to sites across the South West. It involves support from day to day management to quantity surveying.

He went to Hudson Accountants last year with tight deadlines for his three firms and for the first time said he has completed his accounts with ease.

He said: “My accounts got done quickly, painlessly and in good time.

"From a business point of view, it meant I could more easily keep track of my finances and the team at Hudson’s were able to offer early pragmatic advice and options based on my books.” 

Della set up Hudson Accountants in January 2009.

After a stint in Bolton, she moved back to North Somerset in 2010.

She first set up Hudson Accountants from her home in West Town Road but moved to Crown Glass Place, Nailsea, in 2016.

The move came after the firm expanded when it bought Sarah Leighton Accountancy Services Limited.

Della spent time abroad while growing up because her father served in the army.

But she studied in the UK and was awarded a maths scholarship at the age of 11 for Bruton School for Girls, in south east Somerset.

After completing a chemistry and management degree at City University London, she went on to train with accountancy firms in the city.

Della is also heavily involved in community work. She coaches athletics to 11 to 16-year-olds at North Somerset Athletics Club and in 2014 she was named as North Somerset Athletics Club Athlete of the Year.

She also sponsors Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club, acts as a treasurer for Backwell Junior School PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and is a former member of St Andrew’s Parochial Church Council [C of E].

In her spare time, she enjoys the swim-bike-run-cake of triathlon, reading, cooking and dining with friends.

Christmas at Coombe Garage 

Are the offices at Coombe Garage the best decorated in Nailsea for Christmas?

Talk about paper and paste everywhere at this Southfield Road business its shiny baubles and red bows everywhere.

Walking in the reception and the first thing you see in the foyer is a floor to ceiling Christmas tree laided with decorations.

Going upstairs you pass Santa Claus in red suit sporting a long white beard and a sprig of mistletoe tied to the bannister.

And when you open the office doors its a winter wonderland with 'the night before Christmas' theme in one and another huge snow flakes hanging from the ceiling and sparkling shredded paper acting as the base to a Christmas scene.

Not a computer, desk or table is left unadorned - absolutely brilliant over-the-top festive fun.

But this is the company who check tyre pressures for free and has a non-fuss, helpful can-do attitude to customers.

Even the office dog sports a Christmas-collar and the rest room has Noel nibbles already for Santa should he call!

Nailsea People chose the office with the handmade items as the winner - unless your  think your office can best this festive bunch?

Click business card to go to its website.

Email your Christmas decoration photos to

New High Street tattoo shop


Mark'd With Ink tattoo and body piercing studio is opening at Unit 4, 67-69 High Street, Nailsea, on Saturday, November 19.

Book a tattoo in the first fortnight and get a 10 per cent discount.

Email to make an appointment.

This is the second tattoo shop in the town centre.

A tattoo is a form of body modification, made by inserting ink, either indelible or temporary, into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment.

  • The word tattoo, or tattow in the 18th century, is a loanword from the Polynesian word tatau, meaning 'to write'.

  • Many tattoos serve as rites of passage, marks of status and rank, symbols of religious and spiritual devotion, decorations for bravery, sexual lures and marks of fertility, pledges of love, punishment, amulets and talismans, protection, and as the marks of outcasts, slaves and convicts.

  • The symbolism and impact of tattoos varies in different places and cultures.

 3 Clevedon Walk,
Crown Glass shopping centre
TEEN FIT: Pop into Moonrise Lingerie at Crown Glass Place with your teenage daughters, nieces, cousins and friends for their Teen Fit event TODAY Saturday, November 12. Having the correct fitting underwear is vital and the team in-store will be on hand to educate your teenagers and offer their expert advice throughout the day.

Silver lining for new shop


A shop selling silver jewellery is opening at Crown Glass shopping centre on Saturday, November 5.

C&G Silver will open next door to the new lingerie shop sharing the former building society premises at Crown Glass Place which has been divided into two smaller units.

The new shop - owned and managed by Paul Croxton – will sell a glittering array of silver jewellery including body jewellery, titanium bracelets and silver gift suggestions.

Paul said: “For more than 29 year I worked as a fully qualified butcher but an injury meant I could not continue with this professionally but, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining and it gave me the opportunity to change direction and take on this new challenge.”

Paul is a supporter of charity Help for Heroes and everyone making a purchase from the shop will be eligible to buy a £1 raffle ticket for a monthly draw – 50p of which will be donated to this charity. 

Additionally, the 5p from the sale of carrier bags sold in the shop will also be donated to Help for Heroes.

Crown Glass manager Rob Stokell said: “We look forward to C&G Silver joining us at the shopping centre.

“We already have an excellent variety of independent shops and it is this diversity which makes a visit to Crown Glass even more enjoyable. 

“We are confident that C&G Silver at 15b Crown Glass Place will only further enhance the centre and wish him every success.”

Paul’s neighbours will be Tanya and Richard Hall who opened Moonrise Lingerie last month.

But earlier in the summer an established family jeweller closed after 21 years of business in the High Street.

Father and daughter Paul Knowles and Janet Currell decided to call time on Nailsea Jewellers as their lease was coming to an end.

Nailsea's small shopkeepers to profit from biz rates fall

It you have ever wanted to be shopkeeper then according to a commercial property specialist this is a good time to consider opening a small shop in Nailsea.
The reason is the value of retail units has fallen in the past few years and with it the threshold on which business rates apply.
This article is written by Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce vice-chairman Ian Thompson who runs Thompson Commercial.
Ian said: “Business rates are payable on all none domestic buildings. 
“They are calculated by the Valuation Office Agency assessing the Rateable Value (RV).  
“Actual rates payable depend on the figure the government set as the Business Rates Multiplier, to give the total amount payable, before any deductions or reliefs.
“Most business, whether occupying retail, office or industrial space, are likely to experience a change in their business rates as a result of the revaluation. 
“This is because the valuation date is set two years before the last revaluation and since the last revaluation on April 1, 2010, itself based on 2008 values.
“Generally in common with many small market towns rents have declined since the last revaluation, and although it’s a little misleading to over generalise there does seem to be a reduction of up to 20 per cent in some shops, whereas office RVs seem to remain about the same.
“The important point to note however is that the government also announced earlier in the year that they were doubling the limit for small premises relief for independent single property occupiers from £6,000 to £12,000 and to introduce a tapered relief for those up to £15,000.
“This means a lot of independent retailers in particular will move from a full rate liability to around half rates or even no rates at all.

"In practice this means savings of between £3,500 and £7,000 per year – a very significant change for small shop owners.”
Ian is currently marketing shops at Colliers Walk and Crown Glass Place for property management company Ellandi.
Here rentals are approximately £12,500 per annum, and rates were adding another £7,500 per annum on top. 
Ian said: “The rate bills for the current and any new independent shops will be at least halved and in some cases reduced to nothing. 
“This makes a huge difference to whether a shop is viable or not, and a great boost to our existing independent shops at Crown Glass shopping centre.

Ellandi property director Mark Robinson said: “As often the largest investors in our towns, we always look to work with other stakeholders to promote the vitality of the wider area for the benefit of the whole community.  
“The current rates reforms are a difficult challenge for major businesses like us, so are a potential nightmare for independent retailers, ‘High Street Heroes’ who add so much to our local towns, whether they are in our shopping centres or not.”
Ellandi rating consultant Will Robinson, a partner at Montague Evans, explained the situation at the last chamber meeting.
He said: “Nailsea is a great example of seeing the wider picture. 
“We are working with the Nailsea chamber in conjunction with the retailers at Ellandi’s Crown Glass Shopping Centre. 
“Through this process, we will be able to educate the local business owners on the forthcoming revaluation and reassure them that help is available at no cost to them.”
Mark added: “Independent retailers give towns that local feel and personal touch that consumers and Ellandi hugely value.  
“This year we are supporting Indi’s with our #Indi2016 campaign, our rating initiative with Montague Evans and Ellandi’s team getting ‘Back to the Floor” later this year.”
Although the draft rateable values have now been published, businesses will not be able to calculate their new business rates until the government announces the multiplier in January.

New rates bills will be issued on March 1 next year and the revaluation comes into effect from April 1.

The bigger picture


It briefly said ‘under offer’ but now it says ‘to rent or may sell’ – the Courtyard wine bar at Nailsea is still looking for a new owner.

Described as a 1,512sqft  freehold property at 120 High Street it is fully fitted as a restaurant in ‘an excellent trading location with high footfall’ it has room for 50 diners and a bar area.

The rental is £25,000 per annum or you can buy it for £325,000.

There are other properties at The Arcade, Colliers Walk, Kings Court, Coates House - the original three-storey purpose built office building on the road to Wraxall - and of course the old health centre abandoned by Weston College yonks ago and on the market even since.

A Reading-based company is asking North Somerset Council for planning permission to use five car parking spaces at Crown Glass shopping centre for a hand car wash.

The valeting business has been running for 10 years in the south west.

To view the full application click HERE.

Not quite sure what is happening at The Arcade as the hairdressers, book shop, shoe shop, kitchen business, jewellers, firework shop and the upstairs nightclub are all long gone.

We are told Watkins & Taskers the vets will be moving into the units on the left which leaves me scratching my head about this application for a shop behind 67-69 High Street?

It says: "We feel that a fresh modern tattoo shop will be a great addition to the modern town of Nailsea. Our shop will be a mix of tattoo studio and relevant merchandise and will appeal to people of all ages."

Oh and stop press we are told the police will not be moving temporarily into the old School Togs shop while waiting for the outcome of redevelopment at Scotch Horn leisure this space.

The DIY shop at Backwell crossroads is closing after 16 years in business but its timber yard is staying open.

It is believed the shop will be redeveloped but the 30-year-old family-run business is only shutting its paint and paste store and will still be selling sheds and offering a re-felting service from the yard behind the Farleigh Road shop.

No firm date for closure has been set.

Putting Nailsea on the map 2016
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Putting Nailsea on the map 2016

Paste and paper everywhere on map

Nailsea people painted, used putty, cross-stitch and felt to make images and models of familar places close to their hearts.

The giant mapping project was masterminded by artist Emmeline Simpson at The Blue Room.

In 2014 the Crown Glass shopping centre arts and crafts shop hosted a Young People’s Art Competition, and in 2015 it craft bombed Nailsea town centre – remember the pompoms?
The initial idea by Nailsea Town Council to put a map at the end of the High Street in the blackened window of New Look was thwarted as the company wanted a commercial image to promote its business.

Then Emmeline came up with the summer project to create a map similar to the one for Bristol and both councillors and The Blue Room owner Sharon Brown wholeheartedly backed the project.

At various workshops throughout August people of all ages have contributed artwork depicting their special part of the Nailsea.

Sharon said: "We wanted to involve eveyone in creating a ‘public work of art’ that will become a lasting legacy for Nailsea."

It began after weeks of painstaking work by Emmeline to hand drawn the roads of Nailsea which were printed on a huge PVC banner.

The finished map with its added artwork should be ready later this year.

Click slideshow right to see how the project progressed from launch to an exhibition on Saturday, September 3. 

Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce next meeting is on Thursday, September 15, at 6pm.

Vice chairman Ian Thompson has organised someone from a leading firm of specialists to talk about the budget and how is affects business rates.

The Government announced that businesses with an rateable value below £12k - currently £6k - will now pay no rates but this issubject to it being their sole property.

Ian said; "Our experts will explain the way the system works, how it might impact on your business, and what reliefs may be available to mitigate the expense – perhaps even reducing it to zero.

Dear members

"I have been distributing the flyer around the businesses in Nailsea High Street and there seems to be a lot of interest.

"The opportunity to save perhaps £6,000 per annum in rates is clearly attractive.

"I have also now booked the business meeting room at Scotch Horn for the meeting.

"It holds around 30 people 'cosily' but I've been offered the main hall in the event we are oversubscribed.

"As you may know, tea coffee and snacks can be bought at the Scotch Horn café by the meeting room, if you are feeling famished following a day of hard work."

Email Ian at to confirm attendance.

STOP PRESS: Following the meeting Ian said; "We enjoyed an interesting talk from Will Robinson, our guest speaker on the subject of Business Rates, and although we suffered a few technical glitches in showing the slides on the evening, he has provided the presentation as attached for information."

To download the presentation click HERE.

Topless in Nailsea


A half naked butler created a little bit of a commotion Saturday at the opening of  a new shop called Moonrise Lingerie.

The new lingerie store has moved into part of the former Co-operative bank premises which closed last summer at Crown Glass shopping centre.
Instead of the usual ribbon cutting ceremony, shop owner Tanya put a pair of scissors to a extra large 3D bra, to mark the special occasion.

The muscle bound butler was serving fizzy drinks for the morning while little ones enjoyed free face painting.
The open day attracted a lot of interest from passersby with the changing rooms keeping busy with bra fittings.

Tanya hopes to offer the women of Nailsea and North Somerset a free fitting service by herself or one of their fully trained Lingeristas.

She said: "The shop is beautifully finished with a light and airy atmosphere and stocks a fantastic range of bras and underwear including bridal, sports, maternity, mastectomy and first bras in a wide selection of sizes."
Ladies are invited to take advantage and book a free fitting either by popping down to the shop, at 15c Crown Glass Place, opposite the Post Office and Iceland, say hello and have a look around; or by texting 'FITTING' to 0779 207 3951.

The premises were originally the offices of estate agents Alonzo Dawes & Hoddell but became the Bristol & West building society in mid 1980s.

Another name change in May 2005 and it became the Britannia Building Society which merged with Co-operative Financial Services in 2009.

The opening marks a welcome to what is becoming a thriving square with The Blue Room and Butterfly Travel also looking onto a busy pedestrian thoroughtfare. 

Wine bar 'under offer'

Exciting news the Courtyard wine bar and bed and breakfast complex went 'under offer' this morning - hooray.

No details yet but watch this space.

It was marketed at £695,000 freehold as a fully fitted restaurant/ bar plus separate retail and office units and currently designed as 10 en-suite bedrooms plus a one bed but with potential to convert back to three 2-bed flats plus a single 1-bed flat.

Still lots of business 'for sale' and 'to let' along the High Street and at Crown Glass shopping centre but outlook seems to be on the up and up.

All we need now is for Coates House to open and then we will all be happy.

The opening of the conversion to the old Queens Head is slightly behind schedule as we were led to believe it was opening in July.

Going to pop into its sister premises at Tewkesbury next week so I will let you know what it is like.   

Unless you have been already then please email a review to - thanks.

See you at the party

A Nailsea High Street opticians is hosting a 'celebration open day' on Saturday, July 30, and everyone is invited.

It is the first anniversary of Lynne Fernandes moving into the former computer shop and as well as Lynne celebrating winning 'optometrist of the year' this is a good opportunity to show off an amazing summer eyewear collection.

Blogger Melanie Ward writes: "Come along, bring a friend and enjoy some bubbly on us!

"Try on frames from our amazing summer eyewear collection and see how you look in the latest styles. 

"Choose your favourite shape, style and colour.  It’s really up to you. 

"Our specialist team will be on hand to help you and answer any questions you have."

And to top is all when you purchase a frame from their  summer collection including designs from ic! berlin, Lindberg, Oakley and Ronit Furst who wil be given  a fabulous Jensen or Cocoa Mint frame worth £129 absolutely free paying only for the lenses.
The event at Lynne Fernandes Optometrists, 124a High Street, Nailsea, is from 9am-4.30pm and you can book now to avoid disappointment by clicking HERE, calling 01275 854 946 or emailing

*only applies to orders placed on Saturday, July 30

Community matters to supermarket Waitrose


By placing a green token in the Community Matters box at your local Waitrose branch you’re helping your community.

Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has donated more than £14 million nationwide to charities chosen by customers.

At the end of shopping people receive a token to place in a box of the good cause they would most like to support.

The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. 

Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 shared between the three nominated causes.

Waitrose Nailsea invites local charities or non-profit organisation to apply or request any voluntary help.

Forms can be collected from the High Street store and handed in at the Welcome Desk for the attention of Lisa Davidson.

Groups as diverse as Nailsea Disability Initiative, Nailsea Summer Playscheme and the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity are among the hundreds who have benifitted to date.

However, some shoppers have been 'storing' green tokens and not returning them to the town centre supermarket so a 'pretty please' plea have gone out not to take the tokens home and to deposit in the plastic in-store box. 

January 2016

Nailsea & Tickenham FC £150

Community Resililence North Somerset £250

Cruse Bereavement Support Group Clevedon £600



Backwell Life £269

Nailsea School D of E scheme £400

North Somerset Centre for Young Musicians £331



Sustainable Backwell £188

Cafe Mamma (Backwell Association of Breastfeeding Mothers) £331

Friends of Trendlewood Park £501



Nailsea Youth House £499

Backwell Junior School £301

Backwell Playing Fields £198 



Dig for Victory £231

Nailsea Stroke Club £527

Stepping Stones Preschool £242



Better Nailsea £504

Ravenswood School £343

Wrington Minibus Society £153



Nailsea Air Cadets £455

Tickenham CofE Primary School £190

Nailsea Disability Initiative £355



Community Garden at Holy Trinity Church £258

Hannah More Infant School £297

North Somerset Mencap £445


Young Carers of Nailsea £500

Drop-in Centre, Congresbury £231

Grow & Sell £269 



Friends of St Francis £336

Nailsea in Bloom £287

Morning Break £377


Mission (Andrew House) £245

The Harvey Hext Trust £363

Springboard £392



Tudor House £550

Nailsea & Backwell O2 Touch Rugby £298

Gordano Valley Archers £152

New Nailsea nursery

A new nursery is opening at Nailsea High Street.

‎Montessori qualified teacher Paula Howes‎ has taken out the lease on the old Dogs Palace property at 100 High Street.

A change-of-use planning application has been submitted to North Somerset Council to convert the property from a dog grooming parlour to a day nursery with outdoor play area to be covered in soft rubber underlay and thick artificial grass.

Paula, of Wedmore Road, is a mum-of-four, already has the support of Nailsea town councillors for her venture.. 

She hopes to open the Montessori nursery this autumn for 45 weeks of the year, Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm.

She said: "The Secret Garden Montessori School of Nailsea will offer early years Montessori education for two to five year olds, in a homely environment."

With no school timetable the plan is to operate on a ‘free flow’ model, during which the children choose activities in a room of their choice in and out of doors will options to take French lessons and go on forest visits.

The nurser intends to offer healthy snacks, fruit and drinks during both morning and afternoon sessions. 

Breakfast will be until 9am with lunch atmidday and ‘tea’ at 4pm.

These meals will be prepared on the premises when the children can choose to help in the process; preparing fruit and vegetables, weighing and mixing ingredients – valuable life skills! 

The dress code for the children is slippers or indoor shoes to wear inside and sturdy footwear or wellington boots for outdoors.

You can make an appointment or find out more information by clicking HERE to go to Secret Garden Montessori online, find the nursery on Facebook, email or call 0794 855 6830.

Nursery session run:

  • 8am-6pm all day;

  • 8am-1pm morning; and

  • 1pm-6pm afternoon.

The Secret Garden Montessori School of Nailsea would also like to welcome parents and their toddlers and babies to its ‘Montessori play group’ on Tuesday mornings which could be a great way to help young children socialize and learn building blocks for later learning. 

The 9.30-11.15am sessions will be informal and relaxed with Montessori materials and activities for the children to choose and play with and include a refreshment break and a story/song time, led by one of the nursery school practitioners.

Details of an open day in July will be posted soon...

Delizioso Delicatessen


A new Italian delicatessen opens on carnival day at Crown Glass shopping centre, Nailsea.

The Colliers Walk shop welcomes the sights and tastes of Italy as a new traditional bakery and delicatessen.

Sapore Italiano, which means Italian Tasty - is owned and managed by husband and wife team Domenico and Sylwia Mingione.

Domenico, aged 45, was born in Naples but grew up in Alexandria – a town between Milan, Turin and Genoa.

His love of cooking started at a young age – surrounded by the smells and tastes of food made at home as the kitchen was the place where the whole family gathered and where everyone was was involved in cooking.

Originally a waiter in a pizzeria, Domenico immediately found that was wanted to get involved in the making of pizza, bread and focaccia and after that, went to work in a shop making takeaway meals where he developed a love for pasta and sauces.

He said: "Since these early days, I have worked in other fields.

"However, my passion for cooking has never left me. 

"When I met my wife, Sylwia, there was suddenly a little competition in the kitchen since, as she has a degree in gastronomy, there was friendly rivalry to see who cooked better and, even though she loves savoury cooking, her speciality are desserts.”

Domenico and Sylwia then gained more experience when Sylwia’s mother – Margherita opened a B&B near Milan, and they both shared the kitchen preparing specialties for guests to enjoy while on vacation.

Domenico added: "We then decided to relocate to England and originally lived in Hull and Kingston before moving to Nailsea.

"When we arrived in Nailsea, we met so many helpful and welcoming people that we grew to love the town so much that we decided to open Sapore Italiano.

“Visitors to our shop will be able to discover mini pizzas, breads, focaccia, pasta, lasagna, parmesan, pesto, Genovese, cakes and desserts - all homemade  - as well as typical products made in Italy including cold cuts, cookies and pasta, tomato not forgetting, of course, the Italian ice cream!

"We are hoping that our costumers will enjoy the food we create and will join us with our passion for Italian cuisine.

“All food preparation is overseen by our chief taster which is our son Nichola who, although only six years old, has very clear ideas and not afraid to make his reviews."

Sapore Italiano offers freshly made, home made breads, cakes and biscuits as well as an assortment of dishes and ice creams.

From Saturday,  July 2, Sapore Italiano will be open from 10am and its first visitors will be given the opportunity to taste traditional gelato and biscuits.

Workplace pensions


Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce has two new summer meetings planned.

The first is on Thursday, July 14, at Hudson’s Accountants, Crown Glass Place, which is above the old Cooperative Bank, from 5- 6.30pm.

Chairman Sharon Brown, of The Blue room, said: "I’m sure you’ve all seen the adverts with that big hairy monster encouraging us to find out more about auto-enrolment, but how many of us have actually done anything about it?

"This is an opportunity to find out more about mandatory workplace pensions and what it means to you.

"Even if you think it doesn’t apply, you could be wrong and, as with most government directives, not taking the time to become informed isn’t an excuse when you fail to take the necessary steps.

"So, please join us and take the time to become  a little better informed as well as meeting with other local businesses."

There have been hints of wine and nibbles, if you need an extra incentive to come along! Places are limited, so please reserve your place by clicking HERE.

The second event is on Thursday, September 15, when NCT&C will  be joined by a representative of chartered surveyors and property consultants Montagu-Evans.

The subject of their presentation will be the thorny issue of business rates, in particular the impact of the recent budget changes, and steps that can be taken if you’re unhappy with your rateable value.

Montagu-Evans wotk with Ellandi, representing their interests around rating issues for Crown Glass Shopping Centre and other Ellandi properties.

More information on this event later...

Business to business woman-only

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Life coach Ann Hobbs is the guest speaker at the next ladies-only meeting of a Nailsea business women. 

Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce chairman Sharon Brown was inspired to form the ladies-only breakaway group for business women who haven’t got the time or inclination for formal evening meetings.

A dozen ‘ladies who latte’ got together at the first meeting and their next get together is on Thursday, June 30, at 7.30pm.

Della Hudson, of Hudson’s Accountants, will host the evening in her new offices are in Crown Glass Place above the old Cooperative Bank.

The speaker is founder and author of Kick Ass Your Life!

Sharon said; "Please feel free to pass the word around to other local women in business who may like an opportunity to network and socialise.

2Many of us work alone and these events offer an opportunity to meet other people who may be facing similar issues, or who could benefit from what your business has to offer."

For more details contact Share at The Blue Room or email

STOP PRESS: There was a good attendance at this meeitng and  Ann Hobbs had all of us intrigued!

The next meeting is on Wednesday, July 27, at 7.30pm at The Blue Room, the Sion, Crown Glass Place, Nailsea BS48 1RB  - the tea room will be open.

A trio of ladies have agreed to take on the co-ordination of the group going forward.

Ann, Sally Kingston and Kerris Harrop will be undertaking various roles and the next meeting will be an opportunity for networking and reviewing the future focus of the group.

Kerris will be maintaining the email and membership lists.

If you would like to be included email Kerris on

Nailsea retail therapy

It is all happening in the High Street at Nailsea.

A family jeweller closed after 21 year, Broad Street hair company has had a new coat of paint and St Peter's Hospice charity shop has opened a first floor pre-loved bridal boutique.

Meanwhile the shoe shop has taken up temporary residency at the old wool shop Ewe Knit 20 pending a move to the undercover retail unit in the foyer of Waitrose and the former home of Dogs Palace has been let.

The father and daughter Nailsea Jewellery run by Paul Knowles and his daughter Janet Currell shut up shop at the end of May.

Paul told the North Somerset Times: “The lease is at an end and I want to retire and Janet is expecting another child so there was no point in renewing the lease.

“Sadly, the economic climate is not that good in Nailsea either.

“There are too many empty shop units and not enough quality shops to attract shoppers, increasingly retailers in the town are finding it difficult to make ends meet and make a decent living.

“Internet sales have taken a toll on the independent retailer in recent years as well as rising rents, reduction in council business rate relief, compulsory pension payments due later in the year and increases to the minimum wage.”

The closing down sale with all stock reduced to half price was held throughout the final month.

Then alarm bells started ringing when a notice went up saying ‘ground floor shop to let’ a few doors up from the Royal Oak pub.

But commercial property agent Ian Thompson soon explained.

He said: “Nick Allen who runs Complete Flooring is moving to larger premises in the centre adjacent to Costa coffee shop and formerly JT Shoes at Somerset Square.

“He took the current premises from me five years ago and has expanded quickly to the extent he had to take warehouse space too but this new shop is one of the few to have ancillary storage so he can bring everything under one roof, and have a larger retail space too.

“He is fitting out the new shop currently and tells me he plans to open on Saturday, June 4 if his shopfitters complete on schedule.

“His current lease has run out and I am seeking a new tenant for the owner.

“The shop has 500 sq ft and being one of the cheapest shops available in Nailsea should prove attractive to a start-up business - it worked for Nick!”

So things are looking good for Crown Glass shopping centre with new tenants for the former National Grid shop about to open an Italian delicatessen.

Chartered accountant Della Hudson has moved from her premises at Backwell to the first floor of the block once home to the Co-op Bank at Crown Glass Place and Wards solicitors once upstairs at The Courtyard are now on the second floor of the Sion building.

Ian added: “I have been busy, and with luck - fingers crossed – there are three more shop lettings in the wings.”

We have been following closely the transformation of Queen's Head from pub to Coates House cafe and bar due to open this summer.

A pictorial progress can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Businessman Paul O’Brien has signs and scaffolding at Court House, Link Road, and the Royal Oak garage ready for conversion into additional town centre accomodation.

While senior housing at Sapphire House is 75 per cent sold work on the police station awaits agreement on officers (and the library) moving to Scotch Horn leisure centre. 

Westcoast estate agents were unable to share who the new tenants for Dogs Palace are as all the paperwork hasn't been completed and we wait with baited breadth to see it Scotch Horn will be modified or rebuilt with as many residents wish a swimming pool. 

Nailsea Community Christmas Fair is looking for a pop-up Photoshop for December and approached the landlord of The Arcade.

Chris Jones, spokesman for Kindale property investors, said: At the moment it is too early to say whether we will have a vacant unit available on Friday, December 9."

And while the monthly farmers, craft and charity market run at Crown Glass shopping centre now in its eight year has Jo Liddiatt as its new manager, the Tuesday market in Nailsea is looking for new stallholders.

Organiser David Price said: “I am always looking for new stalls.

“I am currently approaching small local businesses to see if they would like to advertise their business by having a stall on a Tuesday and handing out fliers.”

Email David at for more details or go to the Food & Drink page at Nailsea People by clicking HERE.

Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce chairman Sharon Brown, of The Blue Room, said: ““New and growing businesses are a welcome addition to the centre of Nailsea.

“The traditional retail nature of town centres has undoubtedly seen major change during the past few years, partly as a result of the recession, but mainly the changing nature of consumer habits.

“Town centres are no longer just about shopping.

“They need to offer a mix of businesses, retailers, food and drink, leisure, and living accommodation.

“Visit any thriving small town these days and that’s what you’ll see, and that’s what attracts new consumers and new businesses.”

For more information about shopping locally and next market dates see the Shop Locally listing pages.

Caroline to tell corporate yarn


‘Ladies who Latte’ now has the moniker of Nailsea Businesswomen’s Network or NBN for short.

Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce chairman Sharon Brown, of The Blue Room, said: “The LWL name was dropped as it is a franchised organisation and doesn’t really convey the right message for us.”

NBN already has more than a dozen members and is a women-only breakaway group begun by the chamber.

Its next meeting is on Wednesday, May 25, 1.30pm at The Blue Room.

NBN will be joined by Caroline Walker, formerly a consultant to small businesses she now runs Big Sky Textiles which has a Twitter hashtag of (@bigskytextiles and a Facebook page if you want to learn more beforehand.

Caroline will be talking about the importance of standing back and looking at your business from a strategic point of view, as well as how a SWOT analysis process can help isolate key areas and help people to think differently.

Sharon added: “She can also discuss spinning, weaving, and dyeing your own yarn if that’s of interest to you!

“Clearly a lady of many talents, I’m sure you’ll enjoy her relaxed, insightful approach.”

Future NBN dates:

  • Thursday, June 30, at 7.30pm at the offices of Hudson Accountants in Crown Glass Place, Nailsea (above what used to be the Co-operative Bank)

  • Wednesday, July 27 at 1.30pm at The Blue Room

All business women whether sole traders or running a retail or commercial empire are very welcome to attend.

College world of work awards


Weston College has announced its business award finalists which included several local companies.

The 2016 awards celebrate the importance of apprenticeships, training and business partnerships, have been revealed.

Now in the sixth year, the awards recognise the exceptional achievements from employers and apprentices across a range of industries.

A panel of judges deliberated over 140 submissions and scored each entry against set criteria; the winners will be announced at a glittering gala evening taking place at Doubletree Hilton Cadbury House on Thursday, June 9.

Overall winners from the employer and apprentice category will also be revealed on the evening and the apprentice of the year will receive a £500 cheque donated by sponsors Flexiform.

Other sponsors for the awards include: HPS, CAE UK, Skylight Properties, Business Leader and Howards Group.

The shortlist with Nailsea companies in RED is:


Large Business Employer of the Year
GKN Aerospace WINNER
Bristol Wessex Billing Services
Foot Anstey LLP


Medium Business Employer of the Year
Ascot Group
Beauty Oasis Spa
Priddy Engineering Services WINNER


Small Business Employer of the Year
Inspired Worx
Gilly’s on the Hill WINNER


New Business Employer of the Year
The Playhouse
South Western Housing WINNER


Workin in Partnership
The Strawberry Line Café
Alliance Living Care WINNER

Working in Partnership
Team North Somerset
Reform Training
Thatchers Cider WINNER


Business Administration Apprentice of the Year
Billie Archer, Arch Care Services
Tyler Ganfield, Weston General Hospital
Fiona Davis, Nickel-Electro
Toni Squires, Aztec Property Valuers WINNER


Professional Services Apprentice of the Year
Billy Walker, Symmetry WINNER
Harley Nethercott, RAC
Stuart Groves, Boomsatsuma


Childcare Apprentice of the Year
Siobhan Williams, Noah’s Ark Nursery
Emily Athay, HoneyTree Nursery WINNER
Dan Jones, Golden Valley Day Nursery


Engineering Apprentice of the Year
Sam Taylor, Priddy Engineering
Joe Martin, GKN Aerospace WINNER
Matthew Vicarage, Ipeco Composites


Health and Social Care Apprentice of the Year
Connor Campbell, Priory School
Laura Groombridge, Court Home Residential
Lynne Hobbs, BrunelCare WINNER
Elaine Borthwick, Arch Care Services


Hospitality and Catering Apprentice of the Year
Cloe Hynam, Gilly’s on the Hill WINNER
Leo Dunkley, The Old Inn
Hannah Welch, Bordeaux Quay


Teaching Assistant of the Year
Kirsty Garrett, Westhaven School WINNER
Sophie Chandler, Blaise Primary and Nursery School
James Rourke, Hutton Primary School


Construction and Motor Vehicle Apprentice of the Year
Adam Kellaway, Inspired Worx
Lee Tinklin, Ross Davidson Brick

Sam Taylor, Priddy Engineering WINNER


Hair and Beauty Apprentice of the Year
Lucy Hands, Broad Street
Verity Panter, Broad Street WINNER
Olivia Jackson, The Barn

...Nailsea tops leader board


A Nailsea business took two top prizes at a glittering evening when Weston College Business Awards were announced.

Bistro and bar Gilly on the Hill at Kingshill, Nailsea was awarded small business employer of the year and employee Cloe Hyman tool the title of  Hospitality and Catering Apprentice of the Year.

The ceremony on Thursday, June 9 was hosted by Weston College principal and chief executive Dr Paul Phillips at Cadbury House Hotel, Congresbury.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Olympic gold medals Sally Gunnell OBE.

Dr Phillips said: “It was a fantastic evening and I feel very proud of all our apprentices and business partners.

"Congratulations to all award winners!”

New Nailsea business


A new storage facility has opened at Blackfriars Road, Nailsea.

The business uses 8X20ft new shipping containers which are accessible 24 hours.

For short or long term lets call Richard on 0794 196 7078.

Recipe for team building success


In the heart of Nailsea, the delights of chocolate making brought together a group of staff from Wards Solicitors in a team building exercise which saw them mixing and melting, rolling and moulding to craft their own confectionary creations.

Members of the disputes team came from each of Wards Solicitors’ 11 offices across  the region, from Bristol to Yate and Weston-Super- Mare to Worle as well as Nailsea, and all 17 participants grabbed the chance to not only have some fun but to talk face to face for a change instead of on the phone or via email.

The chocolate making workshop took place at The Blue Room in Nailsea, not far  from the Wards Solicitors’ local office. 

Not only is it a popular arts and crafts gallery which focuses on showcasing local artists and community projects, it is a venue with a conscience operating as a social enterprise reinvesting any profit,  through the business, back into the town.

And the workshop itself was provided by The Chocolate Tart cookery school located at nearby Congresbury.

Wards Solicitors, which prides itself on being at the heart of each local community it serves, was established more than a century ago and has been providing local businesses and individuals with expert legal advice ever since.

Elizabeth Fry, Head of Disputes at Wards Solicitors, said: “We had a great time making a whole range of different chocolates, as well as eating them, but above all it was a fantastic opportunity to get everyone in the team together, both solicitors and support staff, for a laugh, a chat and a good bonding session.

"We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.”

  • Wards Solicitors has offices across the Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset in Bristol, Bradley Stoke, Clevedon, Keynsham, Nailsea, Portishead, Staple Hill, Weston-Super-Mare, Worle, Yate and Henleaze.

The Chocolatiers
The Chocolatiers
The Chocolatiers
The Chocolatiers

Sponsorship opportunity


This is a shoutout to the business community as one of the biggest and best events on the North Somerset calendar is looking for sponsors.

The annual Nailsea & Backwell Beer and Cider Festival runs from Friday to Sunday, July 15-17 at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club.

It offers more than 100 different beers and ciders as well as live music and much more

During its 13 year history the event which donates 25 per cent of its profits to local charities has raised nearly £80,000.

The Penny Brohn Cancer Care based at Pill benefitted by more than £11,000 from the 2015 festival.

This group has been been successfully helping people with cancer for more than 30 years, with its pioneering ‘whole person approach’.

For 2016 it is the Children's Hospice South West.

CHSW is committed to making