Axbridge Chamber of Commerce is a relatively new organisation but is now in its fifth year of operation. The Axbridge Parish Plan indicated that some form of trade association might be appropriate for businesses in the Town but shortly after the Parish Plan was published the Town was shortlisted as a possible set for the film ‘Hot Fuzz’ and the production company indicated that they would like to speak to the Axbridge Town Council and Chamber of Commerce to discuss the implications of the project. It was at this point that the then Mayor (Tony Wilson) and his deputy (Baz Hamblin) decided that the Town Council should facilitate the formation of a Chamber of Commerce.
Since its hasty birth the Chamber has proved to be a useful meeting place for businesses in and around Axbridge. Members also attend regular networking meetings and other events hosted by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber exists to promote economic activity within Axbridge and the surrounding area and we are fortunate to have been given, in perpetuity, a prime advertising space in the arrivals hall of Bristol International Airport where we currently promote the Town as a tourist destination. In a joint venture the Chamber and King John’s Hunting Lodge Museum produce a leaflet, which promotes not just the museum but also the whole town as a place to visit, shop and enjoy.
Early in 2009 the Chamber took over responsibility from the Town Council for the annual Somerset Showcase event. This event has been successfully run and developed by the Town Council since its inception ten years ago.
In 2010 the Chamber took part in the Axbridge Pageant for the ‘Coming of the Railway’ scene.
New members are always welcome. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.