SOMERSET Chamber of Commerce is booming with over 500 members and is one of the fastest growing accredited chambers in the country.

Numbers have risen by 25% in the past year, and Graham Knight, chairman, said: “The Somerset Chamber is growing at an exceptional rate, which is due in no small part to the hard-working, dynamic team we have in the office.

“The vast range of events, business support and other benefits the chamber offers is clearly valued by businesses across the county.

“We pride ourselves on taking a personal approach, and a real interest in our members and their needs, which enables us to provide the events and services they require, and make sure their voices are heard.

“We’re delighted that the chamber’s continuing to grow, giving us greater influence, which, in turn, allows us to represent Somerset businesses more effectively.”

Start Point Finance is one recent Chamber member, and director Tim Jones said: “The Chamber is a vibrant organisation facilitating the introduction of South-West businesses to each other, helping to boost the regional economy.

“The Chamber is also making a real difference to securing local benefits as a result of the Hinkley Point C development.”