17/11/2021 Latest newsletter (see more)

Latest news from the RWB Chamber of Commerce 


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Please join us in welcoming four new members to the Chamber:  Willow Tree Wills, Watts Cards, Ruby and Dexter’s and Moonraker Books Chapter Two.
Willow Tree Wills provides inheritance planning services to take care of those you care about.

We give the peace of mind of knowing your wishes are understood, and will be fulfilled.

As specialists in Wills and Estate Planning, we provide you with the expert advice you need at an affordable price.

We prefer the personal touch, and will discuss your individual needs and tailor our services to your requirements.

We help you make an informed decision, and support you every step of the way to make it easy and stress-free.



A family run business set up in mid-2020, Watts Cards, are proud to be on your high street in Royal Wootton Bassett. While we are small and focus on mainly trading card games, such as Pokémon, we also sell a good range of plushies and gifts, perfect for collectors.

We currently stock, Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic! The Gathering, Digimon and Flesh and Blood, with more being added to this list as we grow.
As proud stockists of not only Ultra-Pro, Vault-X and Ultimate Guard, we also stock our own brand, so you will always find an amazing selection of products designed to store, protect, and display your TCG collections, including sleeves, toploaders binders, and more!
We can also offer postage if necessary and can even take online orders for click and collect (or delivery) on our website, https://www.wattscards.co.uk.

Not interested in buying right now? No problem! Why not join us for one of our hosted play sessions, either just for fun or for the chance to win prizes during our sanctioned events. We also offer training sessions for children to teach them how to play with their parents; or if you prefer, just pop down with a small group of friends, and you can use our tables and space to play against each other without the need to have someone watching over as a judge.

We are small, friendly, and welcome anyone who just wants to say hello, or simply look around. Again, we are glad to be here on your High Street and hope to serve you for your collecting needs for a long time to come.


Ruby & Dexter’s opened their doors as a pet shop and grooming salon in April 2021, specialising in all things natural. As owners of Ruby and Dexter, our two chihuahuas, we know just how hard it is to find high quality products for your pets. With an abundance of products on the market, we have hand picked the very best. In store we offer a range of additional services, including grooming for both cats and dogs, weight check ups, microchipping, harness fitting and flea & worm treatments. We’re also happy to offer free advice on pet nutrition, taking into consideration any dietary requirements.


Moonraker Books has been in Royal Wootton Bassett for over 25 years as a book wholesaler selling to the remainder book trade market. Chapter Two is named as a result of extending our business from wholesale to retail. It’s our second chapter! You can order from our range or you can place special orders as we use the biggest new book wholesaler in the country where they source anything in print.


We’d like to thank the Tailor’s Shop who have renewed their membership for a further year.
The Tailor’s Shop 
provide a number of services from civilian and military tailoring to making costumes for museums, re-enactors, film and television.So whether you’re a Town Crier, an Anglo Saxon, a Police Officer or you just want the trousers to your new suit to be the right length, get in touch.


Would you like free consultancy ?

The University of the West of England (UWE) is looking for client organizations with a business need that our full time MBA students can investigate for a consultancy dissertation.

Students generate an initial proposal, a presentation and an evidence-based report over approximately 450 hours and are guided by a university supervisor. Client organizations offer the student a contact point, student briefing, some regular contact, access to the agreed data sources and then attend the final presentation.

Past clients have asked students to investigate product line rationalizations, sources of competitive advantage, revenue growth strategies, and knowledge acquisition approaches

If your organization would benefit from pro bono consultancy by an MBA student on any business issue or opportunity, then we need client projects starting in February and finishing in August. Please contact engaging.talent@uwe.ac.uk

Free Human Resource Consultancy

UWE’s Post Graduate HRM students are looking for a 10 week research / consultancy project that commences at the end of May.

The aim is for the student to investigate a ‘live’ HR issue or perhaps explore a new HR initiative that you’d like to implement but haven’t had the time / resources to launch. At the end of the 10 weeks the student would provide you with a summary of their findings and recommendations for implementation.
Any HR related topic would be appropriate e.g. Recruitment & Selection, Learning & Development, Performance Management .

If you are interested and would like to find out more please contact engaging.talent@uwe.ac.uk

 Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub: Find out more about grants to support your business development

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Fancy a grant to support your business development plans?

Are you planning, or just started, a project that involves business change? A new product, new way of doing business, adopting new technology, new process? Something innovative for your organisation that needs some research to ensure it will be the right fit for your business and market?

If so the Innovation 4 Growth* fund from the UWE Bristol could be the perfect grant for you, offering 35% match funding to help your project do more, faster, bigger.
The programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is offering small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Swindon & Wiltshire grants of between £10,000 and £40,000, to fund up to 35% of the total cost of a research and development project. Projects must be completed by December 2022.

We’ve allocated almost 40% of the fund so far to a wide variety of industries across our region. There is no restriction on business type – if you are doing something different to evolve your company it might be a fit, don’t miss out.

We have a team ready to help you scope whether your project would be eligible, as well as offering a review before you submit – all enhancing your likelihood of success. Our application form is designed to help you understand the purpose of each question, and this is an open fund, so you can apply immediately and hear back in less than 4 weeks.

You can register in 2 minutes here to receive the application form and schedule a one to one:


If you have a project that might be a good fit but would like to check before you register, get in touch – innovation4growth@uwe.ac.uk

*Innovation 4 Growth (I4G) is a grant funding programme run by UWE Bristol and funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The programme aims to generate R&D activity, to create new jobs and new to market products, and to grow the Swindon & Wiltshire economy by encouraging investment from the private sector.

Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership Company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, company number 11766448, Digital Mansion Corsham, Pickwick Road, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 9BL, United Kingdom, 01249 477287

Wiltshire Council have partnered with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) to deliver the government-backed Help to Grow: Management course for Wiltshire SMEs. The first Wiltshire-based programme starts on 23 November, and there is still time for business leaders to sign up.

The programme includes 50 hours of in-depth training, one-to-one business mentoring and the opportunity for leaders to grow their business, fast.

The 12-week programme is 90% subsidised by the Government, with a cost of just £750 for the business. Business leaders can take part around their existing work commitments and access learning through a blend of online and face-to-face sessions.

Aimed at senior leaders in small and medium businesses, the course covers strategies for growth and innovation, leading high-performance teams and digital adoption, as well as financial management and responsible business practices. They will hear from inspirational business leaders and learn alongside local peers, with access to a national alumni network.

By the end of the programme they will develop a tailored business growth plan to increase productivity and grow their revenue, and help take their business to the next level.

Businesses can step through the door to growth today and sign up to this course: https://www.uwe.ac.uk/business/business-services/innovation-and-funding/help-to-grow

Direct sign up links for Wiltshire-based courses

Chamber Members – Share your news with us and we’ll pass it on…

This is a reminder to all members to alert us to their news articles.

Our Facebook posts regularly reach hundreds of people in the local area, and sometimes as many as 1,000.

If you have news you want to share either send details to hello@rwbchamber.org.uk or alert us through Facebook or Twitter and we’ll help you to share it.

Dates for your diary


Monthly Zoom meetings on the last Wednesday of the month at 12.30.

Roz Paton

Royal Wootton Bassett Chamber of Commerce
51 New Road, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 7DG
e: hello@rwbchamber.org.uk
t: 07730 686151

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