About What we do

The Sherborne Chamber of Trade and Commerce exists to promote its members’ businesses and the wider business community and town beyond. It has a membership in excess of 150 and welcomes new members to join.

The Chamber is involved in just about every event that takes place in the town, supporting the Sherborne community, attracting media interest and making the experience of visitors to the town more memorable.

We are involved with a number of local groups and forums to improve life in Sherborne and to promote business opportunities.  We have good links with local schools and charitable organisations and involve them in projects whenever we can.  The Chamber also contributes to the town by supporting summer and winter hanging baskets, Christmas trees and of course the town’s annual Festive Shopping Day.

Up and down the country, there are tales of doom and gloom regarding the state of our high streets. Here in Sherborne we have a different story to tell and we are delighted to welcome new stores.
We’d also like to stress that the Chamber is also here to support the businesses in outlying villages, which may not have such an organisation.

We are focussing very hard on trying to make sure our members feel value in their membership. We offer free training sessions throughout the year on varying topics from HR and Employment Law to group sessions with a local Business Coach. We will happily promote member’s news on our News page, advertise any vacancies on our Jobs and post events on our Events page

Sherborne Abbey - Chamber Members

The team Meet the Executive Committee

Jane Wood, President

Jane was born in Sherborne and has lived and worked around the world but always knew she’d return to Sherborne. Jane bought Oliver’s in 2011 and this year is its 30th anniversary. Originally sited in what is now the Flower Barrow, Oliver’s moved to its current site in 1986.

They’ve recently opened the courtyard seating area which has proved extremely popular on sunny days. As well as the coffee shop they also offer homemade cakes to order and can provide buffets for events.

Jane is passionate about promoting the town centre and the independent nature of it.

Keith Bawden, Chairperson

Keith moved to the area in 2016. Keith heads up the commercial and events business at Leweston Independent School just outside Sherborne and leads the Enterprise team. Keith joined the executive committee in June 2019 after being involved in hosting the chamber breakfasts at the school. Since arriving in the area and taking on his new role, Keith has strived to engage the local community with Leweston School by putting on fantastic community events such as the fireworks spectacular, Leweston Live Summer Festival to name but a few. Keith is passionate about marketing, events and the environment and hopes to focus the chambers efforts on these areas.

Taff Martin, Vice Chair

Taff, 54, is ex Royal Navy, Falklands veteran, and now an engineer at Konecranes based at Leonardo Helicopters. Living in Sherborne since 1990, he is well known on local music scene as a musician with bands over last 30 years. He is now the Chairman of Abbey 104, a local community radio station serving Sherborne and the surrounding area.
He enjoys working with Sherborne Chamber of Trade and Commerce to give something back to the community. He has been married to Lynda for almost 32 years and has two grown up children, both educated in Sherborne.

Nick Hunt, Treasurer

Nick is Director and owner of Sherborne’s Hunts Accountants. Nick began his accounting career with Yeovil based firm Hunt Wagstaff (no relation), at the tender age of 16. He qualified as a professional accountant within his first 3 years and went on to work with Marshall Beavan in Gillingham. Following a period of time travelling Europe, Nick set up Hunts in 1998. Since then Nick has provided insight, strategy and accounting support to over 1100 clients, serving as accountant bedrock to businesses in Sherborne and throughout Dorset and Somerset. Nick has been involved with Sherborne Chamber of Trade for the past 5 years or so.

Lauren Ottewill

Lauren moved to Sherborne when she was 13. She began training as an accountant with a firm in Yeovil at 19, later moving to Hunts accountants. Lauren left Hunts when she became a mother dedicating her time to her two young children. Now they are at school, she works as a self-employed book keeper and marketing/social media specialist.

Steve Lee

Steve is the Manager of Waitrose Sherborne and has been a member of the executive committee since Waitrose opened in the town.  He has lived in Dorset for the last 12 years and worked for Waitrose for 27 years. Steve is active in the community and is in the process of becoming a director of local care farm Future Roots.  As well as this role in Waitrose Sherborne, Steve also chairs the Waitrose Corporate Social Responsibility retail leads as well as a number of other central working groups focusing on food waste reduction and community engagement.

Ian Crighton

Ian is a business entrepreneur and founder of a number of technical companies including TANDM Solutions Limited and more recently SMETOO.co.uk, a marketing services business designed to help SME’s improve their brand image and compete at a much higher level in the business long tail.

Ian, who has lived in Sherborne for 5 years is passionate about helping businesses in the town succeed and is the founder and developer of discoversherborne.com, a website designed to attract more visitors to the town.

Barnaby Baker

Barnaby is a solicitor at Porter Dodson and, having worked for Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil for 4 years, switched to a career in law in 2014 and joined Porter Dodson after completing his University training.  He now specialises in Corporate Commercial law, dealing with sales and purchases of businesses as well as general commercial practice, covering Somerset and Dorset, including his hometown, Sherborne.

Having grown up in Sherborne and spent periods living and working away, Barnaby now enjoys involvement in the Sherborne Chamber of Trade to support local businesses around the town.