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 take 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.

 

The team Meet the Executive Committee

Andrew Maddock, President

Andrew started out as an electrical engineering apprentice, then specialised in office machinery with Sharp Electronics before buying MidWest the Stationers (Sherborne’s only independent commercial and retail stationers) 16 years ago. He has a fascination for computers but also likes walking, exploring Dorset’s coastline, eating out and socialising. An active Executive Committee member for many years, including two as Chair when he was awarded Sherborne’s Ambassador of the Year, Andrew believes MidWest’s company slogan ‘keeping business local’ is the way forward for growing the prosperity of the town.

Sue Smith, Chairman

Sue has worked for Handelsbanken in Yeovil for just over 3 years.  She has lived in Sherborne for over 15 years.  Handelsbanken opened the Yeovil Office 3 years ago and covers the Sherborne and surrounding areas. Sue looks after the Personal Banking and Mortgage relationships. Sue brings a wealth of expertise to the executive committee.

Jane Wood, Vice Chairman

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.

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.

Taff Martin

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.

Emma Slee

Emma Slee is the Editor of the Western Gazette, which has five editions covering south Somerset and west Dorset, including Sherborne – the second biggest edition in the group. She is also the editor of SomersetLive.co.uk which incorporates the Blackmore Vale web page. She has been on the executive committee for several years and is leading the development of this new website.

Sarah Sims

Sarah studied catering at Highbury College, Portsmouth followed by a career in London and Switzerland to further her patisserie training before working as a chef in 5* restaurants around the world including Germany and Canada. She then returned to London to cook with celebrity chef John Torode (before he became famous!). Sarah, and husband Nigel, bought Kafe Fontana in 2008 and the business is now a popular fixture on Cheap Street. An executive member for many years, Sarah believes independent businesses like theirs are what makes the town really special.

Sally Westlotorn, Honorary Secretary

Sally was born at the Merthyr Guest Maternity Hospital in Templecombe, brought up in Hammersmith, attended Teacher Training College in Exmouth & then taught at Mulberry School (formally Tower Hamlets Secondary School), East London, for 34 years, living in Greenwich. Sally had a varied career whilst at Mulberry including a year spent in HMP Holloway – Education Department! When Sally retired in 2000 she answered an advertisement in the Conduit Magazine for six hours a week dealing with invoicing and it was on 1 January 2003 that she was appointed Secretary by Pat Mallett (WalkAbout Books) the then Chamber Chair, thanks to Franchesca Dening. Sally then continued to work for the Sherborne Area Partnership until it was dissolved in March 2016. Presently Sally is one of the Sherborne in Bloom Team and a collector for The Friends of the Yeatman. One day Sally is going to retire from talking so much to Sherborne business people and residents!

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.

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.

Peter Chell

 

Pete is Clinic Manager and Practitioner at Evolution Aesthetics just outside Sherborne. He specializes in non-surgical face and body sculpting treatments. Pete trained at the Institute of Health and Medical Training within the Royal Air Force. After serving in the RAF he pursued a career in the NHS undertaking both a clinical and professional development role. In 2001 he founded Quest Training and Development, which to this day provides medical emergencies training within the NHS and private sector. Running two businesses is challenging but also very rewarding for Pete, who enjoys the variety that this brings. Pete is keen to forge new relationships with businesses in Sherborne and to support the ethos of the Chamber of Trade and Commerce.