August newsletter

We are making our regular member newsletter available to read on our website to keep you informed of both local and national business issues as well as our own plans for support for members and the wider business community.

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I was honoured to represent the Chamber, with Paul Adcock (of Adcock's Home Electronics at 32 High Street), at the funeral of Martin Anscombe the former Secretary and Chair of the Chamber on Monday 26th July at St Mary’s Church. See below our obituary for Martin. The funeral was very well attended as one would expect with such a well known and respected businessman, community figure and former Watton RAF Airman. While such occasions are always sad and solemn affairs they inevitably also provide an opportunity to meet colleagues and friends, to catch up on news and developments, and to reaffirm commitments to initiatives and joint interests, and it was no different on this occasion. It was an opportunity for me to touch base with Dennis Brooks of High Street Cookies Café and Casino Games, with this year’s Rotary Club President, Paul Weatherill, Andrew Francis who managed the funeral arrangements, Reverend Kyla Sørensen and our Watton and Breckland Councillor Tina Kiddell as we all gathered at Broom Hall Hotel (Chamber Member) to honour and celebrate Martins’ life.

Business in Watton never stands still for long - even with Covid 19. The latest Watton High Street development is that Babaco Coffee Shop changes to new ownership as former owners closed up shop on the 7th August. The new owners will be opening up soon. Sandra and Peter Merry who were big supporters of events in Watton, will be especially remembered for some excellent hog roasts and their involvement in the Watton Christmas and the Antiques Fair.

In our last newsletter I referred to the closure of Steven Smith Butchers, one of Watton’s butchers but we are of course pleased to support and advertise the services of our Chamber Member, M Brooks Butchers, just across the High Street. Mike who combines both fresh and frozen cuts of meat with a wealth of experience and expertise, is always happy to welcome new customers to his shop. Remember also that our weekly market continues to thrive and the Chamber is pleased to help make a case for, and support businesses interested in, opening a stall on a Wednesday in Middle Street. Let me know if you are aware of anyone interested in doing so.

In this edition of our newsletter, we have our tribute to Martin Anscombe, we have new dates for your diary and to two business grant and service opportunities. Let me have feedback and your thoughts and views of business in Wayland.


FREE for Members

As mentioned in our last newsletter the Chamber is offering a series of three workshops the first of which is on Cloud Accounting on Wednesday 22nd September, the second on “Gaining value from a website” on 4th October and the last on on legal matters for small businesses in late October. The Workshops are free for members to attend and are each open to non-members for a £10.00 fee. Each workshop will last no more than an hour and will include a presentation and time for questions and answers of our subject expert.

The first of these on the “Benefits of Cloud Accounting for SME’s” will be facilitated by Heather Nunn, MICB, PM.Dip and will include a short presentation and workshop, looking at getting the best out of cloud accounting for your business.

The workshop will be suitable for any business considering upgrading their accounting system or desiring better management information in real time.  This workshop will attempt to ensure you go away with a better understanding of why a move to the cloud should be considered and to encourage you to make better use of the recent innovations in day-to-day accounting.

 Heather Nunn is the Director of Heather Nunn Business Services Ltd, a successful SME providing bookkeeping, payroll and day to day HR services to local businesses.  Heather has built her business from sole trader to a successful limited company, now with a team of six staff; all passionate about assisting local businesses and charities to have the best real-time financial information to ensure management can be assured of making good financial decisions.

Details of the venue, times and how to book will be sent around in a separate email



The news of the passing of Martin Anscombe was received with great sadness within the Wayland Chamber of Commerce. Martin’s name has long been held in high regard in the Wayland business community and it is one of the reasons that he was one of the Chamber’s few life-time Honorary Members, honoured for his exemplary commitment and enthusiasm for the Chamber of Commerce and its mission.

As a membership organisation the success of the Chamber is very much dependent on the commitment of its members to drive activities and initiatives. Martin was the Chamber Secretary for many years and during his tenure he spent time visiting and meeting local business owners, getting to know everyone and even collecting membership fees in person. He was a well respected member of the Chamber and the business community and was elected Chairman of the Chamber Committee between 1981-83, during the period it was then known as the Watton and District Chamber of Trade.

Importantly, it was under Martin’s chairmanship in 1982 that the first edition of the Information, Trade and Services Directory; 67 pages of adverts, and business and community organisation listings was first published. The Directory still thrives nearly 40 years later, a testament to the innovation and foresight of the team led by Martin on the needs of local business to promote their services to the community. It was with pleasure that we were able to acknowledge Martin’s contribution in the opening message of the 2020/21 edition of the Directory, in which it was stated “I believe the lesson from Martin’s innovation is that the Directory met then, and still meets today, a genuine need and this is the key to success; delivering something that the Wayland Community really needs and values”.

Martin cared about our Wayland business community and has left for us all in the Chamber an important legacy in the Directory and an ingrained culture of duty and service in support of a worthwhile community organisation.

Martin putting up the Watton Christmas lights in 1999.
A GRANTS OF £5000 - £30,000 AVAILABLE


Are you a business looking to expand your operations, to upgrade technology or purchase new equipment, or wanting to develop tourism then this new DRIVE grant might be suitable for you. DRIVE stands for Delivering Rural Investment for Vital Employment. It is a new business mentoring and capital grant funding programme to help small to medium businesses invest in new projects for growth and expansion. Grants are worth up to 40% of your project’s total costs whether for buying new equipment, business expansion, technology upgrades or tourism development.

See our website for a brochure.

DRIVE Contact details:

Tel: 01603 222643



Covid-19 has placed unprecedented strains on businesses and staff over the last 18 months.

Thriving Workplaces - Norfolks’ Workplace Health Provider commissioned by Norfolk County Council offer a range of free services to local Businesses that might be of interest - they include:

  • Workplace Health Champion Training and Support

  • Mental Health First Aid Training

  • Digital Diagnostic Tools

  • Access to 3 Health and Well-being Workshops a year

  • Policy development

  • Networking events

See our website for a brochure.

Thriving Workplaces Contact Details:

Tel: 01603 542480




The Spring-Back Business Grants announced in June by Breckland are still available for retailers. The Breckland Council are still offering their Shop Front Improvement Scheme - can apply for financial support for improvements and enhancements to their shop frontage - from a lick of paint through to a replacement frontage

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We hope that you have found this newsletter informative. Please get in touch if you have any ideas for future articles or if you would like us to feature some news about your business. We always welcome any suggestions from members about how we can improve what the Chamber does - so please get in touch!
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