Chippenham’s First Soap Box Derby

Business owners John and Debbie Williams, of John Williams Heating Services, are proud to be the sponsors of Chippenham’s first ever Soap Box Derby.

John and Debbie are delighted to be sponsoring the go-kart race which takes place in Chippenham High Street on Sunday 25th June between 11am-4pm.

Debbie Williams said: “We are thrilled to be supporting such an innovative and fun community event. Chippenham is home to an incredible amount of talent and this is a fantastic opportunity for residents of all ages to showcase those skills.

“I’m personally very excited to get to see the karts that local creative minds will have invented. I am looking forward to a very special day which brings all generations together.”

The Soap Box Derby is a race of hand built non-motorised karts. Teams of four will race them as fast as they can from the bottom of Market Place, through the High Street and onto The Bridge.

Debbie said: “We are entering three teams – one in the junior class and two in the senior class. We will also have a stand in the high street with special visitor Bobby the boiler!” Our drivers for the karts range in age from 13 up to 72 showcasing what a great event it is for the whole family! Feel free to pop by and come and cheer us on between 11am and 4pm!

The judging criteria is based on speed, along with design flair and each team’s showmanship on the day. The event is backed by Chippenham Connected and Chippenham Town Council.

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Entrepreneurs’ business heroes of 2016

There are so many entrepreneurs who have inspired us in 2016 but we thought we’d ask business owners to name theirs. Here are some of this year’s business heroes.

Meet lots of business heroes at StartUp 2017, the biggest start-up show of the New Year in London,Bristol and Birmingham on 14 January. Find out more and book your ticket here.

Richard BransonSir Richard Branson

“He talks a lot about mindset, employee retention and forward movement and proves the viability of every piece of advice he offers in his companies. He has a brilliant habit of breaking records and sharing the ways he accomplished those feats. I respect Mr. Branson because he doesn’t just walk the walk, he runs.”

Sammy Blindell, How to Build a Brand

Mark PriceMark Price, former CEO of Waitrose

“He recognised an issue and made the change which benefited so many small companies. The company changed payment terms from 45 days to seven days for all suppliers under £100,000 which was a huge benefit for us.”

Brian Watt, Sir Hans Sloane

Theo PaphitisTheo Paphitis

“Theo Paphitis is a great supporter of small businesses and even hosts awards to actively support a new crop each week (Small Business Sunday). He was one of the few during Brexit who put his personal feelings aside to voice his belief that, no matter the outcome, we’d all be fine and that there was no need to panic. Too few business people were able to put their personal feelings aside to keep a nation of smaller business owners calms through their vast experience, and it was appreciated that he kept a level head throughout.”

Elaine Burns, Wear Eponymous

Melanie Bryan ObeMelanie Bryan OBE

“The most amazing woman. She has supported over 2,000 small businesses, social enterprises and charities to grow, helped them win over £167m of contracts and grants, delivered her seventh annual North West Women’s Enterprise Day (one of the top 15 UK contributions to Global Entrepreneurship Week) to 200 women, entirely through volunteers and donates half her time to volunteering. A true inspiration!”

Donny Bryan, A Man For All Seasons

Bruce WalkerBruce Walker, We Are The Future

“Bruce has such vision at such a young age; he is amazing! He sees the importance of team work within the walls of your own company and the potential that can be gained from businesses working together in order to grow.”

Sarra Bejaoui, SmartPA

Jo MaloneJo Malone 

“She is an incredible inspiration to me. I heard her speak at the Enterprise Nation Beauty Exchange and have admired her ever since. Her book is on my Christmas list!”

Lorna Bladen, Luna Events

Martha Keith, Love Give InkMartha Keith, Love Give Ink

“Martha is a hardworking and focused business woman, with a fantastic business and a drive that saw her recently co-host an event in Chiswick with none other than Cath Kidston speaking. Martha is a big champion of Small Business Saturday and I know she’s going to take her business a long way.”

Steph Douglas, Don’t Buy Her Flowers


“I continue to be inspired by the company, especially their recruitment process of seeking employees from those who have been through the prison system. I like the fact that each branch is run with a great deal of autonomy and the owners make business decisions and deals. It makes getting my shoes re-healed a pleasure.”

Lisa Malyon, Lisa Malyon Draws

Robot Needs HomeJohn Helps from Robot Needs Home Collective, Handmade Festival and Great Central Magazine

“He has really boosted the reputation of the music industry in Leicester and created more of a community spirit with the magazine, allowing organisations and bands that would go unnoticed before to reach out to a wider audience.”

Elisabeth Barker-Carley, Dreaming In Colour Productions

Debbie Williams, John Williams Heating ServicesDebbie Williams, John Williams Heating Services

“She runs a busy heating and plumbing company with her husband John and all of the work that entails. She’s integrated in her local community and is president of Chippenham Chamber of Commerce because she truly cares about her local business community. She embraces local events and charities by raising money for the less fortunate and she stands up on a weekly basis for small businesses, their challenges, their successes. Personally she embraces each story which comes her way and is a driving force for change in Wiltshire. She’s not afraid of speaking out nationally on issues and demonstrates how one person can be a force for change and success.”

Fiona Scott, Fiona Scott Media Consultancy

Lee ColeLee Cole, Paint 360

“He won the Voom Impact award. His recycled paint business makes great turnover and a positive difference to the planet.”

Chris Forbes, The Cheeky Panda

Meet lots of business heroes at StartUp 2017, the biggest start-up show of the New Year in London,Bristol and Birmingham on 14 January. Find out more and book your ticket here.

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Staff at John Williams Heating Services in Chippenham are appealing to customers and business neighbours to spare a thought for the town’s homeless this

They are running a Reverse Advent Calendar event and are asking people to donate a gift every day in the run-up to festivities.

Debbie Williams, co-founder of John Williams Heating Services, said: “We all enjoy opening our advent calendars and receiving gifts at Christmas, but why not use the festive season to give something back?

“I saw the idea on social media and decided to use it. Each day donations are added to an Advent Box and on Christmas Eve the contents will be given to the Doorway project, the Chippenham based drop-in centre for the homeless.”

The Doorway Project in the town provide drop-in guests with everyday basics such as freshly cooked food, laundry and shower facilities, as well as offering a range of activities to build self-esteem and to teach new skills as a first step to sustaining a tenancy and moving into work.

Debbie said: “As a company we do lots of sponsorship locally, this year we sponsored the Christmas lights on the arches, we sponsor the Chippenham Colts under 15 team and the town’s annual half marathon as well as being members of Business against Poverty.

“This is the first year we have worked with the Doorway Project. All donations are welcome, particularly Christmas food such as biscuits, cakes and chocolates and other ‘long life’ seasonal treats, financial contributions and any other inspired gifts.”

The staff will welcome all those who would like to contribute to the Advent Box from 10am-4pm at their Bumpers Farm offices.

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Heating and plumbing company step up to support carers at work


Debbie and John Williams, co-founders of one of Wiltshire’s most successful heating and plumbing companies, have pledged to be employers who support staff who are carers.

The couple recently publicly showed their support for Carer Support Wiltshire by hosting a coffee morning and networking event last month. They’ve signed up the Working For Carers’ Charter to show flexibility for any staff member who finds they suddenly have a need to care for someone unexpectedly or long term.

Debbie said: “It’s about being flexible in your approach and being open-minded- trying to find a solution that works for both of us. Not everyone can work 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday – that’s not the world we live in any more.

“Supporting a staff member who has caring responsibilities demonstrates a mutual respect between employer and employee and can increase loyalty and productivity.”

The team put that promise into practice. One of their staff, who wishes to remain anonymous, has a caring responsibility for an elderly relative.

He said: “This is a lovely company to work for any way but the fact I know I can take time off when I need to really eases the pressure and allows me to work, earn a living but know if I need to go – Debbie and John will support me.”

Carer Support Wiltshire is an organisation which supports carers across the county in numerous ways including advice, organising events and offering services. It recognises the fact three in five of will have to be an unpaid carer for another person at some time.

It is encouraging businesses in the county to put policies into place now to support employees – the number of carers is expected to rise dramatically over the next decade.

John Williams Heating Services is based on the Bumpers Farm Industrial Estate in Chippenham. The company has won multiple business awards, is a Which? Trusted Trader and registered For more details visit

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Enterprising Wiltshire Awards celebrate local business successes

Apprentice Employer of the Year: John Williams Heating Services Sponsored by Wiltshire College

John and Debbie Williams

John and Debbie Williams receiving their award.


Claire Thorogood, deputy director at Wiltshire College said:

“John Williams Heating Services have been selected as the overall winner based upon their unwavering commitment to providing quality apprenticeship opportunities to young people and their passion for promoting the benefits of apprenticeships to other businesses.”

“John Williams Heating Services have employed apprentices since 2011 and they intend to continue to offer more opportunities to apprentices in the future.  Promotion of apprenticeship opportunities through outreach to local colleges and school leavers ensures that young people are aware of the fantastic career opportunities that an apprenticeship brings.  The support for apprentices throughout their programme through dedicated mentoring from an experienced engineer allows for their apprentices to learn and develop their skills on the job.   There are high expectations set for apprentices within the organisation and for this reason the apprenticeship programme is rewarding in terms of witnessing the development of young people to increase their expertise and grow in confidence and maturity.  John Williams Heating Services Limited is proud to contribute to the skilled workforce of Wiltshire through their apprenticeship programme.”

“As an Apprenticeship Ambassador for the Skills Funding Agency Debbie Williams gives her time and expertise on a voluntary basis to raise awareness of apprenticeships and communicate the advantages of engaging with the programme to other employers which directly supports the growing numbers of apprenticeship vacancies being made available by business in Wiltshire. ”

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The ‘new’ and the ‘old’ working together to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week

Dan Mayell and Charlie Austin are celebrating success in their apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week 2016.

The two young men are at opposite ends of the apprenticeship spectrum working for John Williams Heating Services in Chippenham. As Dan starts on his journey through apprenticeship, Charlie has come out the other side.

Dan, aged 16 and a former pupil of Melksham Oak Community School has just started his apprenticeship with the company and his working towards his level 2 NVQ in plumbing and heating. He then hopes to move on to level 3 and is also studying at Wiltshire College, Trowbridge.

He said: “I’m really enjoying working with this team. I’m working hard and learning all of the time. I’ve been working on pipework, notching and drilling to support a more experienced engineer and learning about personal safety.”

Alongside Dan is Charlie, 21, who lives in Chippenham and formerly attended Abbeyfield School in the town. He’s just finished his apprenticeship and is now a fully-qualified heating engineer.

Charlie said: “I’ve just changed and the job has just changed a great deal since I started a few years ago. When I started I didn’t even know what a spanner was and now I can fit full systems. I feel I’ve taken a huge jump in quite a short period of time.”

Dan and Charlie are just two of the five apprentices who have been nurtured by John and Debbie Williams the co-founders of John Williams Heating Services. Both are advocates of apprenticeships, believing it’s an important route to a fulfilling and successful career. John started his own career as an apprentice.

Debbie is also an Employer Apprentice Ambassador with the Skills Funding Agency and gives talks to young people and businesses about the value of apprenticeships.

Last week Tuesday 1st March the company, based on the Bumpers Farm Industrial Estate in Chippenham, was chosen to take part in a promotional film by the local campaigns team, Cabinet Office South West, to show the value of apprenticeships.

National Apprenticeship Week runs from Monday March 14 to March 18 and the theme for 2016 is ‘an apprenticeship can take you anywhere’.

Debbie said: “We believe in apprenticeships and actively recruit young people who want to learn on-the-job. Apprenticeships are widespread. They are available in about 1,500 job roles across 170 industries – so they are a serious route to a fulfilling career and we’re immensely proud to be part of that national statistic.”

John Williams Heating Services has won multiple business awards and is currently a finalist in the upcoming Enterprising Wiltshire Awards for Apprentice Employer of the Year. John Williams Heating Services is a Which? Trusted Trader and is registered with For more details visit

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Enterprise Nation takes South West entrepreneurs to Downing Street

The meeting was led by our South West Champion Alison Edgar, founder of Sales Coaching Solutions.

Alongside Alison and Dan Martin, Enterprise Nation head of content, were:

Downing Street South West

Subjects discussed:

Jessica May, Caroline Sparks and Gaby Lixton expressed concern over the impact on small businesses of the government’s new dividend tax. Jessica suggested a potential change to payment on account to minimise impact.

Mike Jackson called for more support for funding and investment for small businesses outside of London that replicates the success of schemes in the capital.

Marcus Whittingham praised the benefits of the government’s Growth Voucher scheme which he said significantly boosted his business.

Jordan Daykin, Caroline Sparks and Gaby Lixton praised UK Trade & Investment’s Passport to Export scheme.

Fran Hope expressed concern about the impact of the abolition of employers’ statutory sick pay rebate.

James Phipps said business support in local areas is often fragmented and lacking in coordination.

Denise O’Leary commented on improvements that have made it easier for small businesses to bid for government contracts and called for better visibility of lower level public sector contracts with a value of under £10,000.

Debbie Williams raised the issue of future funding for the promotion of apprenticeships to small business owners.

Stuart Pearce discussed the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and whether it will be extended to smaller businesses.

Alison Edgar said: “It was such a pleasure to lead the party of South West businesses to 10 Downing Street. Having a direct ear to Daniel Korski, the adviser to David Cameron, not only makes businesses in our region feel valued, but gives us assurance our opinions are being listened too.

“My selection of delegates came from a wide range of industry types with experience in sectors such as manufacturing, export, trades, apprenticeships, tech and accountancy, so a variety of relevant topics were raised.”

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07/01/2016 in Accounting and tax, Business law, Employing people, Campaigning, and Funding



Heating and plumbing company John Williams Heating Services has been named as the Platinum sponsor of the Business against Poverty annual gala ball.

John and Debbie Williams

John and Debbie Williams

These organisations work together to raise funds to help families in need at home and overseas.

Bill Huxley, founder of Business Against Poverty said: “We are thrilled Debbie and John Williams have chosen to sponsor our gala dinner at Platinum level.

“We’re also grateful to our other sponsors Bailbrook House Hotel, Zeke Creative and Mail Boxes Etc-Bath for their continued support.

Debbie Williams, co-founder of John Williams Heating Services, said: “We’re proud to sponsor this event and, in doing so, help generate more funds for this charity to carry out its vital work to help those less fortunate both at home and overseas.”

Money is raised to change impoverished lives by providing food, housing and education. Recently the team was able to purchase hundreds of tents and provided urgent food parcels to families in Nepal dealing with the aftermath of the earthquakes earlier this year where 9,000 lost their lives.

The charity, which is based in Hilperton, near Trowbridge, works in partnership with The Way of Joy project in Romania, the Starlight Centre in Nepal, St Joseph’s Creche Orphanage in Haiti and its UK project Bridging the Gap.

They also run a child sponsorship programme in these countries including Malawi, Tanzania and India.

Businesses and supporters from across the country are attending the gala ball at the Bailbrook House Hotel, Eveleigh Avenue, Bath.

Guests will enjoy a sparkling drinks reception, a three course meal, auction and raffle and dance the night away to music provided by local Bath band Limited Edition.

Tickets are £75 with a few still remaining – details are available at

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Small Business Saturday 100 Winners

We are very excited to announce that we are Small Business Saturday 100 winners – a nationwide initiative encouraging consumers to swap from multinational to small, local businesses.

Team Photo smallThe competition will see 100 small, local businesses from around the country being featured on the Small Business Saturday website in the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday on Saturday 5th December.

The goal of Small Business Saturday is to have a lasting impact on businesses by changing mindsets and encouraging people to use local businesses all year round.

Any small firm interested in taking part in Small Business Saturday can download resources and tips for supporting Small Business Saturday from the website, which can either be displayed online or on the premises.

Each winning business is allocated a date and during this day they are rewarded for supporting Small Business Saturday by being featured on the Small Business Saturday website.

Keep your eyes peeled on this space as our feature date is Thursday 24th September and lots of exciting things will be happening !

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Engineers at Wiltshire’s leading heating and plumbing company John Williams Heating Services, are now able to offer risk assessments to landlords and businesses helping them comply with legionella legislation.

By law, anyone who Engineer Team (John-New's conflicted copy 2015-07-29)controls premises where a trade, business or other activity takes place and where water is stored, must meet health and safety requirements.

Further measures around risk assessment must be taken where there is a means of creating and transmitting breathable water droplets (known as aerosols) as this is how this type of disease is transmitted to people.

John Williams, co-founder of John Williams Heating Services, said: “We’re proud to be able to offer this extra service to existing and new customers. The Landlord Legionella risk assessments can be done as a stand alone job or as part of a package also including PAT testing and the Gas Safety Certificate.

“Any property or business owner with premises must take measures to assess the risk around legionella. Landlords of residential accommodation are also responsible.

“Therefore it’s important risk assessments are carried out regularly and control measures introduced.”

Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by the legionella bacteria. The most serious is Legionnaires’ Disease but there are also less serious conditions such as Pontiac Fever and Lochgoilhead Fever.

Legionnaires’ Disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. The risk increases with age but some people are at higher risk including:

  • smokers and heavy drinkers
  • people suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease
  • people suffering from diabetes, lung and heart disease
  • anyone with an impaired immune system

The bacterium Legionella pneumophila and related bacteria are common in natural water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs, but usually in low numbers. They may also be found in purpose-built water systems such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools.

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