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representing the business community
representing the business community
Axminster’s businesses are at the heart of a town with a proud heritage, strong sense of community and a determination to become stronger for the future. Axminster Chamber of Commerce is the body that bonds commerce, industry and retailers in a town that has a backbone built on independent businesses.
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Axminster Scarecrow Trail

Wow! We have had a massive response to our invitation to take part in the first ever Axminster Scarecrow Trail, with more than 50 now on display. They are in shops and offices, outside public places and in gardens right across the town and will stay there in the run up to Axminster’s coming big food weekend - the Axminster Eats street food event from 4pm on Friday 24 May and Axminster Gate to Plate (10am - 4pm) on Bank Holiday Monday 27 May. 

We have now created a trail guide that you can download here. We are not aware of every scarecrow that’s out there, so if yours isn’t shown please email with a photo and location and we will happily add it. You can also pick up a printed copy of the guide from Axminster Printing during normal working hours. 

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Valuable new community resource

Over recent months, the Chamber has been looking at ways in which Axminster can be better promoted as part of a tourism strategy. We are, therefore, delighted to be supporting the launch by the Community Waffle House of a new website ‘What’s In Axminster’ ( Designed to connect with both the community and visitors, it is an asset that is long overdue in the town and will be of particular benefit to businesses, with listings that complement our own
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Brightening our streets

Made by a team of talented volunteers, our colourful banners have added brightness to the town centre streets over the past two summers. They go into hibernation between October and May when the winter weather would otherwise damage them. Our plan is to take the current 26 banners to a total collection of 40 for the summer of 2024, with South Street as a particular focus.
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For The Love of a Railway

The famous old Axminster to Lyme Regis branch line has an important place in local history and still holds memories for many. We are working with the Community Waffler House, Axminster Community Shed and Axminster Heritage Centre to revive those precious memories via a working model that we are planning to put on shop window display in the town centre. Our hope is that it will inspire locals while also attracting more visitors to Axminster to support our businesses. Follow the project here:
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Please join your Chamber

If you aren’t already a part of what Axminster’s revived Chamber of Commerce is doing, please think about joining. The business community, and indeed the town as a whole, is undoubtedly stronger when we join up the parts and work together. Over the past two years we have instigated a whole series of initiatives designed to make the town a better place to do business. You can support the Chamber at whatever level suits from. Simply subscribing helps us substantially - you don’t have to attend meetings if that really isn’t you. But if you want to actively participate we will very much welcome you.
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Business Breakfasts

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Business Breakfasts

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Scratch the surface and there is much going on in Axminster. Try these links to understand a bit about what makes the town tick:


Axe Vale Show –a great local attraction that returned in June 2022

Axminster Guildhall – the venue for much of the town’s best entertainment

Axminster Town Council – working for our community

Axminster Heritage Centre – proudly presenting our great history

Light Up Axminster - drives Christmas and other celebrations in Axminster

Pippins Community Centre – a warm and welcoming community hub

Next meeting and agenda

Our Management Committee meets monthly (other than in August and December). Any Chamber member is entitled to attend and to speak on the different items under discussion. You may also, if you wish, be co-opted to join the committee and then offer yourself to be fully elected at the next AGM, which is usually in May.

Next meeting: Management Committee - Monday 15th July 2024 – 6.30pm

at Axminster Tools, Weycroft Avenue, Axminster EX13 5PH


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