Discuss and Do

Discuss and Do is a comprehensive and unique programme of business discussions and workshops exploring and sharing information, skills and tools. These free events are aimed at helping local enterprises to develop, prosper and support each other. They are from lived examples by real businesses in town, and the forum encourages discussion and engagement on all levels. This is a chance for us to collaborate, share our experiences and work together to build stronger, healthier organisations and a vibrant business community.

Organised by Frome and District Chamber of Commerce, Frome Town Council and supported by Enterprise Mendip, Discuss and Do is a free and unique programme of events in business administration to support local enterprises.

Discuss and Do will be organised at different venues around town, running from 6pm to 7.30pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month.

Upcoming Events

28 January, 6pm – Applying for business awards 

The Old Church School, BA11 1HR

There are a number of local, regional and national business award schemes and they can be a great way to showcase your business.

At our first Discuss & Do event of 2020 we’ll look at why businesses should take the time to enter, what’s involved, tips on how to approach writing your submission and ideas on what to do once you’ve sent in your application – there’s plenty you can do to shout about your business even before you win! We’ll bring together judges from local award schemes as well as award-winning businesses who will talk through their experiences of applying and winning.

Discuss & Do sessions are free and aim to help Frome businesses share ideas and learn new skills.

To book your FREE place, please click here

Past Events

26 November, 6pm – Social media: practical tips & tricks for small businesses
The Cheese and Grain, BA11 1BE

Come along to learn the tips and tricks you need to know to successfully use social media in your business.  Jenna Yhearm of Gumption Agency will be leading this interactive session.  All social media platforms will be open for discussion with a primary focus on the effective use of Facebook for small businesses.


22 October, 6pm – Sources of finance for small business
Frome Town Hall, BA11 1EB

The panel will explain the range of funding sources now open to small businesses, from traditional bank lending to crowdfunding and all things in between and answer all your questions on raising the funds you need to start or grow your business.

To book your FREE place, please click here

24 September, 6pm – Creating videos for your business
Rye Bakery, BA11 3BY

An interactive training session with Compass Video which will cover planning your first shoot, making the most out of the video camera on your smartphone, shooting and editing a video. Participants will leave the session with their first video “in the can”!

23 July, 6pm – Building a sustainable business
Frome Town Hall, BA11 1EB

What does it mean to run a sustainable business? What can small businesses do to become truly sustainable and environmentally responsible.

A panel of specialists including Jen Gale from Sustainable(ish), Louise Clark and Jude Clements from Kin Studio, and Johannes Moeller from Edventure will be on hand to share their experience and answer questions.

25 Jun, 6pm – Everything you need to know about HR
Frome Town Hall, BA11 1EB

An essential presentation on the top HR topics affecting small businesses, such as how to look after your staff and avoid the legal pitfalls. It will include the latest on apprenticeships and how your business can make the most of this opportunity.

28 May, 6pm – How to get customers and keep them
Frome Town Hall, BA11 1EB

Digital A practical workshop on the essential selling skills that every small business needs.  How do you attract the right customers, maximise sales to them – and keep them coming back for more.

23 April, 6pm – Making Tax Digital
Cheese & Grain, BA11 1BE

Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT comes into force from 1 April 2019. This important Discuss and Do session will look into what this means for your business, what you should be doing now and how you might need to update your accounting records to comply with the new VAT regulations.

26 March, 6pm – Marketing & selling on facebook
Rye Bakery, Whittox lane, BA11 3BY

Come along to hear a panel of experts talk about the best ways to market and sell on facebook – covering topics such as CPA, how to link in with Google Analytics, making the best out of A/B testing  and key tips for  converting sales.

26 February, 6pm – An evening of phishing
The Old Church School, BA11 1HR

IT Security expert Rik Kershaw-Moore of Tsiolkovsky IT Security Solutions will present an eye-opening demonstration of the latest Internet scams and security threats and explain what practical steps SMEs should take to protect their business and personal data. You will gain a general overview of the main tactics attackers use and learn how you can take simple, inexpensive steps to protect yourself and your business.

22 January, 6pm – Planning a business and creating a business plan
The Old Church School, BA11 1HR

Nigel Harris of Burton Sweet, chartered accountants and business advisers, will lead a practical session on business planning for both new and established businesses. A business plan is the route map for your business and will help you stay on track towards your goals. You will also learn what lenders and investors look for in a good business plan. Delegates will leave with ideas, tools and templates to enable them to draft their own business plan.

27th Nov, 6pm – Worried About Tax
HUBnub Centre, BA11 3BY

An opportunity to talk about tax, and ask local professionals those questions that have been bugging you. If you have any worries about deadlines, limits, penalties then this is the event for you.

Experienced local professionals will host practical group sessions answering your questions on the major business taxes including Personal Income Tax, Corporation Tax, VAT and Payroll. They will share popular tips and tricks and help you to answer the question ‘am I paying too much tax?’