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STABLES BUSINESS PARK NEWS: Mike House set for new challenge in 2020 as NFU Mutual man departs

Margaret Thatcher was prime minister and Yazz and the Plastic Population were top of the charts when Mike House joined NFU Mutual back in 1988.

After 32 years as an Agent for the company he’s retiring and moving on in 2020 to work with the NFU Poultry Group in the South West representing and protecting the interests of its sector members. However He won’t be far away as he’ll be working from home and from near Frome – and he’s already been working on the poultry sector alongside his work in NFU Mutual.

Mike initially worked from the Weston-super-Mare offices when he first joined but in 2007 with business increasing the NFU Mutual moved to the Forge on the Stables Business Park. Two years later the offices were too small so to accommodate them Tom Dalley of the park had The Granary especially prepared for Mike and company.

Brought up on a Somerset dairy farm, Mike has a BSC (Hons) degree in Agriculture and with his long experience has an inside knowledge of all aspects of insurance and specialises in farming and business protection. 

Mike said the main changes in his time with the NFU Mutual had been rationisation in the farming industry. In his role as an NFU Secretary he said: “The development of farm assurance has improved food hygiene giving it an edge over its competitors. There’s been changes in the way the farming industry is managed but Somerset is a grass growing county and so it will always feature livestock farming. The Levels in particular are ideal pasture for beef and dairy.”

Tom Dalley of the Stables Business Park said it was sad to see Mike depart but on behalf of everyone at the Rooksbridge site wished him well in the future.

To contact Mike House call his mobile on 07747 763023.

To contact NFU Mutual at Rooksbridge call 01934 806890 or visit


STABLES BUSINESS PARK NEWS: ‘I didn’t want to be on an industrial trading estate’ – Becky Hill of Solutions 42

Training, performance improvement and strategic advice company Solutions 42 moved to the Stables Business Park in Rooksbridge six years ago.

“There were several reasons I chose The Stables Business Park,” said Becky Hill of the firm, “I was looking for a place that didn’t look like a bland set of offices.

“Secondly I really connected with the landlord Tom Dalley, and the fact that he emits quality in what he does and the environment he provides at the business park.

“The offices are nicely appointed with attractive gardens where people can have a break and sit out in the summer to have their lunch. The gardens are somewhere where people from different businesses can gather and even have a little bit of a community spirit. And Tom’s even had barbeques in the gardens.”

She said another factor was the short distance from the M5 and A38 as well as the airport and train stations.

“I can get up to Bristol in just over 30 minutes,” she said, “and the airport in 20 minutes – and yet we are in a rural setting and not an industrial trading estate.”

There is a short video on Becky Hill and the Stables Business Park at

The Stables Business Park at Rooksbridge

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS: Axbridge Chamber of Commerce welcomes its latest member with The Stables Business Park in Rooksbridge joining the town’s business organisation

The Stables Business Park lies off the A38 in Rooksbridge about two miles from the M5, 25 minutes from Bristol Airport and only minutes from railways stations at Highbridge and Worle.

Tenants are many and varied and are from all corners of the spectrum, we have a National Plant Franchise Company, NFU & NFU Mutual, Building Contractors, Surveyors, Air Control company,  Business Support Services and many others, up to a baker’s dozen in total. Up until a few years ago we also had a National Hunt and Flat racing yard as an integral part of the entire complex.

The complex is owned by business man Tom Dalley. Telephone: 07968 910 761. For details visit the website at

Or email

To join the Axbridge Chamber of Commerce email the chairman
Louise Cooling at or contact Ripley Antiques on Axbridge Square.


The church rooms in Axbridge (left) have been modernised and are available for hire

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS: Axbridge Chamber of Commerce welcomes its latest member with The Church Rooms in Axbridge joining the town’s business organisation

The Church Rooms have been fully refurbished with improved toilets and a modern kitchen. Owned by the PCC the rooms feature rented offices and a large room ideal for events and receptions.

The Church Rooms are opposite the church entrance, a few steps down from the top of the steps from The Square.  There is level access from the public highway to the Church Rooms but note that the ‘highway’ in this case is The Church Steps.

Charges start at £7 an hour for residents.

To hire the rooms or for more details contact Stephanie Gall
c/o The Church Office, Church Steps, Axbridge. BS26 2AP

Telephone: 01934 733118 or email

More details at

To join the Axbridge Chamber of Commerce email the chairman
Louise Cooling at or contact Ripley Antiques on Axbridge Square.

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