Somerset Group

Welcome to the Somerset Group, we meet at the Yeovil Court Hotel in Yeovil, Somerset (Location of Somerset Group) on the last Wednesday of each month and we enjoy catching up with each other over breakfast and either listening to a knowledgeable Speaker or studying a thought provoking DVD series.

Meeting at 07:30 until 09:15 means the meeting does not impact too much on the working day, on the contrary we usually feel encouraged and uplifted after each meeting and at £12 we value the regular input.

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Kind regards



Somerset Breakfast – Wednesday 27th March 2019

Speaker – James Shand

For our first CBL breakfast we have James Shand, co-founder of Christian Business Leaders, speaking. James will be introducing CBL as well as giving his testimony and referring to important stories in the lives of CBL members.

James Shand qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989, then enjoyed a career in multi-national, private equity backed and Plc businesses. Following a traumatic redundancy in 2002, with support of Christian friends, James started his own business, now vfdnet.

Vfdnet works with business owners and managers to help map sustainable business growth. We deliver this to clients in southern England through deal experienced Virtual Finance Directors, mentored to transform finance functions, delivering reliable financial information. This enables us to implement incentive schemes, so motivating the top team to deliver sustainable growth. Our Strategy workshops establish target valuation, while our dummy due diligence identifies areas for improvement and informs on the best exit route, between trade sale, management buyout or employee ownership.

James co-founded Christian Business Leaders in 2006 with the vision to equip Christians business leaders grow successful businesses and lead inspirational lives that can transform the lives of others. CBL seeks to provide a safe context where Christian business people are valued, supported and equipped to apply their faith in their businesses. Through a growing network and regular meetings, CBL seeks to grow deep, trustworthy and accountable relationships.

James is happily married with 3 daughters and one son-in-law, lives near Oxford and worships at St David’s Moreton.

Join us on Wednesday, 27th March, at 7.30 am; Yeovil Court Hotel, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HE . Friends are most welcome, please let us know if you are coming and how many guests.

Hope to see you there,



We hold our breakfasts on the last Wednesday of each month.

24th April – TBD

Location of Somerset Group

                            Yeovil Court Hotel

Yeovil Court Hotel, West Coker Road, Yeovil, Somerset,

BA20 2HE

Telephone: 01935 863746