Building a better business community

The Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce (BCTC) has a simple aim – to help local businesses like yours grow and thrive. We achieve this by providing networking opportunities, as well as the very latest business information, training and development. We’re also your voice – ensuring that, together, we’re stronger.

From just £75 for a 12 month membership, we can provide you with the links you need to promote your business and meet potential customers (just one new customer will more than cover that cost). And being actively involved with our events and communicating with other members in Bournemouth will bring a wealth of enriching opportunities that will help your business develop and flourish.

What we do

The BCTC aims to support local businesses in Bournemouth by providing a number of opportunities to develop their organisations, build longstanding business relationships and have a voice that can be heard in continuing the development of Bournemouth into a great place to live, work and do business.

Below are a number of ways in which the BCTC aims to fulfil its mission:

  • connect
    • The BCTC offers a variety of regular opportunities to connect with other like minded businesses ac ross Bournemouth. Our regular business networking events, BH Banter and Beales Breakfast are held monthly and welcome a variety of local business members to attend and develop positive business relationships. All BCTC members are welcome to all our networking events, the cost of which is included in your membership. Not a member yet? We welcome new businesses to come and trial our events up to two times per year for free. For more information on all Chamber events, please visit our events page

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  • community
    • At the BCTC we are passionate about supporting businesses and building a better business community in the local area. Working together and encouraging collaboration across organisations, the Chamber has helped forge a thriving business environment, one which we aim to continue to support for many years to come.

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  • education
    • The BCTC Executive Board has a specialist team fo Directors who are passionate about forging links with local schools to help prepare young people for employment in the local business community. Working with the Local Education Partnership, Young Persons SKills Board and Chamber members, the Chamber is supporting a number of local schools in providing opportunities to develop young peoples employability skills. A work experience scholarship program is currently under development and will be trialled in 2016. If you are interested in supporting the Chamber in working with young people via your business, please contact our Executive Officer via execofficer@bournemouthchamber.org.uk

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  • influence
    • The Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce has been established within the town for 100 years in 2016. That is 100 years experience of conducting business, building local relationships, being one of the prime consultative groups for the local Council and a centre of influence for the local business community. We are proud to assist our members with their business needs and aim to ensure that the requirements of the local business community are given a voice in the town, helping to develop local policy that will positively support continued economic growth for our town.

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  • grow
    • The BCTC strives to assist businesses with their growth plans via advice and guidance to several organisations specialising in business growth and development. We aim to guide and inform our members of as many business support, funding, and training opportunites as we can to ensure that our members are well informed of the assistance available to them to help their business flourish. The Chamber has strong links with Bournemouth Council which allows us to keep you and your business informed of the latest oppourntities available for business growth and development.

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  • support
    • The Bournemouth Chamber has an established reputation of supporting the local business community via a variety of means including business advice and guidance, training opportunities, business networking events, signposting to business support organisations to help your business grow alongside providing a comprehensive information and latest news portal for the local business community via our website. The Bournemouth Chamber is a thriving community of businesses spread across the conurbation, working together to make Bournemouth a fantastic place to do business.

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  • charity
    • The BCTC has a long standing reputation for supporting local charities. We aim to facilitate an environment that allows our members to build relationships with local charities which they can support via their business activity or through personal fundraising efforts. Charitable organisations can take advantage of our half price membership offer which includes full membership access to all our networking events, training opportunities and our specialst group, The Charities Forum. The Charities Forum meet bi-monthly prior to our regular BH Banter networking event. The Forum event has informative speakers and provides an opportunity to make connections with others operating in the not for profit sector. If you wished to join the Charities Forum, please do get in touch for more information.

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  • learn
    • The BCTC events calendar is brimming with opportunities to learn new business skills or cement old ones to help your business develop. Signposting free training events provided by our members, alongside offering training delivered by our experienced Executive Board, there is a wealth of options to learn more about starting a business or growing your empire!

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  • partnerships
    • Working alongside and supporting the local Council, Coastal BID, Town Centre BID, National Coastal Tourism Academy and Bournemouth Association of Hotels and Accomodation (BAHA) as well as our local trading district groups, the Chamber aims to keep our members informed of the local activity of Bournemouths strategic groups to ensure our businesss community is kept up to date with all the latest developments.

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We host over 30 events every year – opportunities to network, train and gather expertise from leaders in the field. You’ll gain all the contacts, skills and knowledge you need to develop and grow your own business.


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