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BCTC President’s Dinner

Come and celebrate our new President with a three-course dinner and entertainment

Following on from the AGM at 6pm, come join us for the Black Tie celebration of our new President of the Bournemouth Chamber of Commerce at the Collingwoood Hotel. At the same time, say goodbye to our outgoing President, Roger Smith.

The evening will start with a Drinks Reception followed by a three-course dinner.

There will be musical entertainment to dance the night away.

Please let us know of any special dietary requirements by emailing

The last day of booking is Monday 9th March and no places booked are refundable after that date.

Reserve your place HERE!

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Happy Christmas from the BCTC President

The Executive Directors of Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce would like to wish you and your teams a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

Thank you for all your support in 2019 and we look forward to continuing to work with you to make Bournemouth the place to do Business.

Happy Christmas!

Roger Smith
BCTC President

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BCTC President Dinner – celebrating the life of Bill Riddle

Come and join Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce at our President’s Dinner and celebrate with us the life of Bill Riddle.

Taking place at the Cumberland Hotel on Thursday 25th April from 6.30pm the dinner encompasses a three-course set menu dinner and entertainment provided by the local comedian and Piano Man, Matt Black.

Presidents Dinner Menu

Starter – Potato and Watercress Soup with Sourdough Croutons and Wild Garlic Scented Oil

Main – Lemon Roast Chicken with Sweet Pepper Relish and Wild Rocket

Vegetarian – Roasted Red Onion, Haloumi Cheese and Black Olive Tart, with Red Veined Sorrel and Spinach Leaves

Sweet – Vanilla Crème Brulee, served with Lemon Shortbread & Strawberry Compote

Tickets cost £30 per person and can be purchased via Paul Thompson by emailing

Please also let us know of any dietary requirements/allergies.  Closing date for purchasing of tickets is the 16th April.

The Dinner is open to all and you do not have to be a member of the Bournemouth Chamber to attend.

Dress Code – Gentleman – Black tie, Ladies – Cocktail Dress with a splash of colour e.g. bowties, waistcoats and handkerchiefs

Come and join us for an evening of great food, great company and great entertainment to help us celebrate the life of Bill Riddle.

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Chamber AGM & President Dinner

Chamber AGM & President Dinner

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce are delighted to announce details of the 2019 Annual General Meeting. Taking place at the Cumberland Hotel on Friday 22nd March at 6pm, come along and hear about what the Chamber has been doing over the last year.

The AGM is free to attend for all paid members of the Bournemouth Chamber. Only fully paid members are eligible to vote at the AGM, so please ensure that if you wish for your vote to be included that your membership is paid and up to date.

To book to attend the AGM, please visit:

The BCTC Presidents Dinner  – POSTPONED

Please email for further information

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Become a Bournemouth Chamber Executive Director 2018

Have you ever considered becoming part of the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce?  Would you like to help make Bournemouth a great place to do business?

We are currently accepting applications to join the BCTC Executive Board for 2018.  If you are a member of the Chamber, and can commit your time on a voluntary basis to help us continue our work supporting local businesses in Bournemouth, then please email our Executive Officer via for more details or click on the link below for full documentation regarding the role.

Joining the BCTC Executive Board – Applicant Information 2017

Bournemouth Chamber is a not for profit organisation that is run voluntarily by members for members.


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Q4 Economic Survey opens today

The 2017 Q4 Economic Survey opens today (closes 27.12.17). Last month we had nearly 100 responses and this survey gives a great insight as to key issues for Dorset businesses (as well as being part of the largest regular national survey). It’s open to all businesses.

It only takes 2 minutes to complete and we report findings at both a national and Dorset level (Anne Gray of Dorset County Council kindly prepares an analysis of the Dorset results).

The Q1 survey identified Dorset businesses continue to feel positive about the economic climate with more than half of 108 respondents reporting the climate good or strong and just over a third stating the climate is OK. This was an increase on the previous quarter.

Domestic sales increased over the quarter with more respondents reported improved sales than worsening. Export sales remained positive with more exporters reporting improving sales thank worsening. Export orders were also positive and nationally, manufacturers saw an improvement over the previous quarter.

62%of employers attempted to recruit in the quarter and still report recruitment difficulties, particularly for professional and managerial positions.

Top priorities for Dorset businesses are gaining more customers, growing their business, raising their profile, recruiting good staff and developing skills in the business. Local issues and concerns include business rates, competition, skills gaps and recruitment, legislation and regulation and leaving the EU.

To complete this 2-minute business survey and also see all the results to date: please click here:

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A POWERFUL new ally has joined Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (DCCI) countywide business movement.

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce (BCTC), the largest town chamber in the county, has signed up to the pan-Dorset affiliation programme to give the county a more influential voice and greater strength in numbers.
The united front will help chambers fight Dorset’s corner as well as drive economic growth and support businesses. BCTC has become the ninth affiliated chamber, with each organisation retaining its independence and integrity whilst also working more closely together.

The combined chambers have nearly 2,000 members representing more than 40,000 employees.
Vincent Boni, president of DCCI, said: “This is great for Bournemouth and great for Dorset and all the other chambers. At the risk of sounding idealistic it would be simply marvellous to unite all of the various groups, town and suburb, rural and urban.
“To be able to speak to Westminster and anyone who represents a potential asset to Dorset, with a unified business voice makes us altogether stronger and more credible.
“Individuality and local focus will remain paramount and yet when the need arises it is a serious advantage to act in accord.”
BCTC president Martin Davies said: “I am delighted that two of the strongest voices for business in Dorset will be working together for the benefit of their respective members and for the wider business community.

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“This exciting development will give greater strength and weight to all of the affiliated chambers when acting together whilst at the same time preserving their individual and unique identities.”
DCCI is the only chamber in Dorset accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
Through DCCI, affiliated chambers have influence in the corridors of power and access to benefits and support from the BCC.
BCC director general Dr Adam Marshall, who visited DCCI in July, said: “We are delighted that Bournemouth Chamber has joined the network in Dorset, creating an even more powerful voice in the local business community.

“By working together, business communities within our chamber network provide a strong voice for firms across the country, at a local, national, and international level.”
Affiliation also means members will be involved in the BCC’s national Quarterly Economic Survey, join DCCI’s Chamber Forum and receive its newsletter and communications. They will be able to access certain events and DCCI training at member rates.
Bournemouth’s affiliation marks a new dawn as business in Dorset prepares to face the uncertainty of Brexit and potential challenges over coming years.
Other chambers in the network include Broadstone, Dorchester, Ferndown, Poole, Shaftesbury, Swanage and District Chamber of Trade, and Weymouth and Portland.

The chamber movement is also strengthened through DCCI’s membership of the Dorset Business Alliance with the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors to tackle issues at a strategic level.

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New Tender Open: GDPR Audit & Training

BCTC members are invited to submit tender applications for the audit of BCTC processes both manual and digital along with the training of staff to be able to carry out the tasks sufficiently to ensure Bournemouth Chamber are compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation.


Please register an expression of interest to tender by Friday 10th November 2017 at 4pm via email to

Formal tenders will then require submission by Friday 24th November at 4pm via email to

1.0 Introduction:

The BCTC would like to ensure that all processes both manual and digital are GDPR compliant. We are looking for the services of a company that can audit our files and processes and give a clear report on what needs to be action to ensure GDPR compliance is met.

1.1 The current website is:

The Bournemouth Chamber website has a membership portal and all membership data is stored on the site.

1.2 The secondary website is:

1.3 Hardware & Software:

We currently have one Chamber owned laptop and one Virtual Assistant owned MacBook

We use cloud software platforms such as Google Docs, Dropbox, Eventbrite, Mailchimp.

2.0 The Audit:

2.1 The audit will need to look at:

  1. a) Data handling processes
  2. b) Data storage
  3. c) ICO registration
  4. d) Hardware security
  5. e) Software security
  6. f) Marketing lists

2.2 The training provisions required:

a) Ensuring the Executive Officer (Sam Everard), Communications Officer (Eloise Howes) and Finance Officer (Louise Berkhauer) have sufficient knowledge to carry out any necessary changes to processes and/or data storage/security.

3.0 Your final tender submission will need to include:

a)              Examples of previous work and projected time scales (based on us being helpful and responsive)

b)              Your company insurance details (public liability)

c)              Total fee for the audit

d)              Total fee for the training

e)              An indication of any fees for ongoing back up and support

Your submission must be sent in by email to our Executive Officer, Samantha Everard, via

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Chambers are talk of town

Business leaders from across Dorset joined forces for the county’s first Town Chamber Conference in Dorchester.

Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) staged the event at Kingston Maurward College as bonds continue to grow between the business groups.

DCCI, the voice of business in Dorset, welcomed speakers from the county’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Dorset Councils Partnership (DCP) at the conference.

DCCI chief executive Ian Girling said: “It was an incredibly worthwhile event which showed the strength of the chamber movement and business across the whole of Dorset.

“We had some positive discussions, shared information and explored ways we could continue to work together for the benefit of the local economy and the community.

“As chambers we are stronger together, and working more closely in this way gives us a more influential voice locally, regionally and nationally.”

Chambers at the conference included Bournemouth, Bridport, Broadstone, Dorchester, Ferndown, Lyme Regis, Poole, Swanage, Verwood and Weymouth and Portland.

DCP chief executive Matt Prosser and strategic director Martin Hamilton outlined challenges and plans for the local economy.

LEP interim director Rob Dunford set out the organisation’s achievements and set out strategies for driving further investment in Dorset.

Other speakers included Donna Wilson from sponsors A-One Insurance Group, which includes PJ Aiken, and DCCI president Vincent Boni.

Mr Boni said: “The role of chambers is vitally important in pulling together the business community, giving them coherence and scale.

“Without chambers there is no voice for the business community and it was great to see the support for all business networks at the conference.”

DCCI, which is Dorset’s leading business support organisation, invited all county chambers to the conference, including those who are members of its affiliation programme.

It is the only chamber in the county accredited to the British Chambers of Commerce, which offers DCCI and local chambers influence in the corridors of power at Westminster.

DCCI has also formed the Dorset Business Alliance with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Institute of Directors (IoD) to tackle issues at a strategic level.

Visit for more about joining a chamber of commerce.



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