Member News & Events

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.

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Peter Matthews Completes Term as BCTC President

Having carried out his 2-year term in office, Peter Matthews steps down as the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce President.

Peter Matthews, President of the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce (BCTC), has now stepped down following a successful two years in office. In 2015, the then General Manager of Castlepoint, took up the mantle of President with a mission to better communicate with members what’s happening in the Bournemouth business world.

Peter Matthews’ time as President, has been marked by a continual focus on improving Bournemouth as a great place to live, work and do business. This has included an increased number of networking opportunities such as the monthly BH Banter and BH Breakfast events. Bringing together more like-minded business people, bigger and better events have also included the increasingly popular Barons of Beef dinner at the Bournemouth Food and Drinks Festival 2016. Additionally, Peter looks at both last year’s spectacular BCTC Christmas Party and the Chamber’s landmark 100th Year Anniversary Party at the BIC, as standout moments from his time in office.

Witnessing the evolution of the Chamber, Peter’s Presidency has delivered better communications between businesses through Facebook and a new and improved BCTC website. Modernising in this way has enabled information to be delivered to members more effectively. It has also helped to encourage more young people into the Chamber, allowing mutually beneficial relationships between different generations to flourish. An increasing number of small business members has also represented Peter’s ability to embrace change and keep pace with the changing nature of the Bournemouth’s thriving business community.

Listed in his achievements, Peter has helped to promote better links and co-operation between the BCTC, the Local Government, and the Business Improvement Districts. This has given businesses a greater say in the future development of and investment in their town. These bodies now regularly approach the Chamber for advice and consultation.

Peter Matthews, comments:

“With a huge legacy behind me, I was honoured to be asked to be President during the BCTC’s 100th Year. The last two years have gone by so quickly but I passionately believe that in this time I have represented and encouraged the success of local businesses at the appropriate level. Having continued the great work of my predecessor Mandy Payne, I would now like to thank all the volunteer Directors, the support and secretariat staff for their dedication and hard work. I wish the new president Martin Davies all the best.’’

Having spent his career helping and encouraging fellow business people, Peter Matthews looks forward to playing a less active role. Recently retired, he will now be taking more time to walk his dog, play golf and go horse-riding. He plans to continue supporting the Chamber, offering his experience and advice.

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Coleman Insurance Brokers team up with students at Bournemouth University for ‘Google Online Marketing Challenge’ to coincide with the launch of their new marine web site!

Coleman Insurance Brokers have teamed up with an impressive team of final year students from Bournemouth University to take part in the global Google Online Marketing Challenge, a challenge that coincides with the launch of Coleman’s new marine web site.

The fourth- year students invited their competition partner to the launch of the Challenge which took place at the University, a launch event which had been set up and inspired by Senior Digital Marketing Lecturer, Philip Alford.

The Google Online Marketing Challenge is an annual competition, promoted by Google which provides a unique opportunity for students to experience and create online marketing campaigns using Google AdWords. The success of the competition has seen over 110,000 students and lecturers from almost 100 countries participating over the last 9 years.

Students are given a $250 AdWords advertising budget, provided by Google and are tasked with developing and running an online advertising campaign for a business or non-profit organization over a three- week period. The team that develops and communicates the most successful campaigns win some spectacular prizes, including trips to the Google offices in America.

The Challenge is open to student teams of three to six members, from undergraduate or graduate courses.  Last year saw one of Bournemouth University’s teams becoming the only UK team to reach the regional semi-finals, a significant achievement for the University.

Teaming up with Coleman Insurance Brokers is an enthusiastic team of 5 students, bringing together a diverse mix of skills and experience: Elliot Duffy, studying Hospitality, Dexter Murray, Hospitality & Sports Management, Katherine Coxeter-Perkins, Sports Management, Tamsin Wade, Retail Management and Emily Witherden, Retail Management.

Coleman will be tasking the team to promote their newly launched marine web site.

Commenting on behalf of the team, Dexter and Elliot enthused, “We were attracted to digital marketing because of our third-year work placements and definitely want to pursue this further in our future careers.  TheGoogle Online Marketing Challenge is providing a fantastic platform for us to be able to show-case our digital marketing skills. It’s good having real money to spend and being able to help a business by offering practical advice and enabling them to make more money. We feel very motivated to do well for Coleman and are learning a lot about the marine insurance sector!”

Philip advised, “It has been excellent to engage with several local businesses from different industries.  We are providing our students with some great opportunities to try out their learning in the work place with real, live examples. Bournemouth University prides itself on offering such engaged scholarship and student centred learning.”

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