Business leaders debated issues facing firms in Dorset when they attended a Town Chambers Conference near Dorchester.
Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry held the event at Kingston Maurward College with subjects including the Government’s industrial strategy and new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules.
It was the second conference of its kind to unite chambers from across the county following from a successful inaugural event last September.
Special guest Ronan Quigley, who is executive director of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), gave an overview of lobbying activity and work at a national level.
Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said: “The Chamber movement goes from strength to strength in Dorset and it is important to keep the momentum going.
“By sharing best practice, giving advice and support, discussing key issues and presenting a united front we can promote the best interests of business, help drive the local economy and fight Dorset’s corner at a national level.
“My thanks to Ronan for an invaluable insight into the BCC’s work as well as all of the other speakers and enthusiastic delegates who made the conference such a success.”
Other speakers at the event included Dorset Chamber president Paul Tansey, Sarah Eades of event sponsor A-One Insurance Group and Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership programme manager Rob Dunford who gave an overview of the government’s industrial strategy.
Martin Hamilton, a strategic director of the Dorset Councils Partnership and Ian Girling led a debate about the key economic issues in the county.
There was also a presentation about GDPR and a best practice session.
The Dorset Chamber, which is Dorset’s leading business support organisation, invited all town chambers to the conference, including those who are members of its affiliation programme.
As the county’s voice of business, it is the only chamber in the county accredited to the British Chambers of Commerce.
The Dorset Chamber 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 www.dorsetchamber.co.uk for more details about joining a chamber of commerce.
PICTURE: TOWN 1: From left: DCCI chief executive Ian Girling, DCCI president Paul Tansey, Sarah Eades from event sponsor A-One Insurance Group, executive director of the British Chambers of Commerce Ronan Quigley, Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership programme manager Rob Dunford, Dorset Councils Partnership strategic director Martin Hamilton and Sarah Young from Porter Dodson solicitors
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Small and medium sized enterprises across Dorset are being urged to take advantage of fully funded skills training for their workforce before the deadline to utilise the funds in July 2018.
The training is available as part of a programme named Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW), which Serco’s Employment, Skills & Enterprise business manages across Dorset and which is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
Serco has partnered with expert training providers to offer local businesses a range of fully-funded accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses aimed at enhancing employees’ skills and increasing the competitiveness of local businesses.
Since the programme launch in September 2016, 1776 learners from 774 businesses in Dorset have taken advantage of the free training available. Businesses can select full qualifications or mix and match individual units that are directly relevant to their work. The courses range from a few hours’ training, to units of NVQ or other qualifications. Programme participants have benefited from increased employee confidence, motivation and productivity and improved employee loyalty and retention.
The programme focuses on supporting businesses in the following key priority sectors:
· Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing (Aerospace, Defence & Marine technologies)
· Agri-tech, Food & Drink
· Creative Industries (Silicon South)
· Environmental Goods & Services
· Financial Services
· Accommodation & Food Services
· Public Administration, Education & Health
· Wholesale, Retail, Motor Trades
Gareth Moss, Serco’s Director for Employment, Skills and Enterprise, said: “It’s great that so many businesses have taken up the opportunity to gain competitive advantage through workforce development. I would urge Dorset businesses to make the most of the funding available before July so that they too can benefit from this investment in vital skills training”.
Lorna Carver, Director at Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Investing in your people raises productivity and improves the customer experience. I strongly encourage SMEs in our key sectors to take advantage of this training opportunity.”
The purpose of the scheme is encourage businesses to
To demonstrate support businesses are asked to complete our Scorecard (estimates are acceptable, new businesses can provide forecasts, if you don’t have a policy – simply say no policy). Initially, we will make a judgement on the award to give but as we collect more data will create a more scientific approach to award levels.
Click here to download a PDF copy for reference
Click here to complete the scorecard and take part in the scheme
There is a small annual charge to join the scheme
Start Ups (under 12 months old) £10
Small Businesses (under 10 employees) £20
Medium Businesses (11 to 100 employees) £100
Large Businesses (over 100 employees) £200
Half the money will go to Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce and the other half to a new Social Enterprise which will develop resources and promote CSR. All Directors in both organisations are unpaid volunteers.
To make payment e mail
We will award successful businesses Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards on an annual basis.
Those businesses will then be able to display our logo to show their commitment to our scheme.
The works at Cooper Dean traffic lights were ok last week but there were some delays this week with the schools back. This was particularly Castle Lane West to Cooper Dean. Other reports are of delays from the hospital side around 4.30/5.00pm . If you have any feedback re the Cooper Dean works please let me know as I regularly speak to their Traffic Manager.
If you have any questions regarding the agenda for 26th March, please let us know and Bill Riddle, Chairman of BCTC and Operations Director of Castlepoint will be able to ask on your behalf.
The 2018 BAPTA finalists have now been revealed. This year has seen more entries and nominations than ever with businesses from Burley, Highcliffe, Swanage, Wareham, Wimborne and Verwood all entering for the first time and with over 7,000 votes across the four public vote categories.
Said Andy Woodland, Chairman of Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Management Board, “The awards highlight the achievements of the industry professionals that contribute to tourism from across the BH postcode area, and ensures the area is at the pinnacle of the UK tourism destinations.”
Jackie Phillipson from the BAPTAs and ROUTEpr adds, “These businesses deserve to be celebrated, the tourism sector offers such an incredible variety, from great shops and eateries, attractions, educational institutions, hotels and self-catering, as well as the people from within the tourism sector, which includes recognised international brands and an array of independent thriving local businesses, all of which help the British tourism economy.
This year has seen the complete rebrand of the awards, they are now known as the BAPTAs, the tourism businesses and suppliers from across the whole BH postcode area can enter and nominate, and we are delighted to see so many have embraced the awards this year. As well as Bournemouth and Poole, we have had entries from Christchurch, Swanage, Wimborne and Verwood who have been associated with the awards for the very first time.
There is a real BAPTA buzz in the air and the first BAPTA Ball Awards Ceremony is a chance for everyone to celebrate their successes, network and have a good time!
The event takes place on 15th March at the Lighthouse Poole and tickets can be purchased at www.bapta.co.uk/buytickets. Tickets are priced at £65 per person.”
The BAPTA 2018 finalists are:
The Large Hotel Award – Sponsored by Berendsen (Title Sponsor of the 2018 BAPTAs)
The Small Hotel Award – sponsored by County Foods
The Transport Delivery Award – presented by ROUTEpr and events Ltd
The Specialist Dining Experience Award – sponsored by Fusion Wi-Fi and Westbourne Business Association
BAPTAs Best Breakfast Award – sponsored by Bournemouth and Poole College
Best Retail Experience Award – sponsored by Marsham Court Hotel
New Business of the Year Award – sponsored by South West Regional Assessment Centre
The International Cuisine Experience Award – sponsored by Poole Audi’s Feast Magazine
The Self-Catering Accommodation Award – sponsored by Trethowans Solicitors
The Bar Personality of the Year Award – sponsored by Meridian Lifts
BAPTAs Rising Star Award – sponsored by HD Telecom and IT Ltd
The Family Eating Experience Award – sponsored by Town Centre BID
The Great Time Out Award – sponsored by Merley House
The Green Initiative Award – sponsored by Waste Management Facilities
The Creative Concept of the Year Award – sponsored by Oceana Hotel Group
The Education Award – sponsored by Bournemouth English Book Centre
The Afternoon Tea Award – sponsored by Country Fare
BAPTAs Best Night Out Award – sponsored by Eskimo EPOS
The Unsung Hero Award – sponsored by United Taxis
Please find attached a toolkit with key messages, digital assets and other useful information around the new Shared Parental Leave campaign that we are launching today to raise awareness of Shared Parental Leave and to encourage more parents to ‘share the joy’ of looking after their baby in the first year, giving women the option of returning to their careers earlier.
Bringing more skilled women back into the workplace and helping to close the gender pay gap supports our Industrial Strategy to create a skilled workforce better able to respond to the challenges of the global marketplace.
The toolkits include digital assets you can share across your channels as well as adapt with your messaging in the appropriate templates. This toolkit is aimed towards employers.
Please direct to the website via this tracked link: goo.gl/R1w1uS
An offshore oil rig is planned just 4 miles from Bournemouth beach. Protesters have been consulting with industry experts, routinely involved with offshore drilling projects, that are appalled by the plans to drill in this sensitive location due to the possible consequences.
Due to the technical nature of offshore drilling, it is difficult for stakeholders to get up to speed with the risks and establish an objective position (even when they are consulted).
Please email any concerns or questions to the Bournemouth Chamber Executive Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org