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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 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)

  • Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa
  • Hotel Collingwood
  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole
  • Hotel Miramar
  • Marsham Court Hotel
  • The Cumberland Hotel

 The Small Hotel Award – sponsored by County Foods

  • Captains Club Hotel & Spa
  • Lord Bute Hotel
  • The Green House Hotel
  • The Orchid Hotel
  • THE PIG – on the beach
  • Urban Beach Hotel

The Transport Delivery Award – presented by ROUTEpr and events Ltd

  • City Cruises Poole
  • City Sightseeing Bournemouth
  • Dorset Cruises
  • Jetski Safaris
  • Morebus
  • Swanage Railway

 The Specialist Dining Experience Award – sponsored by Fusion Wi-Fi and Westbourne Business Association

  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole
  • No.34 Restaurant
  • The Guildhall Tavern
  • The Jetty Restaurant
  • Ventana Grand Café

BAPTAs Best Breakfast Award – sponsored by Bournemouth and Poole College

  • Fresh Edge Café
  • Hotel Collingwood
  • M’s Bakery
  • The Beach Hut Café
  • The Paddle Café

 Best Retail Experience Award – sponsored by Marsham Court Hotel

  • Compton Acres
  • Nellie Mimosa
  • Titan Leathercraft
  • Webster Family Butchers
  • Willow Floristry

 New Business of the Year Award – sponsored by South West Regional Assessment Centre

  • Activate Indoor Trampoline Park
  • El Murrino
  • Marvo Mysteries Escape Room
  • Pause Cat Café
  • The Vintage Lounge & Cinema

The International Cuisine Experience Award – sponsored by Poole Audi’s Feast Magazine

  • Isabel’s Restaurant
  • Koh Thai Tapas
  • Ocean Palace Restaurant
  • The Guildhall Tavern
  • Tiien Thai

 The Self-Catering Accommodation Award – sponsored by Trethowans Solicitors

  • Bournemouth Beach Lodges
  • Burnbake Forest Lodges
  • Home Farm Enterprises
  • Knaveswell Farm
  • Rivendell Outdoor Club
  • Wareham Forest Tourist Park 

The Bar Personality of the Year Award – sponsored by Meridian Lifts

  • Ivan De La Fuente – Lola’s Spanish Tapas Restaurant
  • James Jakeman – Ventana Grand Café
  • Tommo Quy – Captain’s Club Hotel & Spa
  • Harley Stevens – Koh Lounge
  • Danny Vickers – 1812 Lounge Bar

 BAPTAs Rising Star Award – sponsored by HD Telecom and IT Ltd

  • Kate Compston – Gin House and Tap House
  • Lisa Dowdall Sousa – Oceana Hotel Group
  • Lia Martin – Westbourne Business Association
  • Andrei Moisa – Hotel Miramar
  • Prince Ogbuji – Nativ

 The Family Eating Experience Award – sponsored by Town Centre BID

  • Brewhouse and Kitchen
  • Delfino Lounge
  • El Murrino
  • Steam Vintage Tea Rooms
  • Urban Reef

 The Great Time Out Award – sponsored by Merley House

  • Bournemouth Metropole Street Market
  • Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park
  • Go Ape Moors Valley
  • Lulworth Outdoors
  • Poole Harbour Boat Show
  • RockReef and PierZip

 The Green Initiative Award – sponsored by Waste Management Facilities

  • Marvo Mysteries Escape Room
  • Rivendell Outdoor Club
  • South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park
  • Southern Sustainability Partnership
  • We Do Ethical
  • Yellow Buses RATP Group

 The Creative Concept of the Year Award – sponsored by Oceana Hotel Group

  • Brewhouse and Kitchen – The Academy
  • Create at the Cove
  • Immense Air
  • The Larderhouse
  • Poole Maritime Festival
  • Swanage Rep Theatre

 The Education Award – sponsored by Bournemouth English Book Centre

  • Bournemouth University International College (BUINTCOL)
  • CHI Training
  • Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre
  • Lulworth Education Service
  • South West Regional Assessment Centre
  • White Pepper Chef Academy & Cookery School

 The Afternoon Tea Award – sponsored by Country Fare

  • Compton Acres
  • Hotel Collingwood
  • Hotel Miramar
  • The Courtyard Tea Rooms
  • The Cumberland Hotel

 BAPTAs Best Night Out Award – sponsored by Eskimo EPOS

  • 1812 and Bar So
  • Canvas Bournemouth
  • Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar
  • Coastal Comedy
  • Mai Tai Cocktail Bar

The Unsung Hero Award – sponsored by United Taxis

  • Paul Dredge
  • Ian Faulkner
  • Ian Goode
  • James Maidment
  • Jackie Richmond
  • Des Simmons
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Parental Leave Toolkit

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:


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Offshore oil rig is planned just 4 miles from Bournemouth beach

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).

DWT_Corallian response-Final


BBC Comments on scope of Corallian Colter EIA

Bournemouth Echo Article Nov 2017

Please email any concerns or questions to the Bournemouth Chamber Executive Officer –


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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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Bournemouth Council – Chris Shephard

Chris worked his way through University College London, running Sunglass Hut on Oxford Street and Brighton, selling sunglasses to tourists.  He moved on to work in high street recruitment agency Brook Street in Victoria, winning top consultant and branch of the year awards in the process placing temps in Government departments. Chris then moved back home to the south coast, moving client side to work in the public sector in Economic Development.  His roles have always been business facing, working with industrial estate occupiers in West Sussex and Financial and Business Services companies in Hampshire.  Chris now heads up Bournemouth’s Economic Development & Sustainability Team, helping businesses to grow, thrive and act sustainably. Outside of work Chris is a family man, happily married with two kids under 5. He enjoys going to the beach, eating out and trying new craft beers when the opportunity arises! He is a keen commuter cyclist, enjoys watching any sport with a ball involved, and listening to and playing music.

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Dorset business partners standing together

 Dorset’s businesses are standing together and speaking with a united voice for the good of commerce in the county.

That was the main message from Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Business Partner Lunch.

Chamber Chief Executive Ian Girling said: “We are really proud of our well-respected Business Partner programme, which is a strong portfolio deliberately formed of both large and smaller successful businesses.

“Dorset is such a dynamic and aspirational place in which to do business and the fact we are able to stand together and speak with a united voice as a Chamber is testament to everyone involved.”

The partnership programme has two premium partners and 27 platinum partners, plus three new businesses now also signed up – HSBC Bank, Purple HR and Travel Counsellors for Business.

The unique programme supports business growth through the exchange of knowledge, expertise and experience.

He also highlighted the chamber’s ninth affiliation with a town business federation – this time Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce – as a key factor in striving to sustain economic prosperity.

Mr Girling has also joined the board of strategic support group Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership and will use his role to “ensure the voice of business is heard”.

Guests at the Haven Hotel, Sandbanks, lunch also heard about the launch of the chamber’s fresher, more modern and innovative new look website designed to greatly improve the user experience.

Event keynote speaker was the Chamber’s 2017 President Vincent Boni, Managing Director of multi-media publishing company’s Newsquest’s Dorset, Hampshire, Salisbury and Cornwall divisions.

He spoke on the changing face of print media, suggesting that although the digital world was growing exponentially, print wasn’t dead just yet – demonstrated by Newsquest investing millions in refurbishing its print works in Weymouth and Southampton.

DCCI premium partner AFC Bournemouth’s Commercial Director Rob Mitchell presented Mr Girling with an AFCB shirt signed by the Premier League club’s players as a way of cementing the two organisations’ ongoing relationship.

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A338 BIG Programme Stakeholders Meeting Minutes

Please find below the minutes from September 2017.

A338 BIG Programme Stakeholder Minutes 20 Sept 17

We invite members to read these minutes and if you have any questions on the matter, please send them to our Executive Officer Sam Everard:

We will then take your questions to the next meeting.

Many thanks,

Bournemouth Chamber

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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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