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Promoting Diversity and celebrating International Women’s Day 2019

Promoting diversity and International Women’s Day

Come and join Bournemouth Chamber and our members at our next  networking event taking place at the Ocean Beach Hotel, Bournemouth on Tuesday 5th March from 6pm.  The focus of this networking event is promoting Diversity and celebrating International Women’s Day.

Most of us have an idea about ‘Diversity’ and ‘Inclusion’ based on our own understanding and experience, and the term ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ risks becoming another label. 

This interactive event aims to clarify what diversity and inclusion really mean, both generally and contextually for Bournemouth businesses, to inform and challenge individual perspectives, and to contribute to the promotion of Bournemouth businesses being employers of choice, locally, regionally and nationally.


Heather Martyn – Vice President of BCTC
Tim Petransky, Diversity and inclusion consultant, and the Army’s BAME ‘lead’ for Southern England
Minaxi Mistry, Diversity and inclusion champion, the Asian Media Group’s corporate sponsor, successful working mother
Mark Pountain CBE, former HR Director and MD, now Managing Partner of CapRising, a business management consultancy (Chair)

Tickets are limited so do book early to avoid disappointment.  Alongside our speakers for the evening, there will be plenty of time to network and connect with other local businesses so don’t forget your business cards and work the room!

Cost of the event: Free

Places are limited, only registered guests will be guaranteed entry.

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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

Following the AGM meeting, you are welcome to join the Executive Board and Chamber President at the Presidents Dinner which encompasses a three-course set menu dinner and entertainment provided by the infamous comedian and Piano Man, Matt Black. Further information can be found at:

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

Should you have any questions regarding the AGM or Presidents Dinner please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing

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Preparing your business for EU exit

Preparing for EU exit

The UK Government has provided some information on the HM Government website that talks about preparing for EU Exit. This includes a section on preparing your business for EU Exit, how this may affect your business and what you can do to get ready. Read more at

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New monthly networking opportunity

BCTC are delighted to be partnering with Chamber Member Bizspace to offer members a brand new monthly networking event – “#Let’s do Bizness”.

#LetsdoBizness will focus on arming small business owners and entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills to boost their business. For tips and advice, a helping hand and of course a place to network with new businesses.

Join Bournemouth Chamber on the last Wednesday of each month at Bizspace for networking with a difference. For just £10 per head you can enjoy drinks, breakfast and networking in a laid-back environment. The next event is taking place:

When: 7:30am till 9:30, Wednesday 27 February 2019

Where: Discovery Court, 551 – 553 Wallisdown Road, Dorset BH12 5AG

To book your place visit:

This event will also be supporting BizSpace’s chosen charity, Wessex Cancer Trust, and they will be making a donation to the charity, after each breakfast, to enable them to continue their incredible support of local people living with cancer.

BizSpace, known as the space that Britain’s small businesses are proud to call home, have office space to rent at Discovery Court with a friendly receptionist, meeting rooms, postal and franking services, on-site café and plenty of parking. And they will soon be opening a new site in Christchurch.

Gordon Staines, the site manager will be on hand to offer tours of the building for anybody looking for a new office space.

Non BCTC members are welcome to attend this event but in order to benefit from other opportunities including professional advice, business information, training and development and marketing opportunities please visit the Chamber website to become a member at

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Cherries player earns pupils’ respect

Cherries player earns pupils’ respect

AFC Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook thrilled year five pupils at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School by coaching them in the value of respect.

Corpus Christi in Boscombe is the latest school to benefit from the club’s Citizenship & Respect programme, which is delivered by AFC Bournemouth’s self-funding, non-profit Community Sports Trust and supported by Goadsby.

Independent estate agency Goadsby, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, sponsors the highly popular project which uses young people’s love of football to encourage good behaviour at school, at home, in sport and within the community.

Lewis said: “It was great meeting all the children. During the workshops the Community Sports Trust team and I worked with the one year five class and one year two class to discuss and share ideas about the importance of respect.

“They were all very engaged and enthusiastic and I was impressed by the thought they put into their questions and answers.”

Lewis was also quizzed by the children on his career and gave out AFC Bournemouth branded prizes.

The youngsters also received booklets provided by Goadsby which include fun activities and examples of how they can show respect within football.

Paul Stewart, managing director of Goadsby (Commercial), said: “This is our fifth season as a partner of AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust and it continues to be very rewarding for us as a company to be involved, both with the club and a programme which has such a positive impact on young people’s lives.”

Steve Cuss AFC Bournemouth’s Head of Community said: “The Citizenship & Respect programme is always a big hit with children and we are hugely grateful to Goadsby who have established themselves as a loyal club partner and a real community champion.”

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Improvement works around Blackwater West Junction to begin next week

A338 improvements

As part of the continuing A338 and Blackwater improvement scheme works, advanced vegetation and tree clearance will be taking place next week around the west side of the Blackwater Junction.

From the week commencing Monday 4 February 2019, the vegetation clearance will take around six weeks to complete. It will enable the widening of the cycleway from the Blackwater East Junction along Christchurch Road to Hurn Court Lane, creating a safer space for cyclists. The clearances will also make way for the construction of a new and more efficient Blackwater West Junction due to start in Spring 2019.

The vegetation and tree clearance will take place in the area of the Blackwater West on-slip road, road widening and where the cycleway will be widened into the verge along Christchurch Road. Road users are advised that traffic management will be minimal. When traffic control is required Stop and Go Boards will be used outside of peak travel times. As part of the main scheme screening from the B3073 will also be put in place for local residents.

Gary Powell, Head of Highways and Transportation and the senior responsible officer for the A338 improvements, said:

“These works are being undertaken to improve cycle links in the area and to prepare the way for a new and improved on-slip at Blackwater West Junction. Unfortunately, with this sort of work, some inconvenience may be caused. We will remain in close contact with residents and will ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum.’’

These works form part of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) Programme. To find out more, please visit

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Bournemouth Chamber networking event sponsored by The Peninsula Group

BCTC Networking Event sponsored by The Peninsula Group

Come and join the Bournemouth Chamber and our members at an informal evening of business networking at the beautiful Hilton Hotel, Bournemouth on Thursday 7th February from 6pm.

There will be a presentation on Management of Workplace Stress from Victoria Walduck of The Peninsula Group, the Souths leading HR Consultancy.

Tickets are limited so do book early to avoid disappointment.  Alongside our speaker for the evening, there will be plenty of time to network and connect with other local businesses so don’t forget your business cards and work the room!

Parking – Available at local Council car parking facilities near the venue.

Cost of the event: Free

Places are limited, only registered guests will be guaranteed entry.

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New BCTC Business support loans

BCTC Business support loans

Come and join the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce at the launch of their new Business Support loans program on 5th February at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum.

At this event, Steve Bicknell will explain how BCTC members can access interest and security free loans from the BCTC Benevolent Fund and how the Chamber is actively supporting businesses in Bournemouth. Following the presentation you will be given a guided tour of Russell-Cotes and all money raised by the event will be given to charity.

Refreshments will be available at the event and there will be time for networking if you wish. To find out more and book your place visit

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Anniversary celebrations to mark Bournemouth Pavilion’s ninetieth year

Bournemouth Pavilion

This year Bournemouth Pavilion, the town’s Grade II listed theatre, ballroom and cultural venue, will be celebrating its ninetieth anniversary.

It opened on Tuesday 19 March 1929. During March 2019 there will be a series of special anniversary events and activities.

On Sunday 10 March Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will be delivering a Best of British Concert celebrating British music played around the time of the venue opening.

Conducted by Stephen Bell, the BSO will play Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture, performed at the very first Pavilion concert. Elgar described the music as “cheerful and Londony – ‘stout and steaky’”. More of London is evoked in Coates’ Knightsbridge March made famous as the theme tune for the BBC’s In Town Tonight. The concert also features a trip to the country for two bucolic idylls by Delius and Butterworth and a rumbustious suite of English folk dances by Malcolm Arnold.

Vaughan Williams’ scintillating overture to The Wasps will feature, and Walton provides the pageantry with his rousing coronation march, Crown Imperial, complete with stirring central maestoso tune and incidental music to Laurence Olivier’s film of Shakespeare’s Henry V. This concert will be presented by Classic FM’s John Brunnings.

On Thursday 14 March a lunchtime Compton Organ and Steinway Grand Piano performance features Byron Jones who will take us on a journey of musicals performed at the venue throughout its ninety year history. The Compton Organ has been a continuous musical thread at Bournemouth Pavilion throughout its ninety years. Played by Philip Dore for the opening in 1929, its claim to fame relies on Civic Organist, Percy Whitlock, who took over in 1932; now recognised as an important British Composer of the era, writing much organ music during his time at Bournemouth Pavilion. He also wrote light music for the Municipal Orchestra often under his pseudonym Kenneth Lark. A Heritage Plaque on the front of the venue acknowledges his residency at the venue.

On Saturday 16 March the venue will be opening its doors for a free-to-attend community open day. Guided backstage tours of the building will be available and 200 children from local schools will be performing a medley of songs from the 1920s to the present day. There will be performances from Pavilion Youth Theatre pupils and strolling theatrical performances from the Pavilion Adult Theatre group. The Compton Organ will be played throughout the day and copies of archive material, including photographs and show programmes, supported by the Cinema Theatre Association, will be displayed.

On the evening of Tuesday 19 March there will be a special black and white screening of the Warner Bros. 1933 blockbuster hit 42nd Street. The musical show has been staged almost every decade at the Pavilion. The Municipal Orchestra will also re-create a 25 minute musical interlude prior to the Compton Organ rising to play nostalgic tunes, as it would have been seen regularly in the 1930s.

The celebrations conclude on Wednesday 20 March with a Gala Tea Dance in the ballroom with MC Michael Wooldridge, a performance from soprano Emily Matthews, and the Pavilion Ballroom Band.

“This is a superb showcase of anniversary events and activities which will create a snapshot of the era and mark Bournemouth Pavilion’s ninetieth year, says Pat Coyne, BH Live’s director of Venues and Events.

“We will also be announcing exciting plans to restore some of the original features and launch new ones. These will be in keeping with the venue’s heritage and also appeal to today’s customer needs.”

Councillor John Beesley, Leader, Bournemouth Borough Council commented “The Pavilion has been one of the most iconic landmarks in Bournemouth since it was built in 1929. It has hosted many big names in the world of entertainment over the years, and the events planned to commemorate the last 90 years are very fitting for the enduring legacy of this remarkable building.”

More information about events, including times and ticket prices, are available at

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