Member News & Events

Bournemouth Arts By The Sea Festival: 25 Sept to 4 Oct

We are thrilled to announce that the 10th Arts by the Sea festival will go ahead, in a revised COVID-friendly format this September! 

With safety firmly in mind, there will be a limited number of ticketed outdoor events which will allow for social-distancing, as well as a digital programme of engaging workshops and live-streams.

For details and how to apply for tickets to some installations, click here.

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BH Meet Up Zoom Meetings Postponed

Due to the extremely high number of virtual events taking place during the Covid-19 pandemic, BCTC have taken the decision to postpone our BH MeetUp events until they can take place physically rather than virtually and therefore be of more benefit to our members.

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Engage with BCP Council for Economic Growth, 24th April

BCP Council invite you to ‘Engage with BCP Council for Economic Growth’, an interactive business-focused event to find out what BCP Council has achieved so far and to introduce you to the Corporate Strategy going forward. You are also encouraged to engage with us to help shape our Economic Development Strategy and provide feedback on the day during round-table discussion.

Friday, 24th April from 7:45 am at the Marsham Court Hotel.

The event is free but you must register via Eventbrite: We hope to see you there to discuss the key challenges for growth. 

Event agenda

07:45-08:15 – Event registration / networking (tea/coffee & pastries provided)

08:15-08:30 – ‘The First Year of BCP Council’ – Vikki Slade, Leader BCP Council

08:30-08:45 – BCP Council Corporate Strategy – Bill Cotton, Corporate Director, BCP Council

08:45-09:00 – Q and A

09:00-09:20 – The Draft Economic Development Strategy – Sandra Rothwell, Economic Advisor

09:20-09:50 – Workshop feedback on the Economic Development Strategy 

09:50-10.00 – Next Steps and Close

10:00-10:30 – Further networking/discussion (tea/coffee provided)

Register here:

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Wednesday, 18th March 2020
The Hotel Collingwood, Bournemouth at 6:00 pm

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 please ensure your membership is paid and up to date for 2020. If you are a paid member and have not received your email regarding the AGM, please email

In order for us to ensure that everyone can be seated at the AGM, we do require that attendees book for the meeting. Please register your attendance for the AGM HERE.

Following the AGM meeting, you are welcome to join the Executive Board and Chamber President at the annual President’s Dinner. 

This year’s Black Tie dinner includes a three-course menu. We are set for an evening of great food and after dinner entertainment, so we hope that you wish to join us at what will be a great night out.

Bookings for the Presidents Dinner are now being taken via the link HERE. Please specify any dietary requirements when booking. Last booking date is 9th March and there are no refunds after that date.

Should you have any questions prior to the event, please contact

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BCTC Lunch & Learn, 27th February

Lunch & Learn provides ambitious, pro-active business owners with the opportunity to connect with like-minded local entrepreneurs.

Try a new type of networking- exclusive for business owners who want to grow their business and increase business performance.

Join us for an exclusive ‘Lunch & Learn’ series for a really nice balance of work and socializing with the added bonus of advice and training. 

There will be ample opportunity for business networking with other guests, where you can look for referrals and business opportunities amongst fellow business people who are just as passionate and determined as you.

At Lunch & Learn you can:

  • Introduce your business
  • Grow your contacts
  • Increase visibility
  • Gain referrals
  • Learn and grow


Guest Speaker for the 27th February, Efe Ohwofasa


This session will be facilitated by one of our Directors, Efe Ohwofasa, award winning business coach and entrepreneur, where you will work together to:

• Clarify your business vision for 2020

• Identify key strategic milestone objectives

• Uncover hidden challenges and blind spots that could be sabotaging your success

• Leave the session renewed, inspired, and re-energised about your business and your goals for 2020 .


Seats are limited and it’s first-come, first-served. Workshop takes place on 27th February, 12 pm -2 pm, Basepoint Business Centre.

Take action now and register to attend.

FREE for BCTC members. Non-members £10. Speaker and delicious sandwich buffet included.

Register NOW to secure your place.

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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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Destination Awards seek digital businesses ‘making waves’

Digital businesses are amongst those being urged to ‘seas’ the day and enter BCP’s new Destination Awards before the closing date of October 6.

The Destination Awards – launched in July – recognise businesses striving to make Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch a great place to visit and live and work.

Fifteen select, yet diverse categories include the Digital Transformation Award, the Responsible, Ethical & Sustainable Tourism Award and the International or Inbound Tourism Award.

Further categories recognise businesses excelling in the areas of Tourism, Hospitality, Events, Retail and Transport.

Chris Palmer is a Destination Awards judge and as owner of AnyTech Solutions in Poole, is passionate about celebrating the area’s flourishing digital community.

He said: “I’m proud to be part of the fastest growing digital community outside of London and I feel extremely privileged to be part of awards which will recognise the huge contribution they are making to the area.”

The Destination Awards have been created by the Destination Management Board – which replaced the former Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Board on April 1 this year.

Chair of the Board David Bailey said: “As the name suggests the Destination Awards will commend the huge range of businesses which are working hard to make the new BCP conurbation a fabulous destination for everyone, whether they are visiting or holidaying here, work here, or are proud to call it home.

“We want to hear from digital businesses, regardless of their size. We also want to reach out to those businesses which attract a wealth of foreign visitors to the area each year, and those which are striving tirelessly to make their businesses more sustainable.”

He continued: “Entering the awards is very straightforward, and all finalists, not just the winners, will benefit from detailed feedback to help them take their business to the next level.”

Following a comprehensive judging process including ‘mystery shoppers’, the Destination Award winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Bournemouth International Centre in March 2020, from five finalists in each category.

The awards are being organised and delivered by dbox events.
Headline sponsor Yellow Buses has pledged its support to the awards for three years. The other sponsors for 2020 include Expectations Travel, The International Education Forum, Cameo Nightclub and the Marsham Court Hotel.

The 15 award categories are:

· Events & Cultural Award

· Attraction of the Year

· Large Hotel of the Year

· Small or Boutique Hotel of the Year

· Unserviced Accommodation of the Year

· Café or Tearoom of the Year

· Restaurant or Bistro of the Year

· Retail Innovation Award

· Getting About Award

· Business Tourism Award

· Responsible, Ethical & Sustainable Tourism Award

· International or Inbound Tourism Award

· Digital Transformation Award

· Industry Support Award

· Night-time Experience Award

Entries are open until October 6.

For information on how to enter visit:

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Run for a good cause at Bournemouth Marathon Festival

There’s a chance for runners to help a Bournemouth charity making children’s wishes come true at the town’s Marathon Festival.

Round Table Children’s Wish relies on donations and sponsorship to help children with life-threatening illnesses aged between four and 17.

The charity is hoping that runners in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, which takes place over the weekend of October 5 and 6, will sign up to support the charity and raise valuable funds for helping poorly children.

Places are available for the half-marathon, which takes in Boscombe and Bournemouth piers and beautiful coastal views, and the Supersonic 10k, which takes place on the Saturday afternoon and offers a flat, fast course ideal for setting a quick time.

Currently the charity is working on granting a number of wishes, and one of these is for a Dorset girl with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia whose wish is to visit Disneyland Paris this year.

Over the last 30 years Round Table Children’s Wish, which is based in Moordown, has helped make wishes come true for many youngsters and their families all over the country.

A dedicated wish co-ordinator takes care of every detail to ensure each child gets the wish of their dreams, whether it’s meeting a hero, going on holiday with their family, or a special gift.

Round Table Children’s Wish fundraising officer Clare Kyrillou said: “Our charity relies on local support to make a big difference to families with poorly children. It’s always wonderful to see runners supporting us in our home town so please join us and sign up.”

It costs £30.50 to register for the Supersonic 10k, or you can pay £36.75 to sign up for the Bournemouth Half Marathon.

To be part of the Bournemouth Marathon festival please contact Clare at

You can find out more about the charity at

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Baron of Beef Dinner

BCTC and BAHA are delighted to announce details of the traditional Baron of Beef Dinner on Thursday 5th September 2019 from 6:30pm in the Oceana Suite at The Cumberland Hotel, East Cliff, Bournemouth. The dress code for the evening is business attire.

The Bournemouth Tradesmen’s Baron of Beef Association was set up in 1885 whose main purpose was to meet quarterly for the discussion of public matters affecting the general welfare of the Town and to also hold annually a Baron of Beef dinner on the third Thursday of February. Annual membership was five shillings (25p).

A baron of beef is a joint of beef consisting of two sirloins left uncut at the backbone. This event is now recreated annually by Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce. The original silver salver for the Baron of Beef Dinner can still be viewed in the the Mayors Parlour Collection at the Town Hall.

A drink on arrival, sponsored by BH1 GIN, and canapés will greet you, along with a traditional beef dinner with wine on the table and entertainment throughout the evening from Jenny Oag, for only £35 per person.

The premise of the evening is to meet, greet and connect with other local luminaries from our conurbation. We anticipate that the evening will finish at approximately 10:30pm and hope that you can join us.

To book your place please email with confirmation of the number of guests and any dietary requirements by 21st August 2019 to

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