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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 […]

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BCHA welcomes the new Living Wage week rate

Accredited Living Wage employer BCHA has welcomed the increase in UK rates announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week, which ran from November 5th – 11th. Entering its third year as part of a movement of over 3,500 employers who voluntarily opt-in to paying the real Living Wage, BCHA has […]

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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 […]

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Hotelier and celebrities urge more local companies to Say Yes to SEN

Rosie Wallace, the MD of the Marsham Court Hotel in Bournemouth is urging other businesses to join her in helping people with special educational needs into work. Last month (October 13, 2017) the Marsham Court hosted leaders from over 100 local businesses for Say Yes to SEN, a special event to highlight the many benefits of employing […]

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Proposals put forward by OTS to change VAT registration threshold should be welcomed by the entrepreneur sector if the threshold is increased says Saffery Champness

On 7 November 2017, the Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) published its report on the UK VAT system, to consider whether or not this was working for businesses and to identify opportunities to simplify it. VAT is however an EU- wide tax, introduced when the UK joined the European Economic Community in 1973, so certain […]

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“Coleman offer practical winter boat care advice to reduce insurance risks”

Coleman Insurance Brokers is offering practical advice to boat owners to ensure that their boats are put into hibernation for the winter in good condition, thereby making their re-commissioning in the Spring a much more straightforward task, and reducing potential insurance risks. Yacht & Commercial Craft Development Executive, Tony Pauffley commented, “A lot of the […]

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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: execofficer@bournemouthchamber.org.uk We will then take your questions to the next meeting. Many thanks, Bournemouth […]

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Yellow Buses in line for major award

Yellow Buses has been shortlisted in the most prestigious national bus industry awards for its passenger app and one hour ticket. The UK Bus Awards announced the list at a special finalist event held at the Museum of Transport in Greater Manchester. The Yellows are in the ‘Putting Passengers First Category’, which recognises the delivery […]

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Local entrepreneurs set to impress at Dorset Business Angels Investor pitch event evening on Monday 27th November in Bournemouth – Investors are being encouraged to attend

Dorset Business Angels (DBA) have announced the date for their next investors’ pitch event which will take place on Monday 27th November at the Royal Bath Hotel in Bournemouth and is urging potential investors to book a place at the popular event. DBA Chairman Don McQueen advises, “We have four very diverse pitches lined up to […]

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