Member News & Events

BCTC President Dinner – celebrating the life of Bill Riddle

Come and join Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce at our President’s Dinner and celebrate with us the life of Bill Riddle.

Taking place at the Cumberland Hotel on Thursday 25th April from 6.30pm the dinner encompasses a three-course set menu dinner and entertainment provided by the local comedian and Piano Man, Matt Black.

Presidents Dinner Menu

Starter – Potato and Watercress Soup with Sourdough Croutons and Wild Garlic Scented Oil

Main – Lemon Roast Chicken with Sweet Pepper Relish and Wild Rocket

Vegetarian – Roasted Red Onion, Haloumi Cheese and Black Olive Tart, with Red Veined Sorrel and Spinach Leaves

Sweet – Vanilla Crème Brulee, served with Lemon Shortbread & Strawberry Compote

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

Please also let us know of any dietary requirements/allergies.  Closing date for purchasing of tickets is the 16th April.

The Dinner is open to all and you do not have to be a member of the Bournemouth Chamber to attend.

Dress Code – Gentleman – Black tie, Ladies – Cocktail Dress with a splash of colour e.g. bowties, waistcoats and handkerchiefs

Come and join us for an evening of great food, great company and great entertainment to help us celebrate the life of Bill Riddle.

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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  – POSTPONED

Please email for further information

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Peter Matthews Completes Term as BCTC President

Having carried out his 2-year term in office, Peter Matthews steps down as the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce President.

Peter Matthews, President of the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce (BCTC), has now stepped down following a successful two years in office. In 2015, the then General Manager of Castlepoint, took up the mantle of President with a mission to better communicate with members what’s happening in the Bournemouth business world.

Peter Matthews’ time as President, has been marked by a continual focus on improving Bournemouth as a great place to live, work and do business. This has included an increased number of networking opportunities such as the monthly BH Banter and BH Breakfast events. Bringing together more like-minded business people, bigger and better events have also included the increasingly popular Barons of Beef dinner at the Bournemouth Food and Drinks Festival 2016. Additionally, Peter looks at both last year’s spectacular BCTC Christmas Party and the Chamber’s landmark 100th Year Anniversary Party at the BIC, as standout moments from his time in office.

Witnessing the evolution of the Chamber, Peter’s Presidency has delivered better communications between businesses through Facebook and a new and improved BCTC website. Modernising in this way has enabled information to be delivered to members more effectively. It has also helped to encourage more young people into the Chamber, allowing mutually beneficial relationships between different generations to flourish. An increasing number of small business members has also represented Peter’s ability to embrace change and keep pace with the changing nature of the Bournemouth’s thriving business community.

Listed in his achievements, Peter has helped to promote better links and co-operation between the BCTC, the Local Government, and the Business Improvement Districts. This has given businesses a greater say in the future development of and investment in their town. These bodies now regularly approach the Chamber for advice and consultation.

Peter Matthews, comments:

“With a huge legacy behind me, I was honoured to be asked to be President during the BCTC’s 100th Year. The last two years have gone by so quickly but I passionately believe that in this time I have represented and encouraged the success of local businesses at the appropriate level. Having continued the great work of my predecessor Mandy Payne, I would now like to thank all the volunteer Directors, the support and secretariat staff for their dedication and hard work. I wish the new president Martin Davies all the best.’’

Having spent his career helping and encouraging fellow business people, Peter Matthews looks forward to playing a less active role. Recently retired, he will now be taking more time to walk his dog, play golf and go horse-riding. He plans to continue supporting the Chamber, offering his experience and advice.

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