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Doing business in south Dorset

Weymouth and Portland is a thriving coastal area and an exciting place to live and work. The area blends the outstanding natural beauty of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site with easy access to the major conurbation of Poole and Bournemouth, along with a mainline railway service to London.

The Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting the businesses, large and small, which operate in the area. Our members ranges from sole traders to nationally recognised brands, and also includes charities and other not-for-profit organisations.

About WPCC

The Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting economic growth in Weymouth and Portland by helping to provide an environment in which businesses can thrive.

We exist for the benefit of our members, who range from sole traders to national brands. Our members also include charities and other not-for-profit organisations, such as schools and colleges.

There are around 2,000 businesses in Weymouth and Portland, two thirds of which employ no more than four people.

Events & Meetings

We run a busy calendar of networking, social and training events all year round. The mainstay of our schedule is our Business Breakfast, an extremely popular networking meeting held ten times a year (monthly, excluding January and August). These meetings take place the first Tuesday of the month at various member venues with presentations from sponsors and keynote speakers.

Other activities include Business Tours of member venues, giving local firms the opportunity to share hat they have to offer with other businesses in this fast paced environment. We also hold education and apprenticeship events, along with a variety of social gatherings and trips, including an annual Christmas dinner.

Becoming a member

Becoming a member of the WPCC is a great opportunity for your voice to be heard on some of the most important topics affecting business in our area. Through meetings, website discussions, polls and forums we want to hear what you have to say alongside like minded people in your area.

You’ll be able to receive advice and support from our friendly and welcoming WPCC Executive Committee, and also mentoring and business support.

Help shape the future of Weymouth and Portland!

Our next events


03mar7:20 am9:00 amEvent OverBreakfast Meeting Tuesday March 3 at Weymouth Pavilion


07apr7:20 am9:00 amEvent CancelledBreakfast Meeting Tuesday April 7th at Three Chimneys Smokehouse and Grill


05may7:15 am9:00 amEvent CancelledBreakfast Meeting May 5th at Taste, Chesil

14may6:30 pm9:00 pmEvent CancelledBusiness Quiz Night with WPCC and Weldmar

The voice of business in South Dorset

Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce AGM 2020

Venue: Dorset Burger Company

To see the minutes showing the President Craig Oakes speech and that of the outgoing treasurer, Mike House follow this link; https://www.wpchamber.co.uk/agm-2020-minutes/

The following members form the Chamber executive committee for 2020.
Election of Officers and Executive Committee for 2020
President Craig Oakes conducted the election of Officers and the Executive Committee for 2020.
Senior Vice-President: Julia Cohen of Weymouth College
Junior Vice President: Rick Simonds of Wessex FM
Treasurer: Brodie Cook of Albert Goodman Accountants and Advisors

Chamber Executive Committee (in no order):
Cherise Luke-Bennett of Nantes Solicitors
Alan Cheesman of WR Cockings Electrical
Clive Garman of Sherrens the Printers
Paul Appleby of Appleby Technical Services
Trevor Matthews of Wessex Film Productions
Nicholas Spence of Vaspba Remote Piloted Systems Ltd
Fiona Hansford of Weldmar Hospicecare
Meggie Crane of Blanchards Bailey
Julie Cleaver of Popcorn Marketing
Laura Bell of Dream Cottages
Josephine Parker of Frontline Recruitment

Honorary roles to the Chamber
Honorary Auditors & Accountants – Albert Goodman
Honorary Solicitors – Pengillys
Administration, Communication and Membership – Guy Bridge, (non-exec.)                       info@wpchamber.co.uk

Chamber visit to Bournemouth Air Festival

Coming Summer 2020 – tickets available soon

What a truly amazing day we had at our Summer 2019 day out with a full program put together with Pure Networking Bournemouth who put on Bournemouth Air Fest VIP.

From the very beginning we were made to feel extra special after being served Tattinger Champagne as a starter and given a great table to watch some pretty tremendous air stunts, including Lancaster’s, hurricanes and spitfires.

Then the party started. Entertained by the quite delightful Abi Rose Sax and the amazing legend that is Angie Brown. You too could join the President and have a go on Rock Reef’s incredible Zipwire.

Our members

Quick news

Weldmar concerns on funding as all events are cancelled

As reported in the Dorset Echo Weldmar Hospicecare has shut all retail sites following the Prime Minster's announcement on Monday and cancelled all events until the end of May. It says it's 'deeply concerned' about how it will raise the £18,000 per day it needs to...

Dorset LEP top tips for working from home

TOP TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME Working from home is a concept we’re all familiar with - but how many of us do it on a regular basis? Chances are, at the moment you’ll also find yourself doing it with someone else and/or having to take on the role of educator or carer....

Dorset Hospital Charity Appeal

WPCC members Dorset County Hospital Charity has launched an appeal for financial support for the most important individuals at the hospital in the ongoing fight against Covid-19. To donate to the DCH Chartiy Covid-19 appeal visit...

Dorset Chamber linked-in updates

Dorset Chamber says it is committed to supporting members and non-members in the wider business community amid the coronavirus emergency. The chamber is informing businesses on how they can access government support through both its website and Dorset Gateway service....

A message from our President.

Just a quick note to say, businesses we have been watching and observing you and locally we can see that 99% have been absolutely amazing. This situation could have been exploited in many ways but we have really seen a high level of common sense and community spirit....

Weyfish is open

Here is a really important notice from one of our Chamber Members. The fishing community need help and are of course business owners in their own right. A lot of them land their catch to Weyfish “Weyfish remains open 7 days a week. We are determined to remain open to...


Nick Spence from Vaspba Remote Piloted ystems Ltd

“I joined the Exec as I felt that I could add to the already broad spectrum of business owners giving vast and varied experience from many sectors. Being on the Exec gives a good insight as to what is going on in the Chamber and the regular meetings gives us a chance to express our views.”


“The WPCC have been excellent in providing us opportunities to reach out and meet other local businesses to help us create a network of like-minded people. The meetings have always been informative and aim to help growth within companies. Friendly and helpful members all round!”


Graphic Designer, Nettl

Trevor Matthews from Wessex Films


“I have been on the Chamber Executive over the years. It is a very good connection for trading and keeping up with the lastest Business developments happening in the local commercial community
WPCC is an excellent organisation to be a member of.”

Executive committee

Andrew Knowles

Andrew Knowles

Past President

Craig Oakes

Craig Oakes


Julia Cohen

Julia Cohen

Vice President

Contact us

Use the form to get in touch with us and ask any questions you might have.

Alternatively, you can call us on 07730 135973.

Opening times:

Mon – Fri

0900 – 1700

Contact us

Use the form to get in touch with us and ask any questions you might have.

Alternatively, you can call us on 07730 135973.

Opening times:

Mon – Fri

0900 – 1700