About

Find out who we are, what we do and the difference we make

Why we exist

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.

How we operate

The Chamber is run by and for its members. Our membership is generally around 100 organisations each year.

The Chamber is led by a President, elected from within the Executive Committee. The Committee is itself elected every year at our AGM. All members of the Committee, including the President, give their time voluntarily.

The difference we make

The Chamber has been supporting firms in Weymouth and Portland for almost 90 years. We’ve helped many people to find their feet in the local business community, by providing an environment where they can connect with likeminded people.

In recent years we’ve represented the concerns of businesses to the local councils, contributing to a significant cut in the cost of car parking charges.

We played an important role in the establishment of the Weymouth BID, in whose operation we take a keen interest. Around one quarter of our members are also BID levy payers.

We sponsor and are involved in a number of local events including Weymouth Carnival, WPCCC STAR Awards, WPCC Business Festival.

We raise money for local charities, and in particular, the President’s Charity.

What is a Chamber of Commerce?

The first Chambers of Commerce were set up in Europe in the 1600s, when merchants, traders and craftsman formed groups where they could discuss common interests. Local Chambers, such as ours, are entirely independent organisations, set up and run by local people. We are accountable to our members, not to regional, national or international Chamber organisations.

However, we are affiliated with the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This strengthens the ties between the two organisations, bringing additional benefits to our members and making it easier for our voice to be heard at a county and even national level.

What we do

Our support for local businesses includes:

– Organising local networking events, such as our popular monthly Business Breakfast, one of the largest such events in Dorset.

– Providing training and education events covering subjects relevant to local firms.

– Representing the interests of local businesses to local authorities and other bodies, such as Weymouth & Portland Town Council, Dorset County Council, Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership and our local Member of Parliament, Richard Drax.

– Encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs and employees through our support for the innovative projects in Weymouth and Portland.

– Running social and charitable events. There’s more to life than doing business and we like to help our members to enjoy living in this wonderful part of the country. We organise trips and social activities, while often raising money for local charities.

Meet the board

Andrew Knowles

Andrew Knowles

President

Mike House

Mike House

Treasurer

Clive Garman

Clive Garman

Chamber Executive Committee

Trevor Matthews

Trevor Matthews

Chamber Executive Committee

Nicholas Spence

Nicholas Spence

Chamber Executive Committee

Craig Oakes

Craig Oakes

Vice-president

Cherise Luke-Bennett

Cherise Luke-Bennett

Chamber Executive Committee

Rick Simmonds

Rick Simmonds

Chamber Executive Committee

Rob Goodwin

Rob Goodwin

Chamber Executive Committee

Sara Samuel

Sara Samuel

Chamber Executive Committee

Julia Cohen

Julia Cohen

Vice-president

Alan Cheesman

Alan Cheesman

Chamber Executive Committee

Paul Appleby

Paul Appleby

Chamber Executive Committee

Nigel Reeve

Nigel Reeve

Chamber Executive Committee

Guy Bridge

Guy Bridge

Administration, Communication and Membership Coordinator

Honorary roles to the Chamber

Albert Goodman

Albert Goodman

Honorary Auditors, Accountants and Advisers

Pengillys

Pengillys

Honorary Solicitors

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

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