Brexit update

Brexit Update 10 August 2020 by Camilla Call, Brexit Advisor This week’s update focuses on the findings from the study into collective uncertainty from Brexit driving UK emigration alongside the soon to be introduced points-based immigration system. Both of these...

Do you trade goods anywhere in the World?

Chamber members that trade goods anywhere in the world, are affected by new border controls that start when the EU Transition period ends will mean that you MUST prepare NOW for change. Dorset Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the British Chambers of Commerce,...

Boost your digital business skills

DigitalBoost offers free digital advice for small businesses and charities impacted by coronavirus. Sign up for free The advice is provided by expert volunteers and you can benefit from: Mentoring Calls Free 1-on-1 mentoring tailored to your needs Speak one-on-one...

Weymouth in the spotlight with Daily Telegraph

A postcard from one of the UK’s last ‘proper’ seaside towns Photo credit: Getty Weymouth is finally back in business Lottie Gross, travel writer with PR support from our member In The Bag PR 30 JULY 2020 • 12:46PM With the mercury rising,...

Dorset Growth Hub Grants

Small Growth Grants ​DGH has launched Small Growth Grants for Dorset businesses with ambitions to grow. ​Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have traded successfully for at least 12 months and now have plans for a project that will facilitate business...

Eat Out To Help Out

Sign up to Eat Out to Help Out The Eat Out to Help Out scheme is designed to incentivise customers to dine-in at your business by giving them a discount, which you can then claim back from the government. The scheme is UK wide and customers will be able to see who is...

Weymouth job Centre offers so much more now.

New members from the Department of Work and Pensions encourage members to find out how they can help business. Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools: To help prevent young people becoming NEET, JCP support for schools was announced in the 2015 Budget. • Build a more...

Brexit update from DCCI

Brexit Update 27 July 2020 by Camilla Call, DCCI Brexit Advisor The past week saw another round of negotiations conclude with limited progress and a reminder from the EU’s Chief Negotiator that time is running out so it must not be wasted. On 21 July we heard via the...

Members make sure the show goes on!

The Show WILL Go On! Made to Measure Productions and Weymouth Pavilion (WPCC members) are delighted to announce a new partnership with Weymouth’s premiere Heritage Attraction – The Nothe Fort (WPCC members) – allowing their record-breaking summer pantomime ‘Pirates of...

Fully Funded Finance Webinars

FINANCE WEEK | 20-24 JULY Following the success of ‘DIGITAL WEEK’, Dorset Growth Hub can now bring you FINANCE WEEK! ✋ 5 days of live, interactive online events 💰 2 – 3 speaker sessions per day aiming to improve your business’s financial situation...

Get Covid Confident with the AA’s FREE Scheme

AA COVID Confident The AA’s scheme supports the hospitality industry in re-establishing and rebuilding consumer confidence as parts of the UK come out of lockdown. It’s a FREE scheme and open to all hospitality establishments that pass the AA’s criteria....

Skills support for the workforce

The following information is provided by Dorset Skills Support for the Workforce from Serco. “As part of the Skills Support for the Workforce & Redundancy (SSW/SSR) project, Serco are funding a virtual workshop aimed at those people who have skills and...

FREE advertising with Wessex FM and Dorset Council

Welcoming customers back to the high street! Dorset Council and Wessex FM are excited to work together to help promote local Dorset businesses as we reopen our high streets. This project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and HM Government and is free...

British Chambers economic survey results

Dorset Chamber have supplied the results of the Q2 Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) by the British Chambers of Commerce. 7,700 firms across the UK contributed to the survey. The QES is regarded as the UK’s largest independent business survey and an accurate barometer...

Download posters to help opening up.

The Government and Dorset Council have created a series of posters. You are welcome to download and print these posters here to use in your shop.  * Contactless payment * Hand sanitiser * Number of people allowed in shop * Queue from the left * Queue from the right *...

WEYMOUTH’S ORIGINAL COFFEE TAVERN ACQUIRED

DJ Property of Weymouth has recently acquired the former Kingdom Hall, which adjoins the Old Town Hall on Weymouth’s historic High West Street, one of the towns oldest streets.   High West Street is located on the Weymouth side of the Town Bridge which historically...

Weymouth Harbour Bridge at 90

The Bridge at 90 On 4th July 2020, Weymouth’s beloved Town Bridge will turn 90! At 12:30 on 4th July 1930, a grand opening ceremony took place and was attended by HRH Duke of York, later to become King George VI. The first passage through the twin leaf bascule bridge...

New guidelines for tourism business.

‘We’re good to go’ – new industry standard launched VisitEngland and VisitBritain have now launched the UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark, in partnership with the national tourist organisations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to provide a ‘ring...

Dorset Food and Drink member seeks new premises

Recently joined Chamber members Dorset food and Drink have opened up with their first market since lockdown. “It’s been a while, so with lockdown easing measures in place it was fantastic to catch up with producers at the Sherborne Independent Market. Social...

Covid 19 Projection Campaign

New members Light FX UK have been busy over the last few weeks working with the NHS and our members Medisave to deliver some eye-catching visuals on their buildings.  The NHS permitted us to project huge messages of support on to both Dorchester and Yeovil Hospitals. ...

Albert Goodman Advice

CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME ———-  download the pdf AG1435 Flexible Furlough Scheme The Job Retention Scheme (JRS) ends on 30 June 2020 and will be replaced by the Flexible Furlough Scheme (FFS). The FFS will enable previously furloughed staff to...

Offer from new members Chesil Radio

It’s been a tough time for us all during this Lockdown and Chesil Radio has been there throughout this difficult time keeping people updated with everything in the South and South West Coastal Counties on our online not-for-profit radio station.  With the local news...

Edmundson Electrical PPE offers

Our new member Edmundson Electrical have made a generous start to their membership : Business members will all be looking to return back to work safely ensuring the wellbeing of their staff and customers when opening their doors and maintaining those safeguards for...

Crowdfund Dorset Business

Dorset LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) is offering existing micro and small businesses the opportunity to receive grant funding to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/crowdfund-dorset-business...

Weymouth College is a GOOD provider

Weymouth College is pleased to share with you that Ofsted have confirmed Weymouth College’s ‘Good’ provider grade some 5 years after we attained our first ‘Good’ grade. It is a fabulous achievement and massively important for the College’s staff, apprentices and...

NHS Test and Trace workplace guidance

We are sharing some workplace guidance that has been jointly issued by Government and the NHS. The guidance explains how businesses can play their part in the NHS Test and Trace programme to slow the spread of the virus.  NHS Test and Trace workplace guidance.pdf...

Weymouth College Virtual Open Day – 6th June

Campus may be temporarily closed so we can’t show you around in person – but you can still join us for our Virtual Open Day – 6th June – take an online campus tour, get details on all our courses, see what our current students have been doing,  make an online course...

Free Counselling and Advice available

Members here are offering individual and online counselling and advice Alison Fox Counselling Services Dorset  The ethos of my business is and always will be, to give a minimum of 10% of my time, free of charge, to people who are experiencing difficulties, with their...

Business Economic Survey

The Quarterly Economic Survey is the UK’s leading and most influential business survey. It informs policy, is a key tool in lobbying on behalf of businesses across the UK and is monitored closely by the Government, Bank of England and financial institutions across the...

Excellent Chamber meeting on Zoom

Following our recent successful online Chamber meeting, President Craig summed the event up: “Well we had a pretty good attendance at our May Brunch meeting just now considering current operating procedures. Just under 20 members came along to see a presentation...

Albert Goodman offer new guidance and support

Albert Goodman Accountants have constant new guidance on Linked In and twitter, as well as their own website.  We have the following webinar links here: Albert Goodman Charity-Webinar-Slides-5-May-2020 Albert Goodman Business Webinar slides 20 April AG guidance for...

Returning to Work? Medisave PPE for business

Gov.uk have issued guidelines for employers on the return to work. Food retailers and food markets, hardware stores, garden centres (from Wednesday 13 May) and certain other retailers can remain open. Other businesses can remain open and their employees can travel to...

Westfield School seek employers support.

Susie Jeffcott from the Westfield School is seeking guidance from employers as to what skill set was needed in order for students to gain employment (part time, full time, voluntary). “I wondered if there were any employers who could spare a bit of time to give...

An update from member Barclays Bank

At present the Weymouth branch is opening for the following trading hours: Monday 09:00 – 12:00 Tuesday 09:00 – 12:00 Wednesday 10:00 – 12:00 Thursday 09:00 – 12:00 Friday 09:00 – 12:00 Saturday 09:00 – 12:00 However the above hours are reviewed weekly and will be...

The Nook launches cocktail delivery service

DIVERSIFICATION- more businesses change their ways to cope. From our members the Dorset Echo: If you like pina coladas… you can get them delivered right to your door. A Weymouth cocktail bar has brought smiles to many faces in more ways than one. Like many...

“THIS IS A TIME TO BE BOLD”: BCC SETS OUT PRINCIPLES FOR SAFE RESTART OF UK ECONOMY MAY 03 2020 “This is a time to be bold”: BCC sets out principles for safe restart of UK economy

British Chambers of Commerce President, Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith, has written an open letter to the Prime Minister setting out principles for a phased restart of the UK economy. The leading business group set out its integrated approach, the first step in a...

Covid-19 Business Impact Tracker

Covid-19 Business Impacts Tracker: Tranche 7 As the Coronavirus continues to impact the day-to-day operations of businesses across the UK, local Chambers of Commerce stand ready to support you. We have created a range of resources to help address your concerns which...

Is your business in need of masks?

Our member Mickey Jones of DJ Property has advised us that one of his clients has a supply of face masks. Neil Foster from Gavan Catering Supplies says; “I have a large consignment of FFP1 Face Masks in the business which are certificated to the required...

New member Honey Asset Finance expanding

Honey Asset Finance is expanding and taking on a new Director Zach Mort who will be focusing on supporting the local business with both finance and re finance opportunities in this uncertain time. Demand across the business has been strong with many of our client...

Use our local media Dorset Echo and Wessex FM

FREE ECHO ADVERTISING HERE WessexFM has a Coronavirus message board: https://www.wessexfm.com/listings/coronavirus-messages/ This allows for businesses to announce what they’re doing (very much like the tea and cakes idea) but also supports charities and individuals...

Top Tips on Managing Property Disputes

Disputes affecting property, whether commercial, residential or agricultural, can be stressful, costly and very often, unnecessarily acrimonious. By following these five practical tips from the outset, our litigation team has found that the majority of property...

Covid19 Business Impact Survey

What impact is Coronavirus having on your business? Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is seeking input from businesses, the self-employed, and charities in Dorset about the impact Coronavirus is having on business operations. Completing a short survey will...

Handling company return to ‘normal’

Julia Calleja from our members LiveWell Dorset has the following tips in her link to her latest article. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/back-normal-julia-calleja The article is a precursor to a short half hour presentation which I hope will help companies look forward...

A messsage from VISIT DORSET

A message from Visit Dorset Dorset Council’s Tourism Team, Visit Dorset, works with business partners and trade organisations across the south west to support and represent tourism businesses, especially now, during the current COVID-19 crisis. We have been...

New Business Mentoring Service

Business Resiliance Service to help cope now. 1:1 support for Dorset businesses and charities during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Immediate and ongoing expert support to navigate challenges Up to 3 months free of charge. Open here to all micro, small and medium size...

Dorset Chamber online magazine

Dorset Chamber Magazine available online. Here is the link: https://www.dorsetchamber.co.uk/membership/dorset-business-focus-magazine/   There is help for any Dorset business finding the current grants / loans a minefield from the Dorset Gateway. Anytime can call...

Grant Funding Schemes – FAQ’s

Grant Funding Schemes – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund Guidance Browse the document here Two business grant schemes, the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure...

The Pet Experience emergency deliveries

Self – isolating as you’re over 70 or in an at-risk group? Know some who is and they’re wondering how to get their pet food supplies over the coming months? WPCC members – The Pet Experience extended free delivery service for Weymouth, Portland...

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...

Battens Employment Advice Lunch

Employment Advice Team There is such a thing as a free lunch Tuesday 24 March – Mansion House, Yeovil Thursday 26 March – The Gamekeeper, Charminster Employment law update – a review of developments in 2019 and what’s to come in 2020 In this session Dawn...

Budget Summary from Albert Goodman

Budget 2020 summary CORPORATION TAX RATES Corporation tax rates have already been enacted for periods up to 31 March 2021. The main rate of corporation tax is 19%. The rate for the Financial Year beginning on 1 April 2020 was due to fall to 17% but the Chancellor has...

Instagram marketing for your business

WPCC members can receive the 83% discount Dorset Chamber members receive in March for an online Instagram for Business course. Rhiannon who has fronted the course is an instagram influencer and has featured on TV a number of times with a huge following, and a great...

Join a Chamber quiz team for Weldmar

A call out to any members or guests who would like to join our team from Chamber member Julia Calleja. We already have Julia, Louise Matthews and Fern Gatland in one team, so we need just 4 people to join to make up the required number. Julia is happy to keep a second...

Weldmar Jurassic Coast Challenge

Weldmar’s annual Jurassic Coast Challenge! Stretching across the spectacular coastline of Dorset, Weldmar’s 13 mile or 26 mile trek. Register here. Starting at Durdle Door, our 26 mile trekkers will walk along the Jurassic coastline where at Worth Matravers the 13...

New digital tools for exporters

Dorset Chamber, the accredited International trade documentation, advice and training service for Dorset are encouraging exporters to use two new digital tools for businesses exporting goods in and out of the UK market provided by The Department for International...

Weldmar business partnerships

KAPOW! New for 2020! Have you got what it takes to be a Hospice Hero? Starts: 3rd May 2020 – 11:00 AM The KAPOW! course challenges you to run, climb, slide, duck and dodge as you take on our TEN unique obstacles. If you think you’re up to the challenge book your...

OH20: Aquaculture Expo to be held in Dorset

The One Health Consortium and sponsor Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership are organising the UK’s first OH20: Aquaculture Expo at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, in March 2020. This fully-funded event provides a showcase for green/clean commercial UK...

Crisis on the high street

Dorset’s leading business support organisation has called for radical ideas to save the high street. The Dorset Chamber – the county’s voice of business – has insisted that broader strategic thinking is required to breathe fresh life into the retail sector in town...

Can your business support Weldmar?

Businesses Download our Business Support Booklet (1MB) for all the details of how your business can support Weldmar Hospicecare! As well as raising vital funds and awareness for our charity, supporting Weldmar Hospicecare in your place of work can bring many benefits...

Battens HR Breakfast Forum

Weymouth HR Breakfast Forum  Forum Topic: HR Case Studies An open breakfast event for HR Managers and business owners sponsored by Battens Solicitors and Rubicon Recruitment Group. Led by Dawn Gallie, Head of Employment at Battens the session will be fully interactive...

Medisave develops on Weymouth site.

Big announcement from Chamber Members and locally founded company Medisave. Rather than thinking about moving they intend to extend their already pretty large premises and remain firmly within Weymouth & Portland. “This is fantastic news”, said WPCC...

Jurassic January

Join the Jurassic Coast Trust and guest speakers for Jurassic January 2020, an informative day centring on sustainability as it relates to the world of tourism and business. The event takes place on Tuesday 28 January 2020 from 9:30 – 15:30 at the RNLI College in...

Christmas Window Competition Winner

Congratulations to Pure Hair and Beauty on St Mary Street winning the Weymouth Christmas Window Competition. To celebrate the amazing creativity of businesses in our area the Dorset Echo teamed up with Wessex FM, Dorchester Chamber for Business, Dorchester BID,...

WPCC sponsors Weymouth Harbour Swim

“It’s nearly that time of year again when young and old will take the plunge in between opening Christmas presents and tucking into turkey. The Christmas Day Weymouth Harbour Swim has become a landmark event for the town, with thousands crowding at the quayside...

SafeWise development news.

SafeWise have now taken delivery of a police car, Coastguard vehicle, double decker bus, family car, substation and powerlines, beach and railway track. Huge thanks to Dorset Police, Coastguard, First Bus (above left, visited by Dorset Council Cabinet...

Dorset LEP Funding Opportunities

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES – LORNA CARVER Hello and welcome to the November 2019 edition of my funding opportunities blog. In this funding blog you will find £millions of Government investment into research and development (R&D). For the full blog and...

Small Business Saturday 7th December

Find out more on this huge event for small business in Weymouth. https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/ The Small Business Bus rolled into Weymouth and was met by amongst others our President Craig seen in the photo. Our President had a chance to chat about the plight...

Funding for full fibre broadband

Rural Gigabit Connectivity Scheme Qualifying premises can come together and claim up to £3,500 per business and £1,500 per home towards a gigabit-capable (1,000 megabits per second) broadband connection. Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme Businesses can claim up to...

Weldmar Hospicecare Christmas Fundraising

Christmas Hamper Campaign Why not make Weldmar Hospicecare a part of your festivities this Christmas? Our Christmas Hamper campaign is an easy way to raise money for your local hospice: Find a suitable box (perhaps an empty hamper or just any cardboard box wrapped in...

Businesses keen to see sparks fly!

Firms in Dorset have issued a rallying cry for the general election winner to ignite business confidence. Dorset Chamber, the county’s voice of business, has called for a fresh focus on domestic policy and the economy – including infrastructure, immigration,...

Scotty’s Little Soldiers Concert.

Seats are still available for this wonderful event at The Pavilion. Your host on the night will be President of the Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce Craig Oakes. Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a charity dedicated to supporting children & young people...
November is Anti Bullying month

November is Anti Bullying month

November is Anti-Bullying month and Alison Fox is hosting an event on 13th November to raise awareness and fundraise for DABS ( Dorset Anti-Bullying Service). Alison has spoken to the chamber at a previous Breakfast meeting and those there will know what an impact her...
Brexit information and guidance

Brexit information and guidance

With 31st October approaching very quickly we’d like to update you on the Brexit support DCCI are offering, and their dedicated page on their website you are welcome to link to: Brexit support from the Dorset Chamber BREXIT INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES We...

Halloween for your business.

As we approach Halloween and Half Term holidays there may be some Chamber members planning some events/promotions to make the most of the influx of visitors Halloween Events Listings invitation to members to add their events to the list on Love Weymouth There’s no...
BCC comments on Queen’s Speech.

BCC comments on Queen’s Speech.

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech opening a new session of Parliament, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce said: “Our message to government is simple: put the economy at the forefront of your agenda. These are unnerving times for...

Dorset LEP; Dorsets Superpower

NATURALLY COLLABORATIVE: DORSET’S SUPERPOWER https://www.dorsetlep.co.uk/news-article/naturally-collaborative–dorset-s-superpower My name is Dr Phil Richardson and I am part of the NHS Integrated Care Systems Leadership team. I also sit on the Dorset LEP Board....

Upwey Wishing Well Christmas Party Menu

XMAS MENU WISHING WELL A5 2019 -BAOBAB[9179] CHRISTMAS PARTY MENU 2 courses £18-95 3 courses £24-95 TO START Roasted sweet potato and butternut squash soup, vegetables crisps (v) Smoked Loch Lamond salmon and cream cheese mousse, horseradish cream, pickled cucumber...
Bluebird Coaches celebrate 95 years business

Bluebird Coaches celebrate 95 years business

PRESS RELEASE 20TH SEPTEMBER 2019 BLUEBIRD COACHES TO HOST AN OPEN DAY TO CELEBRATE 95 YEARS IN BUSINESS Award winning Bluebird Coaches are hosting an Open Day on Sunday 29th September at Weymouth Football club grounds to celebrate 95 years in business. The Open Day...

Battens HR Breakfast Forum

Weymouth HR Breakfast Forum Forum Topic: Dealing with menopause in the workplace An open breakfast event for HR Managers and business owners sponsored by Battens Solicitors and Rubicon Recruitment Group. The session will focus on dealing with menopause in the...
Nantes raise £754 at recent volleyball event.

Nantes raise £754 at recent volleyball event.

Weldmar thank everyone at Nantes Solicitors Ltd for raising £754 at their recent beach volleyball tournament. Cherise and Zoe are seen here at the hospice last month and were shown how their support will make a difference. Weldmar look forward to taking part in next...
Are you ready for robots?

Are you ready for robots?

Artificial intelligence is fast becoming part of our everyday lives but are you ready for the robots? Digital Dorset is hosting an informal session on Wednesday 4 September at South Walks House, Dorchester, and will be looking at the advances in robotics and how this...
Dorset Business Club Lunch by Albert Goodman

Dorset Business Club Lunch by Albert Goodman

The Albert Goodman Insolvency and Business Recovery Services team would be delighted for you to join them at the Dorset Business Club lunch. With the success of these lunches currently held in Taunton, the team would like to extend the opportunity further afield to...
Dragon Boat Challenge and other Weldmar news.

Dragon Boat Challenge and other Weldmar news.

Can you help the Weldmar Summer raffle tickets at your place of work? Perhaps you can display them on your reception area or til point? Could you sell them to your colleagues in the office? Please contact fiona.hansford@weld-hospice.org.uk to receive your raffle pack,...

Brexit Poll – how confident are you?

Now Boris Johnson is established as the new Prime Minister and has underlined the Government commitment to ensure we exit the EU on 31st October 2019 or before, Dorset Chamber is undertaking a snap poll asking businesses how confident are they the Government, at this...
Big bang @Dorset Fair

Big bang @Dorset Fair

Big Bang @ Dorset Fair Earlier this year, Dorset Council hosted the Big Bang @ Dorset Fair 2019 at The Tank Museum, Bovington and are delighted to confirm that they’ll be doing it all again next year! Next year’s event will take place on Wednesday 18 March and is...
Great British High Street Awards

Great British High Street Awards

Great British High Street Awards Wimborne BID, Bridport Tourist Information Centre, Weymouth Town Council and Dorchester BID have all submitted applications for The Great British High Street Awards. High streets shorlisted for the awards will be announced on 7 August....

LEP Tourism survey to help funding

The Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is currently developing its Local Industrial Strategy for the County.  To ensure that the tourism sector fully contributes to this important piece of work, the LEP has asked the Dorset Tourism Association (DTA) to...
Dorset Chamber reaches out to new PM

Dorset Chamber reaches out to new PM

Chamber reaches out to new PM Dorset Chamber has urged new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to put business at the heart of his new Government. Chief executive Ian Girling has written to the Tory leader offering him his congratulations and inviting him to meet business...

Dorset Ambassador Scheme

Visit Dorset worked with the National Coastal Tourism Academy to develop the Dorset Ambassador Scheme. They actively promote and encourage participation in this FREE online training scheme. Available to anyone who is interested in improving their own knowledge or the...

Dorset Business Economy Forum

Following the launch of the Dorset Chamber and Bournemouth University Economy Forum’s, Dorset Chamber are pleased to announce that the next date will be on 13th August 2019. These forums are for businesses, Chamber members and non-members alike. We invite...
Battens expands their Residential Property Team

Battens expands their Residential Property Team

Battens Solicitors are pleased to announce the appointment of Mo Byers to their Residential Property Team. Mo joins Battens as a Conveyancing Executive based in the Wareham office and is looking forward to supporting new and existing clients in the area. “I have...
Dorset Business Lunch Club with Albert Goodman

Dorset Business Lunch Club with Albert Goodman

The Albert Goodman Insolvency and Business Recovery Services team would be delighted for you to join them at the Dorset Business Club lunch. With the success of these lunches currently held in Taunton, the team would like to extend the opportunity further afield to...
Weymouth & Portland Pride Event

Weymouth & Portland Pride Event

After months of planning Weymouth & Portland Pride is only 2 weeks away and the full weekend line up has been released to coincide with International Pride Month. 26 -28 July 2019 The brand new and exciting Community event is being brought to the town due to a...
Sunny Chamber Breakfast Meeting

Sunny Chamber Breakfast Meeting

Fifty attendees listened to our informative speakers and enjoyed the spectacular surroundings of The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy at the monthly Breakfast network meeting. We are trying to start gathering at 7.15 enabling more networking coffee time...
Weldmar’s Midnight Walk

Weldmar’s Midnight Walk

Weldmar’s Midnight Walk Come and join the 2019 Silver Spectacular Midnight Walk to celebrate their 25th Anniversary Sponsor The Weldmar Hospicecare Midnight Walk Headline Sponsor is WPCC members Weyline Taxis   Starts: 20th July 2019 – 9:00 PM Ends: 21st...
Weldmar announce Music by the Lake

Weldmar announce Music by the Lake

Music by the Lake at Kingston Maurward is sponsored by FGP Systems Ltd and supporting our members Weldmar Hospicecare. Featuring top UK tribute acts. About this Event Set in the stunning surroundings of Kingston Maurward, Music by the Lake is a tribute event not to be...
Weymouth and Portland Pride Event

Weymouth and Portland Pride Event

Weymouth & Portland Pride release full weekend Line Up to Celebrate International Pride Month After months of planning Weymouth & Portland Pride is only a month away and the full weekend line up has been released to coincide with National Pride Month. The...

Olympic legacy investigation

Can you help? We have had a request from a Benedict Newman                 benedict.newman1@live.com “I’m doing an investigation into the Olympic Legacy and the impact it had in Weymouth comparatively to other areas which hosted the games. Would you be...

Funding for full fibre connections

Funding for full fibre connections Businesses in Dorset can now get up to £3,500 to install full fibre broadband, giving access to some of the fastest internet speeds in the UK. The Government has produced a useful summary of the current voucher schemes which can be...

Young Chamber support in schools

News from Young Chamber Working in partnership with Careers & Enterprise Company and Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, Young Chamber is organising mini careers events with St Osmund’s School and St Mary’s School in Dorchester. It has been identified...

Dorset Growing Places Fund

Growing Places Fund The Dorset LEP Growing Places Fund has been provided with £9.7m from central government as a revolving loan scheme to support innovation, productivity and the creation of jobs and housing in Dorset. The Growing Places Fund is a repayable loan that...
Weldmar Hospice News

Weldmar Hospice News

GET INVOLVED £25 Challenge Frontline Recruitment, HSBC, and Magicard have signed up to take part in our £25 Challenge this month, to celebrate our 25th anniversary year. It’s not too late to join them! Please contact me on fiona.hansford@weld-hospice.org.uk if...
Dorset Chamber Business Awards 2019

Dorset Chamber Business Awards 2019

ENTER NOW 2019 CATEGORIES WHY ENTER? CELEBRATE YOUR BUSINESS The 25th Dorset Business Awards is officially open for entries. The awards will be bringing together businesses of all sizes and sectors to celebrate the expertise, talent and achievements of our business...

Battens HR Breakfast Forum

Forum Topic: Disciplinary Process & Employment Law Update For more information and to book your place, please click here An open breakfast event for HR Managers and business owners sponsored by Battens Solicitors and Rubicon Recruitment Group. The session will...

Are you ready for the Future of Trade?

Dorset Chamber has partnered with some of the leading industry experts to launch brand new Customs Declarations Training designed to prepare businesses and trade professionals for the future of trade. The way we trade with the EU is about to change, introducing the...
New drink cafe opens at Zone Fitness Centre

New drink cafe opens at Zone Fitness Centre

Zone Fitness opened on 29th January 2018 at Avon Close, Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth and since that date the biggest gym in the South West has gone from strength to strength with membership, which is now just under 2,000 members.  The gym & group exercise...

B2B Next Generation Expo

You might have to do a bit of travelling but just over the border coming up in October is this. A huge business to business expo which is free amazingly. Sometimes by widening your horizons you can learn a lot and meet people who want what you have to offer. The worst...
British Chambers Brexit Checklist

British Chambers Brexit Checklist

The UK’s impending departure from the European Union will bring change for businesses of every size and sector. While some companies are already planning for the challenges and opportunities ahead, Chambers of Commerce believe that all firms – not just those directly...
Weldmar’s Big Dorset Cuppa

Weldmar’s Big Dorset Cuppa

Big Dorset Cuppa Support Weldmar Hospicecare by coming to a Big Dorset Cuppa event! Book here Starts: 24th June 2019 – 9:00 AM Ends: 30th June 2019 – 8:00 PM Every cup counts! The Big Dorset Cuppa is a well-loved, Weldmar community event, and it’s back for...
Advanced Excel course at Weymouth College

Advanced Excel course at Weymouth College

Advanced Excel This half day course is delivered at the Cranford Avenue site in Weymouth and covers how to create named ranges, auditing dynamic data, manipulating text, creating pivot tables and creating macros. The course costs £40 per person and places are limited....

Charity Business Volleyball Tournament

Sponsored and organised by Nantes Solicitors this event is a great fundraising and social networking opportunity for business. You certainly don’t have to be skilled at volleyball. The chosen charity is the WPCC Presidents charity Weldmar.  The event will have a...

May Breakfast meeting success

On a beautiful sunny morning we just managed to squeeze 50 attendees into the Taste Cafe on Chesil Beach for the monthly WPCC breakfast meeting. Fortunately there was plenty of room to gather in the reception area for much networking over coffee. Our sponsors Wessex...
Your views on the future workforce

Your views on the future workforce

Your views on the future of the workforce from British Chambers of Commerce While Brexit continues to dominate the headlines, BCC continues to focus on the critical, long-term issues facing businesses. Employing and retaining the right people, with the right skills,...

Batten’s Newsletter

Battens Newsletter Keeping you up to date Welcome to our Battens Solicitors newsletter. In this issue we cover a range of articles from choosing Executors to Property Dispute Resolution. We hope there will be something of interest for you: Who to Choose? School...
Weldmar’s Colour Run

Weldmar’s Colour Run

Weldmar’s Colour Run Take part in Dorset’s Brightest Weekend! Starts: 11th May 2019 – 11:30 AM Ends: 11th May 2019 – 4:00 PM Lodmoor Country Park Weymouth DT4 7SX Dorset’s Brightest Colour Run is back for 2019 and it also sees the return of 10 crazy...
Weldmar’s £25 Challenge

Weldmar’s £25 Challenge

In celebration of Weldmar’s 25th anniversary year, we are encouraging teams from local businesses to raise as much money as they can from £25, which will be presented to you by us. We would love for you, or a representative from your organisation, to come along...

Weymouth HR Breakfast Forum by Battens

Forum Topic: Employment Law Update An open breakfast event for HR Managers and business owners sponsored by Battens Solicitors and Rubicon Recruitment Group. The session will focus on current employment law developments and recent case law. Forum Details Time: 8:30 am...

Battens HR Breakfast Forum

Weymouth HR Breakfast Forum Forum Topic: Employment Law Update An open breakfast event for HR Managers and business owners sponsored by Battens Solicitors and Rubicon Recruitment Group. The session will focus on current employment law developments and recent case law....
Spring Statement detail by Albert Goodman

Spring Statement detail by Albert Goodman

Amidst all the Brexit debates the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, presented his second Spring Statement on Wednesday 13 March 2019. In his speech the Chancellor provided an update on the economy and responded to the Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts. In addition...

Dorset Chamber Business Focus Magazine

Particularly worth mentioning is an IT Technolgy and AV day at AFC Bournemouth towards the back of the magazine on 20th March. This also includes free lunch and tour of the ground. Page 62-63 www.avtechday.co.uk to register for...

Online Marketing Events

THE Dorset Echo is running another series of its free seminars in how businesses can benefit from online marketing. The sessions aim to cut through the jargon and present the subject in a way that appeals to those with limited knowledge. They cover subjects such as...
The Pet Experience sponsor Weldmar Dog Show

The Pet Experience sponsor Weldmar Dog Show

The Pet Experience, have recently come on board as the main sponsor for the Weldmar annual Dog Show, which takes place on the 29th June. The Weymouth based pet store is not only supporting the event financially but also donating items for the events goody bags,...
Weldmar Charity partnership

Weldmar Charity partnership

Weldmar, Chamber members, are delighted to be working with Dorset Tea as one of their chosen charities. This month Fiona Hansford met with their brand manager Ginette, to put in place some plans for the year ahead. Dorset Tea is celebrating their 10th anniversary as...
Dorset Chamber Business Awards seek sponsors

Dorset Chamber Business Awards seek sponsors

25th Dorset Business Awards is set to return on Thursday 28th November at the Bournemouth International Centre. The awards are firmly established as the leading business celebration on the south coast and they are extremely important to the business community. They...
Echo Industry Awards 2019

Echo Industry Awards 2019

Celebrating the superb section of industry in our area with the 2019 Dorset Echo Industry Awards to highlight the many companies, across myriad sectors, which make such a huge contribution to our economy –  tell the Echo the businesses that make living in Dorset...
The Pet Experience sponsors for Weldmar event.

The Pet Experience sponsors for Weldmar event.

Longstanding WPCC members, The Pet Experience, are currently working with fellow members Weldmar Hospicecare and have recently confirmed as the main sponsor for their annual Dog Show, which takes place on the 29th June at Joseph Weld Hospice. The Weymouth based pet...
Visit Dorset Event Meet the Experts

Visit Dorset Event Meet the Experts

Chamber members are invited to join the Visit Dorset team to hear from a range of tourism experts for an insight into how to get the best out of your business.  This afternoon event gives you the opportunity to find out about Visit Dorset’s latest activities and...
Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

This national scheme provides future-proof full fibre connections for businesses and the homes around them. Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of gigabit-capable (1,000 megabit) internet connections, either individually or as part of a group....
Basepoint Weymouth

Basepoint Weymouth

Our members Basepoint Weymouth have meeting room space available Book by the hour, 1/2 day or full day for up to 10 people Call 01305 767675 for more details Basepoint Weymouth comprises 31 self-contained business units and is located within walking distance of...
Dorset Commuter Challenge

Dorset Commuter Challenge

Dorset Commuter Challenge Businesses located in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset can now register for the Dorset Commuter Challenge. Taking place during March 2019, the aim of the Challenge is to reduce single occupancy car trips and encourage people to switch to...
Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work – College Course

Food Safety Course at Weymouth College

Food Safety in Catering Level 2 Dates: 11th February 2019 Times: 9:00-16:00 Duration: 1 day Refreshments & Lunch provided Venue: Weymouth College Course content : This one-day course is an excellent introduction to food safety in catering and will benefit all...
Your views on the future workforce

Business Poll

How will taxation impact your business in 2019? While Brexit continues to dominate the headlines, British Chamber of Commerce has not lost sight of the broader range of long-term issues facing business. Start survey here The UK’s taxation system is critical to the...
Albert Goodman Weymouth Construction Seminar

Albert Goodman Weymouth Construction Seminar

Albert Goodman are hosting a FREE construction breakfast seminar on 27 Feb. Cllr Jeff Cant from @WPBCouncil will give an update on actual and planned construction around Weymouth and bacon baps are included! Register Event Information Hear the panel of experts give an...
Wessex FM Big Weymouth Walkies!

Wessex FM Big Weymouth Walkies!

Bring your four legged friends to the special beach event Join Wessex FM & Dave Cumber Vets on Weymouth Beach on Sunday 14th April at 10:30am for Wessex FM’s Big Weymouth Walkies! This is the last Sunday that you’ll be able to take dogs along the full...
Festival of Business events

Festival of Business events

More events are appearing for the Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce and Growth Hub Festival of Business. All events take place in Weymouth. How to Build a Website With Wix.com Website Builder Tue, 5 March 2019 09:30 – 13:30 GMT You may be thinking that...

Sea Cadets seek a new treasurer

A LETTER FROM Geoff Bowker, Cdr RN (Rtd) Chairman Unit Management Committee Weymouth Sea Cadets | TS Boscawen | Sea Cadet Training Centre Barrack Road | Weymouth | Dorset | DT4 8TZ T: 01305 780466 E: umcchairman@weymouthseacadets.org.uk A charity registered in England...

Dorset Chamber Brexit Helpdesk

The UK’s impending departure from the European Union will bring change for businesses of every size and sector. Further DCCI details. Latest Government Guidelines  Business Brexit Checklist While some companies are already planning for the challenges and opportunities...

Weymouth Business Exchange invitation to WPCC

WEBX – Weymouth Business Exchange, are holding a networking business breakfast on Tuesday 22nd January at 7.15am – 9am located at Weymouth Pavilion. WEBX would like to invite members of the Weymouth and Portland Chamber who are eligible to attend at a...

Nothe Tavern celebrate Top Chef collaboration

The Nothe Tavern are pleased to celebrate one year of Chef Chris Wheeler working with the team.  His experience as Catey’s Chef of the year 2016 and being Head Chef of five star Stoke Park with 3AA Rosette restaurant, Humphry’s has given the Nothe Tavern a real...

Battens HR Forum

Don’t miss out, places still available. Click HERE to RSVP Weymouth HR Breakfast Forum Forum Topic: Staff retention and work/life balance An open breakfast event for HR Managers and business owners sponsored by Battens Solicitors and Rubicon...

New Cafe SafeWise is a family affair

Sarah Allan from Weymouth is the proud operator a new cafe which has opened at SafeWise learning village and community centre on Radipole Lane. She found out about the Cafe SafeWise opportunity from firefighter husband Dave at the fire station next door. He was part...
School dinners have never tasted so good!

School dinners have never tasted so good!

Dorset catering company, Local Food Links (LFL), has served up millions of school meals since it was founded in 2006 and has recently moved into brand new business premises at Unit C7, Link Park in Chickerell, Weymouth creating 7 full time local jobs. The unit has...
Huge Success for STAR Awards Night

Huge Success for STAR Awards Night

The Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce surprised themselves with the enormous success of their first STAR Awards. The presentation night took place at Weymouth College with over 120 business owners and guests in attendance.  Thanks to Dan Roads Photography for...
Quarterly Economic Survey

Quarterly Economic Survey

Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) with Dorset Chamber of Commerce The British Chambers of Commerce Quarter 4 of the Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) is now open. This is the largest and most representative independent business survey of its kind in the UK. Have your say...
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