Guidance Update for New Rules of Six

14 new guides are now available for businesses to help in the implementing of the new ‘Rule of Six’. Guidance is available for a number of business types including heritage sites, attractions/activities, accommodation, restaurants/pubs and performing arts....

Small Growth Grants for Dorset

Small Growth Grants for Dorset Are you a Dorset business that has been trading more than 12 months, with ambitions to grow? You could be eligible for a grant of between £1,000 – £5,000 for projects with a value of £4,000 or above. Successful applicants are...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...
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...
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....
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...

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...
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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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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