Explosive life of brave bomb disposal hero

The amazing life and career of the ‘real life Hurt Locker star’ – bomb disposal hero Major Chris Hunter – was told to 100 businesspeople from across the region at the AFC Business Director’s Lunch. He was keynote speaker at the event held at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium by AFC Business, commercial arm of the Premier League club, and hosted … Read More

Investing in the country’s future

Bournemouth University (BU) has announced a major £38m investment in state-of-the art facilities for the country’s future scientists, innovators, engineers and mathematicians. One of the region’s biggest contributors to the local economy, BU is aiming to further strengthen its impact both locally and globally by developing a new academic building for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) research and teaching. … Read More

University on the ball with AFC Bournemouth

Businesses in Dorset could take a leaf out of AFC Bournemouth’s book and draw upon the skills of Bournemouth University’s students and academics. More than 70 businessmen and women heard how BU provides the Premier League club with expertise across a range of disciplines. That included a testing time 11 years ago when the Cherries could barely pay staff before … Read More

New bid to help homeless

A major new multi-agency initiative aiming at reducing rough sleeping and homelessness in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch has been launched. Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Street Support is backed by up to 30 different organisations, including charities, churches and local authorities. These include charitable housing association BCHA whose social enterprise offshoot the New Leaf Company’s multi-use premises The Factory in Alder … Read More

AFC Bournemouth’s CherryBot hailed a big success

AFC Bournemouth’s first foray into the world of artificial intelligence has been hailed a huge success. ‘CherryBot’ was designed to enhance supporters’ matchday experience by answering questions and offering access to an exclusive selfie competition and video highlights among other things, and was launched for the Cherries’ recent home fixture against Liverpool. And having become one of the first Premier … Read More

Dorset businesses in £13.4m support scheme

Essential business support worth up to £13.4 million is available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Dorset under a comprehensive scheme launching this week.

Anniversary milestone for steel firm

A construction company formed in the year building work started on the channel tunnel is celebrating its 30th anniversary after growing to be one of the leading players in the UK steel industry.

Chamber awards Ofsted chief top marks for skills revolution call

Dorset’s voice of business is backing calls by Britain’s Ofsted boss to bring in vocational training for non-academic teenagers aged 14 to 19. Sir Michael Wilshaw publicly called for more university technical colleges (UTCs) in order to create the skills revolution needed to make us more competitive after Brexit. Members of Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry have repeatedly flagged up … Read More