Businesses back care lifeline

Dorset Chamber has launched a groundbreaking fund to transform the life chances of disadvantaged young people in care. It has founded ‘Dorset Chamber Life Skills’ as one of the crowning initiatives of commemorations to mark its 70th anniversary in 2019. The fund will raise money to provide life and employability skills for the rising number of young people in care … Read More

REIDsteel flies flag for livery hangar

Dorset steel firm John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) has won a new contract for a major hangar at a South East airport. The firm is providing the design, fabrication and installation of steelwork and cladding for a replacement aircraft painting and livery facility, which will also be able to accommodate larger aircraft at Southend Airport. It is set to … Read More

Business Innovation South expo proving popular

Businesses across the central south region are signing up to exhibit at the first ever Business Innovation South expo on September 12, 2019. The event, which will be held at Chilworth Manor Hotel near Southampton, is proving popular with businesses across a broad range of sectors. The brainchild of businesswoman, Lara Bull, the expo will bring together established companies from the … Read More

Eco Coffee time at business centre

Business people in Poole’s Alder Hills area are being invited to taste the Eco Coffee™ and help boost a charitable housing association. A new café area has been set up at The Factory, the workspace, business development and social enterprise centre administered by Bournemouth-based housing association BCHA. And, given the dearth of nearby coffee shops, The Factory hopes to attract … Read More

Firms urged to speak up for business

Firms in Dorset are being urged to help make business’s voice heard in the corridors of power. The Dorset Chamber has opened its latest Quarterly Economic Survey (QES), to take the temperature of business and pinpoint key issues. Dorset responses will be added to those from other chambers accredited with the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). Dorset Chamber chief executive … Read More

Centenary celebration is great success for Christchurch firm

  A steel firm looked to the future as it celebrated its past at a glittering 100th anniversary party in Christchurch. Directors of John Reid & Son Ltd (REIDsteel) held the centenary celebration for 300 members of staff, clients, suppliers and business associates. Guests came from across the UK and around the world for the extravaganza, including Belize, Ghana, India, … Read More

Morebus is all aboard with Dorset Chamber

A bus company is going places with the Dorset Chamber after becoming a Platinum Business Partner. Poole-based morebus has joined forces with the county’s voice of business to help it drive economic growth and to forge new links with other firms. The Chamber, which is Dorset’s leading business support organisation, has more than 720 members – including nearly 30 Business … Read More

Partnership boost for The Factory social enterprise hub

Charitable housing association BCHA is celebrating the successful completion of a partnership with Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which has seen The Factory, its multi-use facility in Poole, acquired, refurbished and operational during the past three years. Through its Growing Places Fund scheme, Dorset LEP provided a low interest five-year loan of £775,000 which enabled BCHA to purchase the former … Read More