Dorset Chamber backs Brexit rallying cry

Dorset business chief Ian Girling backed a stinging Brexit rebuke for politicians at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) conference in London. Ian, who is chief executive of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, threw his weight behind a hard-hitting speech from BCC director general Adam Marshall about the Brexit chaos. A delegation from Dorset was thrust into the heart … Read More

REIDsteel celebrates century of success

A Dorset steel company founded in 1919 by Colonel John Reid, whose first structures included aircraft hangars for the famous French aviator Louis Bleriot, is celebrating its landmark centenary year. John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) linked up with the cross-Channel airman after he crash-landed in a field in France and used a cattle shed built by the firm to … Read More

Shane blazes apprenticeship trail at Barnbrook Systems

  Young engineer Shane Hutton is leading the way for a new wave of apprentices at a Hampshire manufacturing firm. He has become the first trainee from Fareham-based Barnbrook Systems Ltd to attend the Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training (CEMAST). Fareham College runs the purpose-built facility in the Solent Enterprise Zone at the Daedalus airfield, … Read More

Britannia boosts East Cowes car parking

Leading car park operator Britannia Parking has opened its latest facility in East Cowes town centre on the Isle of Wight. It has created the 48-space Well Road car park to provide much needed parking for residents, tourists and visitors as well as for commuters and ferry passengers. Short, long, overnight and 24-hour stays available on the site, which has … Read More

Ellis Jones Solicitors have a nose for fun

Fundraisers from Ellis Jones Solicitors were game for a laugh with a host of activities for this year’s Comic Relief. They joined in a dress down day, sold red noses throughout their offices, held a bake sale and took part in special red nose riddle competition. Staff from the regional law firm also raised a smile with a contest to … Read More

Dorset Chamber adds steel

Dorset’s leading business support organisation has strengthened its board with a high calibre appointment from one of the county’s most successful exporters and steel firms. The Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed REIDsteel managing director Simon Boyd as a non-executive director. Christchurch-based REIDsteel has exported to more than 140 countries to date and is a four times winner … Read More

Ellis Jones Solicitors celebrates International Women’s Day

A Dorset law firm has celebrated International Women’s Day by revealing that three quarters of its staff – and a third of its partners – are female. Ellis Jones Solicitors says the figures are the highest in its history and demonstrate its ‘total commitment’ to gender equality. Kate Brooks, Partner and Head of Employment/HR Services, said: “Law is traditionally seen … Read More

Power of three boosts Fareham firm

A Fareham manufacturing firm has invested in the future by appointing three talented graduates to help drive innovation. Barnbrook Systems Ltd recruited James Allpress, Joel Hedges and Maria Vaquerizo to work on new projects and bring fresh ideas. They bring the total number of people at the family-owned business in Fareham Park Road to 45 – its highest headcount to … Read More

Facing Brexit with confidence

Businesses in Dorset are being urged to attend a top level conference to help them prepare for the impact of Brexit. Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry is holding the major event with the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership and Bournemouth University. Expert speakers will be on a panel at the Business Brexit Conference at the Hallmark Carlton Hotel in Bournemouth … Read More

Portsmouth firm aims high for 30th anniversary

A multi-disciplinary consultancy in Portsmouth is targeting major new growth as it celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019. McAndrew Martin has developed into a multi-million-pound business with prestigious contracts at Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Horse Guards Parade among others since its launch in 1989. Based at the Acorn Business Centre in Portsmouth with offices in London, its … Read More