Disaster relief training ship set for launch

Ambitious plans are being launched for a £150m training and disaster relief ship with cutting-edge British technology. Britannia Maritime Aid (BMA), a registered charity, aims to build the futuristic vessel in Britain. It is officially launching its plans at the UK Chamber of Shipping on Monday September 9 during London International Shipping Week. Maritime professionals and training experts have joined … Read More

New school takes shape with steel

A UK steel industry backed project to rebuild a hurricane-hit primary school is nearing completion in the Caribbean. Dorset-based John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) is leading a consortium of UK businesses which have joined forces to help reconstruct the Enis Adams Primary School on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. They are Tata Steel, National Tube Stockholders, Joseph Ash … Read More

Chamber calls for infrastructure action

Businesses are becoming increasingly concerned by failing infrastructure, according to Dorset’s voice of business. Dorset Chamber has called for action amid the ongoing closure of Poole’s Twin Sails Bridge and the Sandbanks ferry. Both are currently out of action at one of the peak times of the year. It wants to see a long term vision for infrastructure in the … Read More

Barnbrook races ahead with relay

A Hampshire engineering firm is set to launch an innovative relay switch to target new business growth. Award-winning Barnbrook Systems Ltd has developed the one inch cube relay to expand one of its core product lines. The Fareham-based firm is also upgrading its market leading fire suppression actuators, which are used on extinguishers, cylinders and sprinkler systems. Managing director Tony … 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

Capital fundraiser for sailing trust

A Dorset charity which helps young and disabled people go sailing is set for a major boost from an epic overnight fundraiser. A 15-strong team from blue chip firm Knight Frank Investment Management LLP (KFIM) is tackling a 24 hour sponsored cycle and run for the Chesil Sailing Trust (CST) and national disability charity Sense. They will undertake the gruelling challenge … 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

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

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