Business News from BCP Council 🗞️ 18 March 2024
🏆 FSB Franchise Award for Poole based business
The Federation for Small Businesses (FSB) has celebrated the big achievements of small businesses in the South West with Poole based ‘Your Man with a Van’ winning the Franchise Award. This award celebrates a franchisee who demonstrated the ability to perform exceptionally well in all areas of their business, regardless of the size of the business or the sector they work in.
Dan Scarborough started this business on his own, but after a few years decided to branch out into a franchise model. They now have 17 branches across the UK from Glasgow to Poole. Dan provides practical knowledge through his own experience, there is a comprehensive induction training programme, a franchisee group chat and every branch has a 5 star Google rating.
Read the full Press Release 🔍
📈 GBIP Advanced Manufacturing South Korea 2024
The Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP) helps ambitious UK companies developing cutting edge technologies in key sectors enter global markets of strategic importance and find international collaboration partners.

Why South Korea? Manufacturing is the mainstay of the Korean economy, accounting for 25.5% of GDP and 90% of exports. In June 2019, the Korean government announced its “Manufacturing Renaissance Vision” to revitalise the manufacturing industry through innovation and by adopting smart, eco-friendly technologies. In 2022 the sector benefitted from a $1.9 billion investment into R&D smart factory projects.

Successful applicants will benefit from an intensive 9 to 12 months three phased programme and bespoke support from an innovation and growth specialist throughout. 

Deadline to apply: 28 March 2024. 
Find out more and apply 🔍
🤝 Digital Employer Survey from BPC College
Bournemouth and Poole College is currently conducting a comprehensive review of its offerings to ensure they align effectively with industry requirements. Your expertise and insights as an employer are invaluable in this process. 
To ensure its training programs meet the expectations of the digital industry, the college is conducting a survey to gather feedback from industry professionals like yourself. Your responses will be handled with utmost confidentiality and solely used to enhance its training programs.

Thank you in advance for your time and contribution.
Access the survey here 🔍
Historic Tallship to dock at Poole Quay
Poole Business Improvement District (BID) is excited to announce the arrival of the magnificent tallship ‘Galeon Andalucia' to Poole Quay July 30th to August 5th for a six-day exhibition. Funded by the BID, the event promises to bring a wave of maritime history and excitement to the area, drawing visitors from far and wide.
Jacqui Rock, BID Lead, commented about the upcoming exhibition, "We are excited to welcome ‘Galeon Andalucia' to Poole Quay. This historic tallship promises to be a significant draw for visitors, enriching our waterfront with its rich history and cultural significance. We believe that ‘Galeon Andalucia' will not only enhance the appeal of our vibrant community but also contribute to increased footfall, benefiting local businesses and the wider community."
Read the full Press Release 🔍
🤝 The Customer Connection Lab
📅 16, 18 and 23 Apri 2024 ⌚ 09:30 - 13:30 📍 Online

Are you struggling to connect with your ideal customers? It's time to bridge the gap! Join this engaging two-part workshop designed to empower your business and transform your customer relationships. Limited spaces available. What will you learn?
  • Identify your key customer segments
  • Pinpoint customer needs and desires
  • Tailor your offerings to match customer expectations
  • Communicate your unique value effectively
Please only sign up if you can attend all sessions. 
Find out more and register 🔍
📅 Dates for your diary - upcoming events
20 March: The Customer Connection Lab: Crafting your Irresistible Offer | Silicon South
20 March: Director Roundtable: Unfiltered
21 March: Springtime Speak Easy | Silicon South
16 April: The Customer Connection Lab: Crafting your Irresistible Offer
18 April: The Customer Connection Lab: Crafting your Irresistible Offer
18 April: Counter terrorism awareness for businesses groups and organisations
23 April: The Customer Connection Lab: Crafting your Irresistible Offer
23 April: Business Futures - Dream Planning
24 April: Sustainability in Business event
25 April: You Are The Media Creator Day
8 May: Bournemouth Jobs Fair
17 May: Dorset Apprenticeship Awards 2024 - Dorset Chamber
17 May: Computers in Business event at BU (register your interest here)
5 June: Business Futures Coffee and Networking
21-24 June: Festival of Design & Engineering | Bournemouth University
7 August: Bournemouth Jobs Fair
11 September: Business Futures Coffee and Networking
Additional support and resources
Free diagnostic and match-funded grants from BCP Council
Jan 2024 - Q.1 Dorset LEP e-Newsletter
Guide: Making business finance work for you
Export advice for SMEs doing business in the UK and overseas
New Fire Safety Regulations from 1 October 2023
Single use plastics ban 2023
Evolve Business Accelerator (Royal Arcade Boscombe)
Employer offer from Jobcentre Plus in Dorset
Business Crime Reporting Guide from Dorset Police
Links to financial support
The Heat Training Grant
Dorset Business Angels
Global Explorers - Innovate UK
The South West Investment Fund
Horizon Scanning and Bid Writing support from Dorset LEP
Grants to support young people with business start-up costs
Directory of current funding and support on
Funding opportunities from Innovate UK
Guidance for start up funding
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👩‍💻 ED Team visit FOUNDRY in Poole
The Economic Development (ED) team at BCP Council visited FOUNDRY in Poole for an exclusive preview and tour of the brand new co-working space that will soon be welcoming startup and established businesses, freelancers and networkers.
Adam Walker, founder, said: "FOUNDRY will be offering the Poole business community a platform to meet clients, contacts and build connections. Great to show the BCP ED team around and give them a sneak peak of our private offices, dedicated desks, meeting rooms and boutique members work lounge".
Businesses interested in learning more can get in touch and book a tour.
Adam Walker, FOUNDRY (front, 3rd from left), and the BCP Council ED Team.
The ED team work on behalf of businesses across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, from small independents to large employers, helping them get the support they need to grow, create jobs and be successful.
Find out more about FOUNDRY 🔍
♻️ Limited places remaining for Climate Essentials
Climate Essentials is an online carbon management system that makes climate action easy, engaging, and affordable for businesses. We streamline the journey to net zero by measuring, managing, and reducing emissions.
Climate Essentials is available at no cost for one year to SMEs with up to 250 employees based within the BCP Council conurbation.
Find out more and register your interest 🔍
📢 Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) new CEO
Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) are pleased to announce that Captain Brian Murphy will be taking over as CEO of PHC from Jim Stewart on 1^st July 2023. Brian has been with the organisation since 2004. He was appointed as Harbour Master in 2008 and was given the extra responsibility of Marine & Port Director in 2018.
Read the full Press Release 🔍
🏆 You Are The Media Creator Day - this Thursday
* 📅 Thursday 27 April 2023
* 📍 Lighthouse, Poole
A day for direction for businesses to become self sufficient with their content and message. Find momentum to be a leading voice in your industry and build your audience, so people stay with you.
To help make this event affordable, BCP businesses, Foundry,
Magic Digits
and SAFI Valves
, is now £45.
View the agenda, schedule, speakers and book ✅
📅 More upcoming events and workshops
* Free events from Small Business Britain
+ 27 April: Elevate: Writing copy that stands out
+ 28 April: Create a winning business strategy
* 27 April: You Are The Media Creator Day
* 3 May: Discover how T-Levels can work in your workplace
* 11 May: Speak Easy by Silicon South
* 12 May: Computing in Business (CiB)
* 31 Aug to 3 Sept: Bournemouth Air Festival STEM Marquee (enquire here
Additional support and resources
FREE support programme
for Dorset businesses
Training and employment schemes
for your business
HMRC business advice page
Employer offer
from Jobcentre Plus in Dorset
Workplace and mental health advice from the BCP Together
Visit Dorset LEP website
for information on business support
Business Crime Reporting Guide
from Dorset Police
♻️ Help to get your organisation to Net Zero
Free carbon reduction platform
for BCP based businesses
Links to financial support
UK Global Screen Fund: International Co-production Strand
Grants to support young people with business start-up costs
Directory of current funding and support
Funding opportunities from Innovate UK
Guidance for start up funding
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