Business News from BCP Council 🗞️ 2 April 2024
🤝 FSB networking at Foundry
📅 3 April 2024 ⌚ 16:00 - 18:00 📍 Foundry, Poole

Join Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) for networking at the Foundry, Poole, free of charge. Everyone is welcome whether an FSB member or non-member.

FSB is delighted to be hosting this event as part of a series of free in-person FSB events. The session will include both opportunities to network and presentations focusing on local information and topics of interest.

This month, the speakers are Joanne Young, from Joanne Young Consultancy, who will be talking about ‘Using 2 Ears and 1 Mouth Effectively’, and Mark Masters who will be discussing ‘How Do You Help People Feel Like They Belong?’.
Find out more and register 🔍
🚨 New Growth Group Alert
📅 22 April and 13 May 2024 ⌚ 09:00 - 16:00 📍 AUB Innovation Studio

This is an exciting opportunity for business leaders to receive free business support with Evolve. Join their final Growth Group programme for business leaders focused on enhancing productivity and innovation.
With two workshops covering leadership, strategic planning, and employee engagement, this programme offers a practical approach to your business challenges.
Thanks to support by Dorset LEP, the programme is free to attend whilst spaces remain available. 
Find out more and register 🔍
💡 AECC University College Innovation Vouchers for SMEs
AECC University College have launched their new Innovation Vouchers scheme to stimulate collaboration between SMEs and AECC that leads to business innovation and growth. 

Innovation vouchers can provide your small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) with access to academic skills, expertise, and specialist equipment and facilities to improve your business’ innovation capability and, the opportunity to build a long-term partnership with AECC University College. 
Find out more 🔍
🏆 Central South Business Awards 2024
📅 Entry deadline: 17 April 2024

The 2024 Central South Business Awards, which celebrates the exceptional achievements of businesses across the region, are open for entry.

The annual awards, in association with Business South, acknowledge those businesses and individuals that have gone above and beyond, achieving great results, inspiring others and demonstrating best practice.
With 15 categories to choose from, the awards offer opportunities for all businesses in the region to apply. Any business, with an office based in the Central South can submit up to three entries. Entry is free. 

Winners will be announced at the Leonardo Royal Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton on 4 July 2024.
Find out more and enter 🔍
🤝 Manufacturing/ Engineering & International Trade event
📅 18 April 2024 ⌚ 08:00 - 10:45 📍 Parvalux, Poole

Join Dorset Chamber for the Manufacturing/Engineering & International Trade Networking Breakfast sponsored by Parvalux Electric Motors Ltd.
This event offers a fantastic opportunity to connect with fellow industry leaders along with invaluable insights into emerging international markets, legislative changes, and growth opportunities.

The event will include presentations from Managing Director of Parvalux, Doug Sheppard, who will share their Net Zero journey and plans for the future at their new site in Poole, as well as Andrew Large from the Department for Business & Trade who will be exploring the topic of 'Exporting Services Overseas'.
Find out more and register 🔍
🚀 Startup School for Seniors
Suzanne and Mark are two experienced entrepreneurs with over 10 years of experience between them helping people start successful businesses.

They're passionate about empowering the over 50s to turn their lived or work experience into profitable businesses. Their self-paced course is affordable and flexible, and they're committed to providing you with all the support and resources you need to succeed.
Find out more 🔍
📅 Dates for your diary - upcoming events
7 April Coastal Speed and Style Supercar Sunday
16 April: The Customer Connection Lab: Crafting your Irresistible Offer
17 April: Central South Business Awards - entries closing
18 April: The Customer Connection Lab: Crafting your Irresistible Offer
18 April: Manufacturing/Engineering & International Trade Networking Breakfast
22 April: Growth & Productivity Group (day 1)
23 April: The Customer Connection Lab: Crafting your Irresistible Offer
23 April: Business Futures - Dream Planning
23 April: Dorset Business Awards Launch - Dorset Chamber
24 April: Sustainability in Business event
25 April: You Are The Media Creator Day
8 May: Bournemouth Jobs Fair
13 May: Growth & Productivity Group (day 2)
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
6 June: Dorset Chamber Business Expo
21-24 June: Festival of Design & Engineering | Bournemouth University
7 August: Bournemouth Jobs Fair
29 - 31 August: Bournemouth Air Festival
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
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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