Business News from BCP Council 🗞️ 25 March 2024
💡ED team attend Careers & Apprenticeship Show
BCP Council's Economic Development (ED) team supported and attended the annual Careers & Apprenticeship Show at the Bournemouth International Centre on 14 March. 
The event provided an opportunity for local employers across all sectors to introduce themselves to students, parents and carers and tell them about the exciting opportunities available for when they finish their studies. 

The ED team were there supporting local employers by showcasing the opportunities available across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and, highlighting the importance of retaining our young talent within the area.
Find out more about support for local businesses 🔍
👷‍♂️ Bournemouth & Poole College Groundbreaking Event

Bournemouth and Poole College proudly announced on Wednesday 20 March the start of construction to transform its Bournemouth campus into a world-class learning environment, at a groundbreaking event that gathered esteemed guests and community leaders.

The ceremony marked a significant milestone in the college’s commitment to provide some of the highest-quality education facilities in the country, following the multi million pound investment from the government’s Further Education Capital Transformation Fund. The event symbolised the beginning of a journey to deliver increased opportunities for future learners.

Find out more about the redevelopment plans 🔍
📈 Business Futures - Dream Planning
📅 23 April 2024 ⌚ 09:30 - 12:45 📍 Arena Offices, Poole

An interactive session exploring your business aspirations and goals ...Dream Planning. 

For many businesses we're heading into the new financial year trying to deliver business as usual. But, as business leaders, entrepreneurs and founders it's important to take time out to think about the future - what aspirations do you have for your business, your team and yourself, how you can refresh your strategy and what actionable plans can be put in to place to bring them to life?
Adding a sprinkle of inspiration is Special Guest Speaker Simon H-C - Entrepreneur, peer2peer Boards Co-Founder working with hundreds of business leaders around the UK and one of DPD UK's most successful franchisees (from £70 million to £2 billion).
Find out more and register 🔍
🙌 AECC free community pop up event
On Monday 18 March, staff and students from AECC University College opened the doors to its health and support pop-up event at the Arts Depot in Boscombe.

Open to all, this is the first event of its type organised by the AECC UC and included free mental, physical, social care, lifestyle and exercise health support for the local community to access. 

The services and information at the pop-up event were provided by the AECC UC together with local partners including Help & Care, BEAF Arts Co, CAN (Community Action Network), Healthwatch and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, to name just a few.
Read more 🔍
🤝 Business Futures - Coffee and Networking
📅 5 June 2024 ⌚ 10:30 - 12:00 📍 Foundry, Poole

How optimistic are you about business and the economy? What are the most pressing issues for business and where are the opportunities? Are you interested in exploring economic trends and insights?

Join other movers, shakers and rising stars for the informal get together to exchange notes and explore what's on the radar. Think of it as a litmus test of the economy exploring both headwinds and tailwinds - the challenges, opportunities and emerging trends over the upcoming business quarter.

Coffee, Cake, Chat and Insights on the agenda.
Find out more and register 🔍
📅 Dates for your diary - upcoming events
7 April Coastal Speed and Style Supercar Sunday
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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