Business News from BCP Council 🗞️ 22 April 2024
💡 T Level Employer Event
📅 15 May 2024 ⌚ 16:00 - 18:00 📍 Bournemouth & Poole College, Poole Campus

Bournemouth and Poole College are excited to announce a T Level Information Event designed specifically for local businesses to discover the numerous benefits and opportunities associated with the new T Level qualifications. These innovative courses are tailored to meet the needs of industry and prepare students for the workforce by combining classroom learning with on-the-job experience.
The college currently offers T Levels in the following areas:
  • Business: Management and Administration - Business Support
  • Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Digital Support Services
  • Media
  • Maintenance Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Education and Early Years
  • Health
Whether you are new to T Levels or would like to expand your knowledge, the event will ensure you gain valuable insights into how T Levels can serve as a vital resource for developing future talent tailored to your industry needs. The event will also offer a platform for networking with educators and industry partners, understanding the structure of work placements, and how your business can engage directly with these programs.

For more details, feel free to contact
Register here by 14 May 🔍
📢 Have you had your say on the draft Local Plan yet?
Our new draft Local Plan for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole sets out an ambitious strategy for growth until 2039.

Please get involved and share your views on the future of where you live. If you are a Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole based business, and have benefitted or may in future benefit from the service the Economic Development (ED) team provides, whether it's free support, grant funding, networking events, new contacts or anything else, we welcome your participation.

Consultation closes 1pm Friday 3 May 2024. 
Find out more and have your say 🔍
💡 Forged @ FOUNDRY Business Plan Challenge
Forged @ FOUNDRY is a programme designed to inspire and support the next generation of exciting young entrepreneurs. The programme is currently overseeing an exciting Business Plan Challenge.

With access to a £9,000 cash fund, potential desk and office space at FOUNDRY in Poole, exhibition space and market stalls within The Dolphin Centre and business mentoring available too, this is a huge opportunity offering new businesses a really useful head start on their journey.

If you’re a student, a recent graduate from any UK college or university, or an alumnus from the past three years, with a current address within the BH postcode region, and you have the right permissions to set up a business in the UK, then you’re eligible.
Find out more 🔍
🚀 Marine and Maritime Launchpad Future Funding
📅 8 May 2024 ⌚ 08:00 - 12:00 📍 Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Join us for the Innovate UK Marine and Maritime Launchpad Future Funding event, tailored specifically for Dorset's marine and maritime businesses. The event will delve into the latest funding opportunities and initiatives aimed at businesses involved in Clean Maritime, Digital Oceans and Marine Autonomy in Dorset.
This event is a must-attend for Dorset-based marine and maritime businesses looking to innovate and grow. Whether you're a seasoned industry player, a start-up or a support organisation looking to collaborate on projects, if your business involves Clean Maritime, Digital Oceans, and Marine Autonomy, this event is tailored just for you. Connect with like-minded peers, industry and academic experts plus funding specialists to explore the opportunities available.
Find out more and register 🔍
✈️ Air Festival trading spaces available
📅 29 - 31 August 2024

Are you interested in a trade stand at the Bournemouth Air Festival?

The event has the largest single audience of any aviation event in Europe, presenting a wealth of trading and brand engagement opportunities. Complete the trade form to secure your place.
Find out more about trade and sponsorship opportunities 🔍
📅 Dates for your diary - upcoming events
23 April: The Customer Connection Lab: Crafting your Irresistible Offer
23 April: Dorset Business Awards Launch - Dorset Chamber
23 April: 
Content Marketing Strategies for Small Business | Small Business Britain
24 April: Sustainability in Business event
25 April: You Are The Media Creator Day
25 April: Carbon Cutting 101 | Small Business Britain
30 April: How to Build a Business Plan on a Page | Small Business Britain
8 May: Bournemouth Jobs Fair
8 May: FSB Networking at The Foundry, Poole

8 May: Marine and Maritime Launchpad Future Funding
13 May: Growth & Productivity Group (day 2)
14 May: Your Sales and Marketing Guide | Small Business Britain
15 May: T Level Employer Event at Bournemouth & Poole College, Poole Campus
17 May: Dorset Apprenticeship Awards 2024 - Dorset Chamber
17 May: Computers in Business event at BU (register your interest here)
22 May: Boost Your Social Media Presenc | Small Business Britain
5 June: Business Futures Coffee and Networking
6 June: Dorset Chamber Business Expo
21-24 June: Festival of Design & Engineering | Bournemouth University
27 June: Dorset Chamber's 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner
7 August: Bournemouth Jobs Fair
29 - 31 August: Bournemouth Air Festival
30 August: DEMC business breakfast on the beach (enquire here)
11 September: Business Futures Coffee and Networking
15 October: Business Futures - Dream Planning
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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