The Bournemouth Chamber has a strong working relationship with our Business Support Partners to help ensure our members receive the best support possible in all aspects of their business.
If you have concerns about aspects of your business, want to develop your business but are unsure how to progress, or would like to develop the skills of your team then contact the organisations below or call the Chamber Secretary on 07920 140997.
Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce works closely with WSX Enterprise, based in Poole, provides training courses and business support services for those both starting in business and established businesses.
The 2 day ‘New in Business’ course programme focuses on the key issues that are fundamental to the success of any new business. This course is also ideal for those businesses that may have already started trading but may be in need of developing a cohesive business plan. The courses are held locally at both Bournemouth and Poole College campuses, with the Bournemouth course supported and sponsored by Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce.
The course covers:
Business Planning & Regulations
Sales & Marketing
Finance & Accounts
Please also refer to our website: www.wsxenterprise.co.uk/new-in-business
* Special discounts apply for BCTC members.
WSX also offer a fantastic choice of networking opportunities:
Rural-Net – the essential network for enterprising rural businesses building on the legacy of the Rural Business Clubs. We would delighted to welcome you, whether you are already on board with Rural-Net, a member of the Rural Business Clubs, or looking to find out more about the only rural business network for Dorset.
Please take a look at the Rural-Net website to find out more,
BusinessXchange is a lively and friendly, non-competitive network that brings together Dorset business owners or directors to share ideas, knowledge and resources. BusinessXchange isn’t about cross-selling or lead generation. It’s a opportunity where you can meet other business owners and find practical solutions to the common issues that most affect your bottom line. The results of which identify opportunities for improvement, business collaboration and potential joint ventures.
To find out more about upcoming BusinessXchange events, please click here
Services to benefit High Growth businesses in the South West
If your business can demonstrate ambition, innovation and high growth potential, WSX Enterprise offers two high impact business growth services to drive your success – and as they’re funded by the European Regional Development Fund, there is no charge. This programme is delivered by WSX Enterprise on behalf of Business West.
• Starting a High Growth Business
• Coaching for High Growth
If you’d like to know more about these High Growth services or find out if you’re eligible, please contact Liz Wright at WSX on 01202 607532
And to Grow Your Business
The Dorset Business Mentoring Programme (Dormen) provides one-to-one mentoring support for small businesses across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. Since its start in 2005, the programme has supported over 500 businesses – ranging from sole traders to medium sized companies.
Mentoring is a relationship between two parties, where one (the mentor) gives the other (the client) guidance and support to achieve agreed objectives. Mentors cannot work miracles but they can use their business experience to help clients review their operations and future plans, and act as a sounding board. They can also provide encouragement and support to help clients achieve those plans.
Dormen Business Mentors are experienced business and professional people who provide their time at no charge. They are trained in business mentoring and kept up to date with recent developments in business knowledge and skills through our continuing programme of development.
If you are a small developing business, a Dormen mentor may be able to provide you with help from a business person who has been there and done it! A business can be referred to the scheme by a recognised business support body, such as Business Link or a bank, or you can request a mentor yourself.
The programme has been developed through a partnership of local authorities, public sector agencies, private sector agencies, private sector institutions and Higher/Further Education establishments.
Click here to visit the Dormen website
Retail Resource provides a service to the retail industry helping to raise its profile, attract passionate new staff and develop first class skills for today's fast moving retail environment.
Through a One-Stop-Virtual-Shop it brings together many of the elements needed for a successful retail sector - employers, potential employees, education,training providers and business support partners throughout Dorset.
Managed by Bournemouth & Poole College the Skillshop is a free service which makes a retailers life easier by going to them to identify and help address all their retail business support and training needs.