Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce


Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce


Be part of ‘Festival Coast Live’ Activity & Events programme across BCP in 2021!

You could be part of this year’s ‘Festival Coast Live!’ activity and events programme in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch across the spring, summer, autumn and beyond.

As part of the BCP Council’s BounceBack initiative, Festival Coast Live! has the ambition to engage and support local organisations, community groups, clubs, performers and event organisers to develop a diverse vibrant spectacle of events and activities that celebrate and show case what makes the area and its communities so special for people who live, visit and work here.

As COVID- 19 measures are lifted, we hope, by late May, a particular focus will be on local professional and community artists, musicians and dance groups entertaining residents (and eventually visitors too) through a series of pop-up event experiences. These will celebrate live music, dance, food, heritage, culture, literature, health and fitness, wellbeing, lifestyle, nature and the environment.

As part of this programme, the Arts by the Sea Festival will be curating a special programme of cultural events throughout the outdoor season showcasing local professional and community performers.

A key component in delivering the Festival Coast Live! events and activities programme is that BCP Council will also be offering small community focused grants to existing activity organisers to enhance their events and assist with Covid measures, as well as to individuals, groups or organisations who want to be part of the pop up experiences. The grant funding application process is being finalised and details will be released shortly.

The Festival Coast Live! activities and events programme will be developed over the next few years as the world bounces back from these challenging times, with the aim of celebrating the region’s wonderful open spaces and vibrant communities.

Festival Coast Live! Intention of Interest: click here:

Cabs 4 Jabs from PRC Streamline Taxis

PRC Streamline Taxis  are currently working  with the local community to raise funds to provide over 1000 free cab rides for those in the  Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Wimborne, and Ferndown areas who cannot afford to pay to travel for their Covid – 19 vaccinations.

Some people are concerned about using public transport, exposing themselves to more people than they would in a taxi so we want to make it safer for those who are more vulnerable and the elderly to travel alone or with one other person from their household or bubble. Public Health Dorset would rather they didn’t ask neighbours, not in their bubble, for lifts as this might also spread the virus. We already provide discounted fares for vaccination trips but having seen Cabs4Jabs on the TV, thought that we should go the extra mile and get involved.

PRC Streamline are not in a position to offer this service for free as drivers are already working on a much lower income due to the pandemic and the reduction in work. We are working closely with many of the vaccination centres in the BCP area and beyond so  please get in touch  as soon as you receive your Covid appointment.

We’d like to thank those who have donated and would be grateful if you can all share the link and spread the word to others who can donate and support this initiative.

We are working closely with many of the vaccination centres in the BCP area and beyond so  please get in touch  as soon as you receive your Covid appointment.

If you want to book a free cab to get to your Covid Appointment please call  01202 37 37 37. You’ll need to confirm your appointment time and location please.

PRC Streamline Cabs for Jabs fundraising team will only use your donation to pay for taxi fares for local older and vulnerable residents who require assistance getting to and from their Covid vaccination appointment only.

Donate here: Go Fund Me Cab 4 Jabs

⚠️ Rapidly rising cases of COVID-19 in BCP

The threat from COVID-19 has never been greater locally. COVID-19 infection rates are currently doubling every five days in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

In the latest published seven-day data, 786 people in every 100,000 people have COVID-19 in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole – more than double the number the week before.*

Since New Year’s Day, someone has been admitted to hospital with COVID-19 every hour in the local area, and someone has died every six hours.

It is vital that we all stay at home. 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms. Please don’t risk passing it onto others.

*Data for 7-day period ending 5 January 2021



Latest COVID-19 figures for Dorset

Public Health Dorset has published the latest weekly figures for COVID-19 in the BCP Council and Dorset Council areas, which show that they have risen COVID-19 cases have risen.

Find out more here

Welfare call if you are told to self-isolate

If you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace you will receive a welfare call from our ‘Together We Can’ team.

If someone is vulnerable and without a support network of friends and family to help you access food and essential items, help will be offered through our volunteer scheme.

Find out more here.

Protecting people, supporting businesses

Our economic development team and environmental health officers have been assisting local businesses, with advice and support to help them adhere to government COVID-19 guidance, ensuring they re-open, stay open and operate safely and successfully. The majority of businesses have been complying with the guidance. We’ve received a £187,500 government grant to help continue this work so that we can keep local people safe and businesses operating, whilst keeping the infection rate down and avoiding further local restrictions.

We’re working closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to contact local businesses and will soon be carrying out spot checks to make sure they are COVID-secure. If you run a business and our officers make a call, please don’t ignore it.

Find out more here.