Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce


Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce


New Police and Crime Plan for Dorset

Dear Colleague,

I am delighted to write to you with the news that I have today launched my Police and Crime Plan, aimed to make Dorset the safest county in England and Wales.  The Plan can be viewed via the following link:

Police and Crime Plan

There are six priorities in my plan: Cut Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour; Make Policing More Visible and Connected; Fight Violent Crime and High Harm; Fight Rural Crime; Put Victims and Communities First; and Make Every Penny Count. Each of the priorities are underpinned by the manifesto commitments I made during the PCC campaign.

I have an unashamedly ambitious vision for Dorset and much of the Plan will only be achieved through bold and transformative activity. Some of this activity will take time, and skilful collaboration with partner agencies locally, regionally and nationally to realise. It is for this reason that I have set this Plan to cover two terms of office.

I wanted to become Police and Crime Commissioner because of the shared experiences I had with the people of Dorset. I saw it as my chance to make a real difference and that’s exactly what I intend to do – to make a real difference for my county, its residents, its businesses, and its communities.

I look forward to working with many of you over the coming months and years to make Dorset the safest county.

Kind regards,

David Sidwick | Police & Crime Commissioner
Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner | Force Headquarters | Winfrith | Dorset |  DT2 8DZ



Help to Grow: Management programme

Businesses in Dorset can benefit from 50 hours of in-depth training, 1:1 business mentoring, and the opportunity to grow their business, fast.

Help To Grow: Management is the 12-week programme that is 90% subsidised by the government and is aimed at senior leaders of small and medium businesses. Business leaders can take part around existing work commitments and access learning through a blend of online and face-to-face sessions.

The course covers financial management, strategies for growth and innovation, digital adoption and responsible business practices. It features inspirational business leaders and the opportunity to learn alongside local peers, with access to a national alumni network. Help to Grow: Management programme at Bournemouth University Business School is now open for applications.

To register, click here. 

Dorset Spark! Local Talent and Business Event

Creative and  digital tech businesses are invited to meet future talent and consider ways to attract the finest graduates via workshop activity with potential recruits at ‘Dorset SPARK’, taking place on Wednesday 20th October.

Dorset SPARK will focus on retaining and attracting talent to the creative and tech sector in the BCP area. This event is part of BCP Council’s ‘Future Skills and Employment Week’ at Boscombe Royal Arcade and is hosted by Dorset Growth Hub.

It’s the perfect time for collaboration between multi-generational and multi-sector teams to find a practical, innovative solution to their challenge.

To register, click here.









High Sheriff of Dorset shows support for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Michael Dooley FRCOG, the newly declared High Sheriff of Dorset, has visited Lewis-Manning Hospice Care and looks forward to fully supporting the charity during his term in office. He took time out to visit the hospice on his maiden official visit in his new role.

Michael said, “I am thrilled to be able to help Lewis-Manning Hospice Care. It was a real privilege to meet with the Director of Fundraising Tom Goodinge, Day Hospice Clinical Team Manager Debbie Tallick-Wyatt, Director of Finance and Operations Alison Dean and Trustee Timothy Lee,  to understand more about the challenges and opportunities that the charity has faced over recent months.  It was brilliant to hear about the fantastic new services and initiatives that have evolved during the pandemic and to learn that the hospice is doing such amazing work for the patients and families that it supports with life-limiting illnesses in the local communities of East Dorset & Purbeck.

“I’m hoping that my support will help to further raise awareness of Lewis-Manning, encourage additional fundraising and allow me to make introductions for the charity.

“During my term in office I am also looking forward to taking part in the charity’s Jurassic Coast Trek Challenge in October. It’s a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the beauty of our Dorset coastline and raise funds for a much-needed local cause at the same time.”

CEO Clare Gallie, “To have Michael’s support in his role as Dorset High Sheriff is invaluable. He was introduced to us by the former High Sheriff, Philip Warr, who championed the charity and worked with us during his time in this role in 2019.  Philip was so passionate about continuing his relationship with the hospice that he joined us as a Patron of the charity last year. We very much look forward to hosting events at the hospice for Michael and other guests and volunteers to attend and including him in our vibrant and active hospice community.”

Trustee Timothy Lee added, “We all thoroughly enjoyed chatting with Michael, it was a real pleasure to get to know him and to learn more about his role too.”

About Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity established 29 years ago, providing extraordinary care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness across Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset. We offer a range of free hospice care services aimed at helping people to live well through their illness, closer to home.

These include:

– Day hospices, virtual and in person
– Creative arts & wellbeing support
– Lymphoedema clinic for cancer patients
– Better breathing clinic
– Bereavement & family support

Every year we support nearly 500 local people and we develop new services, based on patient need and identified gaps in the area.
To do this we need to raise over £1.6m every year. Without these funds we could not exist.
Our important work increases people’s physical and social well-being, reduces isolation and loneliness, supports people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviates the huge pressures on family and carers.

Registered charity no. 1120193

Dorset Rapid Community Testing

Public Health Dorset, on behalf of BCP Council and Dorset Council, is setting up a Dorset Community Rapid Testing Service. This will aim to offer weekly asymptomatic testing to employees of businesses, charities and voluntary organisations (<250 people) and the self-employed across Dorset who cannot work from home due to the nature of their role.

One in three people who have Covid-19 show no symptoms and can therefore spread it without knowing.

To qualify for testing, your business must either provide an essential service or support the vulnerable.

This service is for people who don’t already have access to asymptomatic testing. If your organisation wants access to the rapid testing service you must register its interest online

Find out more 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

Furloughed? Volunteer to end COVID-19 in Dorset

This is an exciting opportunity to join The Community Action Network (CAN) and play your part in history by protecting the community and saving lives.

Community Action Network, is a local infrastructure charity with a mission to
empower the voluntary sector, enable volunteering and involve communities across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Working in partnership with Volunteer Centre Dorset, they inspire and support people to  volunteer in the Dorset Council area.

The NHS in Dorset have asked CAN to help them make sure people coming for their vaccinations feel welcomed, comfortable and safe.  CAN is recruiting, training, deploying and supporting Volunteer Marshals to help make this happen.

Interested in becoming a Marshal?  Read for more and register here.

BCP Council: Live COVID-19 broadcast on Thursday, 26th November

BCP Council has teamed up with Public Health Dorset and Dorset Council to broadcast together this coming Thursday,  26th November, after the Government has announced which tier the area will be in once the current national restrictions end on 2 December.

Join BCP Council for the live broadcast via Microsoft Teams from 7pm. You will need to ensure you have downloaded the free Microsoft Teams app to your device to be able to join the broadcast.

BCP Council would love you to submit a question, but please note this needs to be done in advance using this form

If you are unable to join at 7pm on Thursday, be assured that the briefing will be recorded and available to watch back on BCP Council’s YouTube channel afterwards. Over 2,200 people watched the last COVID-19 broadcast on our YouTube channel following the live session on 29 October.

Cllr Nicola Greene, Portfolio Holder for Covid resilience and Public Health for BCP Council, Director of Public Health Dorset, Sam Crowe and Aidan Dunn, Executive Director for Corporate Development at Dorset Council will be hosting the session. They will outline what the latest restrictions mean for local areas, council services and will answer residents’ questions.

Director of Public Health Dorset, Sam Crowe, said: “With Christmas just around the corner, we know that people across the BCP areas will want to understand what the latest rules from Government mean for them and their families. Many people live and work across both council areas, so we wanted to hold a live session as soon as possible to discuss what the next few weeks will look like and hopefully answer some questions that people may have.”