It’s Official!

Our Social Enterprise has been formed.

Company number 11259411

Our official launch will be at our BH Banter on Monday 9th April at 6pm at Ocean Beach Hotel, 32 East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth BH1 3AQ.

We want you to be there!!! book in now

I want you

The purpose of the scheme is encourage businesses to
Support Charities – We aim to increase business donations to charities, increase staff volunteering and increase payroll giving

Support Employees – We will encourage employers to support staff with flexible working, home working, stress management, gender and disability equality

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Support Local Businesses – Encourage businesses to buy from local and UK based businesses to create sustainable business communities and economic stability

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To demonstrate support businesses are asked to complete our Scorecard (estimates are acceptable, new businesses can provide forecasts, if you don’t have a policy – simply say no policy). Initially, we will make a judgement on the award to give but as we collect more data will create a more scientific approach to award levels.
Click here to download a PDF copy for reference
Click here to complete the scorecard and take part in the scheme

There is a small annual charge to join the scheme
Start Ups (under 12 months old) £10
Small Businesses (under 10 employees) £20
Medium Businesses (11 to 100 employees) £100
Large Businesses (over 100 employees) £200
Half the money will go to Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce and the other half to a new Social Enterprise which will develop resources and promote CSR. All Directors in both organisations are unpaid volunteers.
To make payment e mail





How to succeed at Speed Networking

Speed Networking is great fun, so don’t miss the chance to do it at our next BH Banter on Monday 5th March.

To be successful at Speed Networking you need to do the following


You will only have a couple of minutes to explain who you are, what you do and why people want and use your services, so before the event work out what you are going to say. You don’t want to waste time trying to make it up on the night.

The way to win business is to be clear and concise.


You are going to meet a lot of people in a short period of time.

Make sure you listen to what they say and try to work out how they can help you.

For example, if your a photographer and they organise events or do marketing then they could be a great strategic partner.

Even if you don’t need the service they provide, you might know someone who does, referring people helps you and them, you get to help a friend, your networking contact gets business and often both will try to refer you in future.

Business Cards

Business  cards are essential, often people will make notes on the cards so they follow up afterward and also it helps them remember who they have met.


Who cares about corporate social responsibility?

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce care!

For us Social Responsibility encompasses

  • Supporting Charities
  • Supporting Employees
  • Supporting Local Businesses

If we want a sustainable, inclusive and successful local economy all three of the corner stones above are vital.

Surely no one can deny the importance of the three areas of social responsibility we have outlined.

We want to increase business donations to charities, increase staff volunteering and increase payroll giving.

We will encourage employers to support staff with flexible working, home working, stress management, gender and disability equality.

Encourage businesses to buy more from local businesses and to create a sustainable local economy, we will also encourage eco friendly business activity.

Past campaigns have centred on pledges and promises but without measurement and targets they are meaningless.

You wouldn’t run a business without preparing accounts!

There are many businesses who have done exceptional work on social responsibility and best practice needs to be shared and promoted.

We want to give you the chance to demonstrate your support for social responsibility, we have worked with 3 prominent charities to develop a scorecard which will measure and compare social responsibility across businesses.

Using the results we can then have an accreditation process and those who participate will be seen as businesses who care about Social Responsibility.

This isn’t just for members of BCTC we want as many businesses as possible to participate.

We aim to launch our campaign in March, please show you support by liking and sharing this blog.





It’s Christmas – donate to a Charity with Gift Aid

Gift Aid donations are regarded as having basic rate tax deducted by the donor. Charities or CASCs take your donation – which is money you’ve already paid tax on – and reclaim the basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on its ‘gross’ equivalent – the amount before basic rate tax was deducted.

Basic rate tax is 20 per cent, so this means that if you give £10 using Gift Aid, it’s worth £12.50 to the charity.

A Gift Aid declaration must include:

  • your full name
  • your home address
  • the name of the charity
  • details of your donation, and it should say that it’s a Gift Aid donation

Higher rate taxpayers

If you pay tax at the higher or additional rate, you can claim the difference between the rate you pay and basic rate on your donation. Do this either:

Example You donate £100 to charity – they claim Gift Aid to make your donation £125. You pay 40% tax so you can personally claim back £25.00 (£125 x 20%).

With Payroll Giving, you don’t pay the difference between the higher and basic rate of tax on your donation.

Getting tax relief sooner

In your Self Assessment tax return, you normally only report things from the previous tax year.

But for Gift Aid, you can also claim tax relief on donations you make in the current tax year (up to the date you send your return) if you either:

  • want tax relief sooner
  • won’t pay higher rate tax in current year, but you did in the previous year

You can’t do this if:

  • you miss the deadline (31 January if you file online)
  • your donations don’t qualify for Gift Aid – your donations from both tax years together must not be more than 4 times what you paid in tax in the previous year

If you don’t have to send a tax return, contact HMRC and ask for a P810 form. You’ll need to submit it by 31 January after the end of the previous tax year.

So if you want to donate now (before the end of the tax year) you could claim back tax by carrying it back into the previous tax year.