BCTC Business support loans

New BCTC Business support loans

Come and join the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce at the launch of our new Business Support loans program on 5th February at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum.

At this event, Steve Bicknell will explain how BCTC members can access interest and security free loans from the BCTC Benevolent Fund and how the Chamber is actively supporting businesses in Bournemouth. Following the presentation you will be given a guided tour of Russell-Cotes and all money raised by the event will be given to charity.

Refreshments will be available at the event and there will be time for networking if you wish. To find out more and book your place visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bctc-business-support-fund-could-your-business-access-an-interest-free-business-loan-from-us-tickets-52507834346

Bournemouth Chamber sponsors New 2 Business Networking

New2Business Networking sponsored by Bournemouth Chamber

The south coast’s only networking club for new businesses is partnering with the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce (BCTC) to take on the ‘challenging’ times ahead.

The BCTC will become official sponsor of New2Business Networking at the Marsham Court Hotel in Bournemouth, from its next meeting on January 23, 2019.

The Marsham Court founded New2Business in January 2015 to provide support for new business owners and trainees of larger businesses.

In the past four years the free to attend, bi-monthly meetings have hosted around 300, new start-ups.

Jane Swift, Business Development Director at the hotel in Russell-Cotes Road, said: “We are thrilled to gain the support and expertise of the BCTC, particularly as we all proceed towards the uncertainties surrounding Brexit.”

She continued: “During the last four years, New2Business has welcomed hundreds of new companies which have reached a certain level but need further help to grow.

“We enable people to share their experiences, ask questions and ask for advice.

“Starting a new business is a big step and connecting with other businesses is key – but it can also be daunting.

“Our members tell us they appreciate the informality of our meetings and the opportunity to share the wisdom of speakers who have already achieved success with their businesses.

“Working with the BCTC and its diverse membership will only enrich what we offer.”

Richard Milton, Executive Director of the BCTC and MD of marketing consultancy e-nexus Ltd, agreed: “This partnership is a perfect fit for both New2Business and the Chamber.

“I myself have attended New2Business as a business owner for over 18 months and have been immensely impressed by everything about it, from its informal atmosphere to its level of attendance and the way it supports its members.

“The BCTC was born over a hundred years ago, but has the same very relevant aim – to support the local business community by providing networking opportunities, the very latest business information, training and development.”

He continued: “The south coast continues to witness encouraging business growth and as Brexit and its implications for business unfold, there will be an even greater need than ever for the BCTC and New2Business. I am excited about the months ahead.”

New2Business Networking meetings are free to attend and feature a speaker, followed by an informal networking session.

The Power of Referrals

We all love happy clients and there is nothing better than a client referring you to their business contacts.

We love referrals too, so don’t forget to tell your friends how Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce help businesses and charities in Bournemouth.

3 great referral tips

  1. Only refer people when you have first hand experience – so its someone you have done business with or have worked with – don’t refer people that you don’t know, its all about trust
  2. Be Specific – try to give examples of how the person/business you are referring have done a good job and why you are referring them now
  3. Don’t look for financial reward – referring people for a referral fee or other financial rewards starts to  make people wonder if you are referring in their best interests or your own.

What goes around, comes around. If you refer people and try to help people develop their businesses they will try to return the favour and recommend you to their contacts and friends.

How can you make yourself more likely to be referred?

  • Do a great job for your clients
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Refer your business connections and give recommendations
  • Have a product or service that is easy to explain and understand
  • Find out where your clients are and who knows them – in other words join the right networking group for example Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce
  • Integrity matters – be honest and if you promise to do something do it!



5 reasons why you need to network

It’s often said that ‘your network is your net worth’ in otherwords the more business connections you have the more value you can add to your business and increase your chances of success.

There are many business networks in Bournemouth, you could probably network every day – Breakfast, Lunch and Evening.

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce is different!

  • The Directors of the Chamber are all unpaid volunteers who want to help your business succeed – its a not for profit organisation
  • The Chamber works for the benefit of Bournemouth Businesses and Charities
    • Meeting the Council each month to help resolve members issues and contribute to the economic development of Bournemouth
    • Working with local charities each quarter in the Charity Forum
    • Working with hotels through BAHA and supporting the Bournemouth Tourism Awards
    • Holding regular networking events
      • NEO Breakfast
      • BH Banter – Free to attend
      • BH About – Free to attend
      • BH on the go – Free to attend
    • Holding Social Events and Dinners
    • Holding and Supporting Businesses with Training Events
    • Supporting and working with local Trade Groups
    • Working with the BID’s to promote Bournemouth
  • Bournemouth Chamber (BCTC) is probably one of the best value business networks with membership starting from £75 per year

Why bother to Network!

  1. Business Connections – By networking you will meet Potential New Client, Referral Partners and people that can help and support you. Social Media is great but many people will only do business with someone they have met. It’s about getting to know, like and trust people.
  2. Friends & Fun – Setting up a business can be isolating, it takes a lot of time and effort to get started and it’s often lonely. Networking will give you a chance to meet other businesses facing the same problems and you will make new friends and have fun.
  3. Education & Advice – Our networking events always include a presentation and educational content that will help your business to succeed. The Chamber is also on hand to help with advice.
  4. Support & Community – Networking brings us together to support each other and resolve common problems
  5. Sales – Most Business Owners go networking to generate Sales and in order to generate sales you need to go to the right networking groups, the ones where you will meet potential new clients in the right environment to do business. So for example – will the decision maker be at the event or will they send their staff?

When you go networking, keep going, it’s no good going once and then giving up!