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.