How to promote and protect your business


Hello and welcome to my September column. I hope you’ve had a great summer and life is at long last now returning to normality. I guess only a few may have taken summer holidays overseas but it’s certainly given us the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful country with the huge growth in staycations. And I have to say I was delighted to see Gold Hill in Shaftesbury featured on the front of a leading motorhome magazine this month!

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As discussed in an earlier article, we are a not for profit businesses with the sole purpose of helping businesses in Dorset grow and success. We aren’t funded by councils or by the Government and operate as a membership organisation. On a very practical level I’d like to talk to you this month about some of the benefits we can offer businesses through membership of Dorset Chamber. Membership is extremely reasonably priced and offers businesses a huge return on investment in many areas. We offer range of membership packages starting at just £120 plus VAT. Whether you are seeking vital protection for your business, business services or looking to raise your profile and build your customer base, we can help. Essentially we talk about being able to protect, promote and connect businesses through membership

Just our basic membership at only £120 will offer any business within Dorset a range of benefits. Providing essential cover for any business, this includes up to £1 million of business legal expenses insurance with £100,000 per claim for a solicitor to represent a member business in defending a legal action. We also offer 24/7 access to a HR, tax and legal helpline with has proved invaluable to businesses that have used this. We also offer benefits that include free credit checks (essential to any business offering credit to a new customer) as well as the ability to publish press releases on our website, the leading Dorset business news platform.

One incredibly successful service we launched during the pandemic was our online networking events, Simply Networking, included in our membership. These virtual networking offer businesses across Dorset a fantastic opportunity to meet and connect with other businesses in a friendly, non-salesy environment – all from your office or home. These events attract a wide range of businesses (including our very own editor, Laura!) and are incredibly popular.

This is just an introduction to some of the benefits we offer – and there are many more. We are a friendly bunch and very keen to support businesses across Dorset. If you’d like to find out more about how you can join our active and friendly membership and get some great benefits for your business, please contact us on 01202 714800 or e-mail or visit

Until next time and best wishes, Ian


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