Return of the Dorset Business Awards at Chamber’s inaugural Business Festival


The Dorset Business Festival – the first event of its kind in Dorset Chamber’s 74-year history – will be held in October


The first Dorset Business Festival was officially launched at the chamber’s President’s Lunch, where Shevaun Haviland, the director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, delivered a keynote speech to over 150 attendees.
The Dorset Business Festival – the first event of its kind in the chamber’s 74-year history – is being held from 10th to 12th October in Bournemouth. The festival will showcase a conference, exhibition, and awards ceremony, celebrating businesses across the county.
Dorset Chamber has secured presenter and former BBC Breakfast business correspondent Declan Curry as host of the conference.
The Sunday Times economics editor David Smith has been named as keynote speaker. Mr Smith will open the topic-based conference on 10th October, which will emphasize the ‘future of business’. The conference will be concentrating on four themes:

  • Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG)
  • place
  • people.

The expo will feature stands, presentations and networking.

Dorset Business Awards
Returning after four years, the Business Awards will be open to all businesses in the county, regardless of chamber membership, and will feature ten free-to-enter categories.
They will involve judging by an independent panel of business leaders and experts.
The chamber has welcomed five Festival Partners for the event – Blue Sky Financial Planning, Bournemouth and Poole College, Dorset Council, The Dolphin and the YMCA Bournemouth.
Law firm Lester Aldridge will be the Premier Festival Partner.
Bookings for the three-day festival, including entries for the Dorset Business Festival Awards, will open on 9th May.


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