Dorset Council backs Dorset Business Festival

Dorset Council is proud to announce that it will be supporting Dorset Chamber’s Business Festival as a Festival Partner
The Dorset Business Festival – the first event of its kind in the chamber’s 74-year history – is being held from October 10 to 12 at the Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth.

Delegates from across the region are expected to attend the three-day celebration, with law firm Lester Aldridge as the Premier Festival Partner.  It will include a conference, business expo and the long-awaited return of the Dorset Business Awards.

Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said: “We are thrilled to welcome Dorset Council as a Festival Partner.

“It is the first event of its kind in the chamber’s history as a celebration of success and a consideration of the major issues facing businesses today as well as the long-awaited return of the Dorset Business Awards following the Covid pandemic.

“Dorset Council is the perfect partner for the festival whose enthusiasm for the event matches our own. It promises to be a superb showcase for Dorset and our business community.”

Cllr Tony Ferrari, Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, Assets and Property at Dorset Council, said: “Fostering economic success is one of the council’s five key priorities and the Dorset Business Festival gives us an opportunity to showcase the best that Dorset has to offer businesses and investors.”

“We’re looking forward to working closely with Dorset Chamber over the coming months as a Festival Partner for this great celebration of business in Dorset.”

The Dorset Business Festival will feature a topic-based business conference on October 10, the expo on October 11 and the Dorset Business Awards on October 12.

The conference will be opened by keynote speaker David Smith, economics editor of The Sunday Times, and be hosted by presenter and former BBC Breakfast business correspondent Declan Curry. It will also feature discussions with expert panels.

Topics are likely to include technology and the environmental, social and governance agenda. There will also be networking opportunities.

The expo will include stands, presentations and networking while the Dorset Business Awards – returning after four years – will be presented in 10 categories following judging by an independent panel of business leaders and experts.

Dorset Chamber, the voice of business, is the county’s leading business support organisation, accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce.

Dorset Council has significant aspirations to grow the county economy.  Recent progress towards this ambition include a commitment to invest £15m in Dorset Innovation Park, securing £19.5 from the Levelling Up Fund to regenerate Weymouth, and the soon to be launched Dorset wide Shared Prosperity Fund programme to support businesses and skills.

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