A Four-day Celebration of Dorset Business

The Dorset Business Festival – the first event of its kind in the chamber’s 74-year history – is being held from October 9 to 12 at the Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth. It will feature a networking breakfast on October 9, a topic-based business conference on October 10, an expo on October 11 and the Dorset Business Awards on October 12.

The event is supported by Premier Festival Partner, Lester Aldridge, and Festival Partners, Blue Sky Financial Planning LtdBournemouth and Poole CollegeDorset CouncilThe Dolphin, and YMCA Bournemouth.

Premier Festival Partner

Lester Aldridge

Festival Partners

Festival Networking Breakfast

09 October, Rick Stein, Sandbanks

Tickets: £19.50+vat (members) | £24.50 +vat (standard)

Join us to celebrate the start of the Dorset Business Festival in style with a networking breakfast at Rick Stein in Sandbanks

Our guest speaker for this event will be renowned property expert and housing commentator, Lucian Cook from Savills. Lucian will provide a fascinating insight to the UK property market, trends and influences. He will also share insights on the future of the UK property market.


The Future of Business Conference

10 October, Hilton Hotel, Bournemouth

Tickets: £120+vat (members) | £150+vat (standard)

The Future of Business Conference will explore innovative topics and insights from the worlds of tech, sustainability, people, the  work environment and regeneration.

Opened by our keynote speaker, David Smith, economics editor of The Sunday Times, it will be hosted by presenter and former BBC Breakfast business correspondent Declan Curry. Delegates can expect active discussions, expert panels and high-level  networking opportunities. 

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Festival Expo

11 October, Hilton Hotel, Bournemouth

Exhibition stands: £150+vat (members) | £180+vat (standard)

Entry to Expo: FREE 

With 40+ stands, and free entry for delegates, this morning event is an excellent opportunity to promote your business and build your network. You’ll get to meet a wide range of businesses, discuss hot topics, and explore new products and services.


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Dorset Business Festival Awards 

12 October, Hilton Hotel, Bournemouth

Tickets: £110+vat (members) | £140 +vat (standard)

This prestigious event celebrates excellence in Dorset businesses, with awards judged by an independent panel of business leaders, across 10 categories. Tickets for this special, black-tie, dinner event include a three course dinner, drinks, entertainment and the awards ceremony. Full details of the entry process can be found on the website.

Entries are now closed for the Awards. Finalists will be notified after 5 August.