Poole Maritime Festival continues to boost local businesses

Borough of Poole's Economic Development Team is partnering with a number of key organisations to deliver an exciting programme of events specially designed for local and regional businesses at this year's Poole Maritime Festival in June.

The eight events cover a range of networking, workshops, conferences, exhibitions and discussions as well as opportunities for business growth by accessing information on import and export opportunities and funding. 

The programme kicks off on Monday 4 June with Borough of Poole's STEM challenge. Around 100 students from 9 schools across Dorset will take part in a challenge set by Young Enterprise to solve a maritime-related dilemma. The group that comes up with the winning solution will be rewarded with a prestigious trophy. Supported by local business leaders and academics from the marine sector, the contest encourages the next generation to take an active interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry is hosting a Breakfast Network on Tuesday 5 June at Rick Stein in Sandbanks. It is the perfect opportunity to network with businesses within Dorset in a fantastic setting on the South Coast. The event starts at 8am and there will be an engaging speaker throughout the event to ignite discussion. 

Also on 5 June there is an opportunity to join Dynamic Women in Business at their breakfast networking event held at Parkstone Yacht Club. The event starts at 8.30am and speakers include the Leader of Borough of Poole, Cllr Janet Walton, and the Chief Operating Officer of Actisense, Lesley Keets. 

Finishing off the day's events on 5 June, Dorset Growth Hub are hosting a Marine Business Bootcamp at Lake Yard from 2pm, designed to bring together businesses, stakeholders, skills and funding opportunities. 

On Wednesday 6 June there is an opportunity to join Poole Harbour Study Group at their conference at Poole Harbour Commissioners at the Port. Titled ‘A Spotlight on Poole Harbour: Environment and Economics’, the conference will focus on Poole Harbour’s relationship between the environment, business and the economy. 

The day concludes on 6 June with an invitation-only reception hosted by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). This is a networking opportunity for business leaders, featuring the Dorset Ambassadors and the South West Marine Cluster. 

Borough of Poole and British Marine's Trade XChange is taking place on Thursday 7 June at Lighthouse in Poole. The conference and exhibition will engage around 60 local, regional and national businesses with a conference and breakout sessions built around encouraging business trade through import/export within marine industries. Opportunities to speak to the exhibitors will also be available.

The Poole Maritime Festival business programme closes with an invitation-only boat Reception to celebrate the local and global businesses attending the programme. In partnership with British Marine and City Cruises the event on Thursday 7 June will have a talk from Jim Stewart (Chief Executive of PHC and Chairman of Dorset LEP) and a tour of the harbour. 

Adrian Trevett, Economic Development Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “We have created an interesting and diverse business programme that enables our local and regional businesses to be part of the Poole Maritime Festival. Not only do these events support existing businesses, whether these are large or small, but they will encourage our young people to consider careers in STEM industries and help bridge the skills shortage in these areas. We hope as many businesses as possible take the opportunity to sign up to these events.” 

Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Cabinet Member for Poole Maritime Festival, Borough of Poole, said: “Last year's event was one of the largest maritime events in Europe. This year we don't have the EU funding, yet the business programme is even better. It's about bringing local businesses together and being ready for the opportunities and challenges coming up. And for Poole as a whole, it's about strengthening our reputation as a marine hub with a long standing heritage and a great future ahead."  

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