Local Business News from your Development Manager 1 March 2024 | Hampshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight

Local News 1 Mar 2024

A round up of recent business news for Hampshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight

Watch a quick summary of this week's news from Nicky here:
Join FSB for free of charge networking and presentations at The Foundry, Poole

4pm to 6pm – Wednesday 6th March

We’re delighted to be hosting this event as part of a series of free in-person FSB events at the Eagle Lab - The Foundry, Poole.  Everyone is welcome whether an FSB member or non-member.  The session will include both opportunities to network and presentations focusing on local information and topics of interest.

This month, our speakers are Daniel J. Moore of Iron Dragon who will be speaking about ‘Building a Brand that Lasts’, and James West of ONLE Networking talking about ‘Networking: The Overlooked Marketing Superpower’.

Book your free place here.


Dorset Digital Skills Hub - Royal Arcade, Boscombe
  • Employers’ Breakfast – ‘All you need to know about the 2024 labour market’
    • Monday, March 4 8:30 - 10am at the Digital Skills Hub
    • Join Kaddi and the team for a free breakfast and learn valuable info on the 2024 job market – tackle recruitment and ensure your business thrives in 2024! Book your free place here
  • Monday afternoon Business Advice Clinics
    • Weekly, 1-4pm  at the Digital Skills Hub (Just turn up on the day)
    • For skills development, support signposting and networking for enterprises in Boscombe and beyond.  More information here.


Funding and support for Test Valley businesses

Test Valley Borough Council has a small economic development team and can be contacted at [email protected]. They produce a monthly newsletter ‘Business Matters’ which includes details of new initiatives and support as they arise. You can sign up to TVBC updates, selecting the ‘Business matters’ option, via this link.

The Council offers a number of business support services and grants:

*Please sign up to your local council’s business newsletter to hear about schemes in your area.


Bournemouth B2B Expo

7 March – 10am to 2pm  The Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth

Join hundreds of local businesses at the Bournemouth Business Expo.  Enjoy the opportunity to network with over 250 attendees from across Dorset at Bournemouth's largest business show, whilst exploring the exhibition packed with a variety of local exhibitors showcasing their services and promoting their latest products.  As well as a busy exhibition, there will also be free seminars and workshops from Dorset's leading keynote and business speakers as well as a speed networking session.  Book your free place here.

Booking links for our upcoming (free) events:

6 March 4pm to 6pm – Networking at The Foundry, Poole

8 March 9am to 10am - Hampshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight Virtual Networking

22 March 9am to 10am - Hampshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight Virtual Networking

27 March – 9am to 10.30am – Networking at Basepoint, Havant

27th March – 4pm to 6pm – FSB Talks:  Southampton (Eagle Lab)

24th April – 9.30am to 2pm - FSB Bootcamp ‘Make your business fly’ (The Army Flying Museum, Stockbridge)

What's happening in your local area?

Visit our regional pages to find your local FSB staff and volunteers, as well as upcoming events and what's happening where you live.

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Meet the author

Nicola Kildunne

Nicola Kildunne

Development Manager: Dorset • Hampshire & IOW