Poole Maritime Festival Helping Local Businesses to Grow

A programme of events specially designed for local and regional businesses has been created to launch Poole Maritime Festival in May.

Borough of Poole’s STEM event kick starts the programme on Monday 15 May. Approximately 100 students from nine schools across Dorset are taking part in an innovative challenge to design a lifting device that can pull people safely from the sea. Supported by local business leaders and academics from the marine sector, the event will encourage our next generation towards science, technology, engineering and mathematic related careers.

Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry is hosting a Breakfast Network on Tuesday 16 May at Rick Stein restaurant in Sandbanks, a perfect opportunity for members to network with businesses within Dorset.

Also on Tuesday 16 May, members can join Dorset Women in Business at their breakfast networking event held at Poole Yacht Club.

On Wednesday 17 May there is an opportunity to join members of the Federation of Small Businesses at their Breakfast Networking event at the Harbour Heights Hotel.

The Business Growth Day, organised by Borough of Poole, is also taking place on Wednesday 17 May at the RNLI College in West Quay Road. This free event, in partnership with the Department for International Trade, British Marine and WSX Enterprise, engages 60 regional businesses to support their business growth with a series of workshops and talks around the marine sector in the south and overseas, exporting and export finance, engineering and manufacturing in Dorset, supply chain management and research and development.

The Poole Maritime Festival business programme closes with an invitation only reception to celebrate the local and global businesses that have chosen to locate their organisation in Dorset. In partnership with Invest in Dorset and the Department for International Trade the event on Wednesday 17 May will launch the Invest in Dorset’s Ambassadors Programme.

Full details of all these events including to register can be viewed at www.poolemaritimefestival.co.uk/business-programme/.

Businesses can also take the opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas, products and services to an international audience by exhibiting at the prestigious European Maritime Day two day conference on 18 and 19 May.

It is the ideal opportunity to meet new contacts, exchange experiences, discuss the latest developments and build lasting relationships within the maritime community. For more information visit ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/maritimeday/en/exhibition.

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