The British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) is the largest and most representative independent business survey of its kind in the UK. Each quarter 7,000 businesses participate in the QES. Businesses are questioned on a wide range of issues, including: home sales and orders, export sales and orders, employment prospects, investment, recruitment difficulties, cashflow, confidence and price pressures.


Westborne is to be the centre of attention when the Small Business Saturday national tour comes to Bournemouth.

The tour, which starts on October 24 in Aberdeen, will finish at Westbourne on Friday, November 25.

Its bus will be at Landseer Road from 10am-2pm, with the road closed.

The tour aims to promote the Small Business Saturday campaign to both consumers and small business owners.


Poole will still host one of Europe’s biggest maritime events next year despite Britain’s decision to quit the EU.

Doubts had been raised about whether the town would be allowed to welcome the EU-backed European Maritime Day, around which the town is planning its own maritime festival.

But the UK government and the European Commission have both confirmed their support.

The European Maritime Day conference and exhibition attracts more than 1,000 delegates from around the world.


Business's are being urged to have their say about the proposed shake-up of local councils.

Dorset Chamber Commerce and Industry (DCCI) is holding free consultation events on behalf of the county’s local authorities to provide a business perspective about the proposals.

The county’s nine local authorities will be reorganised into two ‘super councils’ from 2019 onwards if plans go ahead.


A Dragon’s Den contestant is set to launch the invention that won backing on the BBC show – a camping stove that charges phones.

Spencer Turner had three potential backers pitching for his Tegstove on the programme before he accepted an offer from Peter Jones.

He chose the offer of £45,000 for a 25 per cent stake over rival bids from Deborah Meaden and Touker Suleyman – despite Mr Suleyman offering more money.