Chamber bangs the drum for Dorset at jobs fair

January 30, 2014


Dorset CC

FIRM FOUNDATIONS: Membership executive of Dorset Chamber of Commerce Kim Clayton and membership administrator Jackie Lennox-Moores were on hand to give advice to members visiting the recruitment and employment skills exhibition at Poole Lighthouse.


Allotment Fund

SOWING SEEDS: Leaf manager Chris Small who is pictured at his stand about the New Leaf community allotment scheme. This is a project that encourages communities and individuals to grow their own food and extols the benefits of healthy living.



MAGIC MOMENTS: Corinne Marie of CM Entertainments and originally from Sydney, was providing entertainment for visitors and children of job seekers and recruiters.


JOB seekers, business mentors, recruiters, training providers and large businesses were linking up at a job fair in Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre.

The recruitment and employment skills exhibition took place on Thursday 30 January between 10am and 5pm and was sponsored by Dorset LEP, Careers South West, Synergy Housing and Partners in Care.

During the course of the day there were opportunities to hear motivational speakers and join employment skill workshops.

The one-day event attracted many organisations from the Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset Chamber of Commerce; recruitment agencies such as Rubicon, Team Jobs and the Westover Group and well known large employers like JP Morgan; Liverpool Victoria, Siemens and Nationwide and community projects such as the New Leaf Community Allotment scheme.

The Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry were on hand to give members present tips on formulating their own press releases, using social media, training and international trade services and advice.

The chamber is in its 65th year and represents businesses of all sizes and sectors across rural and urban catchment areas and delivers 90 events and training courses on an annual basis.

The chamber is involved with the British Chambers of Commerce policy by feeding into their representations, and also into the Quarterly Economic Survey. The QES is the UK’s largest private business quarterly survey.

They work closely with the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership; Dorset MPs Oliver Letwin, Chris Chope, Bob Walter, Annette Brooke, Richard Drax, Tobias Ellwood, Robert Syms and Conor Burns and all the district authorities to bang the drum for local business.

The chamber lobbies vigorously on behalf of its members and one of its recent campaigns was for the Weymouth relief road prior to the 2012 Olympic Games.

The chamber’s membership executive Kim Clayton said: “We are here to help businesses raise their profile, built up their contact base and help them save money and we are here to provide networking and training.

“We are also here to provide free legal advice for our members too. We are also lobbying on behalf of our members and we are a one stop shop for business support.”

The New Leaf Community Allotment is based on a 1.2 acre site at Throop, Bournemouth, offering opportunities for volunteers and community groups alike, regardless of ability. New Leaf recently completed a six month project funded by the Adult and Community Learning Fund.

New Leaf helps community and charitable groups and schools gain access to the plot and get the practical experience of managing an allotment.

Site co-ordinator Miles Maloney heads the volunteers on a weekly basis in maintaining the site and educating learners who are visiting the benefits of physical activity and eating locally-grown produce.

Leaf manager Chris Small said: “It is for school groups, community groups – anyone can get involved. We have been running for about six years. For community groups, it may be people that have a passion for horticulture or are just wanting to get involved in something.

“We have a 30-tree traditional apple orchard, bee hives and large polytunnels for flowers and vegetables. The site here also makes its own furniture. People come down to plant something, learn about the allotment and grow their own veg.”

In between conversations with recruiters about hitting targets, highlighting achievements and setting goals Corinne Marie of CM Entertainment distracted job seekers with her balloon art and card tricks.




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Rebecca Goodlad February 3, 2014 at 8:29 am

A very useful and helpful report. All job-seekers should read it. Thank you.


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