It’s Christmas – donate to a Charity with Gift Aid Reply

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce

Gift Aid donations are regarded as having basic rate tax deducted by the donor. Charities or CASCs take your donation – which is money you’ve already paid tax on – and reclaim the basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on its ‘gross’ equivalent – the amount before basic rate tax was deducted.

Basic rate tax is 20 per cent, so this means that if you give £10 using Gift Aid, it’s worth £12.50 to the charity.

A Gift Aid declaration must include:

  • your full name
  • your home address
  • the name of the charity
  • details of your donation, and it should say that it’s a Gift Aid donation

Higher rate taxpayers

If you pay tax at the higher or additional rate, you can claim the difference between the rate you pay and basic rate on your donation. Do this either:

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You need strategic partners Reply

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce

In business having the right contacts and partnerships will mean the difference between success and failure.

Together we are much stronger than we are on our own and can achieve far more.

Common Goals

Working with other organisations that share common goals will make it easier to achieve your objectives. At BCTC we want to make Bournemouth a dynamic forward thinking business community where we help each other to thrive and provide support and help to businesses that need it.

Grow your contacts and customer base

Partnerships are about sharing and networking, the more opportunities you have to meet new clients the better your chances of success will be, that’s why the partnership between AFC Business and BCTC is important. We both want you to have opportunities to grow and between us have thousands of business contacts.

Partnerships help to strengthen your business

We can’t all be good at everything…

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Am I good enough? Reply

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Its often ‘not what you know but who you know’ but networking is scary for most people and speaking is even worse.

When you start a business, you normally have a skill but new business owners often lack confidence in telling potential clients about their abilities.

It often doesn’t feel comfortable to explain the brilliant skills you have.

So here are somethings you can do to make it less scary:

  • Introduce yourself – it’s one of the best possible and most obvious ice breakers – just go up to people and say ‘Hi, I am …. and I am a …..’ and ask them what they do
  • Give examples in a mini story format – how do your skills or products benefit people, why do they need your services? You don’t have to name names, just explain in general terms how you help businesses and clients
  • Why do you love…

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Shocking Social Media! 1

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce

Is this what your clients think when they see your picture on social media!

It might seem like harmless fun to post a profile photo from your holiday snaps but what impression does it give? Using a photo taken at a wedding or on holiday with a glass of wine in your hand, or one taken 20 years ago, maybe sending out the wrong message and cost you thousands in lost opportunities.

Linked In is particularly important for business

So what makes a good profile picture?

Business Image

The photo should show you ready for business. Dressed as you would to meet client.

Depending on what you do that might mean a business suit or it could be a uniform, often in the creative industries people wear casual clothes.

So wear what you would wear to work.

Up to date

It might be tempting to use an old favourite photo…

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10 Golden Rules of Networking Reply

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce

Business Networking could be your key to success and it can be fun too.

But many business owners find it scary, especially in the beginning, it just doesn’t feel natural to walk into a room full of strangers and then randomly choose someone to talk to and give them your elevator pitch.

Personally I think that’s the wrong approach, no one likes being sold to, the right approach is to ask people about their business, everyone feels much happier talking about themselves.

So with that in mind, here are my 10 Golden Rules for networking:

  1. Choose the right events – There are so many events in Bournemouth that you could fill your week with them, so be selective, which events are you most likely to meet people that you can collaborate with or do business with
  2. Attend regularly – People do business with people they know, like and trust

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How does BCTC work with Local Businesses and the Council? Reply

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What can you say in 10 seconds to promote your business? Reply

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce

At our BH Banter evening networking events we are introducing the 10 second pitch.

I know that many groups have longer pitches but equally we know that some people find it hard to know what to say and it can be a source of worry and make people feel anxious, we want our members and guests to feel relaxed.

The purpose of networking is to generate business and grow your network, so what can you say in 10 seconds?

  1. Tell the group who you are – for example – Hi, I am Steve and my company is Bicknell Business Advisers
  2. What do you do, sell or promote? for example you might say something like… we help businesses to reduce costs, increase profit and minimise tax
  3. Why did you come to BH Banter? for example you could say – to learn new skills, make new connections, solve or get support with…

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The Power of Referrals Reply

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce

We all love happy clients and there is nothing better than a client referring you to their business contacts.

We love referrals too, so don’t forget to tell your friends how Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce help businesses and charities in Bournemouth.

3 great referral tips

  1. Only refer people when you have first hand experience – so its someone you have done business with or have worked with – don’t refer people that you don’t know, its all about trust
  2. Be Specific – try to give examples of how the person/business you are referring have done a good job and why you are referring them now
  3. Don’t look for financial reward – referring people for a referral fee or other financial rewards starts to  make people wonder if you are referring in their best interests or your own.

What goes around, comes around. If you refer people and try…

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5 reasons why you need to network Reply

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce

It’s often said that ‘your network is your net worth’ in otherwords the more business connections you have the more value you can add to your business and increase your chances of success.

There are many business networks in Bournemouth, you could probably network every day – Breakfast, Lunch and Evening.

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce is different!

  • The Directors of the Chamber are all unpaid volunteers who want to help your business succeed – its a not for profit organisation
  • The Chamber works for the benefit of Bournemouth Businesses and Charities
    • Meeting the Council each month to help resolve members issues and contribute to the economic development of Bournemouth
    • Working with local charities each quarter in the Charity Forum
    • Working with hotels through BAHA and supporting the Bournemouth Tourism Awards
    • Holding regular networking events
      • NEO Breakfast
      • BH Banter – Free to attend
      • BH About – Free to attend

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5 great business blogs you should be following Reply

The savvy bookkeeping blog


In the 4 years I’ve been writing about bookkeeping on my website The Savvy Bookkeeping Blog I’ve learned a lot from reading other people’s posts on small business.

Here are some of my favourites that I’d recommend having a look at if you’re needing inspiration or tips to run a successful business.

Insanely Clever Marketing

Penelope is a fellow Adelaidian whose blog covers not only marketing, but also office design and style, as well as office fashion.

One of my favourite posts: Where the heck is your branding? Get it recognised now

Cath Cox

Cath runs her own massage practice in the U.S and I love this blog because it’s such an honest insight into running a business and what has and hasn’t worked well for her. Cath’s blog has tips on such things as handling your small business taxes, getting new customers and much more.

One of…

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