Capital Gains At London Conference

BCC conference

Published at 9:21am 17th February 2015.

Businesses flew the flag for Dorset at an annual conference in London as sparks flew over Europe and the economic recovery.

Dorset's business leaders have seen politicians clash at a British Chamber of Commerce event in London.

Speakers included Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy PM Nick Clegg and other MP's including Vince Cable, Ed Balls, Chuka Umunna, William Hague and Nick Boles.

Others in attendance included British chambers of Commerce Director General John Longworth, world cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward and former apprentice advisor Margaret Mountfield.

Ian Girling led the Dorset delegation, and said the conference confirmed their priorities to continue to expand service to drive growth but also to focus on international trade to help balance the economy.

Chief executive Ian Girling, who led the Dorset delegation, said: "With the calibre of national politicians and business figures in attendance, it shows Dorset is punching its weight on the national stage.

"The BCC sees the value in consulting progressive chambers such as Dorset to help forge national policy and exert its influence at a national level.

"The conference confirmed our priorities to continue to expand our services to support businesses and help drive growth but also to focus on international trade to help re-balance the economy.

"We all left inspired by a tremendous event and with optimism for the year ahead  as the economy continues to improve."

DCCI - the voice of business in Dorset - is the only chamber in the county accredited to the BCC. It has more than 700 members representing more than 37,000 employees.

Business partners and guests were among the DCCI delegation, from A-One Insurance, Barclays, Bournemouth University, Broadstone Chamber of Trade and Commerce, C4L, the Dorset and Daily Echoes (Newsquest Dorset),  Lead Forensics, Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital, PPR Media Solutions and Savills.

Mr Girling, senior vice-president David McNair and junior vice-president Vincent Boni also met with Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns at the Houses of Parliament during the day.

They discussed issues facing the town and wider area over the coming year to ensure the local economy maximises its growth, including the role of tourism and businesses.

Mr Girling said: "This was an amazing day for the Chamber networks and highlighted how important the role of the British Chambers of Commerce network is at the highest levels.

" It was also a fantastic opportunity meet Conor and discuss key issues facing Dorset.

"It is important to maintain our dialogue with Conor and other influential figures countywide to ensure we are working together in the best way for the benefit of the area."