Business Programme

15 – 17 May 2017 various locations around Poole


The Business Programme opens Poole Maritime Festival (PMF) on Monday, 15 May, running through to Wednesday, 17 May 2017.

We've created a special programme of activity to maximise benefits to the business community. Regional organisations will be able to share in various seminars, workshops, discussions, networking and business building options with a view to accessing information on : funding, import and export opportunities. 

This is a unique opportunity for people to take away an image of a coastal town and port that has a thriving, innovative and high tech business offer along with attractive investment streams. 



With a focus on the next generation, 90 students from across Dorset have been invited to take part in an innovative challenge. 

Monday, 15 May 2017
Location : Bournemouth & Poole College BH14 0LS

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Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry Breakfast Network

An opportunity for DCCI members to attend a breakfast networking session at Rick Stein, Sandbanks. Unmissable keynote address by Phil Popham, CEO, Sunseeker.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Location : Rick Stein, Sandbanks BH13 7QB

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Dorset Women in Business Breakfast Network

An opportunity to join Dorset Women in Business at their breakfast networking event, Poole Yacht Club. With keynote address by Sue Barnes, People and Transformation Director, RNLI.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Location : Poole Yacht Club BH15 4AQ

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Federation of Small Businesses Networking event

An opportunity to join members of the Federation of Small Businesses at their breakfast networking event, Harbour Heights Hotel. Keynote address Brendan Hall.


Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Location : Harbour Heights Hotel BH13 7LW

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Business Growth Day

In partnership with Department for International Trade (DIT), British Marine and WSX. An opportunity to join us at the Business Growth Day that engages 60 regional businesses with a series of workshops and talks.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Location : RNLI Training College BH15 1HZ

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Invest in Dorset Reception

In partnership with Invest in Dorset and DIT, a reception to celebrate the local and global businesses that have chosen to locate in Dorset. The event will also launch the Dorset Ambassadors Programme.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Location : Poole Museum, 4 High Stret, Poole BH15 1BW, followed by a cruise around the harbour aboard The Solent Scene 5.15 p.m. to 20.00 hrs

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Event locations


Strong links into the motorway network, trains to London, which take just under two hours and the growth of Bournemouth Airport for business and leisure travel, all add to the location’s ease of connectivity within the UK and abroad.


Find accommodation to suit a variety of styles and budgets in and around Poole. Book now through the official festival agent before the rush.