IT’S been a busy couple of weeks in Dorset Chamber as we continue to focus on our plans to really move the chamber forward as the economy continues to grow.

Firstly we are delighted to welcome Vincent Boni of the Dorset and Daily Echo and Professor Dean Patton of Bournemouth University to our board.

I know both Vincent and Dean will be challenging and inspiring board members and we are very much looking forward to working with them.

I have also been busy visiting our premier partners and patrons over the last month. Our patrons are leading Dorset businesses that support the chamber through higher level membership and I am proud of the relationship we have with these fantastic businesses.

Our premier partners and patrons include AFC Bournemouth, Barclays, Bournemouth Airport, Bournemouth University, Daily and Dorset Echo, Deep South Media, Heart, JP Morgan, Lester Aldridge, Saxe Coburg, Meggitt, Nuffield Health, Paragon, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Westover Group and Savills.

We are also delighted to welcome two new patrons to the chamber, Team Jobs and Field International.

This will be an exciting year and my team and I are very much looking forward to working with our patrons and as we continue to drive the chamber forward.