Purpose.Money have joined the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce
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Purposeful investing

The team at Purposeful.Money are delighted to have joined the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce and are looking forward to helping the town and community develop. Purposeful.Money are a Chartered firm of financial planners on a mission to help the transition to a sustainable economy. Our business involves ensuring that pensions and ISAs are invested in the most sustainable, socially responsible way possible, and to continue improving the options available through our work with fund and investment houses.

Think about your own pension… You could probably name the provider, maybe even the fund or funds that the money was held in, but would you know which stock the fund was using? Or what their investment criteria was? We frequently speak to clients who are very concerned about sustainability issues, perhaps going so far as to donate their time or money to charity, and at the same time unknowingly hold an investment or pension which is supporting specific companies or sectors that they may be wholeheartedly against. We are very proud of the fact that after several years of research and development, our portfolios are 100% free of fossil fuel extraction and exploration companies.

We’d be delighted to offer any BCTC members a no commitment review of any personal pension or ISA, and explain what we find, including any of the infamous ‘hidden’ costs or charges which maybe lurking within the scheme. We are also very keen to establish on-going partnerships and collaborations with like-minded businesses to help with the overall mission of improving ‘business as usual’. There are so many problems which need creative attention, and working together will be a key way of overcoming them.

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Street Support Re-launch (5 Oct 2018)

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Mary (not her real name) ended up on the street in her 50s because of domestic abuse – she found her way to Sleepsafe and off the street for the winter – one year later people have helped her get a flat, volunteer, learn new skills and regain her self-confidence – Good News… but what would have happened if she hadn’t had someone to help her find local support.

18 months ago, charities and agencies working to help rough sleepers get off (and stay off!) the streets in Bournemouth had 3 challenges put to them;
– first – do we actually know what each other are doing to help
– second – people kept asking “what can we do?” – they wanted to help but had no idea how
– third, students from the University were saying “is there any help actually out there – there’s nowhere to find out who does what and when”.

Roll on to summer 2018, and these organisations including YMCA, Big Issue, Shelter, BCHA, Citizens Advice, Bournemouth Foodbank, Faithworks in tandem with the Councils, the University and Health teams have brought http://www.streetsupport.net to the town.
This one stop website brings into one place all the help in the town, and all the opportunities for people of goodwill to get involved.

And the impact – well, rough sleepers can get help quicker – advisors can flick onto the system and see who else is well placed to give help there and then; people who want to help can see the needs and volunteering opportunities that fit them. And we think this will really help local businesses to know how to respond to the issue of homelessness on their door-step.

On Friday 5th October, we start the next stage of the local Street Support story. Conor Burns, Martin Underhill and people from across all sectors of life are meeting to commit themselves to the project that is now conurbation wide, and to launch “Change for Good” – a simple alternative and independently managed way for people to give money to homelessness work in the town

There couldn’t be a more pertinent example of how change will only come when everyone can see how they can play their part. Come
along to the BCHA Factory in
Alderhills on the 5th at 2pm to be in on the next stage of town-wide transformation!” (https://bit.ly/2IkfYAH)

Alistair Doxat-Purser
Chief Executive, Faithworks Wessex

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Would you like to join our Board of Trustees? Dorset Advocacy

Dorset Advocacy is a charitable organisation based at Poundbury in Dorchester. We cover the geographical area of Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.

We work with people with physical disabilities, who have ill health or learning disabilities and people with dementia and autism. We make sure that their voices are heard and their rights are respected. We are passionate about supporting people to have choice and control in their lives. We have 30 advocates and 60 volunteers who supported over 4000 people over the last year. We are very proud of our achievements.

We are looking for 2 people who are willing to apply their professional skills to support our organisation. One of these roles requires someone with a strategic finance or accountancy background, to help us to appraise the viability of project proposals, diversify income streams, assist with our pricing models and help us plan for our long-term sustainability.

If you share our passion and could use your commercial, strategic, or financial acumen to support us to meet our strategic objectives, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact our Chief Executive – Mike Pochin on: 01305 251033, to find out more.
For more information about the organisation please see our website:
www.dorsetadvocacy.co.uk

for more information on this blog contact Richard Wills (Trustee) richardw@dorsetadvocacy.co.uk

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Who cares about corporate social responsibility?

We care at Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce!

For us Social Responsibility encompasses

  • Supporting Charities
  • Supporting Employees
  • Supporting Local Businesses

If we want a sustainable, inclusive and successful local economy all three of the corner stones above are vital.

Surely no one can deny the importance of the three areas of social responsibility we have outlined.

We want to increase business donations to charities, increase staff volunteering and increase payroll giving.

We will encourage employers to support staff with flexible working, home working, stress management, gender and disability equality.

Encourage businesses to buy more from local businesses and to create a sustainable local economy, we will also encourage eco friendly business activity.

Past campaigns have centred on pledges and promises but without measurement and targets they are meaningless.

You wouldn’t run a business without preparing accounts!

There are many businesses who have done exceptional work on social responsibility and best practice needs to be shared and promoted.

We want to give you the chance to demonstrate your support for social responsibility by joining our CSR accreditation scheme, we have worked with 3 prominent charities to develop a scorecard which will measure and compare social responsibility across businesses.

Using the results we can then have an accreditation process and those who participate will be seen as businesses who care about Social Responsibility.

This isn’t just for members of BCTC we want as many businesses as possible to participate.

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) accreditation scheme
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Bournemouth Chamber supporting CSR

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce are proud to annouce the launch of our new Corporate Social Responsibility Accreditation Scheme.  Open to all businesses the purpose of the scheme is to encourage businesses to:

  • Support Charities – We aim to increase business donations to charities, increase staff volunteering and increase payroll giving
  • Support Employees – We will encourage employers to support staff with flexible working, home working, stress management, gender and disability equality
  • Support Local Businesses – Encourage businesses to buy from local and UK based businesses to create sustainable business communities and economic stability

Find out more and join up to the scheme by visiting our new website at www.csr-online.org