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Region’s economic powerhouse growing

Region’s economic powerhouse growing

The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area is an economic powerhouse which is only going to get stronger, the latest AFC Business event was told.

More than 80 directors, business leaders, decision-makers and business people were at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium for the May networking breakfast.

They heard newly-elect BCP Council member Nigel Hedges talk about the importance of businesses to the region’s prosperity.

Cllr Hedges, the Conservative councillor for Wallisdown and Winton West, said: “This is a brilliant area in which to do business – a financial powerhouse in a rural county. We must be on our toes ready to do business and benefit from each other.

“I will continue to bang the drum for business and BCP Council will do all it can to facilitate economic development – in a sense the council is a self-sufficient business itself, representing 400,000 people and with a £750 million budget.”

Cllr Hedges, who hosted the breakfast event, added: “AFC Business offers a fabulous opportunity to meet so many different businesses and see how brilliant you all are at what you do.”

AFC Business, the free to join business club with almost 1,800 members, is the engine for all the Premier League club’s commercial activities. It was launched in 2009 and gives members exclusive offers at AFC Bournemouth, access to events and is a great chance to meet local businesses.

Amy Brunton, AFC Bournemouth’s partnerships manager, said the next business event would be the popular Play on the Pitch five-a-side football tournament at Vitality Stadium on May 15.

This is followed on June 13 by the AFC Business Gin Evening in Bubbles Champagne Lounge at the stadium, featuring Rupert Holloway, who will discuss the success behind creating Dorset’s locally distilled, award-winning Conker spirits.

AFC Business’ five main partners are Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dorset Mental Health Forum, Hill Osborne and Strategic Solutions.

For further information about the business club, email your details to Aysia Smith at or see to book event tickets.

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Bournemouth Open Golf Festival: 28 May to 1 June

A week of golf that is seriously good fun! This tournament, held at Queen’s Park Golf Course, is increasingly popular with golfers coming from all over the country to enjoy a mix of qualifier and ‘just for fun’ competitions. Each day culminates in a prize-giving at our Woodpecker Café.

We’re also welcoming back the European Junior Golf Tour – why not come along and watch these young talented golfers?

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Mudeford Seafood Festival: 25 to 27 May

A family focused celebration of seafood, cooking, entertainment, demonstrations, artisans and musicians, set against the picturesque backdrop of Mudeford Quay, its historic fishing community, Christchurch Harbour and Hengistbury Head.

The Festival will be supported by some of the finest chefs in the country who will be providing amazing food demonstrations including Brian Turner, Alex Aitken, Rustie Lee and more.

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The Great Wildlife Exploration: 25 to 26 May

For the last four years the Great Wildlife Exploration has been held at Hengistbury Head, but we felt that it was time for a change so we’ll be exploring King’s Park this year.

King’s Park has a variety of habitats that have yet to be surveyed for wildlife. Join us in a big nature hunt – let’s see what we can find!

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Big Harbour Clean-Up: 18 to 19 May

Big Harbour Clean up

Make a difference to your environment and join in the Big Harbour Clean Up!

This weekend help clean up Poole Harbour and the surrounding areas. Register online and choose an area you’d like to focus on. Gather rubbish and deposit it at a central pick-up point for later collection.

Dive teams will also be out cleaning the bottom of the harbour. Learn more.

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