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Seasonal jobs recruitment days on Bournemouth Pier

Bournemouth Pier recruitment events

Key West Bar & Grill on Bournemouth Pier is hosting two seasonal jobs recruitment days on Friday 1st March 4pm – 7pm and Saturday 2nd March 10am – 1pm.

Bournemouth Pier Marketing Manager Sarah Hunter advised, “We’ve got lots of varied opportunities with roles available in RockReef & PierZip, Key West Bar & Grill and retail shops & kiosks. Jobs available include RockReef Instructors, Reception Staff, Cafe Assistants, Kitchen Staff, Bar & Waiting Staff, and Retail Sales Assistants. You can find out more about the jobs available on our jobs pages at”

Continuing Sarah said, “We’re looking for enthusiastic, reliable staff to work on the pier during the peak summer season. Full training and uniforms will be provided. Just bring along your CV to one of the recruitment days and speak to a hiring manager! If you can’t make either of the recruitment days please do email your CV and cover letter to

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Headway Walking Football Team kitted out by Coles Miller

Headway Walking Football team kitted out by Coles Miller

Walking football players who are overcoming brain injuries now have new kit thanks to Coles Miller Solicitors.

Coles Miller has provided the new football strip for brain injury charity Headway’s walking football team in Poole. Dorset Sportsmen’s Lodge also donated £200 towards the kit.

Headway is a UK-wide charity that provides vital support to brain injury survivors, their families and carers.

Coles Miller Partner Adrian Cormack, a specialist brain injury solicitor, said: “People who have sustained serious head injuries need all the help that we as a community can give them.

“Walking football is an excellent way for people to regain and maintain fitness, improve co-ordination, have fun and socialise.

“It’s a very inclusive sport that – although often associated with older players – is suitable for all ages and abilities.

“According to the rules of walking football, the ball should never go above head height. This minimises the chance of head injuries,” he added.

Headway United trains at the County Ground in Blandford Close, Hamworthy. It is the headquarters of Dorset County Football Association which is keen to help make the sport more inclusive.

Headway attracts around a dozen players to its training sessions. They are all brain injury or stroke survivors. Some are referred by the NHS to help with their rehabilitation.

The team is run by Headway Dorset operations manager Ade Stark and organiser Kev Tipper. Both are brain injury survivors.

Mr Stark paid tribute to Coles Miller and Dorset Sportsmen’s Lodge: “We are extremely grateful for their support.

“Walking football is a great opportunity for brain injury survivors to meet each other and socialise. It’s an escape – and it’s a great way to exercise,” he added. 

Coles Miller solicitors in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Broadstone and Wimborne help people who have suffered through personal injury or clinical negligence to claim compensation (‘no win no fee’) to fund their treatment and care.

For further information, contact Coles Miller Marketing Manager Nick Balchin at the Poole office (01202 673011),

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BH Star Award semi-finalists revealed

BH Star Award semi-finalists

The BH Star Award semi-finalists were revealed at a starry event held at Shorefield Holidays’ Oakdene Forest Park, St Leonard’s, Dorset, on 12th February.

Launched to honour and bring public recognition for varied achievements and positive contributions from those professionals working across the hospitality, tourism and retail sector, these new awards not only recognise and celebrate the BH region’s best-loved tourism, hospitality and retail businesses from the BH postcode areas: Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Wimborne, plus surrounding towns and villages.

Headline sponsor Shorefield Holidays, an award-winning, family owned business which operates eight holiday and leisure parks in the BH postcode and New Forest area, welcomed smartly attired entrants to a glamorous early evening reception, with canapés served as the semi-finalists were revealed.

Simon Pitman, Shorefield’s Group Head of Marketing, said: “We congratulate all the semi-finalists. Every one represents a business covering tourism, hospitality and retail, which contribute significantly to our local economy.”

The awards were also supported by sponsors and partners including: A-One Insurance Group, County Foods, Country Fare, Mploy, Goadsby, Eskimo EPOS, Meridian Lifts, Meridian Air Conditioning, Oceana Hotel Group, Nativ, Ist Waste Management, Bournemouth Echo, Wave 105, ELIS, Templar Wines, Conker Spirit, Amica and Expect Best.

Initial judging was carried out by representatives comprising of independent trade and business executives and educators, entrepreneurs and innovators. They will now make their final decisions as to who the BH Star winners are, which will be revealed at a gala dinner and awards ceremony at The Lighthouse, Poole, on Thursday 14th March.

Jackie Phillipson, co-founder of ROUTEpr and Events, organiser and curator of the Star Awards, said: “The judging panel was impressed by business growth, vision, drive and development. Well done to all entrants, semi-finalists.”

“The categories have a clear focus and are open to businesses, suppliers and individuals. As we approach the final judging, our focus now turns to staging a glamorous and stunning gala ceremony and dinner, which will be the standout event for making regional connections.”

“The value of winning, kudos and related publicity mean that the winners have something to shout about as they return to congratulate their teams. They act as ambassadors for the future and for other regional Star Awards.”

The BH Star Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner and ceremony at The Lighthouse, Poole, on March 14. Tickets are now on sale. Visit the website to find out more and to purchase tickets.

The BH Star Semi-Finalists 2019 are:

Attraction of the Year Award
Adventure Wonderland
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park
Marvo Mysteries Escape Room
New Forest Water Park
Poole Hill Brewery

Chef of the Year
Antonio Balmon, Lolas
Christian Orner, Salt Co
Dean Kavara, Banque & Bohem
Jordan Hale, The Goods Yard
Luke Jefford, The Tickled Pig
Maciek Kijewski, Molecular Magic
Manash Choudhry, Hotel Collingwood
Matt Budden, Hilton, Schpoons & Forx
Pete Tofis, The Connaught Hotel
Sarah-Ali Choudhury
Steve Hall, The Noisy Lobster

Pub of the Year
1812 Lounge Bar and Restaurant
Church St. Gin House
Jenkins & Sons
Renoufs Westbourne
The Silent Woman

Boutique Hotel
The Grove Hotel
The Lord Bute
The Urban Beach Hotel
Tiien Boutique Hotel

Business Tourism & Venue
Dorset Cruises
Hilton Bournemouth
Hotel Miramar
Marsham Court Hotel
Oceana Hotel Group
Parley Manor Weddings

Café / Tea Room
Binnies Cafe
Frieda’s Tearoom
Little Pickle Deli Cafe
Number 9 on the Green
Pause Cat Cafe
The Paddle
Upton Central Coffee Shop

Community Award
Bourne Free
Bournemouth Rocks 2018
Bournemouth University
Dorset Foodie Family
Ellis Jones Solicitors
Frankenfest 2018
HAT (Highcliffe Action Team)
Hays Travel Southbourne
Poole Bay Rotary
Poole Hill Brewery
Shelley Theatre
Wave Project

Customer Service
Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa
Country Fare
Hotel Collingwood
Hotel Miramar
PRC Streamline Taxis
Tiien Boutique Hotel
Webster Family Butchers
Willow Floristry

Dining Experience
Art Sushi
Christian Orner, SALT Co
Molecular Magic Creative Catering
Renoufs Westbourne
Renoufs Wimborne
The Jetty
The Larder House
The Noisy Lobster
The Tickled Pig
Tiien Thai Restaurant
Urban Reef Restaurant

Education & Mentoring
BU Dept of Tourism & Hospitality
Capital School of English
Trainer Lash

Environment & Sustainability
Anna’s Sorbet Lollies
Handmade New Forest & The Naked Pantry
Poole Hill Brewery
South Lytchett Manor Caravan & Camping Park
Sturts Community Trust
Terrior Tapas
The Urban Guild

Getting About
Dorset Cruises
PRC Streamline Taxis
South Coast Caravan Hire

Innovation or Product of the Year
Anna’s Sorbet Lollies
Capital School of English
Conker Spirit – RNLI Navy Strength Gin
Drop the Anchor Brewery
Food For Thought Cookery School
Handmade New Forest & The Naked Pantry
Nativ Hot Sauce
Soapbox Spirits Ltd, Pothecary Gin
South Coast Caravan Hire
Terrior Tapas, The Larder House
Yomp and Chomp

Investing in People
Brewhouse and Kitchen
Hilton Bournemouth
The Green House Hotel and Arbor Restaurant
Village Hotel Bournemouth

Large Hotel
Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa
Hilton Hotel Bournemouth
Hotel Collingwood
Hotel Miramar
The Cumberland Hotel
The Marsham Court Hotel
Village Hotel Bournemouth

Leading Star, Unsung Hero
Andy Lennox, Zim Braai
Don Nutt, Poole Bay Rotary
Fiona McArthur, SOSBA
Ian Goode, Goode Experience
Jane Hart, Oakemedians
Keith Hemmings, Morebus
Malcolm Angel, Gullivers, Wimborne
Malcolm Whitham, Care Home Bed Finder
Wendy Parrott, Youth Cancer Trust

Learning Experience
BU Dept of Tourism & Hospitality
Food For Thought Cookery School
Hotel Miramar
Webster Family Butchers

Mix Master
Alex West – Ojo Rojo
Ashley Barnett – Church Street Gin House
Claudio Gomes – 1805
Daniel Alves – Lolas
Danny Vickers – 1812 Lounge Bar
Iva Peshava – Brewhouse and Kitchen
Jess Smits – Be At One Bar
Jordan Crane – Mai Tai Cocktail Bar
Julezz Towers – TGI Fridays
Stuart Reeves – Chaplins & The Cellar Bar

New Business
Care Home Bed Finder
Christian Orner, SALT Co
Dilli Haat
Food For Thought Cookery School
Luvwed Group
Makla Bistro
Poole Hill Brewery
Pygmy Pineapple
Renoufs Soutbourne
South Coast Caravan Hire
Terrior Tapas
V. Dorset
Wanderlust Retreats
Zim Braai

Night Time Award
Be At One
Carls Comedy Club
Coastal Comedy
Mai Tai Cocktail Bar

Rising Star
Adrienne Coles – Coastal Comedy
Bill Webb – Poole Hill Brewery
Gemma Elson – The Tap House
George Barry – Dudsbury Golf Club, Hotel & Spa
Hamit Kircal – MyShake Bar
Kamil Skalczynski – Art Sushi
Louise Clarke – Bourne Free
Mark Rush Palmer – The Luvwed Group
Rupert Holloway – Conker Spirit
Ty Temel – Halo & Canvas

Self Catering Accommodation
Burnbake Forest Lodges
South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park
Wanderlust Retreats

Shopping Experience
Dacombes of Wimborne
Gullivers Farm & Shop
M’s Bakery Ltd
The Christchurch Confectioner
The Furlong Shopping Centre
Webster Family Butchers
Westbourne Bookshop
Willow Floristry

Spa, Pampering & Wellbeing
Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa
Flawless Medical Cosmetics
Oceana Day Spa
Soda Beauty & Blow Dry Bar
Village Hotel Club Bournemouth

Tourism Event/Festival
Bourne Free
Bournemouth 7s Festival
Bournemouth Coastal BID / Christmas Tree Wonderland
Camp Bestival
Dorset Cruises
Hotel Miramar, Navy Blue Party
Poole Harbour Boat Show

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Job open day at Housing association

The New Leaf Company

An open day is to be held as part of a recruitment drive by The New Leaf Company, the social enterprise arm of charitable housing association BCHA.

New Leaf is currently looking to fill roles including customer advisor, electrician, multi-trade operatives, labourer in its expanding repairs and maintenance team, as well as BCHA’s health and safety advisor.

The open day is being held at BCHA’s office at St Swithun’s House, 21 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, from 2pm to 5pm on Wednesday, 20th February.

Anyone looking for a new position or just interested in finding out more about New Leaf is invited to attend.

Refreshments will be provided and there will be current employees of New Leaf on hand in the Garden Room at St Swithun’s House to answer any questions.

New Leaf Repairs Business Operations Manager Michelle Embling said: “Anyone looking for a new opportunity within a fast paced and growing repairs and maintenance team will want to attend.

“This open day is a marvellous opportunity for anyone hoping to fill one of our vacancies to find out more about New Leaf.”

The New Leaf Company, through its New Leaf Repairs and Maintenance team, employs an in-house team to carry out repairs and maintenance, cleaning and gardening at BCHA’s residential and commercial properties. Because the New Leaf Company is a social enterprise organisation it means all profits generated are reinvested back into the community to improve the lives and the environment of local people living and working in Bournemouth and Poole.

The New Leaf Company also has a co-working hub, catering contracts, conference and training rooms and office rental.

For more details email BCHA Recruitment Adviser, Jamie Furer at or call on 01202410646.

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Marina Exhibitor sales flying for the 2019 Poole Harbour Boat Show

Poole Harbour Boat Show

Marina exhibitor sales for the 2019 Poole Harbour Boat Show (PHBS), which takes place from 7th-9th June, are breaking previous event records and organisers are urging interested exhibitor companies to get in touch in order not to miss out on being a part of the popular boat show.

Poole Harbour Commissioner’s Marinas Manager Kerrie Gray advised, “Last year we had a record 115 boats in the water, this year we’ve seen a phenomenal response with the majority of our 2018 exhibitors renewing to come back! Exhibitors will once again include Ribeye, Sealine, Beneteau Power and Sail and of course our in-association sponsor Sunseeker. We’ve also seen lots of new company enquiries and bookings and this means we have already sold over 75% of our available marina spaces. There’s also been a very positive number of enquiries for our quayside spaces – we put this down to the previous successes of the event, with 2018 proving to be particularly popular.”

Continuing Kerrie enthused, “The PHBS is now in its 5th year. We welcomed over 32,000 visitors in 2018 and have been recognised as the fastest growing boat show in the UK. We’re also the biggest FREE to attend boat show on the South coast. Visitor numbers have increased year-on-year, and we’ve forged some extremely positive and strong partnerships”

PHC Marketing Director, Tracy Payne said, “The 2019 event, which is being run in association with Sunseeker International, is gaining significant momentum and we are particularly pleased at the attention and support that the boat show is receiving. People from within the marine industry and many local businesses and organisations are keen to find out more and learn how they can get involved. 2019 promises lots of expansion and more focus on our event objectives of getting people ‘on the water’, particularly younger people. There will be many varied opportunities to get on the water throughout the boat show weekend, including workshops taking place on the Tall Ships and ‘Try a Boat’ sessions.”

Anyone interested in exhibiting is asked to contact Kerrie on Tel: 01202 649488

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Chamber AGM & President Dinner

Chamber AGM & President Dinner

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce are delighted to announce details of the 2019 Annual General Meeting. Taking place at the Cumberland Hotel on Friday 22nd March at 6pm, come along and hear about what the Chamber has been doing over the last year.

The AGM is free to attend for all paid members of the Bournemouth Chamber. Only fully paid members are eligible to vote at the AGM, so please ensure that if you wish for your vote to be included that your membership is paid and up to date.

To book to attend the AGM, please visit:

The BCTC Presidents Dinner

Following the AGM meeting, you are welcome to join the Executive Board and Chamber President at the Presidents Dinner which encompasses a three-course set menu dinner and entertainment provided by the infamous comedian and Piano Man, Matt Black. Further information can be found at:

Tickets cost £30 per person and can be purchased via Paul Thompson by emailing

Should you have any questions regarding the AGM or Presidents Dinner please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing

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Women’s Leadership

Celebrity chef and Food Columnist Sarah Ali Choudhury, was invited to attend the office of Her Excellency The Bangladesh High Commissioner to The United Kingdom, Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem.

Her Excellency is interested in women’s leadership in the UK and plans to support future activities and initiatives. The highly productive meeting gave British Bangladeshi women an opportunity to share their passion and activities with a focus on female leadership and women’s empowerment.
Sarah is looking forward to working on a project with Her Excellency and achieve internationally agreed goals for development, sustainability and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities and highlight key challenges impacting women everyday, which is essential to build stronger economies.

Sarah, recently appointed National Lead for Women in Catering for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), was also the winner of the National Influential Woman of the Year 2018 by Venus Awards and features in the F:Entrepreneur #ialso 100 List for 2019.

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Semi-finalists to be announced for independent BH Star Awards

Semi-finalists to be announced for independent BH Star Awards

Entries have closed for the inaugural BH Star Awards and the semi-finalists will be revealed at Shorefield Holidays’ Oakdene Forest Park, St Leonards, Dorset, on February 12.

Launched to honour and bring public recognition for varied achievements and positive contributions from those professionals working across the hospitality, tourism and retail sector, these new awards – featuring star-studded categories – not only recognise and celebrate the BH region’s best-loved tourism businesses, but also enhance hospitality and include the burgeoning quality retail sector.

A fabulous celebration of tourism, retail and hospitality at its finest, the Star Awards cover the BH postcode areas: Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Wimborne, plus surrounding towns and villages.

The awards are sponsored by Shorefield Holidays (headline sponsor) in association with 1st Waste, A-One Insurance Group, Bournemouth Echo, Country Fare, County Foods, Elis, Goadsby, Meridian Lifts, Meridian Air Conditioning, Mploy Staffing Solutions, Nativ, Oceana Hotel Group, Templar Wines and Wave 105.

The semi-finals of the BH Star Awards are being hosted by Shorefield Holidays and the professionals will be celebrated with an early evening event. This follows the initial judging process which is carried out by representatives of independent trade, business executives and educators, entrepreneurs and innovators.

Simon Pitman, Shorefield’s group head of marketing and Title Sponsor said: “The awards represent a fantastic opportunity for both business and the community to recognise and celebrate excellence in our region. We are eager to discover who has reached the semi-finals and celebrate their successes before the gala finals.

“Tourism, hospitality and retail are key sectors in the BH postcode region and contribute significantly to our local economy. Businesses, people and innovation make this beautiful part of the south coast such a success, which in turn, maintains its popularity with locals and visitors.”

Jackie Phillipson, co-founder of ROUTEpr and Events, organiser and curator of the Star Awards, said: “The awards are NEW we have taken a fresh look at the area, the categories are varied and have a clear focus. They are also open to businesses, suppliers and to individuals and all you’ve got to do is enter to be in with the chance of being a winner.

Our judges are now working on the final judging processes, which includes mystery shopping and official visits whilst working on the staging of the glamorous and stunning gala ceremony, which will be the standout event for making regional connections.”

Semi-finalists and finalists are automatically eligible for Gold, Silver, or Bronze Star Award status. Winners will be announced at the Lighthouse, Poole, on March 14, during a glamour-filled, glitzy gala awards’ ceremony and tickets are now available via

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KTPR celebrates 5 years in business!

KTPR celebrates 5 years in business!

Kate Shaw of KTPR in Bournemouth is marking and celebrating the 5th anniversary of her business.

Kate enthused, “I’m thrilled that Nathan Ake has joined me in marking the 5th birthday of KTPR. Nathan is of course AFC Bournemouth’s iconic number 5 and what better person to high five the business on this special celebration!

“Five years has flown by. When I started out, I never imagined that KTPR would be the huge success that it is. I’m celebrating working with a brilliantly diverse mix of talented clients, many who have been with me for several years now. I love working in Bournemouth and further afield in Dorset. I relocated to the town from Nottingham with my family back in 2011 and still pinch myself that we are living and working in such an amazing and beautiful place!”

Nathan said, “I’d like to congratulate Kate on 5 successful years in her PR business and wish her continued success in the future.”

Anyone interested in connecting with Kate is urged to contact Tel 07971 552224

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