Member News & Events

Positivity brimming at Coleman Marine Insurance in 2020 following acquisition by Gallagher

The acquisition of Coleman Marine Insurance by global insurance broking giant Gallagher in 2019 sees the business going into the New Year brimming with positivity and ambitions for the future.

Coleman MD Steven Risk advised, “We have an exciting 2020 ahead of us as we continue to look after our much-valued clients and engage with prospective new clients throughout the year.

“2020 will see our team attend all of the key marine events, both in the UK and overseas. We’ve got such a great team of people in place and feel very well positioned to continue the growth we have achieved over the last four years.”

About Coleman Marine Insurance

Coleman Marine Insurance is the specialist Marine Division of Gallagher UK Retail, providing Insurance expertise and products across the Marine sector.

Please call if you have a need of our Insurance expertise. Tel. +44(0)1202 497 410 or visit our Website for more information about our services

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BCTC President’s Dinner

Come and celebrate our new President with a three-course dinner and entertainment

Following on from the AGM at 6pm, come join us for the Black Tie celebration of our new President of the Bournemouth Chamber of Commerce at the Collingwoood Hotel. At the same time, say goodbye to our outgoing President, Roger Smith.

The evening will start with a Drinks Reception followed by a three-course dinner.

There will be musical entertainment to dance the night away.

Please let us know of any special dietary requirements by emailing

The last day of booking is Monday 9th March and no places booked are refundable after that date.

Reserve your place HERE!

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Smartcards just the ticket for homeless initiative

A joint initiative between Yellow Buses and the Sleepsafe project is helping to get rough sleepers off Bournemouth’s streets and into accommodation and work.

The Bournemouth-based, locally-owned bus company is providing and helping to fund Smartcards to enable people to travel to Sleepsafe venues, appointments or even job interviews.

Sleepsafe is a seasonal, October to March area-wide project involving many different organisations and administered by Winton-based Faithworks Wessex.

This year Sleepsafe, which costs £70,000 a year to run, has already helped 16 people off the street into more secure accommodation in two months – following success with 48 guests during the 2018 project.

The organisation has more than 300 volunteers on the project this year, with 16 churches across town opening their doors for a week at a time, serving a hot meal, giving space to wash, putting up 12 beds and providing a decent breakfast.

Alistair Doxat-Purser, Chief Executive of Faithworks Wessex, said: “The travel passes that Yellow Buses provide and help to fund make a massive difference to helping Sleepsafe guests to move on away from the streets.

“The travel passes are a key aspect of enabling guests to make that transition off the street – they can now leave their bags at the Sleepsafe site and then get out to appointments at the Jobcentre Plus to sort their benefits, or at the doctors, or to other much needed support.

“The guests are so grateful and it means that another barrier is removed and they can start to believe in a better future.  Standing shoulder to shoulder with partners like Yellow Buses is restoring hope for those in crisis.”

Fiona Harwood, Marketing and Sales Manager of Yellow Buses, said: “We are a locally-owned bus company at the heart of the community and we wanted to give something back to the community we serve.

“We were really keen to get involved with the Sleepsafe initiative and would encourage any individuals or businesses looking for an extremely worthwhile cause to support in this season of goodwill to consider lending a hand.”

To find out more about Sleepsafe visit the website or call 01202 429037.  You can donate at  All the support for rough sleepers is now listed in one place at

One Sleepsafe client said: “Before Sleepsafe I slept in a bin liner under a hedge – Sleepsafe saved my life and turned my life around.”

Yellow Buses was acquired by its management team – David Squire, Managing Director; Simon Newport, Commercial Director and Phil Pannell, Service Delivery Director – from RATP Dev in a management buyout in July 2019 for an undisclosed sum.

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Happy Christmas from the BCTC President

The Executive Directors of Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce would like to wish you and your teams a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

Thank you for all your support in 2019 and we look forward to continuing to work with you to make Bournemouth the place to do Business.

Happy Christmas!

Roger Smith
BCTC President

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AFC Business celebrates first decade

AFC Business, the commercial arm of AFC Bournemouth, has celebrated its tenth anniversary with a Christmas lunch for 180 businesspeople at the Premier League club’s Vitality Stadium.

Launched in 2009 when the Cherries were bottom of League 2 and had just come out of administration, AFC Business has flourished alongside the football club’s rise to elite league status.

The free-to-join business club now has almost 1,800 members and is the engine for all the club’s commercial activities.

AFC Bournemouth commercial director Rob Mitchell said: “I am really proud and delighted that AFC Business has reached 10 years – and it is getting stronger.

“We are a long way from 2009 when I was working alone in the commercial department and we had lost a lot of connections with the business community.

“I believed a new business club was a great opportunity for the football club to reconnect with business, bring people into a fantastic venue, showcase our hospitality and facilities and secure support, partnerships and sponsorships with companies.”

He added: “Our roots, focus and commitment to the community, through the Community Sports Trust or business connections haven’t changed at all. If anything, they have grown and become more important.

“Thank you to the businesses who have supported the football club since those League 2 days. Our strategy won’t change – it is very important that we celebrate the business community that we have got and keep those connections as strong as we possibly can.

“We have grown and there are now bigger brands which are interested in supporting us, but our roots are vital and our priority is with the local business community, people who have supported us through difficult days.”

One such firm is chartered accountants and business advisers Hill Osborne, which sponsored its first AFC Bournemouth match back in 1991.

Richard Osborne, director and die-hard Cherries fan since 1965, said: “Backing the business club was a natural progression for us – and sponsorship has certainly worked. We have all grown together in this club and made excellent long-term constructive relationships with businesses and professional people.”

Mr Mitchell said AFC Bournemouth was continuing to look at ways of developing the business club, refreshing the events programme, delivering even better networking opportunities and ensuring businesses were getting full value for membership.

He added: “We don’t stop here – we continue to grow and develop what we are doing commercially. These are exciting times and I am looking forward to the future.”

Mr Mitchell and Mr Hill were speaking as part of a Q&A session hosted by Paul Kinvig, chief executive of Bournemouth Town Centre BID at the celebratory lunch. 

AFC Bournemouth player liaison officer Jimmy Glass staged his annual festive quiz which was won by a team from event sponsors Think Aero, including Bournemouth’s newly-crowned Commonwealth cruiserweight boxing champion Chris Billam-Smith, a huge Cherries supporter.

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

The next AFC Business event is the January networking breakfast at Vitality Stadium on Wednesday, January 8.

AFC Business celebrates first decade. For further information about the business club, email or call 0344 576 1910. 

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Authentic Soul Food Nativ Celebrates 10 Years of Successful Business in Dorset – from our Member Route PR & Events

Nativ, the multi award winning authentic soul food West African and Caribbean restaurant, owned by Prince and Dorothy Ogbuji, is celebrating ten successful years in the restaurant business. 

Originally from Nigeria, Prince and Dorothy moved to Bournemouth in 2005. They opened their first restaurant in Boscombe in 2009 and moved to their current premises in Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth in 2015.

Nativ serves quality West African and Caribbean soul food, which can be eaten in the restaurant with its contemporary traditional décor or can be delivered as a takeaway and can often be seen at pop up events in the area.  

Prince Ogbuji said: “We are so proud to have reach our 10th anniversary of the Nativ restaurants. It was always our dream to open a business in the hospitality industry, and we fell in love with Bournemouth. It hasn’t always been easy, and it was thanks to the help of other business owners, as well as our hard work and determination that enabled us to start our own business and build it into what it is today.”

“Looking back over the years, we started selling online out of our garage at home. We worked hard to build up the business and added festivals and events which saw regulars return and the business expand.”

Since Nativ started, it’s always been their goal to provide the best quality food at affordable prices and to grow an independent restaurant business into a top brand. This year they launched their special student budget menu specifically for the student population. In May 2019, Nativ opened their first franchise in Southampton and are making a commitment to work with local communities in both Dorset and Hampshire with more events and a pop up.

Nativ has won multiple awards locally and nationally which include BHStars, the BAPTAs and The Great Taste Awards for the Nativ hot sauce. They are a member of the Guild of Fine Food of England and Wales.

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New £10,000 partnership deal powers skills for life learning

Dorset-based skills for life charity SafeWise is delighted to announce IT Support 365 as a new Silver Sponsor in a deal worth £10,000.

The new partnership follows a Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce business breakfast event at SafeWise Weymouth where IT Support 365 Managing Director James met centre Manager Ben Heath and Chief Executive Rob Hattersley.

As part of the arrangement, IT Support 365 will provide tablets as part of internet safety scenarios at SafeWise learning villages for use by children on Junior Citizen primary school visits.

The sponsorship will also see IT Support 365 overhaul vital IT infrastructure and deliver support for SafeWise head office, learning villages and community centres in Bournemouth and Weymouth.

SafeWise Chief Executive Rob Hattersley said: “I am delighted to welcome IT Support 365 on board as a SafeWise Silver partner.

“Their expertise will massively improve the way we work and deliver the platform for SafeWise to continue to grow in coming years expand our skills for life programmes to new audiences.

“I was very impressed when I met James from IT Support 365. They are a good fit for SafeWise, and like us are an expanding regional business with values and ambitions to match our own.”

Based at Portland Marina, but now with offices in Wiltshire, IT Support 365 now looks after companies across the Wessex region providing IT-related services including service desk, consultancy and specialist project work.

James Bull, Managing Director of IT Support 365 Ltd, said “Being a silver sponsor, providing IT services and products to the SafeWise Centres in Weymouth and Bournemouth has been a really positive experience for our team. These centres provide essential services to the wider community and we are very proud to be supporting them.”

For more information about IT Support 365 go to and SafeWise sponsorship opportunities visit


The attached image shows IT Support 365’s James Bull (left) hand over the first of a batch of tablets to SafeWise Chief Executive Rob Hattersley at the charity’s learning village in Weymouth as part of a new £10,000 partnership.

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Cherry Tree Nursery Christmas Fayre Thursday 5th December 2019

We would like to invite you to our Christmas Fayre to be held in our Volunteers Tea Room & Function Room. All funds raised will go towards our Volunteers Christmas fund.

There will be festive refreshments, local produce and craft stalls, Christmas tombola and special offers.  Amongst the craft stalls will be Volunteer made craft gifts, Knitted products, Traidcraft fair trade products, Herbal Harmony, Kesmee Studio, Cosmic Gems, Krafty Kows, Larner Crafts and Cowan Crafts. We also welcome Ma Bolton and her Gluten free pastries and Golden Gate Coffee.    
Our shop will also be open with Cherry Tree Preserves Jams and Chutneys on sale as well as local honey, Dorset Chocolate and Dorset Ginger. 
Whilst this is not a plant sale our range of plants are still on sale with a special range of shrubs available at only £3.25.  
Please remember that the nursery is open to the public for the sale of plants every weekday 8am to 4pm and Saturdays in November 10am to 1pm. In December and January we are closed at weekends.    

We’d like to thank you all for your support and for your donations. People with mental health issues need our support more than ever and with the continued support of the local community we are able to provide the service that we do.

Cherry Tree Nursery

Off New Road Roundabout
Dorset BH10 7DA

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Waste & Recycling Newsletter from BCP

The latest newsletter from BCP Council’s Waste & Recycling.

November 2019

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