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South Quay in Poole port is officially opened by Government Minister

South Quay in Poole Port has been officially opened by Government Minister, Jake Berry Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for Local Growth.

The Minister was welcomed by Jim Stewart, CEO of Poole Harbour Commissioners and Chairman of the Dorset LEP who took great pride in showing the minister around the newly expanded South Quay.   

Jim Stewart enthused, “We are delighted that the Right Honourable Jake Berry is able to come along today and officially open South Quay.  This occasion celebrates this exciting and transformative project for the Port of Poole.  The Dorset LEP secured funding from the Government for road improvements for Poole and the port project formed an important part of the rationale for the road improvements.”

Continuing Jim added, “We are the newest cruise berth in the world and one of the biggest port developments seen on the South coast in recent years.  The creation of the new South Quay has created huge amounts of interest across the industry.  It’s brilliant news for Poole and Dorset and the new quay will enable us to get the name of Poole out there on a world platform.”

On cutting the ribbon the Minister for Local Growth, Jake Berry said: “The opening of South Quay represents a key milestone in the regeneration of the Port of Poole and a major economic boost for the local area. Welcoming cruise and cargo ships from across the world, this new quay bolsters the Port of Poole’s reputation as an international hub and a gateway to the south coast.”                                                                                         

Completion of the £10m South Quay project concludes Poole Harbour Commissioner’s ambitious 7-year expansion, said to be one of the biggest port developments seen on the South Coast in recent years.

South Quay is a 200m long x 40m wide deep-water quay that provides 9m in depth to accommodate vessels up to 220m in length. This has seen the Port’s capacity for conventional cargoes, yacht liners and special project cargo increase and will facilitate the ever-increasing interest from cruise ships wishing to visit Poole and the surrounding area. The development has enabled the port to accommodate bigger ships, carrying over 1,000 passengers.

South Quay has been operational for cargoes and yacht transfers since the beginning of the year, but the completion of the surfacing work allowed Poole to welcome its first Cruise Ship of the season in the first week of May; The Corinthian, operated by Grand Circle Line Cruises.

Anyone cruise ship companies interested in finding out about South Quay are urged to contact Port Manager Manager, Steve Moors E: Tel:01202 440220 

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Greendale Construction fight the worst of the ‘spring’ weather to complete Sandbanks beach huts

Dorset Chartered Builders, Greendale Construction Limited, has battled torrential rain and gale force winds to complete an impressive refurbishment and upgrade to two blocks of beach huts at Sandbanks for Poole Borough Council.

The contract, carried out by the firm’s thriving Small Works Division, included replacing rotten timber doors, recladding the brick piers, and installing new glass balustrades were installed to the first floors.

Neil Drissell, Small Works Division contracts manager for Greendale Construction, said:“Unfortunately, we had the worst of the weather against us – freezing rain and gale force winds for most of the 6 weeks, which were far from ideal conditions, but the team still managed to complete on schedule, and hand-over an impressive finished project in time for the start of the season.  The sun finally decided to shine in the last week, which not only helped morale, but showed off the team’s stunning finished work.”

Rob Hooker, director at Greendale Construction Limited, said: “Greendale’s Small Works Division boasts a dedicated team of managers and trades to deliver a whole range of commercial and domestic projects of between £1,000 to £400,000.  The division successfully works with NHS trusts, local authorities, managing agents, private, and commercial clients across Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.”

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It’s May Madness on Bournemouth Pier – Half price offers for locals on the Zip Wire, RockReef and Key West Bar & Grill!

It has officially been declared ‘May Madness’ on Bournemouth Pier as spectacular half price offers have been introduced to help locals zip in to Spring!

The offers are running from Tuesday 1st May to Friday 25th May.  Single Zip wire flights will be available from as little as £10 and there will be 50% off RockReef upgrades, such as the Cave and the HighLine. In Key West Bar & Grill, at the end of the pier, all pizzas will be half price too!

Local residents living within the BH, SP, SO, DT & PO postcode areas will be able to take up these a-may-zing offers by using the code ‘MAD18’ when booking on line, over the phone or in person.  Upon arrival, visitors using the offer may be asked to produce a utility bill or driving license as proof of address.

One proof of address is valid for up to 4 people. This offer excludes family tickets and group booking rates. Visit the web site to book and view full terms & conditions and session times.

Show your RockReef or PierZip booking confirmation for FREE entry on to Bournemouth Pier, online bookings only.

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ROUTEpr expands to welcome 2 new team members

ROUTEpr and events, a specialist agency based in Wimborne, Dorset, with over 30 years’ experience in the PR and events industry expands to welcome two new members to the team.

ROUTEpr and events have a variety of local and national PR clients and run a range of events including the BAPTAs – an annual awards ceremony celebrating tourism across the BH postcodes, and Taste of the South Festival – a food, drink and lifestyle event, which is being held across the weekend of 21-22nd July 2018.

Sian Smith has joined the team as Account Executive. Sian has over 20 years’ experience working in PR for an array of businesses including global telecommunications and local government and she also has a degree in PR.

Following a career break, Sian has hit the ground running taking part in a variety of new business launches, as well as the BAPTAs, Discover Wimborne, Abbots Court Rural Escape. Sian is working with the team creating press releases, copy and blogs as well as interacting with clients, and supporting the events team. Sian is a keen baker and regularly brings a cake into the office –  much to the delight of the team!

Unity Thomas has joined the team for 2 months as part of her Creative Events Management degree at Arts University Bournemouth (AUB). Unity worked with ROUTEpr and events in 2017 as a volunteer at Taste of the South Festival and she also was involved in the BAPTAs.

Unity will play an integral support role and will be working on the 2018 Taste of the South festival, supporting exhibitors, booking entertainment, as well as handling social media updates across all media platforms, writing blog and creating content. She will also be supporting the team with other events and PR activities.

Jackie Phillipson Director of ROUTEpr says, “We are delighted to welcome Sian and Unity to the team. They both bring enthusiasm and energy not to mention their own creativity. We are well underway with our upcoming events and have lots of exciting prospects in the pipeline too. We are a dynamic team, we work closely together and our aim is to achieve great results for our customers, everybody brings something unique to the table!”

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Eat healthy, feel amazing and get active at Taste of the South’s ZEN DEN

Taste of the South festival announces a brand-new feature for 2018 – the ‘Zen Den’ a dedicated health and wellbeing area. The event takes place on 21-22nd July at Chapel Gate, Christchurch, and organisers invite you to come along and find your zen!

The launch of the Zen Den aims to incite self-love and growth through an array of activities, products, ideas and tips encouraging you to learn how to listen to what your body needs, from spiritual growth, fitness and health, to natural remedies.

You can expect taster yoga classes on both days by Yoga Lounge Bournemouth, step-up fitness classes, healthy food & drink stands, vegan and vegetarian speciality stands, environmentally–friendly products, skincare, advice clinics, and talks plus much more.

If rolling around on a yoga mat eating falafel isn’t for you, fear not, there will be plenty of delicious locally-sourced food and drink, street food vans, and a bar area to tempt you plus entertainment for all ages, so you can kick back and relax too.

Says Jackie Phillipson, Organiser of Taste of the South, “We are thrilled to introduce the new Zen Den area to Taste of the South this year. Health and wellbeing is becoming more and more prevalent which is great, 10 years ago, there were 150,000 vegans in Britain, and now, there are at least 542,000! People are looking after themselves, and the entrepreneurs of the world are creating niche products, which include specialist items for those with intolerances and allergies.

With the pressures of everyday life looming upon us, it is important to look after your physical and mental health, refuelling and recharging where necessary – we even have hangover prevention products, made by Indulge Hangover Cure, at Taste of the South this year!

We also want to showcase a variety of cruelty-free alternative product and plastic-free alternatives so come along and find your zen whilst eating nutritious foods! If you would like to take a stand space in the Zen Den or any other area of the event please get in touch with the team on”

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Reality stars take to Bournemouth Pier Zip Wire to raise money for Entertainment Workshop charity

A host of reality stars made their way to Bournemouth and took on the Zip wire challenge on Bournemouth Pier, raising much needed funds for the Entertainment Workshop charity. The zip wire took place on Wednesday April 11th and members of the public were invited to come along and greet their favourite celebrities.

Celebrities included; BAFTA award winner Sandra Martin from Channel 4’s Goggle Box and ITV’s 100 Years Younger, Paul Bohill from Channel 5’s Can’t Pay We’ll Take It Away and Jason Burrill, winner of Big Brother 2016.

The Entertainment Workshop charity is a media-based alternative education centre in East Sussex that provides education for disadvantaged students who have all been victims of some type of abuse.

Members of the public were invited to have selfies with the celebrities in return for a small donation towards the charity.  The group then enjoyed afternoon tea at Key West Bar & Restaurant on Bournemouth Pier.

Organiser, Lord Brett McLean advised, “As a trustee of the Education Workshop charity we were looking to do something a bit quirky and unusual and the PierZip offered us that opportunity. I hate heights and can’t swim but I managed it!  I would like to say a huge thanks to all the Patrons of the charity who took part today, the National Pier Society and RockReef.

Sandra Martin from Goggle Box said, “I really wanted to try and do the zip wire.  I felt incredibly nervous but excited as I’d never done anything like this before.  It’s my first time in Bournemouth and I think the town looks beautiful! I managed to climb to the top of the tower but when it came to it I just couldn’t quite bring myself to jump off.  I’m terrified of heights and I just bottled it.  It was great to watch everyone else have a go though and it’s brilliant to know that we’ve raised money for such a deserving charity.”

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Job Description: Marketing Assistant

Coles Miller are recruiting a Marketing Assistant.  If you know anyone suitable, please get in touch:

Sarah Ryan
Marketing Manager
Coles Miller Solicitors LLP

9/11 Parkstone Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 2PG

Tel:   01202 673011

JOB DESCRIPTION – Marketing Assistant

Marketing Assistant – Advert

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Greendale Construction completes £2million refurbishment of Volvo Cars showroom in Poole

Dorset Chartered Builders, Greendale Construction Limited, has successfully completed an extensive £2million refurbishment of the Ocean Automotive Volvo Cars showroom at Ringwood Road, Poole.  The prestigious building now features luxury facilities and a spacious showroom, with the full range of new Volvo models, along with an extensive selection of approved used Volvo Selekt cars.

The 28 weeks transformation has seen the Volvo Cars dealership benefit from a complete interior fit-out with office areas upgraded, new workshop equipment, curtain walling, glazing, roof replacement, and new mechanical and electrical installations, including air conditioning, throughout.  Externally, there has been new hard and soft landscaping and signage.

Chris Kane, Director at Greendale Construction Limited, commented: “Greendale is proud to have delivered this impressive major refurbishment for Ocean Automotive Volvo Cars.  The investment made by Ocean Automotive has resulted in an exceptional finish, which is in-line with the high standard of the Volvo Cars UK brand.”

Gail Ninnim, Commercial Director at Ocean Automotive, said: “Greendale worked tirelessly to complete the new Volvo Cars Poole showroom, in line with the latest Volvo Retail Experience standard. We are delighted to now be open and welcoming Volvo customers to our new home on Ringwood Road.”

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Bournemouth in Bloom is pleased to announce that it is now twinned with Bermuda.

Four scholarship recipients will be visiting Bournemouth this coming summer to learn about the Horticultural excellence of the Borough and work alongside our excellent Bournemouth Parks Team.
Bournemouth should feel so proud that this link has been established which is supported by the Premier of Bermuda , Government and Bermuda Horticultural Society.
Please, can you support this initiative in every way possible and if there is anything you can do to host / welcome our Bermuda guests then please let Bournemouth in Bloom know. 
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