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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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Joining Forces for a Greener Future

MORE than 80 people attended the first event of its kind to be hosted by Bournemouth University with a focus on the local region and sustainable development. 

The seminar, entitled ‘Responding to climate change – a greener future for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’, brought together public and private sector experts in one place to share best practice.

Developers, urban planners, architects, consultants, council officials, business leaders, utility companies and the NHS were all represented at the event in BU’s Fusion Building.

The event partners were BU, Savills, Deep South Media and Hoare Lea. 

BU has placed sustainability at the heart of its BU2025 Strategy and its multi-million pound development programme; Deep South Media is a regional stakeholder engagement specialist which has worked on more than £300m worth of development; Hoare Lea is an engineering consultancy specialising in building services; and Savills is a global property and planning consultancy.

Peter Lamb, a director in Savills’ Wimborne office, said: “The event was the first of its kind to be hosted by BU with a focus on the local region and a great success. 

“It was an opportunity to share good practice and explore the different local and national strategies for carbon management and sustainable development.

“The stakeholders present were able to bring valuable insight to the discussions and help further our understanding of what a climate emergency means for Dorset.”

Stuart Laird, BU director of estates, said: “This is a subject which is so clearly very important to all of us. 

“BU’s development programme has sustainability at its core and we were pleased to be able to demonstrate significant achievements to date and to outline what our plans are for the future.

“The spirit of collaboration shown at the event was very encouraging, and will be needed to reach the area’s carbon zero goals.”

Ron Wain, managing director of Deep South Media, said: “According to the United Nations (UN) Environment Programme’s latest Global Status Report the buildings sector is responsible for 36% of global energy use and nearly 40% of energy related CO2 emissions.

“It is beholden on everybody involved in the planning process to drive for a zero carbon future in the next 30 years, if not sooner.

“The technology does exist and is improving all the time. It is essential to enable people to adopt these technologies as well as change their behaviours.” 

BU hosted the event in its Fusion building, which holds an ‘excellent’ rating under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) scheme for its sustainability. BREEAM is an international scheme that provides independent certification of the sustainability performance of individual buildings.

Mr Laird and Mr Lamb opened the event followed by a presentation by David Lewis of the South West Energy Hub, who spoke about support available for energy projects.

Senior associate Paul Cornwell and associate Jo Drane from consultant engineers Hoare Lea spoke about changing legislation which affects the built environment, building energy strategies and the likely impacts on the demand for electric power.

Neil Short, sustainability manager at Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council, talked about what the authority is doing internally and in the community for a net zero carbon future.

BU sustainability manager Dr Neil Smith set out how the university is embedding sustainability throughout its activities and highlighted some of the major achievements delivered to date, particularly in relation to cutting carbon emissions.  He also explained their plans for a low carbon future.

Rob Asquith, who is head of Savills’ planning team in Wimborne, explained the concept of natural capital and how the earth resources can be factored into sustainability initiatives. 

There was also a question and answer session followed by a guided tour of BU’s landmark new Poole Gateway building.

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Expanding team at Saffery Champness Accountants in Bournemouth

Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants continues to expand its Bournemouth office with 8 new recruits in all areas of the business as a result of the continuing inflow of new work being won by the successful team. The thriving practice is one of the top twenty firms of chartered accountants in the UK and has been established for over 160 years. 

Head of office, Partner Nick Fernyhough advised, “It is great to be able continue to grow the business in Dorset and provide top quality opportunities for local professionals to further their careers in a firm that focusses on developing individuals so they can fully achieve their potential.

“This new round of recruitment continues to build the team in the office that was recently strengthened by the arrival of Jamie Lane as a new partner.

“The firm always looks for top quality local people to ensure that we provide the highest quality of advice and service to our clients.”

About Saffery Champness LLP

Saffery Champness LLP is the 12th largest firm of chartered accountants in the UK (by fee income), providing specialist advice to a wide range of individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organisations. The firm does not try to be all things to all people. Instead, its focus is very much on seven core areas of business, where it has built significant expertise and can really bring value to clients’ affairs: private wealth; entrepreneurs; land and estates; not-for-profit; sports and entertainment; international; professional and consultancy businesses.

For over 160 years, the firm’s success has been founded upon providing clients with a genuinely partner-led service, and working with them to create bespoke solutions that help them to achieve their personal and business objectives. 

Saffery Champness has 83 partners and over 700 staff, across nine UK offices. It also has offices in Dubai, Dublin, Guernsey, Geneva and Zurich. The firm is a member of Nexia International, a leading, global network of over 250 independent accounting and consulting firms, spanning 115 countries.

Visit for more information or see Twitter: @Safferys.

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Yellows welcome new finance chief aboard

Yellow Buses has appointed a highly experienced new Financial Director.

Noel Smith has joined the management team at the Bournemouth-based, locally-owned bus company.

He has previously held senior positions with BAE Systems, National Air Traffic Services and Aquila Air Traffic Management Services, as well as an interim role at Tower Supplies in Poole.

Noel said: “I am very much looking forward to the challenges ahead and am delighted to be given this opportunity. These are exciting times for Yellow Buses as we continue the transition journey from RAPT Dev ownership and develop and grow the business as a profitable independent entity.

“My focus will be to use my extensive corporate experience to drill down into our business, looking at key financial drivers, to see where I can make a difference and add that one or two per cent so crucial to making a success of anything in life.

“There is a close knit team at Yellow Buses, a real family atmosphere with everyone pulling in the same direction, which is fantastic.

“I am open and honest, I like complete transparency and because I work best in an integrated operation my door is always open to any views from anyone in the company.”

Managing Director David Squire said: “We welcome Noel aboard to our leadership team as someone who is an excellent practitioner right across the board and will bring a wealth of experience to Yellow Buses.

“Noel is very much an all-rounder, a problem-solver and a blue sky thinker who is already deeply immersed in the Yellows’ culture and I look forward to a long a fruitful professional relationship with him.

“His role – as someone new to the industry – is to sometimes put fresh eyes on the company and, if necessary, challenge the way things are done, drive results across all sectors.

He will help to ensure we continue to deliver the best possible service for our 15 million passengers each year – with our expanded services, new vehicles and increased investment already leading to more customers and giving him a great platform from which to work.”

Noel, who is married with two children and lives in Verwood, is a governor of a Bournemouth school and a trustee of two local Verwood charities.

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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Fly Bournemouth

Stephen Gill, Managing Director, Bournemouth Airport. The airport has published its Fly Bournemouth 2020 preview, detailing flights for 2020.

Holidaymakers looking to fly from Bournemouth Airport for travel convenience have two new sunshine destinations for Summer 2020.

The stunning Greek islands of Skiathos, in the Aegean Sea, and Zante, in the Ionian Sea, are now among 30-plus international routes available from the airport.

Skiathos, a filming location for the hit Abba-themed movie Mamma Mia!, and Zante, home to turtle nesting beaches, are run by TUI from May to October and May to September respectively.

TUI is also introducing new 10 and 11 night holidays to mid-haul hotspot Antalya,  on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, and providing more duration options for customers.

Details of flights from Bournemouth Airport, which saw 708,869 passengers go through the terminal over 12 months to March 31, are now available in the Fly Bournemouth 2020 preview.

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