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THE 2018 BAPTA FINALISTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH BERENDSEN ARE REVEALED

The 2018 BAPTA finalists have now been revealed. This year has seen more entries and nominations than ever with businesses from Burley, Highcliffe, Swanage, Wareham, Wimborne and Verwood all entering for the first time and with over 7,000 votes across the four public vote categories.

Said Andy Woodland, Chairman of Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Management Board, “The awards highlight the achievements of the industry professionals that contribute to tourism from across the BH postcode area, and ensures the area is at the pinnacle of the UK tourism destinations.”

Jackie Phillipson from the BAPTAs and ROUTEpr adds, “These businesses deserve to be celebrated, the tourism sector offers such an incredible variety, from great shops and eateries, attractions, educational institutions, hotels and self-catering, as well as the people from within the tourism sector, which includes recognised international brands and an array of independent thriving local businesses, all of which help the British tourism economy.

This year has seen the complete rebrand of the awards, they are now known as the BAPTAs, the tourism businesses and suppliers from across the whole BH postcode area can enter and nominate, and we are delighted to see so many have embraced the awards this year. As well as Bournemouth and Poole, we have had entries from Christchurch, Swanage, Wimborne and Verwood who have been associated with the awards for the very first time.

There is a real BAPTA buzz in the air and the first BAPTA Ball Awards Ceremony is a chance for everyone to celebrate their successes, network and have a good time!

The event takes place on 15th March at the Lighthouse Poole and tickets can be purchased at www.bapta.co.uk/buytickets. Tickets are priced at £65 per person.”

The BAPTA 2018 finalists are:  

 The Large Hotel Award – Sponsored by Berendsen (Title Sponsor of the 2018 BAPTAs)

  • Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa
  • Hotel Collingwood
  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole
  • Hotel Miramar
  • Marsham Court Hotel
  • The Cumberland Hotel

 The Small Hotel Award – sponsored by County Foods

  • Captains Club Hotel & Spa
  • Lord Bute Hotel
  • The Green House Hotel
  • The Orchid Hotel
  • THE PIG – on the beach
  • Urban Beach Hotel

The Transport Delivery Award – presented by ROUTEpr and events Ltd

  • City Cruises Poole
  • City Sightseeing Bournemouth
  • Dorset Cruises
  • Jetski Safaris
  • Morebus
  • Swanage Railway

 The Specialist Dining Experience Award – sponsored by Fusion Wi-Fi and Westbourne Business Association

  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole
  • No.34 Restaurant
  • The Guildhall Tavern
  • The Jetty Restaurant
  • Ventana Grand Café

BAPTAs Best Breakfast Award – sponsored by Bournemouth and Poole College

  • Fresh Edge Café
  • Hotel Collingwood
  • M’s Bakery
  • The Beach Hut Café
  • The Paddle Café

 Best Retail Experience Award – sponsored by Marsham Court Hotel

  • Compton Acres
  • Nellie Mimosa
  • Titan Leathercraft
  • Webster Family Butchers
  • Willow Floristry

 New Business of the Year Award – sponsored by South West Regional Assessment Centre

  • Activate Indoor Trampoline Park
  • El Murrino
  • Marvo Mysteries Escape Room
  • Pause Cat Café
  • The Vintage Lounge & Cinema

The International Cuisine Experience Award – sponsored by Poole Audi’s Feast Magazine

  • Isabel’s Restaurant
  • Koh Thai Tapas
  • Ocean Palace Restaurant
  • The Guildhall Tavern
  • Tiien Thai

 The Self-Catering Accommodation Award – sponsored by Trethowans Solicitors

  • Bournemouth Beach Lodges
  • Burnbake Forest Lodges
  • Home Farm Enterprises
  • Knaveswell Farm
  • Rivendell Outdoor Club
  • Wareham Forest Tourist Park 

The Bar Personality of the Year Award – sponsored by Meridian Lifts

  • Ivan De La Fuente – Lola’s Spanish Tapas Restaurant
  • James Jakeman – Ventana Grand Café
  • Tommo Quy – Captain’s Club Hotel & Spa
  • Harley Stevens – Koh Lounge
  • Danny Vickers – 1812 Lounge Bar

 BAPTAs Rising Star Award – sponsored by HD Telecom and IT Ltd

  • Kate Compston – Gin House and Tap House
  • Lisa Dowdall Sousa – Oceana Hotel Group
  • Lia Martin – Westbourne Business Association
  • Andrei Moisa – Hotel Miramar
  • Prince Ogbuji – Nativ

 The Family Eating Experience Award – sponsored by Town Centre BID

  • Brewhouse and Kitchen
  • Delfino Lounge
  • El Murrino
  • Steam Vintage Tea Rooms
  • Urban Reef

 The Great Time Out Award – sponsored by Merley House

  • Bournemouth Metropole Street Market
  • Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park
  • Go Ape Moors Valley
  • Lulworth Outdoors
  • Poole Harbour Boat Show
  • RockReef and PierZip

 The Green Initiative Award – sponsored by Waste Management Facilities

  • Marvo Mysteries Escape Room
  • Rivendell Outdoor Club
  • South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park
  • Southern Sustainability Partnership
  • We Do Ethical
  • Yellow Buses RATP Group

 The Creative Concept of the Year Award – sponsored by Oceana Hotel Group

  • Brewhouse and Kitchen – The Academy
  • Create at the Cove
  • Immense Air
  • The Larderhouse
  • Poole Maritime Festival
  • Swanage Rep Theatre

 The Education Award – sponsored by Bournemouth English Book Centre

  • Bournemouth University International College (BUINTCOL)
  • CHI Training
  • Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre
  • Lulworth Education Service
  • South West Regional Assessment Centre
  • White Pepper Chef Academy & Cookery School

 The Afternoon Tea Award – sponsored by Country Fare

  • Compton Acres
  • Hotel Collingwood
  • Hotel Miramar
  • The Courtyard Tea Rooms
  • The Cumberland Hotel

 BAPTAs Best Night Out Award – sponsored by Eskimo EPOS

  • 1812 and Bar So
  • Canvas Bournemouth
  • Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar
  • Coastal Comedy
  • Mai Tai Cocktail Bar

The Unsung Hero Award – sponsored by United Taxis

  • Paul Dredge
  • Ian Faulkner
  • Ian Goode
  • James Maidment
  • Jackie Richmond
  • Des Simmons
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Love is in the air – and on the road – with Yellow Buses

Romance was in the air when Yellow Buses wooed passengers with roses and Love Heart sweets.

The Bournemouth-based company marked Valentine’s Day by handing out goodies to surprised customers.

Pete Williams, 75, and his wife, Yvonne, 74, were presented with roses and sweets while waiting for a bus at Castlepoint.

“We’ve been married for 52 years and Pete always gives me a Valentine’s card but this is something different. It’s a lovely thought,” said Yvonne.

Linda Tunstall, 71, was handed a rose and Love Hearts while stepping off a bus with grand-daughter, Bailey, seven.

“I use Yellow Buses a lot and this is a real surprise. Bailey loves riding on the buses,” said Linda.

As well as roses and Love Hearts, Fiona Harwood and Claire Pepper from Yellow Buses also distributed pamphlets promoting the company’s revised network from April 8.

Fiona said: “Valentine’s Day is always a good opportunity to say thank you to people for travelling with us and to, please, encourage their relatives, friends and work colleagues to also get the bus habit. The reaction has been brilliant.”

·     www.bybus.co.uk

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2018/19 Bournemouth Council Budget

Bournemouth Council’s Cabinet have agreed recommendations for the 2018/19 budget, which will be presented to Full Council on 21 February 2018.

In assessing its spending commitments for the year ahead, the Council is anticipating a reduction in devolved funding of £4m for 2018/19 and a further reduction of £3.5m for 2019/20. In addition to these existing pressures, the Council recognised very early the need to respond to a £7.5m gap in the budget to balance the books for 2018/19.

Following previously identified savings of over £9.1m for 2018/19, Cabinet has agreed to follow the Government’s strategy and recommend an increase in Council tax of 5.99%, made up of 2.99% in standard council tax and the addition of 3% Adult Social Care precept, to help plug this gap.

The proposed budget once again makes substantial provision for homelessness and the most vulnerable with an additional £4.5 million allocated to Adults’ and Children’s Services for 2018/19. This means that next year 79% of the Council’s entire budget will be used to meet the cost of statutory, demand led social care services.

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of the Council, set the scene by stating that “The effective management of the Council’s finances has never been as crucial as it is today, recognising an unprecedented funding position and simultaneous increases in the demand for services. Here in Bournemouth we are focussed on the continuing delivery of frontline services for residents despite receiving a reduction of £54m in our core funding since 2010/11. In the meantime, the ongoing challenges for the funding of Adults’ and Children’s social care leaves Council finances for all services on a knife-edge.”

He went on to say “We continue to face significant challenges, although to date the Council has a proven track record of managing the delivery of services and balancing its financial position year on year. The Budget we are recommending to the Council is financially sound, continues to deliver front line services and supports those residents most in need in our local community.”

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A-One Insurance Apprentice Declared South West Business and Community Champion

A-One Insurance Group has started 2018 with a bang as their apprentice Ben Bronsell has been declared Apprentice of the Year at The South West Business and Community Awards.

The ceremony organised by South West Expo and backed by The Business Exchange, was held on January 18th at The Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Swindon. The awards saw the multi award winner and BBC Dragon’s Den 2017 winner Julianne Ponan deliver an inspirational and motivational speech.

Ian Penfold, Founder and Managing Director, A-One Insurance Group, said: “What an honour for our apprentice Ben Bronsell to be crowned the winner in the South West Region. It is also an honour for the whole team who have mentored and guided him on his business development journey so far”.

“Within a short time following Ben’s arrival we could see he had potential. I hope this award will harness his ambitions and inspire him and others members of our team to develop and grow within our company.”

Ben Bronsell, Apprentice of the Year Winner, said of his achievement: “I am immensely proud to have been chosen as the Apprentice of the Year. It was overwhelming and totally unexpected. It’s been a great experience and has helped my communication, presentation and networking skills considerably.”

“Being interviewed by the judges puts you under immense scrutiny. The judges told me choosing the winner for my category was very tough as all of the entries were of a very high standard.”

“This recognition is for the whole company and not just for me. It has made me understand that if you work hard, listen and use each opportunity as an experience you can develop, grow and make improvements and would like to thank A-One for the opportunity their A-One Academy has given me both professionally and personally”.

Alec Jones-Hall, Director of South West Business and Community Awards, said: “We are proud and excited to have celebrated the outstanding achievements across the region and reward those who are making a huge impact throughout the South West. The success of our region and its future achievements will be built on the foundations we lay today.”

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Building for the future with Greendale Construction

Dorset Chartered Builders, Greendale Construction Limited, is building for the future with the appointment of six new staff.  Three young people have been given the opportunity to learn valuable trades as part of the apprenticeship scheme.  20 year old Liam Cotton has joined Greendale as a painter and decorator apprentice; 16 year old Sam Sutton as a carpentry apprentice, and 17 year old Cameron Sollazzo as an apprentice bricklayer.  All three will gain on-site experience working at the firm’s projects across the county and beyond, as well as attending Bournemouth & Poole College where they will work towards NVQ qualifications in their chosen trades.

Will Jepson has also joined the company on the Graduate Training Programme and is mentored by one of the company’s senior contracts managers who himself started with Greendale on the same Graduate Training Programme several years’ ago.   As part of the Programme, Will attends college on a day release basis studying towards an HND in Construction, and once completed, will go onto studying towards his degree.

Neil Drissell has returned to Greendale in a new role as contract manager for the Small Works Division, and John Hayes has joined as QS/contracts manager.  Chris Loader has been promoted from within the firm where he initially started as an apprentice carpenter ten years ago.  After completing his apprenticeship Chris went on to study for an HND in Construction, which he completed in 2015.  Chris is now studying towards a BSc (Hons) in Construction Management and attends Southampton University on a day release programme.

Chris said; “I’m really pleased to be given the opportunity to advance my career at Greendale who will generously fund my 3 year degree.  Having started with the firm as an apprentice, it’s both reassuring and motivating to be with a company who value its employees to such an extent.”

Maria Seabright, HR and finance director at Greendale Construction, commented: “Greendale is a company who is passionate about the future of the construction industry, and in helping people build for their own futures through their careers.  Our employees are our finest asset, and so it is only natural to invest in them and their professional growth.  We continue to link with local schools and colleges to engage with young people and encourage them into the industry.”

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Saffery Champness Accountants interview Gary Turner, MD of Xero Online Accounting Software packages

Gary Turner, UK Managing Director at Xero Online Accounting spoke to a room full of budding entrepreneurs at Virgin Start Up’s ‘Screw It Just Do It’ monthly event in Bournemouth.  The evening was jointly sponsored by Saffery Champness Accountants and Laceys Solicitors. Xero is an easy-to-use online accounting software package for small businesses and their advisors. Established in 2009 by just 3 people, it now boasts a staff of 250, over one million subscribers in more than 180 countries and revenues of £30million. Gary gave excellent insight into what he believed to have contributed towards making his business the huge success that it is. He later took time out to chat with Saffery Audit Manager Casidhe Baleri who quizzed him further on his business…

Casidhe: What are the biggest issues you are trying to address with Xero in terms of supporting Entrepreneurs and their businesses?

Gary: It’s hard enough making that leap of faith and starting a new business. Looking for funding and hiring people offer their own problems and challenges. Then there is the accounting and bookkeeping side of things, which is significant but something often overlooked. Xero is trying to demystify and remove the complexity around the necessary elements of accounting. Small businesses also often don’t know where to go for help and are unaware of the rich source of help and guidance an accounting firm can offer. So secondly, if Xero can connect accountancy firms and small businesses more effectively then this has to be a good thing and something we continue to address.

Casidhe: Artificial intelligence is something you briefly mentioned in your speech earlier and is something that is set to revolutionise accounting over the next 10 years, but how do you see Xero being a part of this?

Gary: I don’t think accountants will all be robots in 10 years. However, artificial intelligence (AI) does have some part in removing complexity when it comes to bookkeeping. There are certain aspects where a computer could do a better job than a human – and Xero will be building on this, but there is still a great deal that AI cannot achieve. AI cannot show empathy, understanding of a business and build trust that the right advisors can do – so whilst some low level functions could become automated, it will be about finding the right combination of great AI and accounting humanity and advice so that they co-exist.

Casidhe: We understand that you have been developing your presence in new international markets, such as Europe, Middle East and South Africa. Has this been as successful as you’d hoped?

Gary: Before we had ever set foot in South Africa we had thousands of customers – because you can in this industry and distance doesn’t matter. It is the beauty of modern business, digital business and cloud services as it doesn’t matter where you are. We will look to build business wherever there is a cluster.

Casidhe: Are there any big announcements or new projects you will be focussing on over the next 2 years?

Gary: We have some new projects already underway and have just introduced a new projects capability inside of Xero, targeting businesses in the services industry. We’ve completely rebuilt all of the expenses capabilities. In about a month we are adding construction industry support for UK businesses into our software. There is a lot going on now, but then there’s lots of things in the pipeline too – AI and machine learning and widgets popping up this year. Xero is constantly developing but 2018 should be a big year for new ideas.

Casidhe: As a business you entered into an Initial Public Offering (IPO) quite early on, so what’s was the reasoning for choosing this over other funding?

Gary: We could have gone down the venture capital route or something similar – but they take such a large stake of the business that you’d end up selling the business pretty quickly after you’ve built it. The decision was to raise funding which meant that we didn’t have to sell it after 3 years. Xero wanted to raise a lot of money but still retain control of the business and remain answerable to our customers and shareholders so that’s why it was right for us.

Casidhe: Would you recommend an IPO to similar companies?

Gary: If the opportunity is big enough and we thought we had a huge opportunity to go global and therefore we wanted to do it properly and be a big start up from the beginning then definitely, I would recommend it as a pathway.

About Xero

Xero is an easy-to-use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has over one million subscribers in more than 180 countries, with more than 250,000 of those in the UK. Xero seamlessly integrates with more than 600 apps. It was ranked No. 1 by Forbes as the World’s Most Innovative Growth Company for two years running and won Technology Provider of the Year for the British Small Business Awards. Xero has also won a number of other UK awards, including Practice Software of the Year at the British Accountancy Awards and Payroll Software of the Year at the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers LUCA Awards.

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 professional practices, entrepreneurs, private clients individuals, and not-for-profit organisations.

For 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 almost 70 partners and nearly 600 staff in the UK, across nine offices, plus a presence in Guernsey, Geneva and Zurich, with 140 directors and staff based outside the UK.

Saffery Champness is also a member of the Nexia International network (Nexia). Nexia is a leading, global network of independent accounting and consulting firms, spanning over 120 countries.

Visit www.saffery.com for more information or see Twitter: @Safferys

 

 

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Sweep your loved one off their feet….literally, with Bournemouth Pier’s two-for-one Zip Wire Valentine’s day offer

The World’s first pier to shore zip wire on Bournemouth Pier is offering a Valentine’s day ‘two-for-one’ special, enabling visitors to sweep their loved ones off their feet and enjoy some Valentine’s day fun!

Marketing Manager Sarah Hunter advised, “Why not surprise your loved one with a zip wire ride, or simply treat your family to some exhilarating valentine’s day fun?! It’s a brilliant way to get a fantastic view of the bay and enjoy zip surfing across the waves to land on the beach – an experience you won’t easily forget!”

To receive the 2for1 discount, book two single PierZip tickets and enter code LOVE18 to your online booking.

·        Valid only on Wednesday 14th February 2018. Can not be used in conjunction with any other offer.

·        Height and weight restrictions apply, See website for details. Subject to availability.

·        In the unlikely event that the PierZip is closed due to bad weather, all rides will be re-scheduled.

www.rockreef.co.uk

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Saffery Champness Accountants ask, ‘Is your financial audit robust enough’?

In the wake of the Carillion collapse, only months after a clean audit opinion was issued by their auditors, questions are being asked whether their audit was sufficiently robust and had been conducted “appropriately and responsibly”.

Nigel Ballard, Audit Senior Manager at Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants advised, “The relationship between those charged with governance and their auditor is key and longevity of appointment can often lead to doubts over independence. In the Carillion case the review of certain contracts and the post balance sheet events appear crucial as does the independent view of the auditor.”

Nigel continued by responding to the question of what makes a robust audit…

What makes a robust audit?

A good audit should be conducted with the key principals of auditing kept at the heart of the services provided. The primary objective of an audit of the financial statements is for the auditor to provide independent assurance to the shareholders that the directors have prepared the financial statements properly. The auditor issues a report that includes an opinion as to whether or not the financial statements give a true and fair view. Thus the auditor assists the shareholders to exercise their proprietary powers as shareholders in the Annual General Meeting.

Integrity

Integrity is a prerequisite for all those who act in the public interest. It is essential that auditors act, and are seen to act, with integrity, which requires not only honesty but a broad range of related qualities such as fairness, candour, courage, intellectual honesty and confidentiality.

Integrity requires that the auditor is not affected, and is not seen to be affected, by conflicts of interest. Conflicts of interest may arise from personal, financial, business, employment, and other relationships which the audit engagement team, the audit firm or its partners or staff have with the audited entity and its connected parties.

Objectivity

Objectivity is a state of mind that excludes bias, prejudice and compromise and that gives fair and impartial consideration to all matters that are relevant to the task in hand, disregarding those that are not. Like integrity, objectivity is a fundamental ethical principle and requires that the auditor’s judgment is not affected by conflicts of interest.

The need for auditors to be objective arises from the fact that many of the important issues involved in the preparation of financial statements do not relate to questions of fact but rather to questions of judgment. For example, there are choices to be made by the board of directors in deciding on the accounting policies to be adopted by the entity: the directors have to select the ones that they consider most appropriate and this decision can have a material impact on the financial statements.

Furthermore, many items included in the financial statements cannot be measured with absolute precision and certainty. In many cases, estimates have to be made and the directors may have to choose one value from a range of possible outcomes. When exercising discretion in these areas, the directors have regard to the applicable financial reporting framework. If the directors, whether deliberately or inadvertently, make a biased judgment or an otherwise inappropriate decision, the financial statements may be misstated or misleading.

Independence

Independence is freedom from situations and relationships which make it probable that a reasonable and informed third party would conclude that objectivity either is impaired or could be impaired.

The need for independence arises because, in most cases, users of the financial statements and other third parties do not have all the information necessary for judging whether the auditor is, in fact, objective. Although the auditor may be satisfied that the auditor’s objectivity is not impaired by a particular situation, a third party may reach a different conclusion.

Compliance with ethical standards

The audit firm shall establish policies and procedures, appropriately documented and communicated, designed to ensure that, in relation to each audit engagement, the audit firm, and all those who are in a position to influence the conduct and outcome of the audit, act with integrity, objectivity and independence.

Value for money

Assuming your auditor is fully complying with the ethical standards, the question you should be asking is, “Do we receive value for money from our audit?” If your auditor shows integrity is objective and independent coupled with a challenge, feedback and recommendation to the board over weaknesses in your systems and controls then you are more than likely receiving a robust audit and will be getting good value for your money.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of your audit then please get in contact with Nigel Ballard, Audit Senior Manager at Saffery Champness, Bournemouth T: 01202 204744.

 

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 professional practices, entrepreneurs, private clients individuals, and not-for-profit organisations.

For 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 almost 70 partners and nearly 600 staff in the UK, across nine offices, plus a presence in Guernsey, Geneva and Zurich, with 140 directors and staff based outside the UK.

Saffery Champness is also a member of the Nexia International network (Nexia). Nexia is a leading, global network of independent accounting and consulting firms, spanning over 120 countries.

Visit www.saffery.com for more information or see Twitter: @Safferys

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2018 BAPTAs Semi-Finalists Announced

The 2018 Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Awards (BAPTAs) semi-finalists have been revealed at a special invitation-only event at Bournemouth and Poole College on 30th January.

The BAPTAs in association with Berendsen (previously known as the Bournemouth Tourism Awards), have been more competitive than ever with tourism businesses entering from across the whole of the BH post code area.

Entrants were taken through a vigorous judging process which includes application assessments, a judging panel, visits and mystery shopping. The four voting categories were decided by public vote. All of the evidence has been verified by an independent judging panel.

There are 19 categories this year, which include two new categories: The ‘New Business of the Year Award’ sponsored by SWRAC (South West Regional Assessment Centre) and the ‘Self-Catering Accommodation Award Category’ sponsored by Trethowans Solicitors.

Michelle Lessig, Regional Client Manager at Berendsen, Headline Sponsor of the BAPTAs, said: “We are proud to be associated with the awards, the standard of entries has been really high and impressive. We’ve had entries from all across the region including Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ferndown, Wimborne, Wareham and Swanage.”

“The awards raise the profile of tourism in Dorset across the BH post code area and that is vital for the delivery of the overall visitor experience. Congratulations to all of the semi-finalists.”

Jackie Phillipson, Founder of ROUTEpr who manages and created the BAPTAs said: “It’s fabulous to see how the tourism trade has embraced the awards. The level of enthusiasm and excitement across the entrants, sponsors and partners has been inspiring. Now that we cover the whole BH post code area the judging process has been tougher than ever. The level of effort the entrants have given to their applications, as well as providing the judges with valuable evidence, demonstrates their business growth and development and how they add value and contribute to the tourism industry.”

“The tourism awards are vital in recognising and celebrating the hard work and dedication that goes into creating this award-winning destination, and they’re also a great opportunity to network and to learn from other businesses. The gala awards evening on 15th March is a great place to network, do business and above all for the industry to celebrate their success and to have some fun!”

 The winners will all be announced at a Final Gala Dinner Ceremony on 15th March 2018 at The Lighthouse in Poole. Tickets can be purchased via the websitewww.bapta.co.uk/tickets. For more information about the BAPTAs visit www.bapta.co.uk or contact jackie@routepr.agency.

The 2018 BAPTA Semi-finalists are:

The Large Hotel Award – sponsored by Title Sponsor Berendsen

  • Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa
  • Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton
  • Hilton Hotel Bournemouth
  • Hotel Collingwood
  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro
  • Hotel Miramar
  • Marsham Court Hotel
  • RNLI College
  • The Cumberland Hotel

The Small Hotel Award – sponsored by County Foods

  • All Hallows Farmhouse
  • Captains Club Hotel & Spa
  • Les Bouviers
  • Limestone Hotel
  • THE PIG – on the Beach
  • The Greenhouse Hotel
  • Lord Bute Hotel
  • The Orchid Hotel
  • Tiien Boutique Hotel
  • Urban Beach Hotel

Transport Delivery Award – presented by ROUTEpr

  • BCH Executive Travel
  • City Cruises Poole
  • City Sightseeing Bournemouth
  • Dorset Cruises
  • Drivve Me
  • Jetski Safaris
  • Morebus
  • Poole Boat Hire
  • PRC Streamline Taxis
  • Swanage Railway
  • Yellow Buses RATP Group

The Specialist Dining Experience Award – sponsored by Fusion Wifi and Westbourne Business Association

  • Beach House Cafe
  • Brewhouse and Kitchen Bournemouth
  • Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar
  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro
  • Molecular Magic Creative Catering
  • No.34 Restaurant
  • Ojo Rojo
  • The Guildhall Tavern
  • The Jetty Restaurant
  • Ventana Grand Café

BAPTAs Best Breakfast Award – sponsored by Bournemouth and Poole College

  • AUB Refectory
  • C U Latte
  • Delfino Lounge
  • Framptons
  • Fresh Edge Café
  • M’s Bakery
  • Noisy Lobster Avon Beach
  • The Beach Hut Café
  • The Cumberland Hotel
  • The Paddle Café
  • Hotel Collingwood

Best Retail Experience Award – sponsored by Marsham Court Hotel

  • Compton Acres
  • Dorset Chilli Shop
  • Gem Freeman Jewellery
  • Le Petit Prince Patisserie
  • Nellie Mimosa
  • Purbeck Artisan Yard
  • Seasons Green
  • Southbourne Ales
  • Titan Leathercraft
  • Webster Family Butchers
  • Willow Floristry

New Business of the Year Award – sponsored by South West Regional Assessment Centre

  • Activate Indoor Trampoline Park
  • Brewhouse and Kitchen Bournemouth
  • El Murrino
  • Ginjams
  • Marvo Mysteries Escape Room Bournemouth
  • Oasis Fun Bournemouth
  • Pause Cat Café
  • Renoufs Cheese and Wine Bar
  • Science Zone UK
  • The Vintage Lounge & Cinema
  • The Wood Oven

The International Cuisine Experience Award – sponsored by Poole Audi’s Feast Magazine

  • Aruba Restaurant & Bar
  • Hotel du Vin Poole
  • Isabel’s Restaurant
  • Koh Thai Tapas
  • Lola’s Homemade Tapas Restaurant
  • Nativ
  • Ocean Palace Restaurant
  • Ojo Rojo
  • Pinocchio
  • The Guildhall Tavern
  • Tiien Thai

Self-catering Accommodation Award – sponsored by Trethowans Solicitors

  • Bournecoast
  • Dorset Cottage Holidays
  • Home Farm Enterprises
  • Bournemouth Beach Lodges
  • Burnbake Forest Lodges
  • Knaveswell Farm
  • Mountain Cottage Yurts
  • Rivendale Outdoor Club
  • Rockley Park
  • Rumsey Holiday homes
  • Wareham Forest Tourist Park

The Bar Personality of the Year Award – sponsored by Meridian Lifts

  • Andy Hardy – A&D Mobile Bars
  • Chris Dowell – Le Chic
  • Chris Gardner – Be At One Bournemouth
  • Danny Vickers – 1812
  • Harley Stevens – Koh Lounge
  • Ivan De La Fuente – Lola’s Spanish Tapas Restaurant
  • James Jakeman – Ventana Café
  • Liam White – Cosy Club
  • Rob Lambert – Be At One Bournemouth
  • Tommo Quy – Captain’s Club Hotel & Spa

BAPTAs Rising Star Award – sponsored by HD Telecom and IT

  • Adam Jackson – Hot Radio and Bournemouth Town
  • Alexander Keith – Cosy Club Bournemouth
  • Andrei Moisa – Hotel Miramar
  • Ethan Youel – 1812
  • Jon Morgan – Dorset Cruises
  • Kate Compston – Gin House and Tap House
  • Lia Martin – Westbourne Business Association
  • Lisa Dowdall Sousa – Oceana Hotels
  • Mike Bryant – Be At One Bournemouth
  • Prince Ogbuji – Nativ
  • Sarah Ali Choudhury

The Family Eating Experience Award – sponsored by Town Centre BID

  • Banana Wharf
  • Brewhouse and Kitchen
  • Delfino Lounge
  • El Murrino
  • Koh Thai Tapas
  • Steam Vintage Tea Rooms
  • The Boathouse
  • The Greyhound Inn
  • The Noisy Lobster
  • Urban Reef

The Great Time Out Award – sponsored by Merley House

  • Bournemouth Metropole Street Market
  • Dorset Seafood Festival
  • Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve
  • Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park
  • Go Ape Moors Valley
  • Lulworth Outdoors
  • Monkey World
  • Poole Harbour Boat Show
  • RockReef and PierZip
  • South Coast Karting
  • The Original Shake & Stir Vintage Festival

The Green Initiative Award – sponsored by Waste Management Facilities

  • Be At One Bournemouth
  • Drivve me
  • Marvo Mysteries Escape Room
  • Pause Cat Café
  • Rivendale Outdoor Club
  • Science Zone
  • South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park
  • The Southern Sustainability Partnership Limited
  • Upton Country Park
  • We Do Ethical
  • Yellow Buses RATP Group

The Creative Concept of the Year Award – sponsored by Oceana Hotel Group

  • Ambassadeur Art Gallery & Bournemouth Tourism – SPIDER MAN
  • Aruba Restaurant & Bar
  • Brewhouse and Kitchen – The Academy
  • Create at the Cove
  • Dorset Cruises
  • Immense Air
  • Larderhouse
  • Marvo Mysteries Escape Room
  • Poole Maritime Festival
  • Swanage Rep Theatre

The Unsung Hero Award – sponsored by United Taxis

  • Des Simmons
  • Ian Faulkner
  • Ian Goode
  • Jackie Richmond
  • James Maidment
  • Mark Berry
  • Michele O’brien
  • Paul Dredge
  • Tim Seward

The Education Award – sponsored by Bournemouth English Book Centre

  • Bournemouth University International College
  • Capital School of English
  • Cavendish School of English
  • CHI Training
  • Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park
  • Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre
  • Lulworth Education Service
  • MLS International College
  • South West Regional Assessment Centre
  • Tourism and Hospitality Department – Bournemouth and Poole College
  • White Pepper Chef Academy & Cookery School

The Afternoon Tea Award – sponsored by Country Fare

  • Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa
  • Compton Acres
  • Frieda’s Tea Room
  • Haskins Garden Centre
  • Hotel Miramar
  • Hotel Collingwood
  • Marsham Court Hotel
  • The Courtyard Tea Rooms
  • The Cumberland Hotel
  • The Greenhouse Hotel

BAPTAs Best Night Out Award – sponsored by Eskimo Epos

  • 1812 and Bar So
  • Be At One Bournemouth
  • BH Live
  • Canvas Bournemouth
  • Carl’s Comedy Club
  • Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar
  • Coastal Comedy
  • Koh Lounge
  • Mai Tai Cocktail Bar
  • Smokin’ Aces

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