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Bournemouth hotel offers its guests an ethical way to wash

Bournemouth hotel offers its guests an ethical way to wash

Bournemouth’s Marsham Court Hotel is partnering with ethical brand CLARITY & Co. to offer its guests soap produced by blind and disadvantaged workers.

CLARITY & Co, one of the UK’s oldest social enterprises, was founded in 1854 and seeks to create meaningful employment for people with disabilities and long-term health conditions.

The Marsham Court provides CLARITY & Co’s newest soap brand BECỌ in its washrooms and its CLARITY Juniper & Seaweed range in all its bathrooms, along with stickers explaining how the enterprise is tackling disability under-employment in the UK.

All Marsham Court guests will be offered the chance to use the products in return for a £1 charge on their bill, which will be reinvested back into the charity.

The partnership has been formed by Marsham Court MD Rosie Radwell and CLARITY & Co’s Head of Sustainable Growth Camilla Marcus-Dew, who are cousins and both have relatives with disabilities.

Rosie said: “We are committed to using as many locally sourced products and sustainable practices as we can, so being able to offer our guests ethically produced soaps which also benefit disadvantaged people had huge appeal for us.

“On a personal note I have watched as my god-daughter has struggled to find work because of her cerebral palsy, so I am in awe of what CLARITY & Co. is working to achieve.”

Camilla agreed: “It’s so incredibly rewarding to be able to partner with family at the Marsham Court and hopefully it’s one of many hotels that will choose to jump on board with this new offering!

“Having relatives with a disability really brings home the importance of what we do in creating work for some of society’s most vulnerable.

“I want them to have real opportunities for employment as they grow older – employment which will afford them the same sense of fulfilment and independence that others enjoy.”

The 95-room Marsham Court in Russell Cotes Road is also home to the innovative CHI (Classroom in the Heart of Industry) training school for young people with learning difficulties and hosted the first, national Say Yes to SEN conference to highlight the benefits of employing people with Special Educational Needs.

CLARITY & Co. products including their luxury brand, The Soap Cọ are used in the staff washrooms of Santander and PwC and Michelin star restaurants. The brands are now moving into retail and hotels.

The Marsham Court is the first three-star hotel in the country to use the products and it is hoped other hospitality providers will follow suit.

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Yellow Buses has marked the 50th anniversary of the last trolley bus in Bournemouth.

Yellow Buses has marked the 50th anniversary of the last trolley bus in Bournemouth.

Still regarded with affection by many, the electric trolleybuses replaced Bournemouth’s former tramway system in 1933 and ran for 36 years.

They followed a network of electrically-charged overhead lines suspended above the road. The silent and emission-free trolleybuses were popular with holidaymakers and residents alike. At their height, the trolleybus network extended to 29 miles and was served by 127 vehicles. In the year ending March 1937, the trolleybuses carried 26.3 million passengers. Ten years later the figure had risen to 42.7 million.

The trolleybus era came to an end in 1969 with a closure procession and civic ceremony marking the last day of scheduled services on Saturday April 19. In their place came diesel buses. Yellow Buses has now updated its ‘history bus’ as a tribute to the trolleybuses. The ADL E200 single decker contains display panels with archive pictures tracking the proud 117-year history of Bournemouth Transport. But now external vinyls have been added with old time film spools showing electric trolleybuses in action from 1933 to 1969.

Yellow Buses also welcomed former driver Keith Burbidge to its Yeomans Way depot in Bournemouth. Keith and his wife, Carol, have built their own mini-trolleybus, based on a reconditioned mobile scooter, as a tribute to what many still regard as Bournemouth’s favourite mode of transport. The replica is accurate down to the last detail, including a scaled-down driver’s tea flask on the dashboard.

David Squire, Yellow Buses’ Managing Director, said: “We’ve proudly served the people of Bournemouth, and beyond, for 117 years but, without doubt, the trolleybus era was one of our finest periods. “It’s amazing how even 50 years on so many people remember the trolleybuses with genuine affection. The ‘history bus’ is our tribute to what has gone down as one of the finest chapters in our long and proud history.”

During his visit to Yeomans Way, former driver Keith also brought along original tickets from the last day of trolleybus services. He said: “We’ll be using our trolleybus to promote, and raise funds, for the Bournemouth Vintage Bus Rally in June. Both Carol and I travelled on the last trolleybus and this is our tribute to that time.”

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Marina exhibitor spaces sell out for the 2019 Poole Harbour Boat Show

Poole Harbour Boat Show

Marina exhibitor spaces for the 2019 Poole Harbour Boat Show (PHBS), which takes place from 7th-9th June, have sold out.

Delighted event organisers advised, “The Show is really bucking the trend in terms of regional boat shows and we are thrilled at the level of interest and attention that the PHBS is receiving. It is continuing to grow in popularity and bookings have exceeded our expectations and we are now in the fortunate and enviable position of having sold all of our marina exhibitor spaces! We are looking forward to welcoming a real cross selection of exhibitors including Sunseeker, Ribeye, Sealine, Beneteau Power and Sail, and Jeanneau This year’s Show will see over 100 boats on the water and has so much to offer visitors.”

Poole Harbour Commissioner’s Marinas Manager Kerrie Gray advised, “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 are also the biggest FREE to attend boat show on the South coast. Exhibitor numbers have increased year-on-year and we’ve forged some extremely positive and strong partnerships. We still have a few quayside exhibitor spaces available and would urge anyone interested in exhibiting on the land to get in contact in order to secure their space. We’re proud that our sea and land exhibitors are covering every aspect of the marine industry; from dinghies, yachts, day boats and super yachts to marine clothing, marine training and engines!”

The show will open daily from 10am – 6pm, Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June. For further details visit:

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Greendale Construction welcomes new team members

Greendale Construction

Dorset Chartered Builders, Greendale Construction Limited, has welcomed four new employees to its Poole based headquarters, in-line with the Company’s impressive continued growth.

Ian Whithorn has joined the team as estimator/contracts manager in the Small Works Division which undertakes projects from £1,000 to £400,000k within a 100 mile radius of its Poole office. With over 30 years continual employment within the construction industry, including experience on a diverse range of building projects, design and build and listed building works, Ian will be a key member of the division which continues to expand and is a major contributor to the Company’s overall turnover.

Richard Tite, has taken on the role of BID manager and will be responsible for writing Greendale’s BID submissions, implementing PQQ submissions, as well as working closely alongside the BD director on the business development and marketing side of the Company. Originally from Poole, Richard has recently relocated back to the county to take up this role with Greendale.

Tyler Cooper has joined Greendale as an apprentice site carpenter. Having previously been part of a St Aldhelms School group on a site visit to The Priory Hotel, Wareham, Tyler then went on to complete two weeks work experience with Greendale in 2017, before applying for an apprenticeship this year. Tyler is predominantly working within the Small Works Division and is being mentored by Rob Leonard.

Alex Capewell has also joined the Small Works Division team in the role of multi-skilled tradesperson. Alex has joined the Company from BCHA where he had previously worked with our Small Works Division manager, Shelley Davies. Having worked within the construction industry for most of his life Alex brings with him a wealth of experience and will be using his skills to work on various Small Works projects including Bournemouth Airport and St Phillips Church.

Maria Seabright, Finance and HR Director at Greendale Construction, commented:“We are delighted to welcome Ian, Richard, Tyler and Alex to the Greendale team. In Tyler’s case, it’s particularly encouraging that a school trip to one of our sites can motivate a young person to go on to choose an apprenticeship with Greendale, learning a highly valuable and skilled trade which will arm him with the foundations of a career for life. Greendale has always understood that our staff are our greatest asset, and investing in them not only benefits the Company, but also the local area itself.”

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Business opportunities with Cherries

AFC Business

AFC Bournemouth is inviting businesses to explore partnership opportunities with the Premier League club.
Amy Brunton, the club’s Partnerships Manager, told guests at the AFC Business Spring Barbecue that many and varied options were available.

She said: “The football season may be coming to a close, but for the club’s commercial side it is the busiest time of the year as we look towards the 2019/20 season.

“We will of course be liaising closely with all our current partners, but I want to emphasise that there are always openings for businesses seeking new opportunities and we would love to hear from anyone interested.

“AFC Business is at the very heart of everything we do commercially and I want to thank all of our members for helping us to get where we are today.”

“We are very much a community club and will continue to work closely with businesses locally – many of whom have been with us on our amazing journey to the Premier League.”

Dozens of decision-makers and entrepreneurs gathered at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium for the barbecue.
Almost 80 business delegates and colleagues gathered at the club’s Bubbles champagne bar and terrace for the popular networking event.

AFC Business is kindly supported by Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dorset Mental Health Forum, Hill Osborne and Strategic Solutions.

AFC Business, the free to join business club with almost 1,800 members, is the engine for all the club’s commercial activities.

It was launched in 2009 and gives members exclusive offers at AFC Bournemouth, access to events and is a great chance to meet local businesses.

The next AFC Business event is the May Breakfast at Vitality Stadium on Wednesday 8th May, followed by a new event, a Gin Evening with locally-produced Conker Gin Founder and Head Distiller Rupert Holloway at the stadium’s Bubbles champagne lounge and terrace on Thursday 13th June.

For further information about the business club, email your details to Aysia Smith at

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AFC Business Breakfast

Join the AFC Business team for a morning of coffee and hearty food to kick-start your day and, more importantly, to give you an opportunity to network with lots of friendly faces within the local business community.

We’re less than a month from the next AFC Business Breakfast which takes place on Wednesday 8th May between 7:30am and 9:30am at Vitality Stadium.

The itinerary for the morning is:

  • 7:30am to 8:00am tea and coffee served and the chance to meet other business people in a relaxed and friendly environment
  • 8:20am delicious full English or continental breakfast served
  • 9:00am guests are invited to move tables and meet with other business delegates
  • There will be an opportunity to win a business card draw
  • 9:30am event closes

This breakfast is just £15 plus VAT per person. Due to the popularity of this event, we advise booking early to guarantee your place.

This is the last AFC Business event of the football season, so please bring plenty of business cards to make the most of the morning.

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Crumbs project launches new lunch club

The Crumbs project

Due to the continued success of The Crumbs Project outreach program, the charity is launching an additional regular Community Lunch at the Lifecentre in Bournemouth.

The Crumbs Project works with adults with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and stabilized addictions, providing supported training services and work experience. As part of the charity’s community outreach program, Crumbs’ mixed ability trainees currently delivers several regular lunch clubs at venues across Bournemouth.

The art deco building in Moordown will now host a regular lunch club on the first Monday of every month from 12.30pm. The Crumbs team will prepare a varied menu of traditional favorites using seasonal produce. Diners can expect a warm and friendly welcome, as well as delicious two-course meal for only £5 per person.

Crumbs’ Lunch Clubs aims to prevent social isolation within the community by bringing local people together to enjoy friendly company and a delicious homecooked meal. The outreach program also provides Crumbs trainees valuable work experience opportunities as they showcase their culinary and customer service skills.

The Crumbs Project Food Services Manager, Erika Sloper said; “Our Lunch Clubs continue to bring communities together, creating a place for people to enjoy a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, as well as a home-cooked meal. We are pleased to be working with the Life Centre and looking forward to welcoming new members from the Moordown community.”

Details of Crumbs’ Community Lunches can be found below:
Life Centre, Moordown, BH9 2AU, First Monday of the month, 12.30- 2pm
All Saints, Southbourne, BH6 5EH, First Tuesday of the month, 12.30-2pm
Holy Epiphany Church, Bournemouth, BH9 3JT, Every Wednesday, 1-2pm
St Marks Church, Talbot Village, BH10 4HY, First Wednesday of the month, 12.30-2pm
The Crumbs Project Fish & Chip Lunch, BH10 4EP, Fourth Friday of the month, 12.30-2pm

For further information about Crumbs’ Community Lunches please visit or contact Erika on 01202 519320 or email

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Head to Bournemouth Pier this Easter

Head to Bournemouth Pier

Head to Bournemouth Pier this Easter for fun and adventure and make use of the newly launched ‘Ultimate Adventure Ticket!’

The team at Bournemouth Pier are urging locals and visitors to head down to Bournemouth Pier this Easter holiday for a thrilling, fun-filled, family adventure.

Marketing Manager Sarah Hunter advised, “Go climbing in RockReef or challenge yourself with a ride on PierZip, the world’s first pier to shore zip wire. Then top it all off with a delicious lunch in Key West Bar & Grill whilst admiring the stunning coastal views which we are so proud of. We have our USA inspired menu with many dishes for every appetite!

“You can now have an even bigger adventure with the newly launched ‘RockReef Ultimate Adventure Ticket’, which combines all of RockReef’s indoor activities; Clip ‘n Climb, Pier Cave, HighLine, Leap of Faith and Vertical Slide. All this for £29 per person. Upgrade your Clip ‘n Climb session and try a PierZip ride too, for only £15 in the summer season.”

RockReef opening times are extended during the Easter school holidays. Session times start from 10am – 5.30pm in RockReef and the PierZip is open from 11am – 5pm daily

Key West Bar & Grill will open from 10am until 5pm every day, with the kitchen closing at 3pm. 2 for 1 cocktails will be available from 3pm – 5pm daily. There will be an opportunity to win a Family & Friends RockReef ticket by entering the colouring competition. Please ask at the bar for entry forms.

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BCTC President Dinner – celebrating the life of Bill Riddle

Come and join Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce at our President’s Dinner and celebrate with us the life of Bill Riddle.

Taking place at the Cumberland Hotel on Thursday 25th April from 6.30pm the dinner encompasses a three-course set menu dinner and entertainment provided by the local comedian and Piano Man, Matt Black.

Presidents Dinner Menu

Starter – Potato and Watercress Soup with Sourdough Croutons and Wild Garlic Scented Oil

Main – Lemon Roast Chicken with Sweet Pepper Relish and Wild Rocket

Vegetarian – Roasted Red Onion, Haloumi Cheese and Black Olive Tart, with Red Veined Sorrel and Spinach Leaves

Sweet – Vanilla Crème Brulee, served with Lemon Shortbread & Strawberry Compote

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

Please also let us know of any dietary requirements/allergies.  Closing date for purchasing of tickets is the 16th April.

The Dinner is open to all and you do not have to be a member of the Bournemouth Chamber to attend.

Dress Code – Gentleman – Black tie, Ladies – Cocktail Dress with a splash of colour e.g. bowties, waistcoats and handkerchiefs

Come and join us for an evening of great food, great company and great entertainment to help us celebrate the life of Bill Riddle.

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