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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 commercial@afcb.co.uk or call 0344 576 1910. 

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New Operations Director for Bournemouth Airport

Bournemouth Airport owner Regional & City Airports (RCA) has made a strategic appointment to strengthen investment and growth plans at the fast-expanding south coast regional base.

Aviation and logistics professional Tim Etches is the airport’s new Operations Director, responsible for directing all aspects of safety, security, infrastructure, service capability and regulatory compliance. 

His appointment is designed to strengthen RCA’s growth strategy for Bournemouth which includes a 20% rise in passenger numbers this year and an overall doubling of passengers within five years.

As well as announcing new routes from airlines and holiday companies such as Ryanair and TUI, there are plans for an airport business park creating up to 1,900 jobs and dedicated investment in cargo services and facilities for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO). A new executive lounge is also scheduled to open in 2020. 

Bournemouth Airport Managing Director Stephen Gill said: “We very much welcome Tim to the team at this exciting time. 

“His arrival strengthens our knowledge and leadership as we move forward with our growth strategy, route development and services for carriers, tour operators, passengers and other customers. 

“This is all about stimulating and delivering continued growth in general and business aviation.”

RCA, the airport management division of Rigby Group plc, is the UK’s leading regional airport operator by scale and operations. It acquired Bournemouth Airport in December 2017 and also owns and operates Coventry Airport, Exeter Airport and Norwich Airport. 

Tim, a former Wing Commander in the Royal Air Force, said:“I am thrilled to be on board to help RCA build on Bournemouth’s success as a vital and expanding regional hub for the south of England. I’m highly impressed with the investment that RCA is making in its people, services and infrastructure and I’m keen to play my part in its growth plans.” 

Born and brought up in Throop village, just a few miles from the airport, Tim lives with his wife Helen near Christchurch.

During his RAF career, Tim became a Logistics Operations Director, providing worldwide operational support for all three armed services.

Afterwards, Tim joined Heathrow Airport as Head of Winter Resilience, devising and delivering a £32 million airport snow plan. 

He has also worked at senior levels in the education IT sector and with aviation and defence engineering companies.

Tim was most recently a programme leader at Poole-based defence systems manufacturer Aish Technologies. 

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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
Northbourne
Bournemouth
Dorset BH10 7DA

https://www.cherrytreenursery.org.uk

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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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It’s ‘Nutty November’ on Bournemouth Pier – HALF PRICE offers on the Zip Wire, and climbing at RockReef!

‘Nutty November’ has landed on Bournemouth Pier with spectacular offers to help locals beat the winter blues! The nutty offers are running from Monday 4th November to Saturday 30th November.   Half price Zip Wire flights will be available from just £7.50 and RockReef Indoor climbing activities start at only £5.50 for 1 ½ hours climbing! The new Ultimate Adventure Ticket, which includes all of RockReef’s indoor activities; Clip ‘n Climb, Pier Cave, HighLine, Leap of Faith and Vertical Slide is reduced to just £20*.

Residents living within the BH, SP, SO, DT & PO postcode areas will be able to take up these fantastic offers by using the code ‘NUTTY19’ when booking online, over the phone or in person. Booking in advance is strongly advised as these half price sessions always sell out quickly!

Upon arrival, visitors using the offer will be asked to produce a utility bill or driving license as proof of address. One proof of address allows entry for up to 4 people.

See website for full terms & conditions and to book www.rockreef.co.uk

*Ultimate Adventure Ticket is available at weekends only.

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RockReef and Oceanarium, the Bournemouth Aquarium join forces to offer discounted tickets

Popular Bournemouth seafront attractions, RockReef indoor climbing attraction on Bournemouth Pier and Oceanarium, The Bournemouth Aquarium have joined forces to offer a dual attraction discounted ticket to visitors over the summer period.

The promotion offers savings of up to 30% at the Oceanarium and 20% off all RockReef activities and the PierZip, thoughout the summer, until 30th September 2019. When you visit one of the attractions, you will automatically be given a discount voucher to use for entry into the other attraction.

Sarah Hunter, Marketing Manager of RockReef said “We are excited to be working with the Oceanarium to offer our customers this great value promotion over the summer period and we hope it will help to encourage more people to visit our wonderful seafront attractions and have fun. Visitors will be able to enjoy an exciting varied day in Bournemouth and experience the exciting challenges of our 28 Clip ‘n Climb walls, indoor activities and the PierZip, followed by an inspiring, immersive journey around the waters of the world at the Oceanarium which is home to thousands of amazing creatures, including penguins, sharks, otters and turtles.”

Sara Kirchel, Marketing & PR Manager at the Oceanarium said, “This is a fantastic joint promotion that allows visitors to enjoy both all weather attractions with extraordinary discounts. You can discover our new Shark Wreck Reef display, home to several endangered and vulnerable aquatic species and with tickets valid all day, you can watch the waters come alive during regular feeds and fascinating talks and then head over to RockReef to burn off some energy on their adventure climbing activities.”

To launch and celebrate the new dual ticket promotion, the Oceanarium’s penguin mascot had some fun and tested his skills on some of the RockReef Indoor activities.

Tickets at both venues are valid all day. Pre booking of activities online at RockReef is recommended in order to guarantee a time slot and ensure that free admission to the pier is gained.

For further information about the Oceanarium and RockReef joint promotion, visit http://www.rockreef.co.uk/ or http://www.oceanarium.co.uk/

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Run for a good cause at Bournemouth Marathon Festival

There’s a chance for runners to help a Bournemouth charity making children’s wishes come true at the town’s Marathon Festival.

Round Table Children’s Wish relies on donations and sponsorship to help children with life-threatening illnesses aged between four and 17.

The charity is hoping that runners in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, which takes place over the weekend of October 5 and 6, will sign up to support the charity and raise valuable funds for helping poorly children.

Places are available for the half-marathon, which takes in Boscombe and Bournemouth piers and beautiful coastal views, and the Supersonic 10k, which takes place on the Saturday afternoon and offers a flat, fast course ideal for setting a quick time.

Currently the charity is working on granting a number of wishes, and one of these is for a Dorset girl with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia whose wish is to visit Disneyland Paris this year.

Over the last 30 years Round Table Children’s Wishhttp://www.rtcw.org/, which is based in Moordown, has helped make wishes come true for many youngsters and their families all over the country.

A dedicated wish co-ordinator takes care of every detail to ensure each child gets the wish of their dreams, whether it’s meeting a hero, going on holiday with their family, or a special gift.

Round Table Children’s Wish fundraising officer Clare Kyrillou said: “Our charity relies on local support to make a big difference to families with poorly children. It’s always wonderful to see runners supporting us in our home town so please join us and sign up.”

It costs £30.50 to register for the Supersonic 10k, or you can pay £36.75 to sign up for the Bournemouth Half Marathon.

To be part of the Bournemouth Marathon festival please contact Clare at clare@rtcw.org.

You can find out more about the charity at http://www.rtcw.org

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Baron of Beef Dinner

BCTC and BAHA are delighted to announce details of the traditional Baron of Beef Dinner on Thursday 5th September 2019 from 6:30pm in the Oceana Suite at The Cumberland Hotel, East Cliff, Bournemouth. The dress code for the evening is business attire.

The Bournemouth Tradesmen’s Baron of Beef Association was set up in 1885 whose main purpose was to meet quarterly for the discussion of public matters affecting the general welfare of the Town and to also hold annually a Baron of Beef dinner on the third Thursday of February. Annual membership was five shillings (25p).

A baron of beef is a joint of beef consisting of two sirloins left uncut at the backbone. This event is now recreated annually by Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce. The original silver salver for the Baron of Beef Dinner can still be viewed in the the Mayors Parlour Collection at the Town Hall.

A drink on arrival, sponsored by BH1 GIN, and canapés will greet you, along with a traditional beef dinner with wine on the table and entertainment throughout the evening from Jenny Oag, for only £35 per person.

The premise of the evening is to meet, greet and connect with other local luminaries from our conurbation. We anticipate that the evening will finish at approximately 10:30pm and hope that you can join us.

To book your place please email with confirmation of the number of guests and any dietary requirements by 21st August 2019 to events@bournemouthchamber.org.uk

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What’s on the agenda – BCTC May 2019

We always get asked the question “what does the Chamber do?” so we thought we would share some of the items that have been on our agenda over the last month to give our members an idea of the discussions that the BCTC are currently involved in as most of the work our volunteer Directors do is not reported.

So far this year we have been:

  • Discussing the increase of PCSO powers at our monthly Local Government Affairs meeting held at the Town Hall.  Increased powers will mean that PCSO’s will have increased ability to assist businesses experiencing recurring issues with homeless and aggressive beggars operating on or near their premises. Local traders have reported several issues relating to the persistent use of doorways to sleep in and beg from which has a negative effect on customers shopping with them. We are hopeful that increased powers will assist businesses across the town in a positive manner.
  • Reviewing the formation of the new BCP authority and how this will affect our local economy.
  • Learning about the provision of support for rough sleepers and the homeless community and how these services can assist local businesses if problems arise.

Our Local Government Affairs meeting is a key meeting of the conurbations Business Trade Group Chairs, Councillors, Council Executives and local business leaders. Attendance is by invitation only however the Chamber encourages members to email the Executive Officer via execofficer@bournemouthchamber.org.uk with business issues which they would like bought in front of the Council for discussion.

As a Chamber of Commerce, we are unable to liaise with the Council on individual business issues however if a common thread or problem is reported from several businesses in one area, we are able to raise this with the local Council or appropriate support service via the meeting agenda.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like us to raise a business issue or query that you are experiencing.

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