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BCTC President’s Dinner

Come and celebrate our new President with a three-course dinner and entertainment

Following on from the AGM at 6pm, come join us for the Black Tie celebration of our new President of the Bournemouth Chamber of Commerce at the Collingwoood Hotel. At the same time, say goodbye to our outgoing President, Roger Smith.

The evening will start with a Drinks Reception followed by a three-course dinner.

There will be musical entertainment to dance the night away.

Please let us know of any special dietary requirements by emailing events@bournemouthchamber.org.uk

The last day of booking is Monday 9th March and no places booked are refundable after that date.

Reserve your place HERE!

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Bournemouth Chamber Window Display Competition – Winner Announcement!

After another fantastic year of entries to our Christmas Window display competition, we are pleased to announce our final winner…..drum roll please….Scape Interiors, Westbourne who have won a year’s BCTC membership worth £75! Well done to Scape Interiors for their beautiful design – a truly magical Christmas display.  The winning photo of their stunning window was taken by Addy Brandon who wins a lovely basket of goodies.

President, Roger Smith said:“It is great to see so many businesses taking part this year, the time and effort that so many have put in to creating fantastic displays has really captured the spirit of the season. It has encouraged more shoppers into the local area and allowed small businesses to promote themselves in a fun way. We would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who has taken part.’

Our runners up from our local trading districts were as follows; Bournecoast in Southbourne, Town and Country Communications in Charminster,  Poppies Florist in Kinson, and Attico in Westbourne.

Well done and thank you to all the local businesses that took part in the competition you have certainly added Christmas Cheer across the town!

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Smartcards just the ticket for homeless initiative

A joint initiative between Yellow Buses and the Sleepsafe project is helping to get rough sleepers off Bournemouth’s streets and into accommodation and work.

The Bournemouth-based, locally-owned bus company is providing and helping to fund Smartcards to enable people to travel to Sleepsafe venues, appointments or even job interviews.

Sleepsafe is a seasonal, October to March area-wide project involving many different organisations and administered by Winton-based Faithworks Wessex.

This year Sleepsafe, which costs £70,000 a year to run, has already helped 16 people off the street into more secure accommodation in two months – following success with 48 guests during the 2018 project.

The organisation has more than 300 volunteers on the project this year, with 16 churches across town opening their doors for a week at a time, serving a hot meal, giving space to wash, putting up 12 beds and providing a decent breakfast.

Alistair Doxat-Purser, Chief Executive of Faithworks Wessex, said: “The travel passes that Yellow Buses provide and help to fund make a massive difference to helping Sleepsafe guests to move on away from the streets.

“The travel passes are a key aspect of enabling guests to make that transition off the street – they can now leave their bags at the Sleepsafe site and then get out to appointments at the Jobcentre Plus to sort their benefits, or at the doctors, or to other much needed support.

“The guests are so grateful and it means that another barrier is removed and they can start to believe in a better future.  Standing shoulder to shoulder with partners like Yellow Buses is restoring hope for those in crisis.”

Fiona Harwood, Marketing and Sales Manager of Yellow Buses, said: “We are a locally-owned bus company at the heart of the community and we wanted to give something back to the community we serve.

“We were really keen to get involved with the Sleepsafe initiative and would encourage any individuals or businesses looking for an extremely worthwhile cause to support in this season of goodwill to consider lending a hand.”

To find out more about Sleepsafe visit the website https://bcars.org.uk/sleepsafe-homeless-project/ or call 01202 429037.  You can donate at https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/11692.  All the support for rough sleepers is now listed in one place at www.streetsupport.net.

One Sleepsafe client said: “Before Sleepsafe I slept in a bin liner under a hedge – Sleepsafe saved my life and turned my life around.”

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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Happy Christmas from the BCTC President

The Executive Directors of Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce would like to wish you and your teams a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

Thank you for all your support in 2019 and we look forward to continuing to work with you to make Bournemouth the place to do Business.

Happy Christmas!

Roger Smith
BCTC President

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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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