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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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Penny Slade

It is with such sadness that we have learnt of the sudden death of Penny Slade who peacefully passed away during the night of April 3rd.

Penny’s Funeral will take place at Bournemouth Crematorium on Friday 3rd May at 2.00 p.m. when her life will be celebrated, especially as a member of the Bournemouth in Bloom and Westbourne in Bloom Committees, Bournemouth in Bloom Schools Coordinator as well as the many organisations she was supportive of.

Penny’s life touched the lives of so many people. Our thoughts and prayers surround the family and friends at this time.

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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 events@bournemouthchamber.org.uk

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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Dorset Business Focus Magazine

The latest edition of Dorset Business Focus Magazine from Dorset Chamber is now available to read.

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Set Sail for the 5th Poole Harbour Boat Show

Set Sail for the 5th Poole Harbour Boat Show

The fifth annual Poole Harbour Boat Show, in association with Sunseeker, will return to our shores between 7th and 9th June, from its award-winning home, the Poole Quay Boat Haven. With over 32,000 people in attendance in 2018 the Show, organised by Poole Harbour Commissioners, continues to be the biggest-ever, FREE to attend Boat Show on the south coast. The Boat Show’s ambitions and theme are to get people ‘on the water’, particularly young people.

In addition to more than an anticipated 200 exhibitors, over 100 boats will be on the water, including tall ships, celebrity style yachts and motors cruises. There will also be an impressive line-up of ‘on the water’ activities and workshops which includes:

· Taster sessions: For those who want to see which water sport suits them best, there will be FREE taster sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Paddle boarding, kayaking and dinghy sailing will be provided by Rockley Watersports and there will also be cruiser sailing provided by the Yacht Clubs of Poole.

· Racing: Visitors to the show will be able to see dinghy and yacht racing over the weekend. The 2019 Poole Bay 100 Power Boat Racing will make Poole Harbour its base over the weekend of the Boat Show. Power Boats will arrive on Friday 7th and racing will take place on Saturday 8th June. Visitors to the Boat Show will be able to view the boats in between races. http://www.poolebay100.co.uk/

· Demonstrations: There will be a number of exciting demonstrations across the weekend, including the RNLI and Poole Harbour Commissioners putting on fascinating displays which show what their work involves on a day to day basis. The Newfoundland dogs will impress visitors with a spectacular water rescue performed by a 14 stone, lifesaving Newfoundland dog.

· Firework Display: The stunning and ever- impressive Friday and Saturday evening firework displays are always popular events. This year’s fireworks are sponsored by Sibbett Gregory and Brittany Ferries, respectively. Start time is 21:45 on both evenings.

· Freefall Parachute Display Team: The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) freefall parachute display team, will be landing directly in the harbour. Sponsored by WQI Marine Ltd. Display time: 4pm on Saturday 8th June.

· Official opening: Friday 7th June – Sailor and Vendee Globe competitor, Pip Hare will be opening the Show.

· Live Music Stage: There will be free family entertainment, with a live music stage creating a central feature, with a packed agenda of bands, choirs and entertainment. There will also be a family picnic area with a sandpit for children to enjoy and perhaps even the odd piece of treasure to find!

Jim Stewart, chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners said, “This year’s event has gained significant momentum and we are particularly pleased at the attention and support that the Boat Show is receiving, now in its 5th year. We are incredibly proud at how its reputation has grown within the marine industry, local and regional business communities and the enthusiasm being shown by the public to attend and get involved. 2019 promises lots of expansion and lots of focus on our event objectives of getting people ‘on the water’. Poole has such a very rich maritime history and the PHBS is a wonderful way to celebrate all that it has to offer.”

Jim advised, “At the Poole Harbour Boat Show we’ve got something for everyone. We would urge you to come down to Poole Quay and enjoy this fantastic FREE event! Officially opening the Boat Show on Friday 7th will be successful sailor and marine journalist Pip Hare. Pip will be competing in the world’s toughest yacht race, The Vendee Globe, and in November 2020 will be lining up with 30 international skippers to single- handedly race a 60ft boat around the world, non-stop. She has ambitious plans to break records and certainly has the determination and grit to do so! www.piphareoceanracing.comhttp://www.piphareoceanracing.com/

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

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University on the ball with AFC Bournemouth

University on the ball with AFC Bournemouth

Businesses in Dorset could take a leaf out of AFC Bournemouth’s book and draw upon the skills of Bournemouth University’s students and academics.

More than 70 businessmen and women heard how BU provides the Premier League club with expertise across a range of disciplines.

That included a testing time 11 years ago when the Cherries could barely pay staff before a series of promotions to top-flight football, with BU’s students proudly mucking in.
The March breakfast networking event by AFC Business, which has 2,000 members and is the club’s free-to-join business club, was held at BU’s Fusion Building on Talbot Campus.

BU has been the club’s official higher education partner since 2013, with AFC Bournemouth’s commercial director Rob Mitchell, a BU graduate, forging links back in 2008 when he arrived at the Cherries

He told the audience: “One of the first partnerships I wanted to forge was with the university because of the resources here, the students, the academics – the support that the university could give would be boundless.”

BU has provided the Cherries since 2008 with skills across various disciplines, including sports science, marketing, research, coaching, physiotherapy and media, as well as helping out on match days.

A number of students have gone on to work full-time at AFC Bournemouth, Rob said. “It has been a bit of a career path for them.”

There are also player appearances at BU, with guest talks, special topics and links with equality and diversity and mental health and wellbeing.

BU is also supports AFC Bournemouth’s girls’ football programme as part of the club’s drive to promote and increase female participation in the game.

Attendees heard how the football club and university teamed up on a coaching programme for 180 Chinese students, over three years, as part of China’s bid to be an international force in soccer by 2050.

Jim Andrews, BU’s chief operating officer, said that engagement between business and the university, which has 20,000 students and contributes £1 million a day to the regional economy, is essential if talent is to be kept within the region.

He said: “Something that makes BU distinct is the number of students we have on placement at any one time. We are one of the only institutions to offer a work placement for every undergraduate course. The reason we do that is because work placement means better employment outcomes. It is really important to us that we work with local companies, national companies and international companies to provide those opportunities for our students to get real-life practical experiences because that is what you, as companies, are looking for.”

The event also heard an update on the regional and national economy from Professor Jim Roach and from Ian Jones, head of regional community partnerships at BU.

After the event Rob said: “This was another informative breakfast event for decision-makers and entrepreneurs, with us showing how businesses in Dorset can successfully follow the Cherries’ example by drawing upon the considerable skills and expertise of BU’s students and academics across a range of disciplines.”

For further information about the business club please email Aysia Smith at aysia.smith aysia.smith@afcb.co.uk

Official partners of AFC Business are Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce, Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dorset Mental Health Forum, Hill Osborne and Strategic Solutions.

The next business club event, the spring BBQ, takes place on 11th April at Vitality Stadium, followed by a networking breakfast at the same venue on 8th May.

Paying respects

Thanking the business partners of AFC Business, Rob paid tribute to the late Bill Riddle, the vice president and chairman of Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce and a highly respected figure in the town’s business community.

Rob said: “Bill was a fantastic supporter of the football club and business club. He was an avid Sunderland supporter but I know that AFC Bournemouth was very close to his heart as well.

“On behalf of the football club I want to send our sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers to Bill’s family, friends and everyone that was associated with Bill as well.”

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Have your say in shaping Dorset’s economic future

Dorset LEP

Businesses across Dorset are being encouraged to get involved in shaping the future of the County by attending a series of consultation events.

The Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is working on a Local Industrial Strategy, which will set out how Dorset can achieve its ambition for economic growth.
Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership is hosting its first round of consultation events on the county’s new Local Industrial Strategy (LIS). The strategy will outline how Dorset LEP will work in partnership with the local business community and anchor institutions to deliver economic growth, prosperity and productivity in Dorset.

Dorset LEP is actively seeking the views of all Dorset business and industry leaders or groups that represent industry sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, tourism, creative technology, finance or agriculture to inform the LIS.

The consultation events take place next month in North, West and South East Dorset and will outline Dorset LEP’s work on the Local Industrial Strategy to date and the opportunities it brings for the local economy.

Event participants will have the opportunity to help shape Dorset’s economic future by identifying how the county can maximise its opportunities and address its challenges. The overarching aim of the LIS is to ensure that economic growth and prosperity are accelerated and benefit all Dorset’s businesses and people.

The consultation events take place on:

Light breakfast refreshments will be provided at each of the events. Bookings can be made through Eventbrite or Dorset LEP website.https://dorsetlep.co.uk/strategy/local-industrial-strategy/

Jim Stewart, Chair of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Dorset LEP is working collaboratively with government to develop our Local Industrial Strategy. It will be our joint plan for creating exciting, well-paid jobs in new industries, and up-skilling and increasing competitiveness in our key employment sectors. It will set out how we will build on our unique strengths and opportunities, and capitalise on the creativity of our people, to create a more productive, innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy.”

Lorna Carver ,Director Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Dorset’s Local Industrial Strategy will be our local response to government’s National Industrial Strategy. It will be a framework for aligning local and national decision-making and investment to create a more inclusive economy where all residents and businesses can contribute to, and benefit from, growth.”

Dorset LEP will be working very closely with central Government on the Local Industrial Strategy, helping to drive investment to Dorset, create long-term jobs and support continued economic growth.

Further opportunities for engagement will follow ahead of the strategy launch in autumn 2019.

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Brexit – Supporting employees through change

BCTC - Brexit - Supporting employees through change

Are your employees being affected by change? How is the ongoing uncertainty around Brexit affecting individual people? Is peoples response to change leading to a wider impact on your business?

Come and join Bournemouth Chamber and our members at our next networking event taking place at the Ocean Beach Hotel, Bournemouth on Wednesday 17th April from 6pm where we will exploring this issue.

Change is constant. Some changes are minor and others can have a significant impact on our lives. Some changes are viewed as good, others may not be those we would wish. In this session we will:

· Understand the personal impact of change
· Identify actions you can take as an employer
· Recognise the business benefits of taking action

Join this session led by Marion Hewitt, FCIPD; to discuss and increase understanding of how change could be affecting your staff (and you) and gain ideas on approaches that can support them through changes – that will bring benefit to both the individuals and the business. Marion brings to this session extensive experience within HR and now works as an independent coach and trainer.

Tickets are limited so do book early to avoid disappointment. Alongside our speaker for the evening, there will be plenty of time to network and connect with other local businesses so don’t forget your business cards and work the room!

Cost of the event: Free

Places are limited, only registered guests will be guaranteed entry.

Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bctc-brexit-supporting-employees-through-change-tickets-58496119468

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New evening & weekend virtual parking permits available

New virtual parking permits

Residents, locals and visitors who use Bournemouth car parks can now take advantage of new annual Evening and Weekend Permits. The new permits are completely virtual and make the process of regular parking even simpler.

Using a new online system, you can set up an account, apply and pay for a permit or change your registered vehicle number via your computer or mobile device. 

Find out more.

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