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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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Back to school for Cherries stars

Back to school for Cherries stars

AFC Bournemouth players Nathan Ake and Jordon Ibe joined in with the club’s Premier League Primary Stars session at Pokesdown Primary School.

Students at the school enhanced their footballing skills under the expert guidance of the two popular Cherries players during a fun-filled afternoon.

Thirty lucky students were selected for the session with 60 others joining their classmates for a question and answer session with the Bournemouth stars.

Medhurst IT sponsors the AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust’s Primary Stars initiative, which looks to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills through football.

AFC Bournemouth Head of Community Steve Cuss said: “We take PE sessions to schools across Bournemouth and Poole and we’ve been very lucky to have had Nathan and Jordon join us to participate in the lesson.

“The two players have been fantastic. Nathan is the club ambassador for the project and he’s supported it right from September since the start of the school year and has attended a number of different sessions.

“It’s always special when players come along and join in – the kids have been getting some really good advice and it’s been a fantastic afternoon.

“We’re really grateful to Medhurst IT for supporting this programme. We’re in and out of schools as often as we can be – today we’ve been in 20 different schools delivering the Primary Stars project.

Nathan also gave his thoughts after spending time with the students. He said: “It’s always great to take part. We’ve been to sessions a few times now and it’s good to see the children smiling and being able to interact with them.

“There was certainly some talent out there – a few kids who were really good – but the main thing is that everyone enjoys themselves and we joined in a few little games. People were showing their little tricks and that was great to see.”

Charlie Baynes from Medhurst IT said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Premier League Primary Stars programme, as we have in recent seasons.

“When you see the energy of the students involved it shows you what an exciting time it is for football in the area, and we are happy to be a part of that.”

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Cherries new stars at children’s soccer school

Cherries new stars at children’s soccer school

AFC Bournemouth players Dominic Solanke and Nathaniel Clyne surprised almost 150 children at the Community Sports Trust’s latest soccer school. The Bournemouth sessions, which run throughout every half term and school holiday, are kindly sponsored by local printers CMP Print, based in Poole.

After a day filled with drills, shooting practise and small-sided games, the two players arrived to give out prizes and take part in a question-and-answer session.

Following the presentations, the children grabbed an autograph from the players, both of whom joined the club in the January transfer window. As the day drew to a close, striker Dominic spoke about the importance of such sessions and the development of young players.

“It’s great, I think this is where it all starts. It’s really enjoyable and, back when I was their age, I loved just playing football, so it’s great to see so many here. It’s nice for us to come down and see it all here. It’s exciting for the kids and great to see them smiling. I remember some players doing the same for me so it’s a good feeling to come and do it for them.”

Paul Dawe, owner of CMP Print, also expressed his delight at the growing number of children attending the sessions. “It’s great to see so many people here, in particular the number of girls. It just goes to show how the sessions are evolving. The club put a lot of time into running these soccer schools, which is why we like to get involved and putting something back into it. Everyone does such a great job and it’s nice to be involved.”

AFC Bournemouth have thanked CMP Print, who sponsor the club’s soccer schools in Bournemouth and have been official partners of the Community Sports Trust for four consecutive seasons.

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Can you take on a student for work experience?

It is that time of the year when students have started at Bournemouth & Poole College and we are looking for placements to offer work experience.

Do you have an office or a shop with a couple of full time staff where a young adult could be supervised? If so, could you offer an opportunity for a full time student to gain some valuable work experience? The role can be varied from administration, IT, accounts, human resources, marketing, finance, operations or Retail.

We have reduce the paperwork and stress around work placements. If you have not had a Health & Safety check with the College in the last two years then you only need to complete a checklist, which I can email to you. The College has now employed six full time work placements officers to manage the process. I am responsible for courses in Business, Digital and Leadership.


IT Placements dates:

26th Nov – 14th Dec

14th Jan – 25th Jan


Retail dates:

13th Nov – 30th Nov

11th Mar – 29th Mar


Business dates:

14th Jan – 25th Jan

28th Jan – 8th Feb

11th Feb – 22nd Feb

25th Mar – 5th Apr


Accounts dates:

25th Feb – 8th Mar

This can be for 1 or 2 students, or even more if you can supervise them. It can be for the one period or more. The students will be different for each period. Students will be approximately 16 – 18 years old.

If you are interested in taking a student (or two) then please drop me an email or phone call. Please feel free to forward to colleagues who can assist.


Andy Johnson

Work Placement Officer

Bournemouth & Poole College

01202 205762

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JP Morgan support Young Enterprise

Dorset and South Hampshire students are set to benefit from J.P. Morgan’s support to gain new employability skills and experience, as part of an innovative 2-year employability programme from Young Enterprise.

The JPMorgan Chase Foundation has provided a grant to Young Enterprise, the UK’s leading enterprise education charity, to support the delivery of a new innovative employability journey called ‘DASH’. The Foundation’s two-year grant will support the delivery of the programme in schools and colleges right across Dorset and the New Forest.

As part of DASH over 1800 students will undertake a 12 hour employability masterclass with many then taking up the opportunity of a local workplace visit or experience. The programme will build their confidence, enhance their communication, team work, planning and leadership skills, and provide an insight into business and employment life, especially among ‘in-demand’ sectors such as STEM. The programme culminates each year with a ‘key competencies’ event where students will have the opportunity to ‘match’ their skills with the employability skills demanded by local employers.

As a result of the programme students will be better prepared and make more informed decisions on their educational/career pathways, new relationships will be formed between schools and local employers, young people will have an increased awareness of STEM sector employment opportunities and apprenticeship offers promoted.

J.P. Morgan has a Technology & Operations centre in Bournemouth with a strong history of community engagement with partners such as Dorset Young Enterprise. Over the past 10 years, the two organisations have collaborated on a number of community development and education-based initiatives in the Bournemouth and Poole area.

Gary Ford, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan, Bournemouth said, “J.P. Morgan firmly believes that all members of our local communities should have a chance to take part in and benefit from the wider economy. As the way that people work and the types of jobs available are ever-changing, now more than ever it’s crucial that young people, particularly those who may need more support, are able to make informed choices about their future career choices. We are proud to be supporting the DASH project and are keen to see the project have a positive impact on the lives of local young people.”

Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive Officer for Young Enterprise says “we are grateful to J.P. Morgan for this funding which will directly enable young people to develop essential employability skills and mindset, understand local employment opportunities and be inspired to improve their own prospects for sustainable employability in the 21st Century”

Businesses, community organisations and individuals who would like to be part of this exciting project should contact Hannah Cook on 07918564958 or e-mail

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Club scores with World Cup event

More than 150 football fans congregated at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium to watch England play Belgium in the World Cup as part of a social event organised by AFC Business, the club’s commercial arm, and local digital marketing agency Bespoke 4 Business

Despite the disappointing result, business folk from throughout the region enjoyed curry and drinks laid on in the club’s Champions Top Floor Restaurant, as well as a half-time quiz presented by AFC Bournemouth player liaison and hospitality host Jimmy Glass.

AFC Bournemouth Partnerships Manager Amy Marks said: “We had a splendid evening with an excellent group of business people, including a lot of new faces. It was very much a World Cup party and England’s 1-0 defeat did nothing to dampen spirits.

“We are grateful to Bespoke 4 Business, headquartered at Poole’s Albany Business Park and with clients in Dorset, Hampshire, London and across the UK, for sponsoring the event.”

Bespoke 4 Business Marketing Director Hayley Baverstock said: “These events always prove extremely popular and are a great way of bringing people together to watch some football, have a fun evening and also network in a relaxed manner.”

AFC Business is AFC Bournemouth’s free-to-join business club which offers a host of benefits to its 1,600 members, such as attendance at regular events and breakfast networking meetings and enables the club to maintain a high profile in the business community.

Bespoke 4 Business specialise in web design, digital marketing and business management systems. Their enviable client base includes a number of the South’s leading businesses such as Carpet Barn, W&S Recycling, Broadview Shading Solutions, Town & Country Communications and Trethowans, all of whom were in attendance on the evening.

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For details about Bespoke 4 Business see

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Plane speaking at AFC Business directors’ lunch

A former RAF Tornado pilot is set to help entrepreneurs and decision makers reach for the sky at a business lunch.

Motivational speaker Mandy Hickson, who flew fast jets for the RAF for 17 years, is the inspirational guest speaker at the AFC Business directors’ lunch next month.

The Southampton-based former pilot will be flying high at the picturesque Harbour Heights Hotel, Sandbanks.

Up to 80 leading members of the central south region’s business community are expected to attend.

The July 4 lunch is the second such event organised by AFC Business, Premier League AFC Bournemouth’s commercial arm, and is again sponsored by international property company Savills, which among other things is the UK’s largest planning consultancy.

Savills acted as AFC Bournemouth’s planning consultant for the recent planning application for a new training complex at Canford Magna and for the renewal of planning permission for the Ted MacDougall stand at the club’s Vitality Stadium.”

AFC Bournemouth partnerships manager Amy Marks said: “We are delighted to have someone of the calibre of the inspirational Mandy Hickson as our keynote speaker and grateful for the backing of Savills once again.

“Mandy was only the second woman to fly a Tornado GR4 on the front line, completing three tours of duty and 45 missions over Iraq.

“Mandy succeeded in a male dominated environment by being her own person and not by using the fact that she was female

“She draws on her unique experiences of flying in a front line Tornado Squadron within hostile environments to train and inspire others.”

“Mandy has inspired corporate audiences, women’s groups and schools on her approach to the building and empowerment of effective teams and inspired goal setting and ultimate focus.

“She also looks at decision making under extreme pressure, maintaining momentum despite losing top talent and nurturing a culture of self-confidence and aspiration.”

Karl Cradick, planning director with event sponsor Savills, said: “The AFC Business directors’ lunch provides a great opportunity to meet local business leaders in a convivial setting.  Savills is delighted to continue its association with this event”.

Limited tickets are still available at £55+VAT each for the fine dining event, including a two-course lunch with wine and coffee, plus networking time. To book

AFC Business is AFC Bournemouth’s free-to-join business club which offers a host of benefits to its 1,600 members, such as attendance at regular events and breakfast networking meetings and enables the club to maintain a high profile in the business community.

AFC Business Breakfasts resume on Wednesday, September 5 after the summer break.

For details about AFC Business see

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Bournemouth & Poole College are on the lookout for the best bacon BAP(TA)s!

Bournemouth & Poole College are playing a vital role in this year’s newly created Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Awards (BAPTAs). Not only are they sponsoring BAPTAs Best Breakfast Award category, they also hosted the VIP Launch Event at their Poole site in September and will be hosting the semi-finals event at their Bournemouth site in the New Year. Students at the college are engaging with the awards and will be hosting guests, providing entertainment, assisting with the catering, producing videos and encouraging entries and nominations too.

Bournemouth & Poole College is the largest provider of Further Education (FE), Apprenticeships and professional training in the area. Their core focus is on developing the work skills of their students, so that when they leave they are ready to start or to progress within their chosen career. They are home to around 11,000 students from across the region, the UK and internationally, including 2000 apprentices.

 Michael Johnson, Vice Principal, Finance and Commercial Development said “Bournemouth & Poole College are excited to be sponsoring the Best Breakfast Award.  Just as a healthy, hearty breakfast is the perfect start to the day, we believe obtaining appropriate skills and training is the perfect start to any career. Continuing to develop and update these skills through further training and higher-level qualifications will help ensure a long and successful career and we can offer a great training partnership through professional qualifications and Apprenticeships.”

Jackie Phillipson from ROUTEpr and the BAPTAs, “We are absolutely thrilled at the energy, enthusiasm and support Bournemouth & Poole College have provided us since the start. They are 100% behind the awards and this is what makes the awards what they are. The team at the BAPTAs are excited for what’s to come and appreciate all that the staff and students at the college are contributing to the awards.”

The BAPTAs Best Breakfast Award is open to all businesses in the BH postcode area who supply a breakfast offering, and have been trading for over 18 months.

To enter the awards please visit Tickets to the Final Gala Dinner (15th March 2018) are available at:

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