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Destination Awards seek digital businesses ‘making waves’

Digital businesses are amongst those being urged to ‘seas’ the day and enter BCP’s new Destination Awards before the closing date of October 6.

The Destination Awards – launched in July – recognise businesses striving to make Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch a great place to visit and live and work.

Fifteen select, yet diverse categories include the Digital Transformation Award, the Responsible, Ethical & Sustainable Tourism Award and the International or Inbound Tourism Award.

Further categories recognise businesses excelling in the areas of Tourism, Hospitality, Events, Retail and Transport.

Chris Palmer is a Destination Awards judge and as owner of AnyTech Solutions in Poole, is passionate about celebrating the area’s flourishing digital community.

He said: “I’m proud to be part of the fastest growing digital community outside of London and I feel extremely privileged to be part of awards which will recognise the huge contribution they are making to the area.”

The Destination Awards have been created by the Destination Management Board – which replaced the former Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Board on April 1 this year.

Chair of the Board David Bailey said: “As the name suggests the Destination Awards will commend the huge range of businesses which are working hard to make the new BCP conurbation a fabulous destination for everyone, whether they are visiting or holidaying here, work here, or are proud to call it home.

“We want to hear from digital businesses, regardless of their size. We also want to reach out to those businesses which attract a wealth of foreign visitors to the area each year, and those which are striving tirelessly to make their businesses more sustainable.”

He continued: “Entering the awards is very straightforward, and all finalists, not just the winners, will benefit from detailed feedback to help them take their business to the next level.”

Following a comprehensive judging process including ‘mystery shoppers’, the Destination Award winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Bournemouth International Centre in March 2020, from five finalists in each category.

The awards are being organised and delivered by dbox events.
Headline sponsor Yellow Buses has pledged its support to the awards for three years. The other sponsors for 2020 include Expectations Travel, The International Education Forum, Cameo Nightclub and the Marsham Court Hotel.

The 15 award categories are:

· Events & Cultural Award

· Attraction of the Year

· Large Hotel of the Year

· Small or Boutique Hotel of the Year

· Unserviced Accommodation of the Year

· Café or Tearoom of the Year

· Restaurant or Bistro of the Year

· Retail Innovation Award

· Getting About Award

· Business Tourism Award

· Responsible, Ethical & Sustainable Tourism Award

· International or Inbound Tourism Award

· Digital Transformation Award

· Industry Support Award

· Night-time Experience Award

Entries are open until October 6.

For information on how to enter visit: http://www.destinationawards.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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Marketing Health Check workshop

E-nexus marketing workshop

Feeling overwhelmed with marketing your business?  Want to be confident that your marketing is actually working and delivering the desired results for your business?

Attend the next e-nexus Marketing Health Check workshop on June 12th where we will explore with you a range of methods and tools so that you can better examine & enhance the performance of your marketing.

Who should attend?

This workshop is ideal for anyone who wants to get more out of their marketing, whatever the size of business or budget.

The workshop is hosted by Richard Milton – founder of e-nexus, a career long marketer who specialises in strategic marketing planning and performance measurement. Richard spends his time working with business owners, managers and marketers, supporting them to improve their marketing decisions, investments and impact.

BOOK NOW to claim your ticket for the workshop on June 12th. Space is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

18.15- Registration & networking
18.30 – Seminar
19.30 – Q&A
19.45 – Seminar closes

Location:

Brewhouse & Kitchen – Southbourne
147 Parkwood Road
Bournemouth
BH5 2BW

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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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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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Bay Run applications open

Bay Run

Applications are now open for the Bournemouth Bay Run, which takes place Sunday 7 April.

Supported by the British Heart Foundation, the Health-on-Line Bournemouth Bay Run is set to welcome more than 4500 runners to the resort to participate in the popular half marathon, 10k, 5k or 1k family fun run. Closing date for entries is Friday 29 March. Sign up now.

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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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Free open day to celebrate theatre’s ninetieth anniversary

Bournemouth Pavilion’s ninetieth anniversary

Free activities, theatre workshops, musical performances and heaps of nostalgia are set to mark Bournemouth Pavilion’s ninetieth anniversary this month.

On Saturday 16 March between 11am and 5pm the town’s Grade II listed theatre and ballroom will be throwing open its doors to all for a free-to-attend community open day.

Accomplished musician and seasoned performer Cameron Lloyd will open the event in the main auditorium, playing a selection of popular tunes and Disney hits on the theatre’s 1929 Compton Organ.

A 200-strong community choir, with youngsters from Muscliff Primary, St Katharine’s C of E Primary, Jewell Academy, Pokesdown Community School, Stourfield’s Infant and Junior Schools, and St Walburgas Catholic Primary, will debut with a medley of songs from the 1920s to the present day.

Students from the Pavilion Youth Theatre will present a special preview from their forthcoming show Grimm Tales written by Philip Pullman. Strolling theatrical performances from the Pavilion Adult Theatre group will convey ghostly accounts and recreate historical stories from the theatre’s ninety year history. There will even be the opportunity for young budding performers to have a go and join in a special theatre workshop. Pavilion Dance South West will also be hosting a free ballroom dancing class.

Guided backstage tours will take visitors into areas which are usually closed to the public, and there will be the opportunity to try on costumes in the dressing rooms and experience being on stage.

A ‘find the star treasure hunt’ will encourage young explorers to discover interesting features dotted around the building and there will be free face painting.

Copies of archived material, including photographs and show programmes will be displayed in the corridors, kindly supported by the Cinema Theatre Association. In addition a series of 1920s and 1930s vintage vehicles will exhibited in the car park.

The day will close with a special screening of ‘Enchanting Bournemouth’ – a 1958 Bournemouth Council Production.

“This is just one of the special events taking place this month to mark Bournemouth Pavilion’s ninetieth year, says Pat Coyne, BH Live’s Director of Venues and Events.

“Our open day will give visitors and local residents the opportunity to see some of our upcoming talent and also experience a snapshot the theatre’s wonderful past.”

More information about the open day, and other events and activities to commemorate the ninetieth anniversary, is at bournemouthpavilion.co.uk.

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