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Fifth Gear motoring presenter and former racing driver, Tiff Needell, confirmed as speaker at Motors By The Sea Gala Dinner!”

The motoring presenter and former racing driver, Tiff Needell, has been confirmed as the guest speaker at the Motors By The Sea Gala Dinner which takes place on Saturday 15th September at the Hallmark Bournemouth Carlton Hotel.

Tiff presents the popular motoring show Fifth Gear alongside Vicki Butler-Henderson,Jason Plato and Jonny Smith. A presenter for over 30 years, he has presented Top Gear as well as being a columnist and feature writer in Top Gear Magazine. He has also worked alongside Murray Walker and as sole commentator for motorsport presentations on BBC’s Grandstand and has been the presenter for Sky Sports American NASCAR and Indycar series. Prior to his presenting career, Tiff Needell was a professional racing driver.

Paul Clarke, Bournemouth Coastal BID Chairman and Cluster Manager Hallmark Bournemouth Hotels, advised, “We are very excited to be welcoming Tiff Needell to our motors themed dinner, he has a superb reputation as an after- dinner speaker.”

Motors By The Sea Festival co-founder David Jones added, “It promises to be a fantastic fun evening We would urge anyone interested in attending to secure their place as soon as possible as tickets are limited.”

Tickets can be booked on event brite at

The Motors By The Sea Festival is coming to Bournemouth from 14th – 16th September.  Promising to deliver a fantastic spectacle for car enthusiasts, fun for the local community and families and to promote Boscombe’s lively and bohemian atmosphere.  The FREE festival brings an eclectic mix of events, workshops, exhibitors and classic and special vehicles to town!

Motors By The Sea Festival is being co-hosted and sponsored by Bournemouth Coastal BID and Paragon Education & Skills.

To find out more about the Motors By The Sea festival, visit

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Owners of unique and special vehicles urged to register to display at the inaugural ‘Motors By The Sea’ Festival in Bournemouth

Owners of unique and special vehicles are being urged to register to join in the displays at the inaugural ‘Motors By The Sea’ Festival in Bournemouth. It takes place from 14th to 16th September 2018, with the main community-focused events on the Saturday and Sunday in Boscombe Precinct.

The Festival aims to deliver a spectacle for all car enthusiasts, whilst supporting the local business community and providing a weekend of free fun and entertainment for visitors and locals.

Motors By The Sea co-founder, David Jones advised: “If you own a unique sports, GT, classic, custom or race car or motorbike and would like to display it at the festival, the organisers would love to hear from you. We would also like to hear from any manufacturers and dealerships keen to display sports cars, supercars or vehicles that could feature in our “Cars of the Future” display. To download an exhibitor form visit  or email event manager, Dominique Wallace at


“Taking place at Boscombe Precinct in Bournemouth, the ‘Motors By the Sea’ Festival will showcase exciting exhibits to wow visitors – with an array of special vehicles from the past and present day and giving a preview of future motoring. The event will give localmotoring fans a platform from which to show their vehicles, for mechanics and autoshops to demonstrate their talents, for automotive enthusiasts to network and gain knowledge from dealers, collectors and industry experts alike. We are hugely excited about the festival which we are hoping to extend to other locations in the area in the future.  This year, however, we are delighted to be able to bring a new event to the popular seaside resort of Bournemouth.”

David concluded: “the Festival will also include an exclusive business to business networking event on Friday 14th September, hosted by local dealership, Westover Nissan in Wallisdown and a motors-themed dinner on Saturday 15th September at the Hallmark Bournemouth Carlton Hotel.”


The brand-new vehicle festival is being run and co- hosted by the Bournemouth Coastal Business Improvement District (BID) and apprenticeship training provider, Paragon Education & Skills

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Coleman Insurance Brokers and Lester Aldridge co-host GDPR workshop for local businesses

Coleman Insurance Brokers and Lester Aldridge co-hosted a GDPR workshop, entitled, ‘The New Regime’. The event was held at the RNLI in Poole and attended by in excess of 35 local business people who were keen to hear the updates to GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) laws which come into effect on 25th May 2018.

The agenda covered; how the law is changing under the GDPR and what this means for a business, the implications for HR and what an organisation needs to do to be GDPR compliant.

Clive Price, Head of Commercial Insurance at Coleman advised, “It was great to get such a good turnout.  There are many fears over the size of potential fines that might be imposed for non GDPR compliant businesses and everyone came with lots of questions that they needed answering.”

Lester Aldridge Partner Geoff Trobridge commented, “We have to treat personal data like any other property – if it belongs to someone else and you haven’t got a solid reason to use it, then you mustn’t.”

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Dorset Business Angels Investor pitch event evening takes place on Monday 12th March in Bournemouth

Dorset Business Angels (DBA) have announced the date for their next investors’ pitch event which will take place on Monday 12th March at the Royal Bath Hotel in Bournemouth and is urging potential investors to book a place at the popular event.

DBA Chairman Don McQueen advises, “We have five incredibly diverse pitches lined up to present to us which include:

·       An artificial intelligence APP in the wellness sector which help employees to                look after their physical and mental health whilst at work

·       A social media data analysis platform which counts ITV, Twitter and the Premier          League amongst its clients

·       A new payment portal platform which has gained approval from Mastercard

·       New organic produce stores in the Healthcare Sector poised to capitalise on the          growing appetite for organic produce on the go

·      A team pitching for funding for a new TV drama series to be set in Bournemouth

Don continued, “We welcome potential investors to come along, network and maybe discover an exciting, new investor proposition! Even if someone has not invested before you would be made very welcome.”

DBA was formed in 2013 with the aim to bring investors and entrepreneurs together to accelerate the growth of early stage businesses. DBA provides quality, private equity investment opportunities to local high net worth (HNW) and sophisticated investors (SI).


Four times a year companies are invited to attend an event at which they pitch their business to the savvy Angels in a Dragon’s Den type scenario. Angel investment might come from a single investor or it could be 2 or 3 Angels pooling funds together to support a company. Any investments are in the form of an equity investment and not a debtor’s loan. Investments are made across all sectors.

To book a place at the DBA Pitch Event visit

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International Education Forum to host ‘One World By The Sea’ Festival Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th October

The International Education Forum (IEF) of Bournemouth and Poole is to host a brand-new festival, named ‘One World By The Sea’, which will launch in October.  It will celebrate the diversity of the local community and will show-case just how welcoming the two towns are to its foreign students and visitors.

The 3-day festival will include a programme of events taking place at a number of locations across Bournemouth and Poole, from Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th October, and organised by the IEF and its partners.

‘World Discovery Day’

The Festival will launch with a ‘World Discovery Day’ event on Thursday 26th at Bournemouth University International College on Holdenhurst Road from 12 – 3pm. This FREE inclusive community event will be an opportunity to learn about the 20 countries that Bournemouth and Poole have a geographical connection with along their lines of longitude and latitude.

It will feature a talk by the inspirational endurance runner Peter Thompson, who ran 44 marathons, in 44 countries on 44 consecutive days, as well as some 15-minute internationally-themed challenges such as testing your chopstick skills, learning to say hello in 10 languages, and writing your name in Arabic and Chinese. There will also be a selection of international foods and flavours to try, an interactive ‘world rhythms’ drumming workshop, and free themed face-painting for younger visitors.

One World, Many Voices: world music show

The ‘One world, Many Voices’ world music show event will be held at Eden Garden Café Bar in Bournemouth from 7pm – 10pm on Thursday 26th October.  This promises to entertain with an impressive line- up of musicians and includes a 60-drum session, involving the audience.  Other international performances will follow, completing a fun evening of diverse musical talent. Entry is FREE to over 18s but space is limited and the organisers are urging visitors to arrive early to secure a good spot!

Carnival Club Night

The Carnival Club Night at Eden Garden Café Bar follows directly on from the ‘One World, Many Voices’ event, starting from 9.30pm and continuing till late.  This will be a vibrant evening of international dance music, hosted by a Cuban DJ. The evening will start with an amazing, eye catching samba carnival procession from the Triangle in central Bournemouth to Eden Bar. Entry is FREE.

International Film Night: Börn (Ragnar Bragason)

The International Film Night takes place on Friday 27th October from 8.00 – 10.30pm at The Lighthouse Theatre in Poole. There will be a screening of Börn (Children), the award-winning, gritty Icelandic film, set in the suburbs of Reykjavik. This is followed by a talk, in person, from the film’s acclaimed director, Ragnar Bragason, who will share his inspiration for his work.  Questions will be taken from the audience.  Tickets are £9 per person (£6 for concessions) and are be available through the web siteörn-(children)/

International Family Day

An International Family Day kicks off in The Triangle area of Bournemouth on Saturday 28th from 11.00 – 4.00pm where there will be something for locals, visitors, students and families alike.

International acts performing live music from across the globe will take you through the day with an array of singing, dancing and cultural demonstrations.  Prepare to be entertained by a Chinese Lion Dance performed by ‘Dragon of the South, traditional Bulgarian dance group ‘Zdravets’, African 7-piece band ‘Afro Tallawah’ who will get you on your feet with their Afro-reggae, and Latino band ‘Mambo SantaMaria’. Bournemouth Male Voice Choir will also show case their musical heritage and contemporary compositions, presenting a diverse musical landscape sure to impress.

There will also be a good selection of different international food available from a range of outlets, plus traditional handicrafts and themed face painting for children.

Event organiser Rachel Woodward-Carrick, Director of Bournemouth University International College enthused “We are thrilled to be able to offer a varied programme of events that for this inaugural festival and hope there is something for everyone to enjoy. We would urge anyone interested in attending any of the events to visit our web site where all the latest information and details are available to view. Also, please follow us on Twitter @1WorldByTheSea , Instagram @1WorldByTheSea and Facebook where you can enter a competition to win a meal for 2 at one of the Urban Guild restaurants in Bournemouth or Poole.

Fringe events across town…

‘One World By The Sea’ fringe events are also taking place across town.  These include two events organised by prestigious Chinese fashion house, Jiang Chi Pao, to celebrate 100 years of the traditional Qipao style of dress in modern fashion. The first is an engaging talk and demonstration at Bournemouth University International College on Friday 27th October at 2pm. This will be followed by a fashion show to show case the beauty of the different styles of Qipao in the Kings Hall Theatre at The Royal Bath Hotel at 1.30pm on Sunday 29th October. Tickets are £12 (concessions available at £10).To book a ticket email: or call Freephone: 0800 264 1681.

The Libertine Pub in Westbourne will be hosting a free tasting session of Italian pizzas from their wood-fired oven on 26th October from 5pm – 7pm.

The Vintage Lounge and Cinema in the Arcade in Westbourne will be hosting international films with sub titles on each day of the festival at noon.  Visit  for further details.

Gin Jams Wine & Gin Bar on Seamoor Road in Westbourne will be hosting an international food and drink quiz on Thursday 26th October which will include a cheese tasting round and a wine tasting round. £1 per team member to enter the quiz. Start time 7.30pm.

Ojo Rojo Mexican Restaurant in The Triangle will be celebrating the ‘Day of the Dead’ Mexican Festival which is a celebration of life. There will be live music each day and on Saturday afternoon they will be a hosting venue for the live music festival, Oxjam.

The new Metropole Market on the Lansdowne on Sunday 29 October will feature an ‘international courtyard’ at Bournemouth University International College, with live music and delicious food from around the world.

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Dorset Business Angels to host conference in Bournemouth – tickets available to book

Dorset Business Angels (DBA) is hosting an Angel Investor conference on Friday 27th October and is urging existing Angel investors, potential investors and introducers to come along and learn more about what they do and be inspired by the exciting investor opportunities available.

The Conference, which is in its 3rd year, will host a programme of invited, eminent speakers who include, among others; Jenny Tooth, CEO of the UK British Angels Association, experienced investor Justin Levine, Business Angel and DBA Chairman Don McQueen, UKBAA former Angel Investor of the Year, Peter Cowley and Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West, Conor Burns.

Anyone wishing to attend the Conference is urged to secure their tickets on Event Bright  In order to find out more about the event visit  E:

The DBA conference is being sponsored by Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants, Investec, Bright Blue Day and Bournemouth Borough Council.

DBA was formed in 2013 with the aim of being a catalyst in Dorset to bring together entrepreneurs and investors to help accelerate the growth of start-up businesses. Their vision is to turn Dorset into one of the UK’s best regions for setting up high growth and start-up businesses by providing quality private equity investment opportunities to local high net worth and sophisticated investors.

Four times a year companies are invited to attend an event at which they pitch their business to the savvy Angels in a Dragon’s Den type scenario. Angel investment might come from a single investor or it could be 2 or 3 Angels pooling funds together to support a company. Any investments are in the form of an equity investment and not a debtor’s loan. Investments are made across all sectors.


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Watch the Bournemouth Air Festival with some of the best seats in town at Keywest Bar & Grill on Bournemouth Pier!

Would you like to watch the amazing air displays at this year’s 10th Bournemouth Air Festival from some of the best seats in town?!  This year will see the return of the Red Arrows, Blades, Red Devils and many more…

We’re promoting a very competitive package that guarantees you a prime location for the day on our enclosed, large sun terrace at the end of the pier at Key West Bar & Grill

To make your Air Festival experience extra special and to ensure that you don’t miss- out on any of the flying action, you will receive:

– £50pp credit to spend on food & drink from the Key West menu

– A reserved table on our large sun terrace at the end of Bournemouth Pier

– Table reserved all day from 10am

– All day table service

– Free Pier Toll Entry

COST: £50.00 per person

BOOK NOW! 01202 237915

Thursday 31 August                         SOLD OUT

Friday 1 September                         SOLD OUT

Saturday 2 September                     AVAILABILITY

Sunday 3 September                        AVAILABILITY


Terms & Conditions:

– 50% non-refundable deposit due at time of booking with balance due no less than 2 weeks before the event

– Credit card to be provided on the day for any additional spend above £50pp

– The table will be reserved at Key West from 10am, you must arrive no later than 12pm.

Competition to WIN a table for 2 at the Bournemouth Air Festival!

Bournemouth Pier is offering the chance to WIN one of these amazing Key West table packages for two on Saturday 2nd September, head over to our Facebook page now….

Competition closes at 8am on Monday 7th August 2017


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Now is the time to move your company phone system to the cloud

So your existing phone system still works, it’s bulletproof and it’s been fine for years, right? Chances are this is the case for the majority of small to medium sized business in the UK. But scratch the surface and you will soon find a number of reasons why you should consider making the switch to a cloud hosted telephone system.

Hosted simply means that there is no longer a need to have a dedicated box of tricks in the office. All of the intelligence and configuration is hosted securely in the cloud (on the Internet) similar to Google Mail, Dropbox or any other modern cloud based service. The fact that these systems are web based increases the functionality available to SME’s that previously would have been limited due to cost and complexity, such as multi-site options, disaster recovery, home working and true mobile phone integration.

What are the business benefits of moving to such a solution for handling all of your calls? Well, the most obvious reason is reducing costs. It may be perceived that your trusty old phones don’t cost you a thing anymore because the system was paid for years ago. That may be the case, but when you consider analogue or digital (ISDN) line rentals, annual maintenance fees, legacy call rates and engineer callout fees for adds, moves and changes from your local telephone company the actual cost can run into the thousands every year.

Similar to mobile tariffs, calls to specified numbers, UK geographical and UK mobile numbers can be bundled free within a simple, monthly low cost per user, effectively doing away with a traditional phone bill for line rental and calls. Cash flow is vital to SME’s so all of the benefits of hosted voice can be achieved quickly without a huge financial outlay and customers have the choice of term length, with medium and longer term deals offering attractive benefits such as free of charge high quality desk phones for example. Again, this is a similar model to that of the mobile market where handsets are subsidised within the contract.

Cloud telephony is so simple to manage, any changes to the system that you need to make can be done by anyone via your PC or Laptop (and even via an app on your smartphone), it really is that easy! It allows you to take control of your own calls without delay and expensive charges from your maintainer.

There have been some doubts over the quality of voice calls using this type of technology, this is a thing of the past and ‘HD Voice’ is now commonplace , massively improving call quality. Converged FTTC superfast fibre broadband can now be deployed as a single connection for your internet and phones, with guaranteed bandwidth allocated for your calls.

When you consider some of the other built-in features such as voicemail to email, mobile phone twinning (desk phone and mobile ring together) call recording, and telephone number flexibility, not to mention your company’s improved perception from your customers, you can start to see why so many small and medium sized business are taking advantage.

To learn more why not come along to BHBanter About on Tuesday 2nd May at Steele Raymond in Bournemouth

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Castlepoint To Hold First Spring Arts Festival

Bournemouth’s Castlepoint Shopping Park has organised a major free Spring Art Festival which will see many of the region’s artists, musicians, dancers perform between the 10th – 15th April . The free festival, created to celebrate the magic of the new season will boast a calendar of great events for everyone in a crescendo that brings the vibrant colours of spring to life.

“Many of the performances will be held on a specially constructed stage surrounded by a chill out area set up with grass and deck chairs for people to sit and watch” said Anna Proto, Marketing Manager at Castlepoint. “Some of the performing arts will be seen along the Malls and within selected shops, as will some of the fashion and craft workshops. It will be a magic event, which will take advantage of the participation of great talented artists, to be enjoyed by our visitors!”

A Teen Fashion Photography boot camp will be hosted by professional personal shopper Liz Ryles with leading fashion photographer Sammy Baxter during which some of the best teenagers will be selected to appear in Castlepoint’s summer advertising campaign. University of Arts members will host a workshop for kids to learn how to facepaint. London based florist and artist Harriet Parry will lead a demo on how to create a magic spring atmosphere in your home. A variety of music genres and styles will include R&B, Salsa, Jazz, Swing, soul, baroque and classical piano, and dance will also be represented.

The Spring Arts Festival has been organized and made possible thanks to collaboration of local artists, institutions and important event production companies both local and International including the International Jazz Festival, the Dance Pavilion and the Arts by the Sea. It has benefitted thanks to the support of the Yellow Busses, the BU, the Arts University, the Brockenhurst College and tens of local schools and businesses all to bring something very special for the community of Bournemouth.

Full information on the free festival is available at

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