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Bournemouth and Poole Join Forces for the 2018 BAPTAs in association with Berendsen

The newly revealed Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Awards – the BAPTAs are now officially open for entries and nominations, following the VIP launch event held in the Digital Design building at Bournemouth and Poole College. The awards were kicked off in style on 11th October, with a spectacular launch event, which saw over 150 key business […]

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Law firms may face retrospective VAT bills, warns Saffery Champness Accountants

Following the recent case of Brabners LLP and HMRC, Brabners have been ordered to pay £68,000 in VAT as HMRC claimed that electronic property searches should not have been treated as disbursements for VAT purposes. Leading accountancy firm Saffery Champness is warning that there may be further repercussions for law firms and their client. Saffery […]

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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 […]

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Marsham Court Hotel marks 30 years as family business

One of Bournemouth’s last remaining family-run hotels has marked 30 years in business, with its late owner still ‘calling the shots’. More than 160 family members, hotel guests, staff and suppliers attended the celebrations at the Marsham Court Hotel in Russell-Cotes Road, enjoying a three-course meal, music and entertainment. The 87-bedroom hotel has welcomed over […]

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Sky’s the limit for birthday fundraiser Jan

Jan Hawkins-Kitson, who works for BCHA’s Bournemouth Domestic Abuse Service, marked her 60th birthday by completing a 15,000ft tandem skydive to raise money for the Women’s Refuge where she works. Jan, who has worked at BCHA for 4 years, signed up to do the skydive after approaching the Red Devils at the Bournemouth Air Show. […]

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Anne Gardner MBE, founder of local catering charity, passes away aged 86

Anne Gardner MBE, the founder of Bournemouth based charity and catering company, The Crumbs Project, has passed away aged 86. The Crumbs Project, which provides ‘training for independence’ pre-employment programmes for mixed ability adults, was founded by Anne in 1997. The concept arose from home, when her daughter was diagnosed with Schizophrenia at age 17. […]

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Merley House know how to have a ‘Great Time Out’

Merley House, the enchanting 18th century Georgian manor house based in Wimborne is the perfect setting for all types of events from weddings to business seminars, announced their support of the BAPTAs 2018 and are on the look-out for The Great Time Out Award category. At the 2017 finals in March this year, The Bournemouth […]

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Chambers are talk of town

Business leaders from across Dorset joined forces for the county’s first Town Chamber Conference in Dorchester. Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) staged the event at Kingston Maurward College as bonds continue to grow between the business groups. DCCI, the voice of business in Dorset, welcomed speakers from the county’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) […]

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Property experts review and discuss local and regional market uncertainties

Barclays Wealth and Investments, Savills, Saffery Champness Accountants and Steele Raymond solicitors addressed a packed room of delegates at a seminar dedicated to looking at the outlook of the national and local property market. The popular event took place at the Vitality Stadium at AFC Bournemouth.  Guest speakers opened the event, followed by a panel […]

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