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Explosive life of brave bomb disposal hero

The amazing life and career of the ‘real life Hurt Locker star’ – bomb disposal hero Major Chris Hunter – was told to 100 businesspeople from across the region at the AFC Business Director’s Lunch. He was keynote speaker at the event held at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium by AFC Business, commercial arm of the […]

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Overnight road closures support Blackwater West junction improvements

As part of the initial phase of constructing a new and more efficient B3073 Blackwater West Junction, a series of overnight lane closures will be in place to install temporary traffic signals. From Monday 15 July the permanent signals will be switched off and replaced with a temporary signal system, similar to those used during […]

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Introducing our New 2019 Chamber Executives

Every year, Chamber members attend our AGM meeting held in March and alongside other essential business, the President, Vice Presidents and Volunteer Executive Board are voted in for the coming year. This years vote saw a number of the Executive return for another term on the Board plus new members joining the table.  As our Executive Team […]

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Yellow Buses under local ownership in management buyout

Yellow Buses is back under local ownership after being acquired by its management team for an undisclosed sum. David Squire, Managing Director; Simon Newport, Commercial Director and Phil Pannell, Service Delivery Director, are now equal shareholders in Bournemouth Transport Limited (BTL). The trio are lifelong busmen with more than 100 years of experience between them. […]

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Graduate scheme attracts new talent

BH Live Graduate scheme

BH Live has revealed details about a new graduate scheme that begins this autumn. BH Live is a social enterprise and leading operator of leisure and event venues. It manages high profile venues and leisure centres across Dorset, Hampshire and London. The scheme, which will initially pilot in Dorset, will enable three graduates to take […]

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New partnership will boost financial education in Dorset

Dorset skills for life charity SafeWise is delighted to announce that award-winning local company Strategic Solutions Financial Services (SSFS) has signed up as a new £5,000 sponsor. The partnership will see expert advisers from SSFS – which manages client portfolios worth over half a billion pounds – help develop financial planning and management content for […]

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Help to Let scheme to help prevent homelessness

A Help to Let scheme has been launched which aims to support landlords with less than 30 properties to provide affordable private rented tenancies to people at risk of becoming homeless. Landlords can receive up to £2,000 incentive, rent and deposit in advance as well as support for new landlords. The scheme hopes to create […]

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New bike scheme launches

Beryl Bikes

More than 50 emerald green Beryl bikes are now available for instant hire across Bournemouth and Poole. This fleet will increase to 1,000 as summer progresses. Future developments will look to expand the scheme into Christchurch. Download the Beryl app to hire a bike: App Store for iPhone, Google Play for Android. Pay-As-You-Ride (£1 unlock […]

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Saffery Champness acts for Metalex on its purchase of Alimex UK

Mark Kilbey

The Bournemouth office of Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants has acted on behalf of Paul and Sally Nicola, the shareholders of Metalex Holdings Limited, based in Poole, Dorset, on the company’s acquisition of Alimex UK Precision in Aluminium Limited, a distributor and processor of aluminium cast plates, from Alimex Gmbh. The deal included the acquisition of […]

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