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Bournemouth Business Growth Conference 2020

In partnership with Bournemouth Chamber, Find Us on Web presents the Bournemouth Business Growth Conference 2020 at the Marsham Court Hotel, 20th February 2020, 5 pm – 8 pm. Discover how to get more clients, increase sales, boost sales, and have more freedom at this free event. At this event you will learn strategies to make an additional more profit in your business. You will discover a new lead generation and customer acquisition system for your business. Learn key tools every business owner should use to be in control of their business performance. Discover how to get really specific about your business goals and ambition for 2020. If you feel the only marketing you do for your business is haphazard and random and you rely only on networking, referrals and repeat business, you will be relieved to know that there are better ways of growing your company – that does not rely upon hard work to produce the result your desire and deserve. Book here for your free ticket. More information can be found here.
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Innovative Bournemouth hotel has recycling ‘in the bag’

Bournemouth’s Marsham Court Hotel has increased its monthly recycling by three tonnes on last year, thanks to the introduction of a simple jute bag.

The family-run hotel in Russell Cotes Road installed a reusable recycling bag in all of its 95 guest rooms in June after observing a growing number of guests dropping their recycling into collection bins in reception.

Marsham Court MD Rosie Radwell said: “As a business we have been working hard to get the amount of waste we send to landfill to a minimum and our guests have shown us that they are also keen to do their bit.”

“When we introduced recycling bins in our reception area last year we found people were actively bringing their recycling to us. So we added additional recycling bins to all floors. We have now taken this to another level by producing a jute recycling sack for each room which enables us to collect cardboard, paper and plastic on a daily basis. We recycled 86.08 per cent (nine tonnes) of our waste in July 2019, compared to 73 per cent (six tonnes) in the same period last year and we hope this figure will continue to grow.”

The average UK hotel guest generates about 1kg (2lb) of waste per night, more than half of it in paper, plastic and cardboard.

Marsham Court guests simply hang their recycling bags on their doors each morning for collection. They are also provided with the hotel’s recycling statistics by Bournemouth-based Waste Management Facilities, in a monthly e-shot.

Environmentally damaging soap waste is also being expunged by the Marsham Court thanks to a partnership with ethical brand CLARITY & Co. As an alternative to miniature plastic bottles the hotel provides refillable dispensers of CLARITY & Co’s Juniper & Seaweed shampoo & bodywash, which is produced by blind and disadvantaged workers, in all its guest bedrooms.

CLARITY & Co’s unwrapped naked soap bars have also recently been introduced, along with stickers explaining how the enterprise is tackling disability under-employment in the UK.
Rosie continued: “Tiny shampoo bottles might seem luxurious, but according to https://cleanconscience.org.uk/, a shocking 200 million soap and shower gel miniatures are dumped from UK hotels into landfill each year.

“All our guests are offered the chance to use the CLARITY products in return for a £1 charge on their bill, which is reinvested straight back into the charity. The Marsham Court is incredibly proud to be the first three-star hotel in the country to use these Clarity & Co products and we hope other hospitality providers will now follow suit.”

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The Destination Awards

The Destination Awards have been created by the Destination Management Board to celebrate true excellence in businesses that help to make Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole a great place to visit, live and work. Through a clear and transparent process, our judges will search for the businesses showing true innovation and creating unique and exceptional experiences for their customers.

There has been a lot of talk about this exciting new initiative and we are pleased to say the waiting is finally over! We are pleased to invite you to the launch event on Thursday 3rd July at 5.30pm.

Come along and enjoy reception drinks and some delicious canapes in the spectacular new ballroom at the Marsham Court Hotel with views across Bournemouth Bay.

We will be announcing all of the exciting details about the new awards including the 15 chosen categories, the judges and our fantastic awards dinner. Following the event, applications and nominations will begin for the first ever Destination Awards.

To book your place at the launch event click here

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Bournemouth hotel offers its guests an ethical way to wash

Bournemouth hotel offers its guests an ethical way to wash

Bournemouth’s Marsham Court Hotel is partnering with ethical brand CLARITY & Co. to offer its guests soap produced by blind and disadvantaged workers.

CLARITY & Co, one of the UK’s oldest social enterprises, was founded in 1854 and seeks to create meaningful employment for people with disabilities and long-term health conditions.

The Marsham Court provides CLARITY & Co’s newest soap brand BECỌ in its washrooms and its CLARITY Juniper & Seaweed range in all its bathrooms, along with stickers explaining how the enterprise is tackling disability under-employment in the UK.

All Marsham Court guests will be offered the chance to use the products in return for a £1 charge on their bill, which will be reinvested back into the charity.

The partnership has been formed by Marsham Court MD Rosie Radwell and CLARITY & Co’s Head of Sustainable Growth Camilla Marcus-Dew, who are cousins and both have relatives with disabilities.

Rosie said: “We are committed to using as many locally sourced products and sustainable practices as we can, so being able to offer our guests ethically produced soaps which also benefit disadvantaged people had huge appeal for us.

“On a personal note I have watched as my god-daughter has struggled to find work because of her cerebral palsy, so I am in awe of what CLARITY & Co. is working to achieve.”

Camilla agreed: “It’s so incredibly rewarding to be able to partner with family at the Marsham Court and hopefully it’s one of many hotels that will choose to jump on board with this new offering!

“Having relatives with a disability really brings home the importance of what we do in creating work for some of society’s most vulnerable.

“I want them to have real opportunities for employment as they grow older – employment which will afford them the same sense of fulfilment and independence that others enjoy.”

The 95-room Marsham Court in Russell Cotes Road is also home to the innovative CHI (Classroom in the Heart of Industry) training school for young people with learning difficulties and hosted the first, national Say Yes to SEN conference to highlight the benefits of employing people with Special Educational Needs.

CLARITY & Co. products including their luxury brand, The Soap Cọ are used in the staff washrooms of Santander and PwC and Michelin star restaurants. The brands are now moving into retail and hotels.

The Marsham Court is the first three-star hotel in the country to use the products and it is hoped other hospitality providers will follow suit.

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New2Business Networking sponsored by Bournemouth Chamber

Bournemouth Chamber sponsors New2Business Networking

The south coast’s only networking club for new businesses is partnering with the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce (BCTC) to take on the ‘challenging’ times ahead.

The BCTC will become official sponsor of New2Business Networking at the Marsham Court Hotel in Bournemouth, from its next meeting on January 23, 2019.

The Marsham Court founded New2Business in January 2015 to provide support for new business owners and trainees of larger businesses.

In the past four years the free to attend, bi-monthly meetings have hosted around 300, new start-ups.

Jane Swift, Business Development Director at the hotel in Russell-Cotes Road, said: “We are thrilled to gain the support and expertise of the BCTC, particularly as we all proceed towards the uncertainties surrounding Brexit.”

She continued: “During the last four years, New2Business has welcomed hundreds of new companies which have reached a certain level but need further help to grow.

“We enable people to share their experiences, ask questions and ask for advice.

“Starting a new business is a big step and connecting with other businesses is key – but it can also be daunting.

“Our members tell us they appreciate the informality of our meetings and the opportunity to share the wisdom of speakers who have already achieved success with their businesses.

“Working with the BCTC and its diverse membership will only enrich what we offer.”

Richard Milton, Executive Director of the BCTC and MD of marketing consultancy e-nexus Ltd, agreed: “This partnership is a perfect fit for both New2Business and the Chamber.

“I myself have attended New2Business as a business owner for over 18 months and have been immensely impressed by everything about it, from its informal atmosphere to its level of attendance and the way it supports its members.

“The BCTC was born over a hundred years ago, but has the same very relevant aim – to support the local business community by providing networking opportunities, the very latest business information, training and development.”

He continued: “The south coast continues to witness encouraging business growth and as Brexit and its implications for business unfold, there will be an even greater need than ever for the BCTC and New2Business. I am excited about the months ahead.”

New2Business Networking meetings are free to attend and feature a speaker, followed by an informal networking session.

To sign up to attend the next meeting on January 23, please visit the Eventbrite page.

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New2Business Networking – November

A Networking Group for New Businesses and Trainees

The New2Business networking group is for new business owners and trainees of larger businesses – who are new to the networking scene.

Networking is an essential part of any growing business and is a valuable business tool when utilised effectively, but many find the prospect just too daunting when they are first starting out.

At each event we hear from a local business person who can provide their words of wisdom on a given subject. There will also be a small number of people at each event who have started their own successful businesses or are established professionals so that they can offer their support and advice to help your business to grow and thrive.

Please note that access to our car park is via the rear of the Hotel in Grove Road. Please use BH1 3AU for SatNav directions.
We have around 100 free parking spaces however, should our car park be full alternative Pay & Display parking is available on both the East Cliff and Gervis Road or in the Council operated car parks at The Pier or at the top of St Peters Road.

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One of Bournemouth’s last family hotels welcomes three new managers

Bournemouth’s multi award-winning Marsham Court Hotel is celebrating 30 years of continuous ownership and three new guest managers.

One of the popular coastal resort’s last remaining, family run hotels, the Marsham Court was bought by the late Jennie Deavin and her first husband Chris Dixon-Box in 1987 and is now run by their three children.

Managing director Rosie Wallace, said: “We have welcomed over a million guests since we took over the hotel and one of the main reasons why the Marsham Court continues to thrive as an independent, family run hotel in an increasingly chain-led market is its dedication to customer service and the right customer facing staff. Our three newest staff members will only go to strengthen that offering.”

New head housekeeper Jill Armstrong joins the Marsham Court from its sister hotel the Ramada Encore, where, during the last eight years she has built a reputation for excellence in housekeeping.

New head receptionist Peter Farkas came to Britain from his native Hungary to learn English just two years ago, but has mastered the language and risen quickly through the ranks of junior hospitality roles to management positions.

Lisandra – known as Lisa – Correia, is the hotel’s new revenue and reservations manager.

Lisa gained a master’s degree in her native Portugal and joined Bournemouth’s Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth in May 2013 and the Quantum Group in 2014.

Rosie said: “ “Lisa has a wealth of expertise in reservations and some very exciting ideas on how to improve our customer service even further.”

The Marsham Court won Large Hotel of the Year at the Bournemouth Tourism Awards 2016 and is a finalist in the upcoming Large Hotel of the Year award at the Dorset Tourism Awards 2017 and both the Family Business and Business Leader awards at the Dorset Business Awards.

The hotel also won the Business Engagement with Education award at the Dorset Business Awards 2016. Plus Silver in the Dorset Tourism Awards Venue and Business Tourism category in 2015. And Rosie Wallace was named Unsung Hero at the Bournemouth Tourism Awards 2017, for her dedication in championing the success of Bournemouth’s hospitality industry.

Lisa Correia said: “The Marsham Court is an iconic hotel in Bournemouth and along with Jill and Peter I hope to contribute to its success, while learning from Rosie and her resourceful and experienced team.”

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BAPTA 2018 “Best Retail Experience” Award Category Launch

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New2Business Networking – October

A Networking Group for New Businesses and Trainees

The New2Business networking group is for new business owners and trainees of larger businesses – who are new to the networking scene.

Networking is an essential part of any growing business and is a valuable business tool when utilised effectively, but many find the prospect just too daunting when they are first starting out.

At each event we hear from a local business person who can provide their words of wisdom on a given subject. There will also be a small number of people at each event who have started their own successful businesses or are established professionals so that they can offer their support and advice to help your business to grow and thrive.

Please note that access to our car park is via the rear of the Hotel in Grove Road. Please use BH1 3AU for SatNav directions.
We have around 100 free parking spaces however, should our car park be full alternative Pay & Display parking is available on both the East Cliff and Gervis Road or in the Council operated car parks at The Pier or at the top of St Peters Road.

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