Random Acts of Kindness

When A One Insurance, the Dorset based insurance firm heard about the, “Random Acts of Kindness Initiative,” being launched by The Westbourne Trader’s Association and supported by the Bournemouth Coastal BID, which was being used to encourage businesses and the local residential community to ‘do something nice for someone' and to help traders engage with other local businesses and their customers they decided they would go all out to be involved as the initiative fits well with the A-One marketing strategy of working with the local business communities.

In the first week A One gave away gingerbread men and chocolate brownies to all businesses on the high street and to unsuspecting members of the public.

In the second week A One walked into various eateries and paid unsuspecting diners bills at lunchtime.

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Land train to make debut at Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

The Wimborne BID announces that they will provide a land train during the 2015 Wimborne Folk Festival, which runs from the 12th to 14th June inclusive and the land train will run on the Saturday and Sunday.

Says, Ian Faulkner Chairman of the Wimborne BID, “The train will help visitors and the community to get around and about the town, the intention is to make it easier for people to circulate and we thought that transport by train was more in keeping with the style of the festival rather than using a bus, and adding the land train will a bit of additional fun over the two day festival.”

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Dorset fire and rescue

Barbecue and bonfire safe now the warmer weather has arrived

Now that warmer, lighter evenings are with us, barbecues and bonfires are beginning to sizzle across Dorset and the South West.

But behind the bangers and burgers, the warmer weather has a serious side. Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, as part of the Fire Kills campaign, is asking everyone to take extra care when cooking al fresco, especially when lighting barbecues or bonfires.

Community Safety Manager, Dave Prior said “It’s natural to want to go outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather with family and friends - many of us can’t wait to get the barbecue lit. We all know how tempting it can be to give stubborn coals a helping hand, but, please be patient and make sure you use the right tools for the job.

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Bournemouth news

Richard Attenborough’s Memorial Service

Influential stars gather to remember one of Britain's finest actors and directors

On March the 17th 2015 we attended the memorial service for The Lord Richard Attenborough. Held at the historic Westminster Abbey, the setting was the perfect environment in which to celebrate Richard's accomplishments, and thank him for his contributions to the world of cinema and media.

Stars of the film world attended the service, including Alan Rickman, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Michael Caine and Sir John Hurt. The star of The Avengers and Thor, Tom Hiddleston also attended, and read an extract from St Matthew 5: 1-10. Penelope Keith also conducted a Bible reading during the service.

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FREE training event

The Wimborne BID are offering a FREE training event for all levy payers and other business owners.

The Wimborne BID has created a training evening which is aimed at helping levy payer’s make the most of events, with advice concerning window displays, sales, promotion and social media. The Customer Engagement Training Event takes place on Tuesday 17th March from 5:30 to 8pm at The Rising Sun, Wimborne.

Professional window-dresser Claire Vanstone will show you how to attract customers by making the most of your shop window. Other expert advice will come from Andy Edwards on helping generate sales, Carl Wilson will give you his social media top tips and Jackie Phillipson will give promotional tips and advice. We hope that all attendees will share their experiences and tips as well.

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IT support in Bournemouth

IT Support Business (ITSB)

IT Support Business (ITSB) delivers a broadband briefing to business delegates at Park Royal Business Group

Dorset and London technology firm IT Support Business (ITSB) presented alongside BT Openreach, at an event held by the Park Royal Business Group (PRBG) London. Park Royal is London’s largest manufacturing estate, and is one of Europe’s leading industrial estates, with 2,000+ businesses supporting 40,000 plus jobs. The PRBG is part of West London Business, the chamber of commerce for West London.

IT Support Business (ITSB) Technical Director, Olly Denhard, explained to guests the other alternatives available to business owners when SuperFast broadband facilities were not effective or available in their area, such is the case with Park Royal. Examples explained included individual fibre lines, ethernet solutions and wireless (4G) options and he also explained the most cost effective installation alternatives and solutions for their business.

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Victoria Hospital Wimborne

Victoria Hospital Wimborne receives donation from BID

Royal Ascot recently came to Wimborne when a social event was created for local businesses and residents, organised by Charlotte Greening, the Wimborne BID social organiser, who works for Saville Travel. The event was run in association with the Wimborne BID who provided the event insurance and other behind the scenes support and the event raised £1300 raised for The Victoria Hospital, Wimborne.

Charlotte Greening said, “The social evening was great fun. Many guests dressed the part in their race attire, we had horse racing, with guests placing their bets on the horses, as well as an auction and supper. The event raised £1,300 for the locally based Victoria Hospital, Wimborne.”

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Improvements to develop Bournemouth Station get underway

Improvements to make Bournemouth Station more accessible and welcoming for the millions of visitors and commuters travelling through this part of town will get underway next week (Monday 19 January 2015).

Delivered by Bournemouth Borough Council and working in partnership with South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, the improvements will see significant changes to the layout at the Station, and will provide easier and more accessible bus, taxi and cycling facilities as well as better signage In addition to the changes taking place on the ground further improvements will also be made to the train station’s facilities and canopy.

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Bournemouth cars

Car club engaged and shifting up a gear in Bournemouth

Since its official launch earlier this year, Co-wheels car club in Bournemouth has put time into engaging with new initiatives and opportunities to work with local business and residential communities. The effort is now paying off as member numbers have rocketed, and the club is already looking to looking to expand the fleet in the New Year.

The car club, which allows members to hire dedicated on-street vehicles on a pay-as-you go basis, is an active participant in the Business Travel Network, which is a ‘club’ for businesses of all sizes who want to help staff ditch their private cars at work. Joining the Network is free and businesses involved receive help, advice and discounts to make their transport greener, cheaper and more convenient. Co-wheels is a big incentive for businesses in the Network – along with options like cycling, public transport and car sharing.

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salon in Bournemouth

Simone Thomas Super – Salon Brings a New Level of Expertise

Leading Authority on Hair Loss, Simone Thomas, has opened a new super-salon in Westbourne, bringing a new level of expertise to the South Coast.

Simone Thomas, one of the UK’s leading authorities on hair loss, has launched a new super-salon in the affluent area of Westbourne, Bournemouth, which will bring a new level of expertise in both hair loss and hair and beauty to the South Coast. The salon was opened on Wednesday 3rd of December, with champagne and canapés along with the attendance of television personality, Debra Stephenson, and The Worshipful the Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Chris Mayne.

The Simone Thomas Salon, which is set on multiple floors, will specialise in hair loss and provide a variety of hair loss treatments from non-surgical hair loss, extensions, human hair and synthetic wigs, toupees, to hair replacement systems. Simone Thomas Salon has also appointed an NHS professional, who will be coming on board to provide customers suffering from hair loss with expert medical advice and support.

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plays in Christchurch

TLC for the Regent

As a Grand old lady of 84 years of age, nobody would begrudge The Regent Centre in Christchurch of having a little TLC lavished on it from time to time.

Currently the cinema, theatre and arts centre that has faithfully served the entertainment needs of Christchurch and the surrounding area since it opened on Boxing Day 1931, is undergoing an exciting rolling programme of redecoration, repairs and refurbishment.

Regent patrons will have noticed a number of improvements in the Centre’s iconic Art Deco Auditorium, including the addition of an extra 38 seats, bringing the Regent’s seating capacity up to 484. 28 of the extra seats are in the Circle, where the Sound Desk was originally sited. There are also four extra wheelchair bays in the stalls. This extra seating capacity has been achieved by re-siting the Sound and Lighting Desks in to their own dedicated booths in the Stalls area. In addition, all of the remaining original seats have been upgraded with higher density foam inserts for greater comfort during shows.

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