Saffery Champness Accountants join in #StepUp Challenge launched by Bournemouth entrepreneurs

Saffery Champness Accountants in Bournemouth has created a team to join in the #StepUp Challenge that was launched by Bournemouth nightclub owners Ty Temel and Benjamin Banks-Reynolds, together with fitness coach Jamie Whisken, aka ReDefine Jamie.

Launched on 1st November, participants have been encouraged to complete one million steps by December 21st, either individually, as a pair or in a team. That’s an average of 20,000 steps a day!

Proceeds will go to Dorset Mind and, in particular, men’s mental health.

The 50-day #StepUp challenge follows in the footsteps of #TheJune500 challenge which was thought up by Ty, Benjamin and Jamie as a way of keeping focused during the lockdown.

It saw a community of almost 200 people each complete 500 kilometres during June with a variety of active pursuits including cycling, running, swimming and more.

Ty, Owner of Halo Bournemouth, said: “We were blown away with the feedback we received from everyone about The June 500 challenge.

“After being inundated with requests for a new challenge we feel the time is right.

“With this challenge, we want to help both ourselves and others to have a focus again during an uncertain time and have an engaged community supporting each other.”

Saffery Director, Hannah Mazrae said , “At Saffery we jumped at the chance to join in the #StepUp Challenge. We have 8 team members who have been super keen to get involved, including Alex Simmons who is averaging an incredible 30,000 steps a day. He gets up at 5.30am, walks for 2 hours and is then back for breakfast with his 7-year-old daughter before she heads to school!

“Our team is due to compete in the ‘Race the Sun Brecon Beacons’ event in March 2021 – which involves cycling, kayaking and hiking.  We saw the #StepUp Challenge as perfect preparation to get fit and focused for this next team challenge.

“The #StepUp Challenge team includes myself, Alex Simmons, Henry Shirley, Collette Parry, Annalise Wareham, Maryna Lobova, Jake Walsh and our PR consultant Kate Shaw from KTPR.

“Our ambition is a team total of 7 million steps in 50 days.  We’d love people to support our fundraising, for such a brilliant and deserving cause. Please visit our JustGiving page here.”


About Saffery Champness LLP

Saffery Champness LLP is a firm of chartered accountants that advises individuals and families, not-for-profit organisations and businesses across a range of sectors. As a member of Nexia International, it is part of a worldwide network of independent accounting and consulting firms.

For over 160 years, the firm’s success has been founded upon providing clients with a genuinely partner-led service and working with them to create bespoke solutions that help them to achieve their personal and business objectives. For more information visit or see Twitter @Safferys

BCP Council: Rediscover Safely campaign

BCP Council is pulling out the stops to encourage people to rediscover their local high street safely in the run up to Christmas.

As part of the ‘Rediscover Safely’ campaign they are reassuring people that it is safe to shop and eat out, whilst also remind people of their personal responsibilities of wearing masks, keeping distance and washing hands – ‘hands, face, space’.

BCP Council are offering free parking on selected days across the BCP Council area to encourage shoppers back to the high street.

You will start to see adverts spring up across the three towns as well as online and on local radio, reminding residents what’s on offer in their area, what they’ve missed about their local high streets, and making every effort to tempt them back.

Whether you’re a business in a main town centre or one of the local centres, BCP Council has got your back and will do all they can to remind people to support their local high street.

Find out more here. 

Patron: Further guidance and legislation announced on the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

The self-employed can make a claim under the third tranche of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) from 30th November.

As previously announced, self-employed businesses can claim an SEISS grant for the three months to 31st January 2021 for 80% of average business profits with the grant capped at £7,500 in total.

In order to qualify the sole trader or partner must:

  • have traded in both 2018/19 and 2019/20;
  • be trading currently and intend to continue to trade;
  • have had trading demand adversely impacted by COVID or COVID restrictions;
  • have a reasonable belief that trading profits for the trading year will be significantly reduced due to the impact of COVID or COVID restrictions on activity, capacity or demand.

The qualifying criteria have been tightened, and businesses will need to consider them carefully. The main restriction is the claimant must have a reasonable belief that trading profits for the year will be significantly reduced due to the impact of COVID, and they will need to keep records to demonstrate this.

Therefore, before making a claim, businesses need to consider whether the trading profits that they would have achieved in the current period have been adversely impacted by reduced activity due to COVID and that this can be demonstrated.

As with previous tranches, the claim for the grant has to be made by the sole trader or partner and cannot be made by their adviser.

If you would like to discuss whether you qualify for the third tranche of SEISS, please contact your local partner on 0330 088 7111.

BCP Council: Live COVID-19 broadcast on Thursday, 26th November

BCP Council has teamed up with Public Health Dorset and Dorset Council to broadcast together this coming Thursday,  26th November, after the Government has announced which tier the area will be in once the current national restrictions end on 2 December.

Join BCP Council for the live broadcast via Microsoft Teams from 7pm. You will need to ensure you have downloaded the free Microsoft Teams app to your device to be able to join the broadcast.

BCP Council would love you to submit a question, but please note this needs to be done in advance using this form

If you are unable to join at 7pm on Thursday, be assured that the briefing will be recorded and available to watch back on BCP Council’s YouTube channel afterwards. Over 2,200 people watched the last COVID-19 broadcast on our YouTube channel following the live session on 29 October.

Cllr Nicola Greene, Portfolio Holder for Covid resilience and Public Health for BCP Council, Director of Public Health Dorset, Sam Crowe and Aidan Dunn, Executive Director for Corporate Development at Dorset Council will be hosting the session. They will outline what the latest restrictions mean for local areas, council services and will answer residents’ questions.

Director of Public Health Dorset, Sam Crowe, said: “With Christmas just around the corner, we know that people across the BCP areas will want to understand what the latest rules from Government mean for them and their families. Many people live and work across both council areas, so we wanted to hold a live session as soon as possible to discuss what the next few weeks will look like and hopefully answer some questions that people may have.”

Stowe Family Law opens its first office in Bournemouth

Stowe Family Law (Stowe) has opened an office in Bournemouth taking the firm’s national presence to 26 offices and reinforcing its position as the country’s largest specialist family law practice.

The new family law office in Bournemouth will be headed up by Managing Partner, Paul Linsdell and supported by Senior Family Lawyer, Cath Porter, both of whom will bring a wealth of family law knowledge to the town.

The team specialises in all aspects of family law including divorce, separation, cohabitation issues, nuptial agreements, arrangements for children and financial settlements.

As with all the firm’s offices, Bournemouth will have access to a network of over 70 specialist family lawyers, together with its in-house Forensic Accountancy team who examine financial disclosure specifically within divorce proceedings.

Southern Regional Director, Andrew Miller, said:  “The addition of an office in Bournemouth adds to the firm’s family law footprint in this region, where we also have an office in Winchester.”

He continues,  “With 26 offices across the UK and more specialist family lawyers than any other firm in the country, we provide the very best legal knowledge and experience to our clients.”

Managing Partner, Paul Linsdell said:  “I am delighted to head up the opening of the Stowe Family Law office in Bournemouth.  Both Cath and I work with empathy and compassion to achieve the best outcomes for clients so that they can move forward with their lives. We are looking forward to welcoming clients to our new office soon.”

Photographed: Paul Linsdell, Managing Partner at Stowe Family Law.

Stowe Family Law is the UK’s largest specialist family law firm with offices in cities including London, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Bristol, Reading and Birmingham and market towns including Ilkley, Winchester, Tunbridge Wells, Beverley, Harrogate and Wetherby.

Founded in 1982, the firm employs over 70 specialist family lawyers with a collective experience of over 800 years.

The team practices all areas of family law including divorce, separation, financial settlements, arrangements for children, out-of-court settlements, mediation, nuptial agreements, surrogacy, adoption and international family law.

AFCB: The Weekend Clash Powered by Ultimo GG

AFC Bournemouth have launched their first ever AFC Bournemouth e-sports initiative, leading up to the inaugural Weekend Clash tournament this weekend. The Weekend Clash, powered by e-sports powerhouse Ultimo GG, is a free-to-play FIFA 21 tournament on PS4 that will run across Saturday and Sunday.

There are a range of excellent prizes up for grabs, including the chance to play FIFA with First Team player Junior Stanislas!

To read more about the tournament and sign up, please click here.

BCP Council: Public Invited to Shape Plan for Transforming Travel’s Sustainable Travel Routes

BCP Council and Dorset Council are seeking initial views from the public on Transforming Travel’s proposals for five of its sustainable travel routes in south east Dorset ahead of formal consultation next year.

The plans are funded through the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF)  and form a major part of the region’s Transforming Travel programme.

The region is set to benefit from £100+ million sustainable transport improvements including 78 kms of new cycling and walking routes, smart technology to provide improved bus travel options and green travel hubs – all aimed at offering environmentally friendly, safer and quicker journeys to work, education and leisure in south east Dorset.

Initial feedback on five of the proposed sustainable travel routes can be made via an online engagement platform until mid-December:

  • Bournemouth railway station to/from Jumpers Common, Christchurch
  • Bournemouth town centre to/from Ferndown
  • Poole town centre to/from Merley, Poole
  • Poole town centre to/from Ferndown and Wimborne
  • Merley, Poole to/from Christchurch

The public will be able to:

Online feedback will be supported by a series of workshops with Transforming Travel TCF’s partners, local interest groups and businesses.

Proposals for the remaining sustainable travel route (Poole town centre to/from Wareham Road, Holton Heath) is expected to follow later this month.

The plans, available to view until mid-December, can be accessed via mobile phone, tablet, or PC by visiting

Feedback will be used to inform the design plans, with formal consultation due to start on Transforming Travel’s sustainable travel routes early next year.

Councillor Mike Greene, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Sustainability at BCP Council said:

“These sustainable infrastructure plans will make walking, cycling and travelling by bus much more attractive and give people viable alternatives to using the car, particularly for short journeys.  Online engagement enables people to see and have their say on Transforming Travel’s plans despite the current national lockdown.  I urge people to visit the website and help shape plans for transforming travel in south east Dorset.”

Councillor Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment at Dorset Council said:

“I am pleased that people have the opportunity to help shape initial plans for major, multi-million-pound sustainable infrastructure changes in south east Dorset, all aimed at creating a greener, healthier and better-connected region.”

Have your say here.