Chamber hails “great coup” as Bobby’s returns

Multi-million pound plans to restore what was once the home of ‘Bobby’s’ department store to its former glory have been hailed as “a great coup” for Bournemouth.

Jacqui Rock, President of Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce, was speaking after Verve Properties announced that it was restoring the prominent building in The Square.  It was due to lie empty when the current occupier, Debenhams, closes its doors for the final time on May 15.
Many of the building’s original features will now be reinstated, including the original 1933 front entrance, or uncovered.

Jacqui told Dorset Biz News: “This is a great coup for Bournemouth.
Very much a ‘wow’ retail shopping experience, which is just what we need as people’s expectations become higher.  Bobby’s is something that is not only iconic to us locally, it is wonderful to launch the town as we re-emerge from lockdown. I, for one, can’t wait to visit.”

In a press release, Verve Properties, the development company which recently transformed the nearby Avenue Centre, said that it was “focused on securing local, independent, and socially conscious brands to work with, to ensure that the regeneration reflects the changes the pandemic has accelerated in social and shopping patterns.”

Plans are in place for the first parts of the store to reopen in mid-July this year, with more elements opening all the way through the year and into 2022.
First to open will be Bobby’s Beauty Hall, a traditional ice cream and coffee parlour, an art gallery, and a dog café in the Lower Gardens.

The beauty hall will have local, sustainable, and conscious brands sitting alongside the big brands.  As an independent beauty operation, Bobby’s Beauty Hall will offer products and brands not previously available at Debenhams.  There will also be a Sushi and plant-based Poke Bowl Bar, a nail bar and treatment rooms for female and male grooming.  The watch repairing station ‘In Time’ will be retained.

On the first floor the large windows overlooking the Square will be opened up, new balconies installed, and the floor will house a food and market hall.
This will include street food outlets including plant-based food, a deli, a bar and speciality retail market pods.  Spa facilities are in the planning stages and, it is hoped, will open in 2022. The second floor will house an art gallery with more details to be revealed in coming weeks.

Accessed from Terrace Road, old buildings at the rear will be reorganised to create a garden area and a micro-brewery and craft ale smokery bar. Following that, plans are in place to open a 4th floor restaurant and bar and roof terrace bar. – all with a key focus on the local community.
There are also plans in place, due to be announced soon, for a very special collaboration with the Bournemouth-bred artist Stuart Semple, which will involve memories of the town.

Bobby & Co opened in 1915 in The Square in Bournemouth and remained under that name for more than 50 years. It was rebranded in 1972 as part of the Debenhams group.

For the complete article visit Dorset Biz News here.

 

Star Tech select Lewis-Manning Hospice Care as Charity of the Year

Poole based, independent Mercedes, BMW & Jaguar Specialist, Star Tech Ltd has chosen Lewis-Manning Hospice Care as its charity of the year

Founder and MD Matthew Peacock said, “My grandmother received brilliant and invaluable support from Lewis-Manning Hospice Care many years ago.  She used to enjoy attending the day hospice. We really understand the amazing work the charity does and the impact that having a life-limiting illness can have on patients and their families in our community, but how Lewis-Manning are always there to help and support during the most difficult time some people will ever face. Our non-executive Board member Philip Warr is also a Patron of the hospice and he kindly reintroduced us to the charity after all these years.  We are delighted to be collaborating with the charity and can’t wait to get involved and to support in many ways like fundraising events, campaigns, volunteering and introduce the charity to our team of staff.

Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser Nicki Cluley added, “We are thrilled to have the support and commitment from Star Tech and to meet Matt and Tina Peacock. We’re looking forward to reporting back on their fundraising and involvement over the coming months and are proud to be working with such a reputable local business in the heart of the local community that the hospice covers.”

For more information about Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, their services, fundraising and ways in which you can support them, please visit lewis-manning,org.uk or call  01202 708470.

About Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity established 29 years ago, providing extraordinary care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness across Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset. We offer a range of free hospice care services aimed at helping people to live well through their illness, closer to home.

These include:

– Day hospices, virtual and in person
– Creative arts & wellbeing support
– Lymphoedema clinic for cancer patients
– Better breathing clinic
– Family bereavement & support

Every year we support nearly 500 local people and we develop new services, based on patient need and identified gaps in the area.

To do this we need to raise over £1.6m every year. Without these funds we could not exist.

Our important work increases people’s physical and social well-being, reduces isolation and loneliness, supports people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviates the huge pressures on family and carers.

Registered charity no. 1120193

About Star Tech Specialising in Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar, MINI and Smart Based In Poole, Dorset.  https://star-tech.co.uk/

Candidates for upcoming elections

The candidates for the 2021 Police and Crime Commissioner and by-election seats (Canford Heath and Commons only) have now been published.

You can view the Statement of Persons Nominated for each elected seat, by visiting:

Please note: there will no longer be a by-election for the Throop and Holdenhurst Village Council as there were 7 vacancies and 7 candidates so they are elected uncontested.

Buster’s Beach Bus – Open Top Bus Routes 2021

Yellow Buses are extremely pleased to announce the launch of their open top services in Bournemouth and Christchurch on Good Friday 2nd April 2021.  Details can be found on the Bournemouth Echo website. Click here to read.

In 2019 Yellow Buses started operating open top buses again in the conurbation and carried 96,000 passengers between April and September. Around two thirds of these customers were concessions from BCP or Dorset. Local residents love to get out and about and take a ‘seat with a view’ on our open top buses.

Buster’s Beach Bus will run along the Bournemouth Coast from Alum Chine to Mudeford Quay via two routes. By travelling along this coastline, you can see the most fantastic views of Dorset from Old Harry Rocks to the west and the Hengistbury cliffs to the East. Travelling along the seafront through Southbourne on a bright day you can see the amazing ‘Needles’ rock formation and lighthouse on the Isle of Wight.

 

 

 

 

Full information can be found on Yellow Buses website below https://www.yellowbuses.co.uk/busters-beach-bus-returns

Restart Grant scheme – BCP Council

BCP Council are aiming to get approximately £23million in Restart Grants out to our businesses shortly after Easter. These funds will support businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public from their business premises and will be paid directly to businesses that have already been awarded a Local Restrictions Support Grant for the period from 16 February to 31 March.

Depending on rateable value, these awards will vary from £2,667 to £6,000 for non-essential retail businesses and from £8,000 to £18,000 for businesses in the hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care and gyms and sport sectors where the criteria is met.

Full details of the Restart Grant scheme and eligibility criteria will be available on the Council’s website by 1 April.

An application form for new applicants will also be made available once initial grants have been made.

Find out more here

£4.5m Additional Restrictions Grant Stream 3 announced

A comprehensive package of discretionary funding will be used to support local economic recovery and help businesses across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole bounce back from COVID-19. The funding will be split to target various different organisations both for direct grants and for wider business support measures.

£750,000 Exceptional Circumstances Fund will be launching next week. This will target those businesses who have suffered a significant reduction in income but that have not received any grant support so far. Varying levels of grants may be awarded up to £10,000. Further details for this scheme will be released next week and organisations will have to apply to be considered for the grants.

BCP Council’s wider package of support will also allocate budgets to the following:

  • R3 Economy Recovery Taskforce groups
  • Bournemouth Town Centre BID, Bournemouth Coastal BID and Poole BID
  • Local business support organisations
  • Resourcing of Economic Development and regeneration projects
  • Bounce Back Challenge Fund whereby businesses and organisations can put forward applications for either small scale (£15,000) or large scale (£70,000) projects that assist with the recovery of the economy, improve our localities and are innovative.

These schemes are very close to being finalised and details will follow in early April.

Eligibility and application criteria

Weekly lateral flow testing now available for businesses

Public Health Dorset, on behalf of Dorset and BCP Councils, has set up a Dorset Rapid Community Testing service for local businesses.

Any business whose staff cannot work from home, due to the public-facing nature of their role can register for weekly lateral flow testing.

If you work for a business or organisation that has been told that they are able to access the testing programme you can book your weekly test online.

Book your test here. 

A BCTC Breakfast Basket!

Wayne Batsford, using his own words, describes himself as a wedding specialist, business catering, party catering, and lockdown birthday celebration hero…

So, we were over the moon when we recently received this BCTC Breakfast Hamper from him as a new BCTC member with his Red Cherry Catering business. The contents of which were made from the finest Dorset ingredients and delivered right to our doorstep!

Catering for all celebrations and delivered straight to your home or workplace, we couldn’t have been made to feel any more special. Thank you Wayne and Team.

Specialist Nurse Esmarié Jones joins Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Esmarié Jones has joined Lewis-Manning Hospice Care as a Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist, based at the hospice at Longfleet Road in Poole.

She joins with a rich and varied nursing background, having trained and qualified in South Africa and has worked in a variety of roles in London and Dorset.  With a speciality in critical care, she was also a district nurse for many years.

Commenting on her new role, Esmarié said, “I thoroughly enjoy working within my local community and making a real difference to the lives of others, I love people!

“The Lymphoedema Clinic is often the one constant in a patient’s cancer journey. Our patients know that we can provide a safe environment, not only to treat their physical problems but also a listening ear to help with their mental wellbeing, in total confidence.  I am really looking forward to my role at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care and supporting our patients across East Dorset and Purbeck.”

Clare Gallie, CEO said, “During the current situation with COVID 19, we are even more aware of the support our Lymphoedema patients need and continue to offer telephone consultations and clinic appointments in a safe and controlled environment. Our patients know we are always there for them and they are at the centre of everything we do. I am very proud of all that we are achieving during these unprecedented times. We are delighted to welcome Esmarié on board, as she brings invaluable experience to her new role and is a great addition to our incredible team of staff.”

About Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity established 29 years ago, providing extraordinary care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness across Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset. We offer a range of free hospice care services aimed at helping people to live well through their illness, closer to home.
These include:
– Day hospices, virtual and in person
– Creative arts & wellbeing support
– Lymphoedema clinic for cancer patients
– Better breathing clinic
– Family bereavement & support
Every year we support nearly 500 local people and we develop new services, based on patient need and identified gaps in the area.
To do this we need to raise over £1.6m every year. Without these funds we could not exist.
Our important work increases people’s physical and social well-being, reduces isolation and loneliness, supports people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviates the huge pressures on family and carers.

Registered charity no. 1120193
For more information, check out https://lewis-manning.org.uk

Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant

If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme. You no longer need a minimum of 30 job placements to apply and  can spread the start date of the placements up until end December 2021.

Apply online or get help from a Kickstart Gateway such as Dorset Chamber of Commerce.

If you need help with the Kickstart Scheme process, contact your local Kickstart Scheme contacts. For promotional materials, check out theKickstart Scheme employer guide.