Students peer into the life of the House of Lords

Bournemouth students were given a first-hand account of life as a Lord when Labour peer John Whitty paid them a special visit. Lord Whitty visited Avonbourne Trust to encourage students to become more engaged with politics. The former General Secretary of the Labour Party met with Avonborne sixth formers and student council representatives from Avonbourne College, Harewood College and Avonwood … Read More

Businesses given Brexit boost at conference

BUSINESSES in Dorset were urged to seize the support on offer to help prepare for the challenges and opportunities of Brexit. More than 130 delegates attended the Business Brexit Conference to hear practical advice about the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU. The non-partisan event – organised by the Dorset Chamber with Bournemouth University and Dorset Local Enterprise … Read More

Agency’s magic boosts ‘Hogwarts’ school

An independent school likened to Hogwarts of Harry Potter fame has seen an upsurge in applications for places following work by a marketing and branding agency. Christ’s Hospital School, founded in London by King Edward VI in 1552 and located in Horsham, West Sussex since 1902, received the boost from a radically redesigned prospectus and new advertising ideas. Creative marketing … Read More

Prominent tech firms merge

Two prominent technology businesses based in Richmond Hill, Bournemouth have merged, with more expansion plans to follow. IT support, cloud and security specialist ITSB has joined forces with communications provider Crystal Clear Telecom Ltd. The merger was coordinated under the auspices of Poole-based technology investment firm TECHNEDs Investment LLP, with both companies already forming part of the group. The combined … Read More

Igniting the future

An initiative aimed at giving people the self-belief and skills to get back to work has now supported more than two thousand people. Ignite, part of charitable housing association BCHA, has run free courses based at the organisation’s HQ at St Swithuns House in Bournemouth since 2010. The six-week programme, focusing on self-development and well-being, is available to anyone over … Read More

Heartfelt business idea wins national award

Bournemouth students following in the path of Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones have shown their heartfelt business plan is no flash in the pan. The four young entrepreneurs from the Avonbourne Peter Jones Enterprise Academy have won a national ‘Flash’ Challenge as part of their Peter Jones Foundation Enterprise and Entrepreneurship course. Students across the country were challenged to come … Read More

School is where the art is

A Bournemouth education trust held a celebration event to recognise the achievement of students in creative subjects. As many schools up and down the country are downsizing the arts in their curriculum, at Avonbourne Trust art and creative subjects are given high prominence. And its celebration event was an opportunity to not only showcase the arts but also embrace creative … Read More

Avonbourne Trust remembers

A Bournemouth school worker paid a special mark of remembrance at the First World War cemeteries in France. Harewood College’s Annabel Major accompanied her husband, Nigel who works in the Fire Service, on a special Armistice visit to France. While she was there she laid five wreaths on behalf of Harewood College at Thiepval Cemetery, Ulster Memorial Tower, Welsh Division … Read More

New bid to help homeless

A major new multi-agency initiative aiming at reducing rough sleeping and homelessness in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch has been launched. Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Street Support is backed by up to 30 different organisations, including charities, churches and local authorities. These include charitable housing association BCHA whose social enterprise offshoot the New Leaf Company’s multi-use premises The Factory in Alder … Read More