Region’s economic powerhouse growing

The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area is an economic powerhouse which is only going to get stronger, the latest AFC Business event was told. More than 80 directors, business leaders, decision-makers and business people were at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium for the May networking breakfast. They heard newly-elected BCP Council member Nigel Hedges talk about the importance of businesses to the … Read More

Schools with big hearts

Two Dorset first schools are teaching their children how to look after theirs and other people’s hearts. St John’s in Wimborne and Witchampton CE first schools – both part of the Wimborne Academy Trust – are putting emotional wellbeing at the heart of their curriculum. Together they have launched a new HeartSmart initiative, which encourages children to be kind and … Read More

More than a quarter of Arnewood A-level students are A-grade

The Arnewood School in New Milton is celebrating some of its best set of A-level results – with more than a quarter of its students getting A* or A grades. Overall 99.5% of Arnewood students passed their A-levels by achieving A* to E grades. But it was the large number achieving the highest marks, which has given the school huge … Read More

New era for chambers in Dorset

A powerful new ally has joined Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (DCCI) countywide business movement. Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce (BCTC), the largest town chamber in the county, has signed up to the pan-Dorset affiliation programme to give the county a more influential voice and greater strength in numbers. The united front will help chambers fight Dorset’s corner … Read More

Community partners champion winter wellbeing

A New Forest care home has teamed up with a nearby day centre to help people in the community banish the winter blues and celebrate healthy living. The partnership between Colten Care’s Lymington home, Court Lodge, and the neighbouring Coates Centre will offer help on all aspects of winter wellbeing. Free-of-charge activities and events – some at Court Lodge, some … Read More

Purple HR goes platinum with DCCI

A Bournemouth human resources firm has added a splash of colour to Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Purple HR has become the 29th DCCI member to step up its support of the chamber by becoming a Platinum Business Partner. The scheme is for firms that want to develop their own businesses and play a greater role in helping DCCI … Read More

Democracy gets students vote of approval

Election fever arrived at one Bournemouth secondary school when its under 18s were given the chance to feel part of the General Election. Although the youngsters of Oak Academy cannot influence for real who the next Prime Minister will be, the school ensured they were engaged in the democratic process through holding its own mock election. Oak’s junior leadership team … Read More