5th July 2018

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland Launch

Excited to share with you the presentation for business engagement for Christmas Tree Wonderland.

Christmas Tree Wonderland Overview.pdf

14th February 2018

Bournemouth in Bloom - Westbourne

Please see the attached letter from the Westbourne in Bloom with this years plans 

Westbourne in Bloom Letter.pdf

13th February 2018

BAPTA Finalists Announced

We are so pleased to confirm the following finalists from Westbourne.

New Business of the Year : The Vintage Lounge & Cinema

International Cuisine Experience: Tiien Thai

Rising Star: Lia Martin

Unsung Hero: Des Simmons

Congratulations to you all!  

If you'd like to read about all the finalists see the link below.

31st January 2018

Jazz By The Sea Newsletter

To view the latest Jazz by the Sea newsletter open the pdf below.

Jazz by the Sea.pdf

30th January 2018

Bournemouth & Poole Tourism Awards 2018 Semi Finals

A great time was had by the Westbourne Businesses tonight at the Bournemouth & Poole Tourism Awards semi finals at the Bournemouth & Poole College.  The  following Westbourne Businesses were recognised as semi finalists:

The New Business Award
The Vintage Lounge

The Best Retail Experience Award
Le Petit Prince Patisserie

The International Cuisine Award
Tiien Thai

The Best Self Catering Accommodation

BAPTAs Rising Star Award
Lia Martin - WBA Chairman & A-One Insurance

Well done to all of you that entered and weren't semi finalists this year.  

The finals are 15th March and you can purchase tickets from

For the full news story see the link below.

29th January 2018

Member Fob 

A great new gadget for our members created by Barclays Eagle Labs for this years membership.  When you renew your membership you will be given a fob this allows you to claim your member to member offers in participating businesses.  To get yours please return your membership form, you can view offers on the M2M Page.

23rd January 2018

School Governors wanted at St Michael's School 


St Michael’s Church of England Primary School is a 3-form entry school located on Somerville Road, serving the communities of Central Bournemouth, West Cliff, Westbourne and Alum Chine.

We are seeking to recruit governors who can augment the current Governing Body in discharging its responsibilities. We are particularly looking for people with skills in finance, safeguarding or SEN.

We are also keen for our Governing Body to be representative of the diverse community we serve and would welcome applications from any individuals from under represented groups.

I’ve attached the job description and person specification for anyone who may be interested.  Our Head teacher or Chair of Governors would be happy to meet with anyone who would like an informal chat about the role.

Interested candidates should send a short biography explaining why they would like to be a governor and what skills they could offer to the board to the Clerk of Governors c/o the school office or to by 19 February.

Please contact the school office (01202) 290497 or email  if you would like further information.

Governor Job Description.docx

Governor Person Specification.doc

17th January 2018

Footfall report in the Bournemouth Echo

9th January 2018

January Social

3rd January 2018

Flexible working space in GinJams

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Looking to start your own business now it's 2018, and need a cool place to work? Look no further! We are now offering up desk space at Ginjams in the daytime for £350 per month per head.

- Unlimited wi-fi 
- Toilets and washroom on site
- Access between hours of 0900 - 1800hrs Monday - Friday
- Meetings and client invitations are allowed
- Chilled working environment
- 20% off food and drinks
- Complimentary hot drinks
- Monthly rolling contract

Deposit required. Terms and contract apply.

For more info and to setup an initial meeting email us -

2nd January 2018

Last chance to enter the 2018 BAPTAs!

The 2018 Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Awards (BAPTAs) celebrate the achievements of tourism businesses and individuals from across the BH postcode region.

The awards have seen year on year growth and have become the most successful awards across the South and a must in the business event calendar and this year’s event is set to be bigger and better than ever, with the finals at their new home - The Lighthouse in Poole.

The awards offer businesses great PR, a chance to shout loud and proud about their successes, and to celebrate the achievements and the efforts of their hard-working teams who contribute to making them successful year on year.

You can nominate too – have you been impressed by customer service, been ‘wowed’ by a meal in a local restaurant or feel an independent retailer deserves special recognition?

The 19 categories include ‘New Business of the Year’ and the ‘Self-Catering Accommodation Award’ and it only takes a few minutes to nominate, so if you run a worthy business then don’t be shy, you have nothing to lose and a great deal to gain! Go to

Said Jackie Phillipson, “The stunning coastline brings together this world class destination and beautiful resort, with a year-round appeal, mild weather, glorious miles of beaches, and lots to do with thriving businesses, independent shops, amazing events and much more!

The BAPTAs recognise businesses, restaurants, hotels, shops, attractions, events and the people who make the destination what it is - so get involved! The awards close for entries on 10th January 2018."

The 2018 categories are:

  • The Large Hotel Award
  • The Small Hotel Award
  • The Self-Catering Accommodation Award (New!)
  • The Specialist Dining Experience Award
  • The International Cuisine Experience Award
  • The Family Eating Experience Award
  • Best Retail Experience Award
  • The Great Time Out Award
  • BAPTAs Best Night Out Award
  • The Creative Concept of the Year Award
  • The Unsung Hero Award
  • Transport Delivery Award
  • The Education Award
  • BAPTAs Best Breakfast Award
  • BAPTAs Rising Star Award
  • The Bar Personality of the Year Award
  • The Afternoon Tea Award
  • The Green Initiative Award
  • New Business of the Year Award (New!)

For more information, or to enter the awards please visit

20th December 2017

WBA Tea Dance

Westbourne Business Association organised a Tea Dance as a way for the businesses to give back to the community. The tea dance was for the elderly lonely or vulnerable. Held at West Cliff Baptist Church in Westbourne this afternoon we had about 65 people attend from the local community and care homes. Staff from local businesses attended and served tea cake and mulled wine to attendees and danced with them. Local businesses donated everything from volunteers, cake, the tea coffee milk and sugar to the table cloth napkins vouchers and wine for the raffle run by rotary who raised over £100 for local causes. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Dance Band played music for 2 hours. For more photos see the gallery page.

December the month of Small Business Saturday - Celebrating Westbourne's History and our Small Business Heritage

Until 1860 Westbourne only had six houses and it’s first shop didn’t open until 1879. Development really got going when Bournemouth West railway station opened in 1874 and by 1881 the village of Westbourne was thriving with a good selection of shops.


The Victorian shopping arcade, was built in 1884 by Henry Joy, a carpenter by trade, who came from Chalbury near Wimborne (he also built the Arcade in Bournemouth in 1866). Originally there were 24 shops, each with a 24ft frontage facing into the covered roadway. The central roadway is covered with a glass roof, carried by wrought iron semi-circular ribs. There is some debate as to whether this roof was there in 1884, but there is no doubt that it was constructed quite early in the history of the arcade.  There are a number of heads, said to represent water gods, above the downpipes in the arcade. The pipes take the water from the rooftops and send it down to a large drain that runs underneath the central walkway. The pavement was originally laid with distinctive encaustic tiles in which the pattern is created with different colours of clay and not, as is usual, by different glazes. Many of the original tiles are still there.  Above the entrances at either end of the arcade and you can see Henry Joy’s name and 1884, the date of construction, clearly visible.  On Poole Road and Seamoor Road, if you look up above the apartments, the initials HJ are featured.  Henry Joy was clearly proud of his arcade.


Henry Joy had hoped that his Westbourne arcade would be a huge success, as his earlier Bournemouth one had been, but this project, out of Bournemouth town centre, proved difficult to market. It took time for the first business to move in. Willis and Trantum took over number one in January 1885, but by the end of that year there were still only five premises occupied and Henry Joy had to induce traders with special offers. It wasn’t until 1890 that the arcade really got going, providing a good range of shops including a greengrocer and florist, Charles Pope, at number 12, draper Mrs Brown at number 14, a wool shop at number 11, a hair salon at no 21 and stationer and bookseller George Crisp at number 6.

18th December 2017

Property Available - 86 Poole Road, Westbourne

For full property details click on the following link:

86 Poole Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth - September 2017.pdf

11th December 2017

SSE Road Works Notice Letter


Good morning

I am contacting yourselves to make you aware of works to be carried out in the Seamoor Road area of Westbourne.  As part of our ongoing commitment to provide a quality service and improve supply reliability, we will be investing in the network in the Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks, SSEN, region of Westbourne.

Our works will commence as on 15th January 2018 for 8 weeks  and carried out in 4 stages.  The route will incorporate Seamoor Road, Alum Chime Road and Alum Hurst Road.  These will remain open at all times for residents and businesses and access to properties will be maintained. There will be parking bay suspensions in place during our works.  These will be while outside the adjacent properties.  We will work 70mtrs at a time, which will take approximately 12 days and then move along outside the next 70mtrs of premises.

We will do everything possible to ensure that we complete our works on schedule.  However we hope you will appreciate that site conditions may cause some adjustment to this plan and if this is the case we will aim to let you know as soon as possible.

We will be doing a face to face letter drop on 5 January to all the premises, with all the details and maps of our works areas.  The letter also contains our contact details, web page and QR code.  Our web page contains a feedback form, Essendex (designated mobile updates) and Project updates.

I wondered if there was anything you required from me or anything you wished to be involved in.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Mairi Campbell

Communications Officer

T: +44(0)800 048 2423   M: +44(0)7767851754

Internal: 51754



 11th December 2017

Parking Signage - Short Stay

We have received confirmation from Bournemouth Council that the signs above will be installed early January.  We are really pleased with this outcome after various meetings with the council about insufficient signage in our car parks especially for the new short stay parking behind the Medical Centre in Milburn Road.

4th December 2017

Lights in Iceland Arcade

We have successfully had the lights turned back on in the Iceland Arcade by the agents for the old Natwest bank as we were concerned about anti social behaviour at night in the arcade as it is a main thoroughfare into the shopping precinct.

2nd December 2017

Window Dressing Competition

This year we saw a record number of entries for the Annual Christmas Window Dressing Competition.  Our Judges Mandy Payne from Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce and Sarah Newman from Russell Cotes Museum congratulated all who entered on their efforts and tried to recognised those that had made an effort to give  and to the Victorian theme as well as those who had an effective Christmas display this year.

As Chairman I would like to thank all those that took part, I know it took a lot of time, money and effort and I really do appreciate your contribution in making Westbourne a more festive place for our visitors.


1st Fab Frocks

2nd Scape & Attico

3rd Zsa Zsa


1st Vintage Lounge


1st Marie Curie

2nd Salvation Army

Hair & Beauty

1st Twilo

2nd Polished

3rd Magic Tan

10th November 2017

Bournemouth Council - Economic Development

It is with heavy hearts that we say good bye to Chris Kelu, Senior Economic Development Officer at Bournemouth Council who has departed from the Council and will no longer be our Council Champion - we thank him very much for all his help and support over the years in Westbourne.

Last week the WBA met with Chris Shephard who will act as a key member of the Council team for us as businesses from now on.  A little about Chris Shaprd below for you.

Chris worked his way through University College London, running Sunglass Hut on Oxford Street and Brighton, selling sunglasses to tourists.  He moved on to work in high street recruitment agency Brook Street in Victoria, winning top consultant and branch of the year awards in the process placing temps in Government departments. Chris then moved back home to the south coast, moving client side to work in the public sector in Economic Development.  His roles have always been business facing, working with industrial estate occupiers in West Sussex and Financial and Business Services companies in Hampshire.  Chris now heads up Bournemouth’s Economic Development & Sustainability Team, helping businesses to grow, thrive and act sustainably. Outside of work Chris is a family man, happily married with two kids under 5. He enjoys going to the beach, eating out and trying new craft beers when the opportunity arises! He is a keen commuter cyclist, enjoys watching any sport with a ball involved, and listening to and playing music.

28th October 2017

Westbourne Community Litter Pick

27th October 2017

Arcade Floor Clean

Final touches were made to the arcade floor yesterday and we are now clean!  It makes such a difference and all in time for Christmas!

26th October 2017

BAPTA Retail Launch

Westbourne Businesses attended the Retail Launch of the Bournemouth & Poole Tourism Awards last night hosted by Rosie Wallace the category sponsor from Marsham Court Hotel.  We were served beautiful canapés and wine and met retailers from across Bournemouth - we definitely have competition this year so get your entries in early to apply visit if you'd like help with your application contact the WBA 

23rd October 2017

Arcade Floor Cleaning

You may have noticed the arcade floor was cleaned on Sunday - unfortunately the machine  broke half way through so they will return to complete it.  We are so pleased with the result so far though.  Thank you to the Coastal BID for the funding to make improvements to our arcade.

18th October 2017

Bournemouth In Bloom Presentation

I was honoured to attend the Bournemouth in Bloom Presentation evening at The Hallmark Carlton Hotel, East Cliff on 18th October and see so many Westbourne business recognised for their floral participation in this years competition. Amongst the entries were Westbourne Conservative Club, Chez Fred, Drumconner Nursing Home, Dot Teas and many others including Westbourne Residents.

The photo above shows the Coastal BID team and WBA being recognised for our funding and hanging basket planting community project.  If you'd like to see all the photos you can visit 

23rd August 2017 

ITSB open new Central London office to expand coverage in the capital

IT Services and Solutions provider ITSB (IT Support Business Ltd) today announces the opening of its new central London offices in Farringdon, as part of its ongoing growth strategy.

With increasing demand for high quality IT support in central London ITSB see the move as a key step in continuing to offer the best in IT support and solutions for the capitals many SME business as it continues to grow.

Head of Operations at ITSB, Dan Warren adds, “IT is a key platform for many businesses and by repositioning our office from the outskirts of London into the heart of the city we can provide the rapid response service our clients demand”.

With a strong track record of supporting the IT requirements of London’s businesses from its inception this move comes in line with ITSB’s overall plans for growth of its London client base.

Lee Dredge, Chief Executive of ITSB says, “We are seeing increasing demand from businesses in the capital and by positioning ourselves on their doorstep we can service that demand with excellent response rates and customer service, making us the clear choice when choosing an IT partner for any business based in central London”.

11st August 2017

A Message from Tessa

Hello Westbourne Businesses,

Just wanted to let you all know I am off to a new life near Norwich to live in a Market Town called Bungay.
If you can,  pop in and have a cheeky one or just to say bye bye ... I will be in the Libertine from 5.30pm on Friday 18th August ( I leave for Suffolk on the Monday 21st).

It's been an interesting 10 years being involved with the WBA, and Lia has done a great job with just a small handful of committee members ... please keep up the momentum and support the WBA... or I will have to leg it back from Suffolk, to chase up all the outstanding memberships!

Wishing all of you the best going forward,
Tessa (a.k.a. Rotty!)


22nd June 2017

Re-planting of Ralph's Memorial

A huge thank you to Penny Slade from Westbourne in Bloom for planting up Ralph's memorial this afternoon.  Thank you to Marks & Spencer for providing the water too.

15th May 2017

Parking Problems in Westbourne has led to a drop in trade, says local businessman

12th May 2017

'Don't hand over money to the homeless', Police warn, as professional begging rises across Bournemouth

April 2017

Jazz By The Sea Festival

To read the latest Jazz By The Sea newsletter click on the green link below

Spring Newsletter - Jazz Festival.pdf

12th April 2017

Coastal BID Business Plan

The Coastal BID re-ballot begins on 2nd May, where businesses will receive their voting papers, choosing whether to vote YES or NO on whether the BID should be  renewed for another five year term. The ballot will close on 1st June and the results will be issued on 2nd June 2017.

The Coastal BID Business Plan outlines the proposals for the next five years (2017-22) To download the full document, click on the link below:

For our plan in Westbourne click here


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the WBA on

10th April 2017

Local Government Affairs Meeting

A few notes from the last LGA.

Chamber objectives from the new Bournemouth Chamber President Martin Davies:

  • Engage with members of the chamber that don't network
  • Utilise trade groups more effectively to represent businesses across the town
  • Getting both Town Centre BID and Coastal BID renewed
£8.5million development of Lansdowne

Work has been done by the Council to work with Ordnance Survey to map Bournemouth for its digital use, we are testing Bournemouth for 5G use.

Council are working together with Bournemouth University and Police to get businesses of all sizes to be more 'cyber safe' or 'cyber savvy'

There has been a reorganisation of the Council with heavily publicised loss of the CEO

From 1st September there will be a Vintage themed market/festival on a Sunday morning on Holdenhurst Road

Bournemouth Council have successfully obtained £2million from the Coastal Communities fund to develop the other side of pier approach which is due to start in September and be finished by next Easter

Yellow Buses are about to launch their summer plans.  They have spent quarter of a million on new double decker buses with lower emissions than the last lot of buses purchased.

6th April 2017

Sovereign Centre Easter Egg Appeal


The Sovereign shopping Centre is currently holding an Easter egg appeal In partnership with  Emilia Grace Rainbow fund to collect eggs for distribution at Local Hospitals over the Easter period.
Any eggs that you or your teams can donate would be greatly appreciated and may make a child in hospital over Easter a tiny bit happier.
All I can promise in return is your company mentioned in our Press release regarding the event.
Please drop any eggs you can donate at A-One Insurance, 94a Poole Road or the Management Suite or at The Works store in the Sovereign Centre  

22nd March 2017

Westbourne Neighbourhood Forum

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A warm welcome from Cllr Nick Rose and thank you to the Westbourne Library Team for providing the venue, tea and biscuits.

Win On Waste

We received a report from Monique Munroe from ‘Win on Waste’

Monique advised some of the items we put in our bins are needed by charities, playgroups, children’s centres and faith groups.

What do they use them for?  Fundraising or craft sessions.

There is a donation day Saturday 25th March in the Library

To contact Monique call 07771 70562 or email 

Recycling & Waste

Sarah Speakman-Jones from Bournemouth Council talked to us about recycling and waste in Westbourne.

If you have items you want to dispose of but don’t know how and think someone else may want them there is an online community called ‘Freecycle where you can advertise your free stuff for collection by other members of public.  If you use the link below it takes you to the local Bournemouth group

Rough Sleepers & Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)

Marks Hawkins and Peter Russell from the Bournemouth & Poole Rough Sleepers Team (BPRST) to talk about rough sleepers, begging and anti-social behaviour along with Officers from Safer Neighbourhood Team, Dorset Police.

BPRST are contracted to Bournemouth Council to provide the rough sleepers services although they are currently in the middle of a changeover or service provide to St Mungos who provide support, information and access to help for rough sleepers for more information on their services visit

BPRST are operating a twin track approach providing support in the first instance and then enforcement to those causing incidents of ASB with local Policing teams and agencies.

There are 150 supported beds paid for by Bournemouth Council available for homeless.

There is a homeless drop in every week day morning between 9am and 10am in St Stephen’s Church Hall.  There are also soup kitchens available every night some nights there are 2 or 3 available to rough sleepers.

50% of our rough sleepers have a local connection which means they are able to access support from Bournemouth Council.  The other 50% can gain help to return to their local area via train to access their local services

Bournemouth Council are housing 12 rough sleepers a month and returning 4 to their original locations

An annual street count of rough sleepers is conducted in Bournemouth and we saw a significant decrease against national trend which was a 30% increase

November 2015         47

November 2016         39

Only two of these people counted were the same as the previous year.


Begging is committing a criminal offence but it is difficult to deal with the offenders as they are usually in prison for a day only. It is important you report any ASB because local agencies and Police need to collect evidence to link together to make a case against these offenders. 

·         The order that can be applied for is an ‘ASBI’ (anti-social behaviour injunction) which can bar an offender from a location/area. 

·         This is a civil injunction. 

·         Police, agencies, the council can collect evidence and work with the ASB Team they then go before a County Court Judge to sign off the injunction which can contain a list of do’s and don’ts and can contain an area of exclusion. 

·         The document is then served on the person and is then live. 

·         The Police and other agencies are then made aware so they can collect further evidence of breaches. 

·         This can take a year to put into place.

People on the streets are entitled to claim benefits – very few can’t and some choose not to as they can make a more profitable income by begging.

Average mortality of a person living on the street is 47 years old.

It is not recommended to give food or money as you are financing a dangerous lifestyle – not all homeless people have addictions that they will fund with the money or donations you will give them but it does encourage them not take to proper help into a more healthy and housed life.

Common reasons you will be asked for money:

·         I just need money to be able to get into a night shelter’ there are no local night shelters that charge for access

·         I just need bus fare to get to the hospital’ if they engage with local support services they will have medical provision made

·         ‘I need money for my prescription’ if they person is in receipt of benefits they are likely to be exempt from prescription charges

We have a local trial where we have Enforcement Officers visiting Westbourne on a regular basis to challenge ASB and rough sleeping.

Although we do not encourage you to film or take pictures of ASB as this can put you personally at risk if you manage to get such evidence the Police will not seize your phone but will work with you to extract the evidence from your device.


There is a Shop Watch system in place in Westbourne where local businesses have radios they can contact each other on to warn of local nuisance people or shoplifters.

Local retailers with radios are:


Marks & Spencer



JoJo Meme Bebe

For more information on either subject or contact details please view the attached document.

Anti Social Behaviour and Rough sleeping.pdf

16th March 2017

#LoveBournemouthBunnies - Golden Easter Bunnies are on the run!

Bunnies Are Away! #LoveBournemouthBunnies Competition Launched  

Bournemouth’s coastal businesses have launched a prize filled Golden Easter Bunny competition

Uniting over Easter, the Coastal BID and Bournemouth’s coastal businesses have launched an exciting #LoveBournemouthBunnies competition. A fun and interactive activity, the competition aims to encourage more visitors and local people to explore Bournemouth’s unique coastal strip throughout the Easter period.

From now until the 18th April 2017, 10 Golden Bunnies are moving across different businesses within the coastal area. The Golden Bunnies are hopping over to another business every three days, highlighting the wide variety of seaside shops, hotels and restaurants enjoyed by visitors all year round.

To take part in the competition shoppers need to locate and take selfies with the Golden Bunnies. By checking into the business where the bunny is found on social media and uploading a ‘selfie’ using the hashtag #LoveBournemouthBunnies, shoppers will win a surprise gift in the hosting business. Everyone who takes a ‘selfie’ will also be entered into a main draw with the chance to win an exciting range of prizes, from afternoon tea, an overnight stay with breakfast for two, to dinner for two and a spa treatment in renowned Bournemouth Hotels.

Participants will need to watch out for clues on #LoveBournemouthBunnies social media pages. Tips and hints on bunny locations can also be found on associated business pages. So far, the full list of businesses includes:

·         Anglo-European College of Chiropractic

·         Aruba Bar & Restaurant

·         Better Gym

·         Bournecoast

·         Cafe Riva

·         Chaplins

·         Chester Pearce Funeral Service

·         Cliff House

·         Discount Health Store

·         EE

·         ETC International College

·         F Hinds

·         GA Payne & Son Ltd

·         Gallery 65 Ltd

·         Hallmark Hotel

·         Hallmark Hotel Carlton

·         Hallmark Hotel East Cliff

·         Harry Ramsdens

·         Highcliff Marriott Hotel

·         Hot Rocks

·         Hotel Collingwood

·         Hotel Miramar

·         Hotel Riviera

·         Just Shutters

·         Key West

·         Koh Thai Tapas

·         Life and Sole

·         Liston Hotel

·         Lloyds Pharmacy

·         Nellie Mimosa

·         Neptune Harvester

·         Oceana Hotels

·         Openwide International

·         Pavilion Dance South West

·         Peter Treble

·         Quarters

·         Renoufs

·         Sainsburys Local

·         Savoy Hotel

·         Shergold Motor Vehicle Repairs

·         Simone Thomas

·         Specsavers

·         The Bell

·         The Cumberland Hotel

·         The Garden Café

·         The Good Play Cafe

·         The Green House Hotel

·         The Wight Bear

·         Travel Rest

·         Tuckton Tea Gardens

·         Tudor Grange

·         Urban Beach Hotel

·         Urban Reef Restaurant

·         Vesuvio

·         Wessex Hotel

·         West Beach Restaurant

·         Westbourne Book Shop

Stefan Krause, Bournemouth Coastal BID Manager, enthused:

“Providing a family friendly activity, we will be bringing more people into the local area over Easter. With the #LoveBournemouthBunnies competition now in full swing, make sure you watch out for clues and hints on social media. Get exploring, find the Golden Bunnies and win some amazing prizes. Good luck!’’

For more information about #LoveBournemouthBunnies competition visit or connect via social media; Facebook (@bournemouthseasons) Twitter (@bmthseasons).

Lots of Westbourne businesses have signed up to host a bunny in their business but there is still time to take part - perhaps you can donate a prize or give away chocolate to those on the bunny trail in Westbourne - contact

9th March 2017

Bournemouth Tourism Awards - Westbourne Winners

A great night was had by all the Westbourne Finalists at the Bournemouth Tourism Awards 2017 held at the BIC on  9th March 2017 if you want to see all the photos visit the link below.

7th March 2017

Homeless and Antisocial Behaviour Enforcement

You may notice some of t he Town Enforcement Officers wandering around Westbourne in the coming weeks, I have spotted them today, due to our persistent whining they are trialling homeless and anti social behaviour enforcement here in Westbourne - their attendance will be random over the next three weeks otherwise our troublesome few will work out when they are here and will make themselves scarce but it is really important that during this time you flag up either to me by email , them by phone 01202 315962 or in person any incidents of antisocial behaviour, homelessness or begging you are subject or witness to please. 

If we don't collect this information they council will not continue enforcement in our area as they will not see that we have an issue. 

I think we can count their presence and recognition that we have a need here as a small success so I am pleased and I hope you will be too.

If you spot a homeless person and want to help them or are concerned you can give them a copy of this document so they can find food, support or resources and it also contains useful contact information for your own use.

Rough Sleepers Info.pdf

6th March 2017

Westbourne - Great British Spring Clean

Businesses, residents, churches, charities, associations and a care home took part in the Great British Spring Clean in Westbourne this weekend.

As a Community Group, Westbourne Business Association in partnership with Bournemouth in Bloom and Westbourne Rotary encouraged local businesses and residents to ‘do their bit’ to help clear up the litter that blights our streets, parks and beaches and take pride in Westbourne this last weekend.

Thursday 3rd March saw residents, staff and managers at Sunrise Senior Living take to their grounds with their litter pickers and tidy up their residential living space.

Friday 4th March Westbourne in Bloom Chairman Chris Colledge arranged for other members to turn out with the WBA, CBID and Cllr Rae Stollard to litter pick with students from St Michaels School at the Community Project on West Cliff Road.

Saturday 5th March residents, local businesses, Westbourne Rotary, Westbourne in Bloom members, local church goers, WBA representatives and staff from A-One Insurance litter picked the shopping area and surrounding car parks for an hour.  Business owners from Renoufs, COOK and The Libertine swept their premises and scrubbed their shop fronts to do their bit to keep Westbourne clean and prepare for our busy tourist season.  A special thank you to Chris Colledge for his support with this project and to Graeme from Marks &Spencer for the donation of sandwiches and refreshments to the volunteers.

The Great British Spring Clean; a campaign backed by Bournemouth Borough Council to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities in March 2017 with a view to it becoming an annual event helping to bring people together and clean up the country.

If you took part and I haven't mentioned you get in touch


21st February 2017

Launch of Digital Dorset for Westbourne

FREE TRAINING WORTH £10,000 has your business signed up for it yet. 

It's totally free and only takes 8 hours to achieve the certificate and will give you a really good basis to be knowledgeable about social media and website.  You can sign up your staff too if you want and offer it as an employee benefit you'd just need to give me their names and email addresses.

Offered by Digital Dorset, a Weymouth College initiative, the Digital Promotion for Business course is funded through the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency and delivered with SERCO in the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership Area - so it's totally free.
Course content includes:
  • units on social media 
  • how to maximise a company’s profile on social networking sites
  • writing digital promotional content that gets across the correct message to new and old customers 
  • how to use Search Engine Optimisation effectively to get your website found quicker by new customers on Google searches.
 Last year a Government report highlighted the fact 12.6 million adults in the UK lack basic digital skills, while 5.8 million have never used the internet at all. It also claimed the digital skills gap is costing the UK economy an estimated £63 billion a year in the lost potential for additional GDP.
The Level 2 NCFE accredited distance-learning course aims to meet the demand for digital media for businesses and is online so employees can complete the course at their own speed.

Email me so I can sign you up

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17th February 2017

The Finalists of the 2017 Bournemouth Tourism Awards have been REVEALED

The wait is finally over. The Bournemouth Tourism Awards can now reveal the finalists of the 2017 award categories.

Following on from the Semi-Finals held at Oasis Fun, Bournemouth, the judges which included trade professionals and sponsors, spent days deliberating which of the Semi-Finalists should make it through to the Finals and selecting the top businesses and individuals. The public votes have also been cast for the 4 voting categories: Bournemouth’s Best Breakfast, Rising Star, Bar Personality of the Year and The Afternoon Tea Award, which resulted in a record number of votes.

The 17 categories, which includes the brand new Green Initiative Award sponsored by Waste Management Facilities, celebrates those businesses and people who go out of their way to deliver a ‘green’ service or invention in the Tourism industry.

Said Jackie Phillipson from ROUTEpr and the BTAs, “These awards are only possible thanks to the support of the industry as well as the amazing support received from our sponsors and partners – it is important that we continue to celebrate and reward the hard-working industry professionals that contribute significantly to Bournemouth’s offering as a leading tourist destination in the UK.”

Des Simmons, Chair of the Bournemouth Tourism Management Board (BTMB) and Managing Director of Bournecoast Ltd said:  “This year it has been tougher than ever to choose the finalists and the winners for each category, most especially with the number of nominations and entries received.

There are so many amazing businesses within Bournemouth and the surrounding BH post code areas that contribute to the overall appeal of this great destination, making us one of the UKs key destinations. There is so much appeal from top class hotels and places to stay, great events many of which are free, eateries and bars offering something for every style, taste bud and budget, as well as world famous beach resorts, great locations, superb facilities, shopping destinations, unique attractions which result in thousands and thousands of visitors every year.

The role of the BTMB is to ensure we are offering visitors to the area a World Class Experience, and it is the people and businesses represented in the awards who allow that to happen.”

The final gala dinner event will be held at the BIC Bournemouth on the 9th March 2017. Tickets can be purchased here: . Even if you are not a finalist, the gala dinner evening promises to be a great event for networking with like-minded business professionals and will be a true celebration of the tourism industry in Bournemouth.


Bournemouth's Best Breakfast Award  The Bar Personality of the Year Award
Binnies Liam White - Cosy Club
C U Latte Ben Flewitt - Eden Bournemouth
English Rose Café Robert Haidau 
Fresh and Tasty Julezz Towers - Le Chic
The Hungry Wolf Café Tommo Quy - Captains Club
Bournemouth's Rising Star Award       The Afternoon Tea Award     
Sarah Ali Choudhury - Easy Curry  Derby Manor Hotel
Carl Draper - Waveslider Photography  Friedas Tea Room
Adam Lynk - Adam Lynk Photography  Green House Hotel
Oliver Newton - Hotel Miramar  Hotel Miramar
Tom Keeping - Keeping and Co  Ventana Grand Café - Cumberland Hotel
The Unsung Hero Award      The Creative Concept of the Year Award       
David and Jane Bailey  Business Events Bournemouth
Ian Goode  Coastal BID
Tim Seward  Conker Spirit
Jenni Wilkinson  Marvo Mysteries Escape Room Bournemouth 
Rosie Wallace  Science Zone
   Sustainable Food City
Best Retail Experience Award  
All Fired Up

The Education Award 

Attico Capital School of English
Fab Frocks Classroom in the Heart of Industry (CHI) Training 
Nellie Mimosa Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Bournemouth University
Westbourne Bookshop Hengistbury Head Outdoor Centre
  MLS International College
The Great Time Out Award  
Bournemouth 7s  The Large Hotel Award
Bournemouth Jazz Festival  Christchurch Harbour Hotel and Spa
Marvo Mysteries Escape Room Bournemouth  Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton
RockReef and the Pier Zip  Hilton Bournemouth
Oceanarium Bournemouth  Hotel Miramar
The Shake and Stir Vintage Festival  Marsham Court Hotel

The Small Hotel Award 

Bournemouth's Best Night Out Award      
Captains Club Hotel and Spa  1812 and Bar So
Cliff House Hotel  Canvas
Derby Manor Hotel  Chaplins and the Cellar Bar
The Grove Hotel  Coastal Comedy
The Lord Bute  Grosvenor Casino 
Number 9 Wimborne  Mai Tai Cocktail Bar
Transport Delivery Award Green Initiative Award     
Discover Dorset  BH Live
Dorset Cruises  Boscanova
Friedas Tea Bus  Hadland Green Foundation
More Bus – Purbeck Breezer  Marvo Mysteries Escape Room Bournemouth
Swanage Railway  RNLI Hub
Yellow Buses RATP Group  
  The Family Eating Experience Award     

The World Cuisine Award 

 Cosy Club Bournemouth
Chicken and Blues  Flirt Café 
Koh Thai Tapas  Key West Bar and Grill
Nativ  Koh Thai Tapas
Noodle Bar Bournemouth  Urban Reef Restaurant
Ojo Rojo  
 Turtle Bay Bournemouth  

The Specialist Dining Experience Award

Del Marcos  
Koh Thai Tapas  
Ojo Rojo 

The 2017 awards are brought to you in association with Bournemouth Tourism Management Board, Bournemouth English Book Centre, Bournemouth Town Centre BID, Wave 105, Berendsen, Comax UK, Bournemouth Daily Echo, Signature Catering Co., MediaWise, MMGroup, Waste Management Facilities, ROUTEpr, RT Promotions, Pothecary Gin, Department of Tourism and Hospitality Bournemouth University, Bournemouth and Poole College, Amica Live, Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce, and Templar Wines.

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