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Taste of the West Awards 2018: West Country Food & Drink Champions announced.

Taste of the West awards 2018 champions announced

The overall winners of this year's Taste of the West Awards were announced at a prestigious ceremony held in The Great Hall at Exeter University, attracting an audience of over 400 fanatic foodies. With the help of BBC television presenter Victoria Graham, a staggering 42 awards were given out to 38 South West food & drink businesses.

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Vice-Chairman of British Plastics Federation is keynote speaker at region’s expo

Vice-Chairman of British Plastics Federation is keynote speaker at region's expo

"Effective environmental management and social responsibility form the basis of a robust strategy from which to run every organisation today," says Lynda Daniels, Director of Dorset-based The Southern Sustainability Partnership. "As well as attracting and retaining the best customers and most talented and motivated staff, it helps ensure operations meet - and even exceed the financial, regulatory and stakeholder expectations of a brand."

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Mark Painter (Bournemouth University) Mark James (Property Director of HW) Andy Thompson (HW) Sarah Uzzell (Dorset LEP) and Bernard Uzzell

Celebrating The Grasshopper's £1.8million refurbishment

The Grasshopper public house in Bournemouth Road, Poole, held an exclusive event to celebrate its £1.8million makeover, as part of an ongoing programme of re-investment into the estate. Hall & Woodhouse, which owns the pub, invited local councillors and dignitaries from Bournemouth and Poole to see first-hand the new characterful features which make The Grasshopper both welcoming and unique.

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TC BID Quarters Groups (L-R Ally Tansewell Paul Kinvig Rod Cake)

The BID to improve Bournemouth's town centre

Created to help fight retail challenges, ensure the future success of local businesses and improve each individual area, the Bournemouth Town Centre BID has been setting up new business quarters. Home to unique areas, each with their own character and appeal, the Bournemouth Town Centre BID has facilitated the start-up of new business 'Quarter' groups for Bournemouth's town centre.

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GSW meeting with MPs

Great South West set to rival Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine

A campaign to highlight the South West's economic potential and make the case for Government investment on a par with other UK regions has been launched at Westminster. An alliance of business leaders, local authorities and higher education chiefs formally launched its Great South West vision that aims to put the South West on the UK economic map, to Parliament. The delegation from the Dorset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and Heart of the South West LEPs (Local Enterprise Partnerships) were in London to promote the South West's economic development ambitions. They are calling on the government to give their vision for growth the same high-profile backing as other initiatives like the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine.

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From left, Digital Storm owners Damion Hazael, Lesley Simmons and Paul Andrews.

Riders on the Digital Storm

A digital agency in Dorset which has helped more than 350 businesses and organisations grow their brands has got its 15th anniversary off to a flying start. Digital Storm - founded by three people working from home in 2003 - has been awarded 20 projects across the county and the wider region as it celebrates the trading milestone.

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The Connaught Hotel & Bluewater Spa Team

New look and product Launch for spa

Bluewater Spa celebrated its exciting new look and partnership with British lifestyle brand Temple Spa at a VIP launch event on 12th September. Bluewater Spa is part of The Connaught Hotel, a stylish 4-star luxury escape located in West Cliff, Bournemouth. More than 200 esteemed guests attended the occasion including journalists, bloggers, and local business professionals from the Dorset region.

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Taco Bell opens at Tower Park

Taco Bell opens at Tower Park

Mexican-inspired restaurant, Taco Bell, has expanded its Dorset portfolio with the opening of its second restaurant in the Poole area at Tower Park. Fans of the Taco Bell offering will be able to dine out in the 19 seat restaurant and experience the classic menu enjoyed by people in stores around the UK.

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Simon Fisher Coleman Financial Services Andy Morris Unum Andrew Glanvile PAS Financial Planning Gary Payne PAS Financial Planning

Making a difference with charity golf day

Stackhouse Poland employees hosted their annual Charity Golf Day. In the last 15 years these golf days have raised in excess of £60,000 for local charities. This year's event took place at Remedy Oak Golf Club, raising funds for the 'Macmillan Caring Locally' charity which is a specialist palliative care unit at Christchurch Hospital and recognised as a centre of excellence for palliative care.

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BOFA's GoldSEAL innovation

BOFA International, global leaders in fume and dust extraction systems, has launched upgraded technology that makes it easier for the jewellery industry to recover precious metals that might otherwise go to waste.

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Inaugural regatta attracts hundreds of competitors

Hundreds of businesspeople from Hampshire and further afield are set to take part in a brand-new sailing regatta next week (September 17, 18 and 19). Earlier this year announced the launch of a new regatta to run alongside the city's boat show. The event was set up with the mission of getting more people out on the water and engaging with the sport of sailing.

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Vectis Ventures plans expansion

Vectis Ventures, the company behind Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill Country Park, has appointed the accountancy, investment management and tax group as part of its expansion strategy. Based in the IOW and founded in 1843, Vectis Ventures has enlisted the audit and tax services of the South Coast office of Smith & Williamson.

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