Focusing on the county’s creative offering and the established family businesses

Focusing on the county’s creative offering and the established family businesses

Family businesses play a large part in the local economy, as does the county’s creative industries. The Dorset Business Awards 2019 seeks to find the best of these two sectors.

Creative Impact, sponsored by Liz Lean PR and Digital Storm, recognises creative and impactful marketing campaigns that embrace any element of the marketing mix such as branding, promotions, digital, public relations, and more. Judges are looking for inspirational examples of marketing excellence and creative originality in any project undertaken within the last two years. 2018’s winner, Salad, excelled for their creativity and how the digital product extended into offline activity, delivering strong results for the client.

Liz Willingham, managing director at Liz Lean PR, commented: “The county has a strong creative offering with a dynamic community. It is therefore more important to us than ever to recognise and celebrate the diverse range of projects, campaigns and initiatives delivered by our colleagues in the creative sector. We really want this celebrated and acknowledged by seeing what businesses have to offer in terms of how they put their efforts out there, and what ROI they receive for their marketing efforts.”

Lesley Simmons, account director at Digital Storm, added: “We are really proud to be co-sponsoring the Creative Impact Award with Liz Lean PR. We are passionate about this award category because as a creative agency our job is to help businesses in the local area to market themselves more effectively. We are looking forward to seeing the entries.”

The PKF Francis Clark Family Business Award returns to the ceremony for this year’s Dorset Business Awards. This category is designed to recognise the success of family businesses that are innovative, adaptable and have a healthy culture in place. Hall and Woodhouse were honoured in 2018 for the company’s ethos of keeping the customer at the heart of the company, and the founder’s principles have remained within the company for almost 250 years.

James Robinson, partner at PKF Francis Clark, commented: “The Dorset Business Awards are our chance to celebrate family businesses of all shapes and sizes and what they contribute, not only to the Dorset community but also to the national and international economy. We are delighted to be able to again sponsor the Family Business of the Year Award. There have been some fabulous past winners with amazing stories to tell and we look forward with eager anticipation to this year’s entries.”

The Awards, supported by the Daily Echo and Wave 105, are now open and are free for everyone to enter. Entrants will need to complete and submit an entry via by Friday, August 2. Finalists will be invited to the Gala Dinner on Thursday, November 28 when the winners will be announced.

Stuart Dixon, head of marketing and communications at Dorset Chamber, added: “Both of these categories have been so popular, and hotly contested, each year. As a marketer myself, it’s always interesting to see what everyone else in the industry has been up to each year. Our Family Business Award is the perfect platform to showcase those businesses that have stood the test of time and passed their values down through generations, while adapting to the everyday challenges a business faces throughout its lifetime.”

For further information about the Awards or to purchase tickets for the Gala Dinner, please visit or contact the Dorset Chamber on 01202 714810. Tickets cost £90 + VAT per person, or £850 + VAT for a table of 10 (Dorset Chamber members), or cost £100 + VAT per person, or £950 + VAT for a table of 10 (non-Dorset Chamber members).

Getting active for #NationalWalkingMonth

Getting active for #NationalWalkingMonth

You may be aware that May was National Walking Month, an opportunity to take the stairs instead of the lift.

While there appears to be a hashtag for everything, National Walking Month encourages us all to add 20 minutes per day to our weekly recommendation of 150 minutes exercising. Walking provides many benefits to both your physical and mental health; it strengthens your heart, decreases your risk of heart disease and stroke, controls high blood pressure and can prevent dementia.

We’re very lucky where our office is based that we can pop over to the beach for a stroll at lunch, or walk around Poole Bay, but if there’s one thing we’ve learnt, it’s hard to get your ideal steps in each day!

During April we had an internal competition, inspired by Ouch Training Team’s Midday Mile campaign, and the fortunate timing of #NationalWalkingMonth meant we could challenge our clients to a bit of light-hearted competition.

Without further ado, what you’ve all been waiting for, here’s the leader board from the month.

  1. Duncan, Morgan Sindall, 615k
  2. Elissa, Russell-Cotes, 579k
  3. Andy, Waterside Holiday Group, 536k
  4. Sue, Humphries Kirk, 531k
  5. Toby, Morgan Sindall, 524k
  6. Rob, Paultons Park, 491k
  7. Rachel, Nuffield Health, 442.9k
  8. Lauren, Paultons Park, 442k
  9. Simon, Humphries Kirk, 438k
  10. Sarah, Nuffield Health, 429k
  11. Jane, Haskins Garden Centres, 404k
  12. Lorna, Humphries Kirk, 387k
  13. Katie, Superior, 332k
  14. Shona, Liz Lean PR, 298k
  15. Lisa, Dolphin Shopping Centre, 288k
  16. Fran, Humphries Kirk, 268k
  17. Amy, Nuffield Health, 262k
  18. Will, Dorset County Show, 240k
  19. Will, Liz Lean PR, 219.9k
  20. Liz, Liz Lean PR, 219.1k
  21. Emily, Liz Lean PR, 209k
  22. Leila, Liz Lean PR, 200k
  23. Belinda, Liz Lean PR, 191k
  24. Carol, Liz Lean PR, 185k
  25. Claire, Liz Lean PR, 183k
  26. Naomi, Weird Fish, 182k
  27. Nicole, Waterside Holiday Group, 180k
  28. Holly, Liz Lean PR, 161k
  29. Cat, Liz Lean PR, 158k
  30. Alice, Liz Lean PR, 147k

Studies show that a quick walk is just as effective as antidepressants in mild cases of depression, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety. So, for positive mental and physical health, walking’s an absolute must.

We’re all being mindful in the office to keep up the good work, and a few members of the team have commented on the positive effects they feel from being more conscious about it all. We hope that it’s also been a benefit to those who have taken part, and that we’ll all be more mobile in our day to day lives.


Thanks to Lauren at Paultons for providing a lovely picture of their gardens to accompany this post! 



Brewery Square’s hair salon welcomes celebrity hairdresser to its roster

Brewery Square’s hair salon welcomes celebrity hairdresser to its roster

Thomas J William, located in Dorchester’s Brewery Square, has added a new stylist to its team, celebrity hairdresser Daniel Jordan.

Daniel’s career began at John Frieda when he was 15, leading on to join Nicky Clarke at his Mayfair salon. Over the years he has worked with fashion muses, Hollywood A-Listers and more such as Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Ellie Goulding, Rachel Weisz, Jemima Khan, Jodie Kidd, Sophie Anderton and Yasmin Le Bon.

On his new adventure, Daniel commented: “My ethos is all about recognising the beauty in every woman, and capture the essence of unique, glamourous and soft, wearable hair. I pride myself on taking the time to identify what you like, or dislike, and tailor your hair to suit the best you.”

Josh Lawes & James O’Brien, directors at Thomas J William, added: “We’re so excited for Daniel to be joining the team as Creative Stylist. The TJW team are looking forward furthering their skills and knowledge with the experience of hairdressing that Daniel can share with them.”

Daniel has recently been integral to the boutique fashion haircare brand UNITE. As its European Artistic director, he presented to a global audience in San Diego, and headed up the team during the London woman and Men’s collections for Louis Vutton, Givenchy, Alexandra McQueen, Jimmy Choo, Richard James SS15 and AW15 collections.

He has also worked on TV as a resident on This Morning’s makeover segments, as well as Style Challenge and with the team on X Factor.

Charlotte Spracklen, centre manager at Brewery Square, added: “This is fantastic news for Brewery Square, as well as the team at Thomas J William. We hope that many will enjoy the treatments that Daniel has to offer, and we would like to wish him all the best.”

Daniel Jordan starts at Thomas J William on Wednesday, May 22, and appointments can be booked by visiting or by calling 01305 751752.

Volunteers required for Poole BID’s Big Clean

Volunteers required for Poole BID’s Big Clean

Poole’s Big Clean, operated by the Business Improvement District (BID), will return for its third year from Monday, May 13 until Friday, May 17, in a bid to tackle litter and clean up the area in time for the peak tourist season.

Volunteers are required to get involved with all activities from litter picking to dressing shop windows. Sessions will be hosted on the high street each day from 10am until 4pm, and volunteers can participate for as long as they are able to.

In 2018, 78 shop windows were cleaned, along with 62 store signs and clearing out 47 gutters. Four days of volunteer-led litter picking resulted in the collection of 39 bags of rubbish.

Justin Hundley-Appleton, Poole BID manager, commented: “Our Big Clean is a great chance to get involved in prepping the town for its busy summer season. We’d like to encourage our local businesses and levy payers to get involved along the way and take pride in our surroundings – perhaps encourage a team to come along for a lunchtime litter pick, or get involved with updating your window displays and having a spring clean of the interiors.”

Local organisation GoPladdle will be hosting the Big Harbour Clean-Up over the weekend of May 18 and 19, following the BID’s Big Clean. Volunteers are encouraged to get out on the water and clean up the harbour, diving teams will also be clearing the bottom of the harbour and those with watercraft will be encouraged to focus on the harder to reach areas of the coastline.

Rosie and Jake, founders of GoPladdle, added: “Poole Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world, and provides important habitat for a multitude of wildlife, including native and migrating birds. In recent years, awareness of plastic pollution has increased, and unfortunately, so has the scale of the problem. Every day the UK gets through over 38million plastic bottles and around 8million pieces of plastic end up in our oceans every day.”

Anyone interested in participating should contact or call 01202 308800 for more details.

Mighty Adventures to open new adventure golf course in Hedge End this May

Mighty Adventures to open new adventure golf course in Hedge End this May

Mighty Adventures is opening its new adventure golf course, Viking Valley, in Hedge End, Southampton on Saturday, May 18.

The new course, based in Hedge End Golf Centre, will create seven new jobs in the area as part of a £1million investment into the facility.

Set in a mythical land of sea monsters, shipwrecks and including three water features and moving, life-sized dinosaurs, Viking Valley covers 2,700 square meters and offers 18 holes of adventure golf. Mighty Adventures offers immersive experiences for families and this course has been adapted from the children’s story ‘The Mighty Claws Follow a Monster’, written by Nat Luurtsema.

Allan Saud, executive director of Mighty Adventures, commented: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone to the new Viking Valley at Hedge End Golf Centre. The team have done a fantastic job of creating an exciting adventure for everyone to take part in, and we’re sure that this course will appeal to all ages.”

The course opens to everyone at 1pm, and visitors will receive 50 per cent discount on tickets during the opening day.

Mighty Adventures’ investment into Hedge End Golf Centre also includes extending the car park to create 40 additional spaces and improve the café with a new menu and updated facilities.

Visit for further information about Mighty Adventures.