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Biz Briefs: DMB Tourism Awards, Wimborne BID, #BusinessSOS and Goadsby Commercial

Tourism awards semi-finals postponed as a sign of respect

The DMB Tourism Awards semi-finals for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have been postponed as a mark of respect to the Queen.

The event was due to take place at Hoburne Park Christchurch today.

Craig Mathie

In a joint statement, Craig Mathie, Chairman of the Destination Management Board, and David Bailey, Chairman of the Judges, said: “It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen on Thursday 8th September.

“As a mark of respect, and after careful consideration, we have made the decision to postpone the semi-finalist event scheduled for Tuesday, September 13.

“The event has been planned as a celebration of tourism and during a time of national mourning we do not believe it would be appropriate for it to take place in the format planned.

“Rather than trying to completely change the format at such short notice, which would undermine the reason for celebrating the event, we believe the right decision is to postpone until after the official mourning period and Her Majesty’s funeral. . .

David Bailey

“We can confirm that the new date for the 2022 DMB Tourism Awards Semi-Finals will be Thursday 29th September at Hoburne Park Christchurch from 7pm.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Tim Seward, who organizes the Tourism Awards events on behalf of the Board, for all his hard work and commitment to the awards.

“We appreciate that this postponement is not ideal from an organizational point of view but it is an unprecedented situation.”

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Wimborne BID supports the #BusinessSOS campaign

A new campaign – #BusinessSOS – has won support from the Wimborne Business Improvement District (BID).

It was founded by organizations representing more than 150,000 retail, leisure, hospitality and tourism businesses.

They warn that the damage caused by the spiraling energy crisis is replacing the pandemic with the potential to cause irreversible damage to UK high streets and the economy.

The campaign believes mass closures and layoffs are inevitable unless the government quickly implements measures that ease the critical pressures businesses, like households, have faced since April.

The #BusinessSOS three-point plan to support struggling businesses is:

Reduce VAT

  • Overall rate reduced from 20% to 12.5%
  • Reduced business energy bills from 20% to 5% to match national billing

Business rate relief

  • 100% rate relief until March 31, 2023

Reduction of energy tariffs

  • A reduced price per kWh on all business energy bills

Fiona Harwood, pictured left, Chair of Wimborne BID, said: “Our businesses have been through so much over the last few years, and they have no recourse left.

“Without immediate government support, we will see many viable businesses shut down.

“That’s why Wimborne BID supports the Business SOS campaign on behalf of our businesses.”

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Successful transactions reported by Goadsby Commercial

Goadsby Commercial’s latest offerings include:

  • The sale of 3 Trinity, 161 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth to Kemp Recruitment.

The building, which spans approximately 3,500 square feet, is part of a development of eight purpose-built freestanding offices overlooking Old Christchurch Road with parking to the rear in a gated car park.

The bid price was £500,000.

Kemp Recruitment intends to extensively renovate the building to create a high quality working environment for its staff and clients.

Goadsby acted for a private client.

  • Lease of 1 Axis 31, Woolsbridge Industrial Estate, Three Legged Cross, to New Forest Clothing Co Ltd.

The premises include a new 11,270 square foot detached factory/warehouse with 36 parking spaces.

The eave height is 8m and the unit is located at the entrance to the new 26 acre business park and prominence on busy Ringwood Road.

The ground floor is 10,032 square feet and there are 1,238 square feet of office space on the first floor.

Listing rent was £115,000 per annum exclusive and New Forest Clothing signed a ten year lease.

Chris Wilson, pictured left, Director of Goadsby Commercial, said: “We were confident there would be good demand for such a prestigious building.

“An off-market rental was agreed at a very early stage when only the steel frame had been erected.

“There are still a number of lands available on Axis 31 which can offer high rise warehouse/industrial design and build solutions of 10,000-50,000 sq ft at a rental reflecting £10.50/ 10.75 per square foot.

Goadsby acted on behalf of Woolsbridge Estates LLP.

  • Rental unit G2 The Fulcrum, Poole.

Unit G2 is industrial/warehouse space with 6.4m eaves, open ground floor warehouse/workshop with first floor mezzanine, electric roller shutter door, washroom for men and women, a kitchenette and assigned parking.

The premises are approximately 5,443 square feet and the rent offered was £39,950 per year exclusive.

Joshua Adamson, pictured left, of Goadsby Business Space, said: ‘We were delighted to have secured a rental with Eco Safe Heating Ltd who were actively seeking larger premises in the Poole area.

Goadsby Commercial acted on behalf of a long-time client.

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