Published: April 4, 2022 | Updated: May 11, 2022

Biz Bites: Dorset Growth Hub, The Pig Hotels, KSL Capital Partners, Coles Miller & Goadsby

Speakers at the Dorset Growth Hub summit include (l-r) Heidi Roper, Anthony Woodhouse and Selina White.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

New ideas, new perspectives and a new level of energy

A summit hosted by Dorset Growth Hub is aiming for every attendee to leave with new ideas, new perspectives and a new level of energy.

The free half-day People and Skills Summit is on Wednesday April 27 at Kingston Maurward College.

Speakers include Anthony Woodhouse, Chairman of Hall & Woodhouse; Selina White, Chief Executive, Magna Housing, and Heidi Roper, Director, ViewHR.

Round-the-world sailor Emma Westmacott is the keynote speaker.

The agenda includes TED Talks-style thought leadership sessions, group discussions and special workshops.

Nick Gregory, pictured left, Operations Director, Dorset Growth Hub, said: “Our goal for this event is to not only inspire business leaders to think innovatively and responsibly about their people supply chain.

“It’s also to encourage attendees to drive positive change post-event by taking part in a business-led taskforce, addressing the perceived issue of a skills shortage and productivity deficit in Dorset.

“I’m delighted that we are able to host this event, with high-calibre speakers and, of course, meeting Dorset’s top business leaders in person once again.”

The event is aimed at Dorset businesses employing over 20 people.

More information can be found here.

The event is supported by Dorset Council.


KSL Capital Partners invests in The Pig Hotels

An affiliate of the specialist travel and leisure private equity firm KSL Capital Partners has acquired the parent company of The Pig Hotels in partnership with its Co-founder, Robin Hutson.

Robin will continue as Chairman of the company and will retain a stake in the business.

Tom Ross, previously Group Operations Director, has taken on the role of Managing Director.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2011, The Pig Hotels are a collection of eight award-winning rural boutique hotels with restaurants built on a commitment to environmental sustainability.

They include The Pig on the Beach at Studland, pictured.

Each of the properties is located in the countryside throughout southern England and features homegrown food in a relaxed setting.

What cannot be grown on site is primarily sourced from within 25 miles of each Pig location.

Tina Yu, Principal, KSL Capital Partners, said: “Having been admirers of what Robin has built over the last decade, we could not be more excited to work hand-in-hand with him and the entire team, and to help continue the growth of The Pig.

“The team at The Pig has created something truly unique and exceptional: hotels set in the English countryside which are dedicated to providing genuine hospitality and are at the forefront of environmental responsibility.

“We look forward to being part of this journey and supporting the management team.”

Robin, pictured left, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for us all at The Pig to focus on the future with an experienced team specialising in hospitality.

“KSL invests in some of the most iconic and well-known hotels in the world and has had great success preserving what makes each asset unique.

“The investment will allow us to continue to grow and expand our collection, while offering our guests the same home away from home quality they expect at each of our hotels,”


Charity solicitors Coles Miller help Little Lady Locks to launch

Girls with alopecia are getting help to cope with hair loss thanks to a new charity launched with the assistance of Coles Miller Solicitors.

Hair salon owner Ashley Higgins founded Little Lady Locks after being approached by a mother whose daughter was suffering from alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss.

It prompted Ashley to speak with other lady clients affected by the condition.

She said: “I soon realised that nine out of ten who suffer from hair loss have been left to deal with it on their own.

“As adults, sometimes we cope better with things like this – but how would young children feel?”

Ashley took a course in hair integration and her charity, based in Manchester, provides hair systems and other hair pieces to under-18s with alopecia or other hair-loss conditions.

Charlotte Lilley, pictured left, a solicitor with Dorset-based Coles Miller, helped Little Lady Locks to become a registered charity.

Although a commercial property solicitor, her work also includes the specialist legal knowledge needed for charity incorporation.

She is also a Trustee of the Forest Holme hospice in Poole.

Charlotte’s work for Little Lady Locks included:

  • drafting its constitution
  • drafting and submitting the charity registration application form
  • dealing with enquiries from the Charity Commission
  • drafting the charity’s minutes and supporting paperwork.

She said: “We were delighted to be able to help Little Lady Locks so Ashley and her team can continue their wonderful work.”


Goadsby appointed to manage Westover Retail Park

Goadsby has been appointed to manage Westover Retail Park in Castle Lane West, Bournemouth, on behalf of a national property company.

It won the instruction following a tendering exercise just prior to its client’s acquisition.

Adrian Carter, Director of Goadsby’s Property Management department, said: “Since our appointment we have been able to obtain a number of savings on the service charge costs, not by reducing services but by obtaining prices from reliable local contractors.

“These savings have resulted in a reduction of the service charge budget by 60 per cent in comparison to what the previous agent was charging the tenants.

“To achieve significant efficiency savings like this against a backdrop of high inflation figures is naturally very pleasing.”