Published: June 30, 2022 | Updated: July 1, 2022

Biz Bites featuring: Burlington Arcade, Acuitus, Baboosh!, Coastal Comedy & Lighthouse Poole

Bournemouth’s Burlington Arcade which is being offered for sale with a guide price of £1.9m.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Well-known Bournemouth arcade comes up for auction

The Burlington retail arcade in Bournemouth is being offered for sale at a forthcoming Acuitus commercial property auction with a guide price of £1.9m.

Linking Old Christchurch Road with St Peter’s Road, the 20,890-sq ft property features a four-storey mixed-use building comprising retail and office accommodation with a 27-space basement carpark.

Occupiers include Card Factory and Esquires Coffee and the current gross annual rental income is £297,431.

Charlie Powter, Acuitus Investment Director, pictured left, said: “Small local shopping centres have been the focus of concerted buying in recent months with purchasers exploring alternative uses for these town centre assets.

“This property could benefit from future redevelopment for a variety of uses, subject to all necessary consents and current tenancies.

“Planning permission – now lapsed – was previously granted for a scheme to provide nine flats.”

The Acuitus auction is on July 12 at 1pm and will be broadcast via livestream on the Acuitus website with bidding online, by telephone and by proxy.

Further details can be found here.


One in seven chance of winning course fee back

Entrepreneurs booking a course designed to transform independent businesses into trailblazing brands could have their fee refunded in full.

Baboosh!, headed by Brand Director and Consultant Dani Nodwell, is gifting a place on its Baboosh! Group Brand Impact Journey.

The winner will receive 12 weeks of expert support building a captivating brand without charge.

The Brand Impact Journey – featured on Dorset Biz News in May – aims to “transform purposeful independent businesses into impactful brands, giving you all the knowledge and tools needed to truly connect and resonate with your audience”.

Seven places are available with one gifted the price of the course back in full.

Dani, pictured left, said she was looking for committed, independent, passion and purpose-led business entrepreneurs.

The course starts in July.

Dani said: “This would suit a business that is already generating revenue who wants to change things up, or an ambitious start-up who is serious about investing in their brand over the next 12 months and beyond and has the desire to go out there with impact.”

To be in with a chance to win, the first step is to book a complimentary discovery call by July 7.


“Magical experience” as outdoor show returns to Lighthouse Poole

Coastal Comedy again graces the outdoor stage in the Amphitheatre at Lighthouse Poole on Saturday, July 9, at 7.30pm.

Originally staged during the pandemic, the setting proved so good – and the shows so popular – that they are continuing this year.

The July 9 show consists of three acts and a host.

Musical act JennyBSide, winner of the Coastal Comedy Gong Show, and Mad Ron the Third Hardest Man in Uxbridge are on the bill together with headliner John Lynn.

He first caught the stand-up bug after a visit to a comedy club in Dublin and instantly made a splash in his native Ireland with his laid-back delivery and natural stage presence.

There will be an outdoor bar and food available.

Adrienne Coles, CEO of Coastal Comedy, pictured right, said: “After the success of a sold-out outdoor show last year at the Lighthouse everyone thought: why stop?

“It’s great to make use of the incredible space there.

“I love it as the sun drops, the lights come on and it’s a magical experience.”

Coastal Comedy won the Prestige Award for best Comedy Club in the south west this year.

The small independent business is run by Adrienne who is a comic herself with a passion for comedy.

She books the acts and promotes and hosts every show.

Advance tickets are £18 and £23 on the door (includes booking fee).