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Published: February 14, 2022 | Updated: February 14, 2022

Biz Bites: Hendy Group, Sandpolo, Blackmore, Homelessness Partnership for BCP and DCF

Hendy is the sole distributor of MOKE in the UK.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Hendy Group to showcase MOKE and Land Rover at Sandpolo

Hendy Group is getting beach ready for the summer as the company confirms it will be the car partner for Sandpolo in July.

The two-day event is the world’s largest beach polo event and attracts thousands of spectators.

As part of the partnership Hendy will be showcasing cars from the Land Rover and MOKE ranges at the event.

Mark Busby, Hendy’s Commercial Director, pictured left, said the company was looking forward to being involved in such a high-profile event in the heart of the area in which it operates.

It also aligned perfectly with its Land Rover and MOKE brands.

He said: “Hendy is the sole distributor of MOKE in the UK and with our Poole showroom nearby this event is ideal to showcase the brand which was relaunched here in 2020.

“The MOKE is such a fun vehicle – it will be right at home at Sandpolo.

“The two-day event at Sandbanks will also provide us with a great backdrop for our Land Rover brand.

“The event’s high energy format is a perfect match for the ever-popular Land Rover range.”

Johnny Wheeler, from Sandpolo, said he was thrilled to have Hendy on board as a partner.

He said: “By nature, Sandpolo guests are fun-filled and adventurous, with an eye for best-in-class quality.

“As such, we couldn’t think of more fitting brands than Land Rover and MOKE to showcase at the event.”

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Printer takes on three new apprentices

Shaftesbury-based printer, Blackmore, has taken on three new apprentices.

They are Michael Cobb, Apprentice Machine Manager; Bailey Medlen, Apprentice Bindery Operator and Mateusz Sapko, Apprentice Pre/Press Digital Operator, pictured with Simon West, Commercial Director.

Blackmore now employs more than 60 staff across its Shaftesbury and Reading sites, including the three new apprentices and two members of staff who completed their apprenticeships in 2018.

The company’s new apprenticeship roles span at least 24 months each.

The apprentices spend 20 per cent of their time over the course of the apprenticeship on off-the-job training, which takes place during normal working hours.

It is provided by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), of which Blackmore is a member.

Although starting their career at Blackmore as an apprentice, they are taken on as permanent members of staff.

Carol Wright, Blackmore’s Compliance Administrator, said “According to the BPIF, the average age of the UK print workforce is 43 years old.

“It’s essential for us to recruit young employees to lead us forward into the future.”

Andrew Robbins, Managing Director, pictured left. added: “Over the course of the next two years or so, they will learn new skills, or enhance existing ones, so that they become highly trained in their specific areas.

“This not only helps with their own self development, but also adds to our in-house expertise, so we can continue to provide our growing roster of customers with a trusted, high level of service.”

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Report highlights impact of £10,000 Change For Good cash

More than 140 rough sleepers, people battling addiction or mental health issues and those at risk of losing their homes have been supported through £10,000 of grants awarded through the Change For Good campaign.

The campaign is run by the Homelessness Partnership for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole – made up of community groups and charities, businesses and public sector organisations, such as BCP Council, and supported by Dorset Community Foundation

Grants are awarded by the community foundation, which has just published a report into the impact of £10,250 worth of grants made over the past two years to 20 charities in the partnership.

Bournemouth Christians Alongside Rough Sleepers received a Change For Good grant.

Grant recipients have reported back on their work, which has included connecting 19 beneficiaries who are rough sleeping or in emergency accommodation with housing workers and helping them find somewhere more permanent to stay.

A total of 48 people dealing with addiction issues and either rough sleeping or in supported accommodation received help to increase the likelihood of remaining abstinent, with housing support where needed leading to temporary or supported accommodation.

Another 56 people living in temporary housing or supported accommodation were supported with mental health issues so that they could stay where they were living, build confidence, begin work, and move to independent housing.

Grant Robson, pictured left, Director, Dorset Community Foundation, said: “We are proud to be part of this partnership and delighted to see the impact being made by the brilliant groups it has been funding.

“There is no doubt the current cost of living crisis will drive more people into poverty and put more at risk of homelessness so it is more important than ever to support this campaign.”

  • The Change For Good impact report can be read here.