Published: March 2, 2022 | Updated: March 3, 2022

Biz Bites: Poole Quay Boat Haven, OnBuy, Zoe Nichols, not only pink and blue & Ducky Zebra

Poole Quay Boat Haven marina.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Poole Quay Boat Haven taking Ukraine aid donations

Businesses and residents who are looking to send aid to displaced Ukrainians are able to make donations at Poole Quay Boat Haven.

The facility is being used as a drop-off point for supplies including blankets, sleeping bags, bedding and clothes.

The initiative is being led by Food Plus, a Polish supermarket in Boscombe, and The Prince of Wales School in Dorchester.

Items will be shipped out this Friday to help support those most affected.

Donations are being accepted at the Poole Quay Boat Haven marina office up to 5:30pm on Thursday, March 3.

Kerrie Gray, Marina Manager, pictured, said: “We’ve all seen the devastating scenes in the Ukraine, so are keen to rally round with support from the local community and help as much as we can.

“All items donated will be gratefully received, and we will ensure they receive safe passage to the Ukraine and help those most in need.”

The full list of items that can be donated are:

  • Blankets, pillows, bed linen, sleeping bags and mats
  • Thermal clothing, tents and blankets
  • Raincoats and underwear
  • Instant food, canned food and energy bars
  • Thermoses
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste and hairbrushes
  • Nappies and instant milk for babies
  • Torches and batteries
  • Wipes and dry sanitary products

Poole Quay Boat Haven is located at Poole Quay, BH15 1HJ.


OnBuy features in FT 1000 list of Europe’s fastest-growing companies

OnBuy, the Bournemouth-based eCommerce marketplace, has made the Financial Times 1000.

The list is a compilation of Europe’s fastest-growing companies with businesses ranked by revenue growth.

Recording a 479 per cent increase in revenue growth between 2017 and 2020 secured OnBuy’s 331 spot.

The listing tops off a successful 12 months for OnBuy which has seen product listings hit more than 36 million.

Cas Paton, CEO and Founder of OnBuy, pictured left, said: “Being listed in the FT1000 is a huge achievement for OnBuy and I am incredibly proud of the whole team.

“We’re growing rapidly and I am excited to see what this year holds for us.”


Lash Lessons tops Amazon bestseller lists

Bournemouth author Zoe Nichols has seen her book, Lash Lessons, hit the bestseller lists on Amazon.

It made #1  in the Small Business and Health & Safety categories and #3 in the Health & Beauty list.

When Zoe signed up for lash extension classes in 2007, little did she realise that it would be the start of a lifelong beauty journey.

In Lash Lessons, she shares her essential, practical tips, to help people succeed in the world of eyelash extensions.

The book explores exactly why beauty treatments are so important to society, how therapists can make a genuine difference to their clients, and how – as a professional lash artist – a person can learn and grow from their mistakes.

It highlights the pitfalls, joys, and benefits of working in one of the UK’s biggest sectors.

Zoe, pictured, is a successful mobile lash and beauty business owner, lash trainer, and single mother.

She started her career at Basingstoke College of Technology before moving to the London College of Fashion and then working as a freelance makeup artist.

After ten years running her own salon, she became the UK Head Trainer for NovaLash, where she teaches both classic and volume lashes, nationally and overseas.

  • Lash Lessons: The Best Mistakes I Made in My Eyelash Extension Career by Zoe Nichols can be bought online by clicking here.


not only pink and blue committed to Breaking the Bias

not only pink and blue, the Dorset-based directory of shops where purchases can be made without stereotypes, is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, March 3.

Held in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, it will explore how small changes in habits can help create a more equal world for future generations.

The online event will explore if the pink, blue divide is such a problem and why girls are often drawn towards dolls and prams, while boys tend to like trucks and cars.

Co-hosted with unisex clothing brand, Ducky Zebra, questions to be tackled include:

  • Is there an unconscious bias in the high street?
  • Can books, toys and clothes really influence our kids?
  • How are the roles of mums and dads perceived?
  • Are kids aware of the stereotypes around them?
  • And how are early years settings tackling gender bias?

The event will run from 12 noon to 1.30pm, and will be joined by expert speakers from Lifting Limits, Let Toys Be Toys, Power Thoughts, Butterfly Books and DaddiLife.

It’s suitable for parents, carers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, workers in early years and anyone who is interested in how gender stereotypes can be challenged.

Clare Willetts, Founder of not only pink and blue, pictured, said: “Is a jumper with a teeth-baring dinosaur with ‘Adventurer’ such a problem?

“Does a pink top with the slogan ‘smile’ really matter?

“Perhaps if these aren’t the predominant messages to children.

“But these gender stereotypes are all too common across the high street.

“Unfortunately, gender stereotypes can limit children’s opportunities and futures.

“The good news is we can change this.

“Small changes in our language and buying habits can help remove these stereotypes, opening up more opportunities for our kids.”

To find out more about the event and book a free ticket click here.