Published: April 20, 2022 | Updated: April 21, 2022

Biz Bites with BH10 & 11 Business Association, Festival of Employability, Moonie and Barker

BH10 & 11 Business Association (Top left to right): Mike Edwards, Bob Wright, Cllr Duane Farr. Bottom left to right: Lesley Edwards, Mandy Polkey, Debbie Corbin, Donna Lemon. Picture: DK Photography.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Business association on a mission to boost Kinson after £34k grant

Recently-launched BH10 & 11 Business Association has been given a £34,000 boost as part of BCP Council’s plan for post-pandemic recovery.

The association, previously known as Kinson Business Forum, features  several prominent members of the local business community.

It’s now on a mission to raise the profile of Kinson by boosting businesses, increasing footfall and creating a community feeling through a series of local events.  

With a grant from the government’s Additional Recovery Grant 4 scheme, the association plans to beautify the area and host several community events, including a jubilee celebration, Home-Start heritage walk, and a farmers market.  

Bob Wright, Chair of the BH10 & 11 Business Association and Owner of Poppies Florist, said: “I am delighted that North Bournemouth has been gifted these funds and that the area can look forward to an exciting 2022.

“This gives us a fabulous opportunity to showcase all that is good in this area from a history, heritage, cultural and community point of view.

“Kinson and North Bournemouth are areas where growth is happening and there can be more with this kind of support.”

As well as boosting the local area and creating a social calendar of events, the association is planning to provide regular support for local businesses.

Monthly meetings will be held where business owners can share their ideas, discuss opportunities and tackle challenges together.

The association will also act as a shared voice for the local community, representing the area at BCP Council meetings and speaking on behalf of Kinson and nearby neighbourhoods. 

  • To find out more about the group and the plans for Kinson, visit 


Last few exhibitor stands available at college employer fairs

Bournemouth & Poole College is seeking to fill the last remaining exhibitor stands at two employer fairs which form part of its Festival of Employability.

By taking part you’ll join a roll call of some of the area’s best-known employers.

The first employer fair is on Wednesday May 4 at the North Road (BH14) campus.

The fair is aimed at students studying Construction and Engineering, Creative Industries (art, performing arts, media), Applied Science, Health & Social Care, and Childcare.

It’s open to students and staff from 2pm to 5pm.

A week later, on Wednesday May 11, at the Lansdowne Campus the second fair is for students studying Service Industries (catering, hospitality, beauty, hair), Business, Finance, Digital & Computing and Travel & Tourism.

It’s also open to students and staff from 2pm until 5pm.

Employers keen to engage and inspire students should contact Pippa Allner, Personal Development Manager, and her team at for more details.


Moonie shortlisted for StartUp Awards National Series

Dorset-based Moonie is among the entries shortlisted in a new awards programme.

The StartUp Awards National Series has been launched to recognise the booming startup scene across the nation which has accelerated since the pandemic began.

In 2020, when most of the world was shutting down, more than 400,000 startups were launched in the UK with similar increases seen in other European countries.

More than 2,500 applications were received in response to the Startup Awards National Series’ first-ever call for entries.

Moonie is a finalist in the Green Startup category.

Kia Brooker, pictured, who co-founded Moonie with her mum, Karen Weston, said: “In just 18 months, we have become an established sustainable business manufacturing eco-friendly products here in Dorset.

“We now have over 95 stockists, an ever-growing range of sustainable offerings and have saved over two million single-use makeup-wipes from landfill.

“Having just had our busiest month to date, we couldn’t be happier to have been selected.

“Moonie was created when we both became unemployed during the pandemic.

“As a family, we’ve always been focused on sustainability and it’s wonderful to see such a demand for low-waste items from consumers.

“We are on a mission to make eco-friendly products more affordable, accessible and attainable.

“We believe that sustainable options shouldn’t cost the earth.”

Supported nationally by BT, EY, Dell & Intel, the finals of the StartUp Awards National Series take place in June.


New retail manager joins award-winning Barker

Stuart Barker has joined Barker as its new Retail Manager with responsibility for the company’s four laundry and dry-cleaning stores across Dorset.

He has a diverse level of experience within the sector, having entered the industry at the age of 15.

Stuart, pictured, worked in the Midlands, Yorkshire and Central London, before relocating to Dorset some 20 years ago.

Barker MD Matthew Barker said: “We are delighted to welcome Stuart on board.

“We have lots of upcoming plans within the business over the coming months and Stuart will be a much-valued member of the team.”

Stuart said: “I’m really looking forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead.

“We’re currently working on several projects and seeking to maximise the efficiency of the business.

“I am enjoying working with such a great team and ensuring that our branches continue to deliver the outstanding customer service that Barker is known for.”

Barker is the largest domestic laundry in the UK and an award-winning specialist dry cleaner.