Published: June 15, 2020 | Updated: June 15, 2020

Biz News round-up: Saffery Champness, Utility Point, Sunseeker International, Poole Town FC

Jamie Lane, Saffery Champness (left) with Simon Yarwood (centre) and Ben Bolt, Utility Point, pictured at the Utility Point Academy for Energy & Broadband.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Saffery Champness win Utility Point as a client

Utility Point has appointed the Bournemouth office of Saffery Champness LLP to handle all aspects of its audit, accounting and taxation affairs and help the business through its next growth phase.

The Poole-based business provides domestic gas and electricity to more than 150,000 households across the UK.

It has achieved significant levels of year on year growth.

Jamie Lane, Partner, Saffery Champness, said: “With a key focus on high growth entrepreneurial businesses, we are pleased to be partnering with the owners of Utility Point, Ben Bolt and Simon Yarwood, to work with them on the next stage in their exciting journey.

“The company is not only growing its customer base at a high rate, but also continues to grow as a key employer in Poole.

“Ben and Simon are incredibly entrepreneurial and I believe that the high quality service and proactive approach to client care were key drivers of the decision to move to Safferys.”

Simon Yarwood, who co-founded Utility Point with Ben in 2018 and is Chief Financial Officer, said: “It is great for the business to be working with Saffery Champness, who undoubtedly have the skills and expertise to work alongside the management team at Utility Point.

“I look forward to working closely with Jamie and the team as we embark upon our next exciting phase of growth”


New hands on top deck at Sunseeker International

Sunseeker International has announced changes to its Executive Management Team.

Jason Stewart,  Director of Commercial Finance, and Dean Lawler, Director of Controlling and FPA, will now join the Executive Committee.

Jason has worked at Sunseeker for ten years in senior roles predominantly within the finance function but also covering areas such as Customer Services Director and Director of IT.

Dean has worked with Sunseeker for five years, originally as Head of Commercial Finance before taking the role as Director of Controlling and FPA.

Prior to joining Sunseeker, he had over 12 years’ experience working in senior finance roles.

Mike Wheeler who has been a non-executive director since 2015 will have oversight of the finance function. He is a former senior partner at KPMG.

The Sunseeker site on Poole Quay.

Timon Orlob will take over as Chief Operating Officer from his current Operations Director role.

He has worked with Sunseeker for four years and has a history of senior roles within production environments.

Ewen Foster, currently Director of Design and Naval Architecture, will take the position of CTO after working at Sunseeker for over 25 years.

Andrea Frabetti, pictured left, continues as CEO and will lead the Executive team with his experience working within the marine industry for more than 30 years.

The reorganised Executive Team is now: Andrea Frabetti; CEO; Timon Orlob; COO; Adrian Powell; General Counsel and Company Secretary; Sean Robertson, Sales and Marketing Director; Sian Dodds; HR Director; Ewen Foster; CTO; Jason Stewart, Director of Commercial Finance; Dean Lawler, Director of Controlling and FPA; Francesco Frediani; Superyacht and Dealer Network Director.

Mike McMillan, CFO, and Michael Straughan, COO, are leaving Sunseeker but will remain in the business to support the transition.


Support appeal to help vulnerable children from as little as £20

Businesses are being urged to back Poole Town FC Kids Initiative 1000 Faces Appeal.

The club is working with Wave 105’s Cash for Kids, which helps some of the most vulnerable children in Dorset, to promote and support the appeal.

Cash for Kids is looking for 1,000 people to sign up and each raise £100 by October 31 making a grand total of £100,000.

Poole Town FC (PTFC) is involved through its Kids Initiative and is aiming to sign up 100.

All entrants signed with the club will appear on PTFC’s ‘Faces’ page.

Businesses can make a one off payment from as little as £20.

They also will go on the 1000 faces page as a donor and can put a personal business message about why they’ve become involved.

To sign up, please visit or text FACES To 70 808.

Texts are free and Sam or Judith from the Cash for Kids team will phone you back to give more information and sign you up.