Published: September 21, 2020 | Updated: September 21, 2020

Biz News update with Inspire, Bournemouth Rugby Club, Hoburne and Badger Beers

Liz Phipps, Inspire’s HR Manager, who will be taking part in the challenge with sons Robbie, eight, and Dan, six.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Inspire prepares to take on virtual Everest Expedition for Julia’s House

A team from Inspire is preparing to take part in the Julia’s House Everest Expedition, raising funds for the children’s hospice charity.

This coming weekend – September 26 and 27 – a team of eight adventurers from the Poole-based accountancy firm will be walking, running or cycling a collective 250 miles on a variety of routes around the Dorset countryside.

Taking part in small groups, or with their families, they will be:

  • Walking sections of the South West Coast Path.
  • Cycling through the Purbecks and the New Forest.
  • Running along the promenade from Sandbanks to Hengistbury Head.
  • Pacing the streets of their local area.

With the current restrictions, many of the fundraising activities planned by Julia’s House had to be cancelled, so the charity launched a virtual challenge – the Everest Expedition.

Individuals and businesses have signed up to collectively reach the top of Everest, a distance of 4,606 miles.

In previous years, many of the Inspire team have taken part in challenges, races and hikes, raising money for Julia’s House.

In 2018, the team climbed Snowdon, raising more than £2,500 and last year they took on a number of smaller challenges, all fundraising for the children’s hospice charity.

Warren Munson, Founder of Inspire, pictured right, said: “The Inspire team loves a challenge, so it’s been great to see the variety of activities that the team has planned as part of the Everest Expedition for Julia’s House this year.

“We have some dedicated runners, cyclists and hikers in the team who have relished the opportunity to push themselves for this year’s challenge, be it a weekend hike along the South West Coast Path or testing their cycling abilities through the Purbecks.

“Given that everything is a bit different this year, many of the team have taken the opportunity to get their families involved, so we’ll have our partners and children running, walking and cycling too.

“The main thing is that we’re raising much-needed funds for Julia’s House, at a time when the charity needs donations and support more than ever.”

To find out more about Inspire’s Everest Expedition and to sponsor the team, please visit the fundraising page.


Bournemouth Rugby Club and Hoburne renew partnership 

Bournemouth Rugby and Hoburne have renewed their long-standing partnership as 1st and 2nd XV shirt sponsorship for the 2020-21 season.

Wendy King, Operations Director, pictured left, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Hoburne as a shirt sponsor for the coming season.

“Hoburne has backed our club for many seasons and, in this difficult period we all find ourselves in, their support is even more vital to us as a community rugby club.

“We have a new kit design with our newly appointment kit supplier PlayerLayer.

“Although challenges lay ahead, we are very much looking forward to bouncing back and working with key partners such as Hoburne.”

Simon Phillips, Director of Operations, Hoburne, said: “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Bournemouth Rugby.

“Over the years we have built a long-standing relationship with the club, its stakeholders and players.

“We know this has been an incredibly tough year financially for all sporting groups.

“The club has suffered as a result of Covid-19, and with Hoburne being a family-run business that is committed to supporting local community initiatives, we are delighted to be involved with a sport that brings families and the community together.”

  • Bournemouth Lions Wheelchair Rugby, sponsored by Grinning Dog Records, was one of the first teams in the country to be given approval by the governing body Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) to Return to Play.

Sunday September 20 saw the Lions return to Rossmore Leisure Centre for the first time since March.

Becky Hill, Bournemouth Lions Wheelchair Rugby Vice-Chair, said, “We are overly delighted to be getting back into our rugby chairs.

“We have worked hard to put all the necessary safeguarding procedures in place to keep us all safe and are now ready to get back to training following the government guidelines and GBWR procedures.”


Cheers! Recognition for Badger Beer in 2020 World Beer Awards

Dorset brewed Badger Beer has been named as the UK country winner for ‘The Golden Champion’ in the Pale Beer category at the 2020 World Beer Awards.

Four other beers by the Blandford-based brewer were also recognised for great taste.

‘Twice Tangled’ was awarded silver in the IPA category while ‘The Cranborne Poacher’ took home bronze in the Flavoured category.

‘The Blandford Fly’ ale achieved bronze in the Favoured Herb and Spice category, and one of the brewer’s most historic beers, ‘The Fursty Ferret’, was also awarded bronze in the Pale Beer category.

Toby Heasman, Head Brewer at Hall & Woodhouse, said: “We are delighted to see so many of our beers recognised in this year’s World Beer Awards, notably ‘The Golden Champion’ has been nationally celebrated as being among some of the UK’s best beers.

“As we approach our 250th anniversary as a brewer, it’s encouraging to see Badger Beer continuing to be recognised for its great tasting pints.

“Expertise and knowledge of the brewing craft has been passed through the Woodhouse family from generation to generation, and these awards are testament to the dedication to quality that is shown by the entire Hall & Woodhouse team.”

The World Beer Awards select the very best in all internationally recognised beer styles through a prestigious tasting and judging process.

Every Badger Beer is inspired by the Dorset countryside, resulting in a diverse range of beers.

They are available at key retailers, as well as in Hall & Woodhouse’s public houses across the south of England.