Published: October 11, 2020 | Updated: October 11, 2020

Dorset Biz News round-up featuring Safewise, Actisense and Inspire Professional Services

Safewise’s Project Team (from left front) Hazel Serkis. Business Manager; Sue Sharpe, Programmes Manager; Elise St.Hill, Operations Manager. From left back: Sarah Jane Woods, Programmes Development Officer; Cassie Hall. Customer Service Office and Rob Hattersley, Chief Executive.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

New SafeWise school membership aims for top marks 

An innovative new national membership for primary schools has been launched by Dorset-based skills for life charity SafeWise.

The membership delivers virtual experiences of the SafeWise learning village along with curriculum-linked resources for teachers plus a range of other features, such as home learning, for the whole school community.

Membership will contribute to a broad and balanced curriculum for schools, and focuses on building children’s resilience and confidence, critical thinking, decision-making, communication skills and more.

Rob Hattersley, SafeWise Chief Executive, said: “Our new SafeWise School Membership for primary schools brings skills for life and safety education straight into the classroom via a virtual learning village and specially created resources.

“The new programmes have been developed by our in-house qualified teaching professionals, at a time when skills for life are more important than ever before as we all adapt to a new Covid world.

“As well as the classroom experience, the membership includes brand new in-centre visits to SafeWise Bournemouth which are set to start early next year, as well as many other benefits for schools and their families.

“I would like to thank all our incredible partners for the faith and support they have shown in SafeWise during the pandemic, and as we launch this exciting new membership.”

Dorset schools can get a special deal by signing up as a founding member during a limited period for the price of £250.

Following recruitment of Dorset founder schools, SafeWise will roll out full-price membership nationally following interest from other areas of the country and safety centres.

The membership is the first stage of an ambitious new business model for SafeWise, with future development already underway for immersive virtual reality experiences for secondary school pupils in Key Stage 3.

Schools interested in the annual SafeWise School Membership can find out more or sign up at

Bournemouth-based digital agency – and Dorset Biz News Digital Partner – Digital Storm has worked with SafeWise to develop a digital dashboard for members to access all their membership benefits.


Actisense hailed Best Marine Tech Company at South Coast Tech Awards 2020

Poole-based marine electronics specialist, Actisense, has been named Best Marine Tech Company.

They received the accolade at a virtual awards ceremony for the annual South Coast Tech Awards.

Hosted by BBC Click’s Spencer Kelly from a studio in Southampton, the awards celebrate innovators and leaders in technology across multiple sectors.

Typically a glitzy awards bash hosted on the South Coast, the ceremony was held online instead due to constrictions caused by the pandemic.

The marine sector is of significant importance to the UK economy.

The Marine Tech Company award was sponsored by Blake Morgan LLP.

Dan Geddes, a Partner at the law firm, presented Actisense with the award, citing its impressive technology and innovation and adaptability in bringing that technology to other vertical markets.

Phil Whitehurst, CEO, Actisense, pictured left, who was in the online audience, said: “This is a wonderful accolade for our hard-working team.

“We’ve been active in the marine technology sector for 23 years now, and we are amazed by the constant innovation by the sector as a whole.

“We are spurred on to create ever-more creative solutions for our sector’s biggest electronics challenges.”

The awards are organised annually by The Business Magazine.

With hundreds in the audience, Justin Cohen, Actisense Marketing Manager, pictured right, said the virtual event’s proceeding had been very cleverly put together.

He added: “From virtual ‘sponsor’s table’ Zoom rooms, to interactive chat functionality with other finalists and sponsors, the collective audience felt engaged and the event had no less excitement than a live awards ceremony.

“Congratulations to the organisers and, of course, to our great host in Spencer Kelly!”


Inspire gears up for The BIG Sleep Easy

A team of four intrepid adventurers from accountancy firm Inspire are looking to take on their next challenge.

They’re sleeping rough to help raise awareness of homelessness, as part of YMCA Bournemouth’s BIG Sleep Easy event.

But there’s a twist to this year’s event.

Previously it has been held at Chapel Gate in Bournemouth but with the Covid restrictions that wasn’t possible this year.

Instead organisers asked participants to come up with their own locations to sleep in a cardboard shelter for the night of Saturday October 17, raising money to support the YMCA’s work.

Inspire’s James Miller, Jake Daniels, Craig Coda and Jack Littlecott, pictured left to right, decided to set themselves an even greater challenge.

They’ll be heading out to the New Forest to complete a 20 mile hike, before sleeping overnight in their cardboard box shelters.

Jake, who took part in last year’s BIG Sleep Easy event, and has organised Inspire’s participation for this year, said:  “We’re really excited to be taking part in the challenge again this year.

“Craig, Jack, James and I are keen to raise awareness of homelessness in Dorset and also much-needed funds for this really important cause, especially as we approach the cold and isolating winter months.

“As a team, we’re always up for a challenge, so we decided that rather than camp out in our gardens for the BIG Sleep Easy, we’d head out to the New Forest, do a day’s hike and then settle down at a campsite in our cardboard shelters.”

YMCA’s ultimate goal is to help the hundreds of homeless people in Dorset who are sleeping rough each night, to achieve independent living and secure a positive long-term future.

You can find out more about team Inspire’s BIG Sleep Easy challenge and how you can support YMCA’s work here.