Published: September 15, 2020 | Updated: September 15, 2020

Dorset Biz News update: Toytown, Dolphin Shopping Centre, Accounting Services for Business, Goadsby Commercial, Ouch Training

John Grinnell, Centre Manager, with Toytown sales assistants Shannon Bugden and Andra Day.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Child’s play as Toytown opens 30th store in Poole

Eight full and part-time jobs have been created with the opening of a toy store in Poole’s Dolphin Shopping Centre.

National retailer Toytown officially opened its new shop last month.

It’s located in the previous Eco-Hub unit and marks Toytown’s 30th store to open in the UK since it was founded in 1979.

Toytown has now grown into one of the largest independent toy retailers in the UK,  employing more than 200 staff.

The retailer stocks popular brands such as Lego, Playmobil and Barbie.

Alan Simpson, Director and Founder, said: “Poole has always been on our radar as a potential location.

“The unit which we have taken up is well positioned, visible in the centre and is already doing so well.

“Our opening weekend went better than could be expected in the current times.

“The face of retail is changing as shopping becomes more about the destination.

“Locals have received the store well and we are hoping to become a strong member of the centre’s community.”

John Grinnell, Centre Manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome Toytown into our mix of vibrant retailers.

“We have already received positive feedback from our customers, with many expressing that they are pleased the centre has a store for children to enjoy.”

The Dolphin Shopping Centre is currently open Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 6.30pm, and Sundays from 10am to 5.30pm.

Elderly and vulnerable customers are encouraged to shop between the hours of 9am to 10am, while NHS and key workers will be given priority between 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

The Eco-Hub unit has moved upstairs in the centre opposite Wilko.


“Most important webinar you can attend this year” says ASfB

Accounting Services for Business (ASfB) in Westbourne is running a series of webinars starting tomorrow, Wednesday September 16.

The first has guest speakers from Peninsula, the employment and HR specialists, dealing with key issues about to arise as the furlough scheme comes to an end.

Nicholas Jones, Business Development Manager, and Clive Oliver FCIPD, Employment Law and HR Specialist, will discuss how to protect your business and employees during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

The one hour live online event will cover the latest health and safety and employment law guidance.

Peter Wood, ASfB’s Head of Business Development, pictured left, said: “The webinars address many of the difficult questions that we know businesses owners have and we’ve made provision for attendees to access follow up support.

“If you’re an employer this is the most important webinar you can attend this year.”

You can register for the event here.


Tasty deal as fish and chip shop is sold by Goadsby

Goadsby Commercial has sold Fishcakes fish and chip shop for an undisclosed sum.

The long established business, in Tatnam Crescent, Poole, had been in its client’s ownership for more than 14 years.

It has been sold to Vinnie Edmonds, Rhys Gosling and Luke Pratt.

The spacious fish and chip shop is now being managed and operated by Luke who has extensive industry experience.

He is trading lunchtimes and evenings six days a week, Monday to Saturday.

Mark Nurse, Associate Director, Hotels & Leisure, Goadsby Commercial, pictured right, said: “We received a lot of interest for this busy fish and chip shop.

“I understand that the new owners have already improved their product and employed new staff.

“This is the second fish and chip shop we have sold over the past few weeks, demonstrating that there is a good demand for quality businesses”.

  • For further information on Goadsby’s current business listings or if you wish to sell your business, Mark can be contacted on 01202 550000 or by email:


Time running out for first aiders to requalify warns Ouch Training

Wimborne-based Ouch Training is urging businesses and individuals to complete their first aid refresher course before the original qualification expires on September 30.

In response to the global pandemic, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) permitted anyone holding a first aid certificate that expired on or after Monday March 16, an extension to requalify by the end of September.

Simon Cassin, CEO, Ouch Training, pictured left, said: “At Ouch we want to make sure first aiders are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills that they require when returning to the workplace in these current circumstances.

“We fully support HSE’s expiry date extension, to ensure first aiders have adequate time to undertake our refresher learning course.”

The course aims to update individuals on Covid-19 modifications to normal first aid procedures, while also providing a refresher of existing first aid skills.

Upon completion, successful delegates will be qualified to act as a first aider in their workplace, gaining a level 3 award in First Aid at Work.

To help Covid secure teaching, Ouch Training has bought 16 sani-manikins which include one-use disposable lung systems, pictured right.

This ensures clean and hygienic usage between delegates, so learning can be facilitated in a safe environment.

To enable the safety of both delegates and staff members, social distancing guidelines are adhered to throughout the sessions, with clear markers placed around the premises.

Simon said: “We know people retain information more effectively through hands on learning, therefore it’s essential that we can offer delegates an interactive learning experience.

“The design of the sani-manikins ensures individuals can learn essential first aid skills through a series of practical scenarios, simulating as close to real life experiences as possible.”