Biz Bites: Wessex Cancer Trust, My Flyer Inserts Co, Studio Arkell, Wessex Electricals & Goadsby

Cllr Susan Phillips, Bournemouth's Deputy Mayor, cuts the ribbon with members of Wessex Cancer Trust’s Bournemouth support centre team. Picture: Dave Dodge.

By Staff Reporter [email protected]

Published: March 13, 2022 | Updated: 27th October 2023

New cancer support centre opened in Bournemouth

Wessex Cancer Trust’s new cancer support centre has been officially opened by Cllr Susan Phillips, Bournemouth’s Deputy Mayor.

The centre, at Bourne House in Hinton Road, provides free and local support to anyone living with any type of cancer at any stage.

It includes a drop-in service with qualified befrienders, wellbeing activities, support groups, complementary therapies and counselling.

The centre has two private treatment rooms, a welcoming lounge and access to a roof terrace overlooking the sea, pictured left.

Steffi Colbert, Manager, said: “If you’re living with cancer, you probably spend a lot of time at medical appointments.

“Our Support Centre is a warm and welcoming haven, about as far from a hospital environment as you can get.

“Living with cancer can be incredibly tough and many of us are all too aware of the impact Covid-19 has had on cancer services.

“Whatever you’re going through and however you’re feeling, we’re here to provide the support that’s right for you individually.”

Cllr Phillips said: “Many of us in our local community will be affected by cancer.

“This much-needed space will provide comfort and support to both those living directly with it, and their loved ones.

“I congratulate Wessex Cancer Trust on the personalised support they provide, ensuring that no-one has to face cancer alone.”

Wessex Cancer Trust has been providing cancer support in Bournemouth since 2016, but had to move out of its Fairview House base because the site is being redeveloped.

All the services offered by Wessex Cancer Trust at its four cancer Support Centres in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are funded through voluntary donations.

The Bournemouth cancer support centre team is experienced at supporting anyone with a cancer diagnosis and their loved ones.

You can access support by visiting, calling 01202 315824 or emailing [email protected].

The centre is based at Bourne House, 23 Hinton Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2EF, and is open Monday to Thursday between 10am and 4pm.


My Flyer Inserts adds marketing boost to eCommerce companies

It’s been likened to a dating website for eCommerce businesses.

Simon Rigby, the Blandford-based direct marketing expert and entrepreneur, has launched My Flyer Inserts.

It delivers flyers directly into the hands of target customers who are known buyers.

Simon, pictured above, said: “eCommerce businesses can link up and swap inserts in their outgoing parcels and packets.

“So, a jewellery business could insert flyers in a fashion brand and vice versa.”

The service relies on the brand and customer franchise of the distributor of the inserts to get the attention and trust of the receiver of the insert or sample.

The ecommerce market is expected to grow by almost $11 trillion between 2021 and 2025.

Even as regions begin to reopen for face-to-face business, eCommerce sales are still climbing, according to Shopify’s 2022 eCommerce Trends Report.

Simon said: “After 40 years in direct marketing, during which time I have tried just about every marketing strategy, the most cost-effective marketing I ever did was inserts.

“One insert I did lifted my turnover by 20 per cent in year one and I retained most of those customers for many years.”


Studio Arkell open new offices in Christchurch town centre

Architects Studio Arkell celebrated the opening of its new offices in Christchurch town centre with a launch party for 50 guests.

They raised a toast to Hannah Arkell, Lead Architect, and the success of her RIBA chartered architects and design practice.

The office opening also marked the second anniversary for Studio Arkell, which started trading in 2020 just before the first lockdown.

Studio Arkell regularly plan, design and oversee projects both big and small, at home and at work.

It is currently offering a complimentary one-hour initial design consultation

The new offices are at 5 Castle Street, Christchurch, BH23 1DP.


Wessex Electricals funds two Rwanda primary pupils for a year

Wessex Electricals has pledged support to The Amakuru Trust, a UK based charity whose mission is to alleviate poverty in Rwanda.

Lucy Cuff, who works for the Shaftesbury-based company and is a Trustee of The Amakuru Trust, is leading a sponsorship programme.

It’s working with the local government to identify, and finds sponsors for, the most vulnerable children who don’t currently have access or funding for education.

A donation from Wessex Electricals will pay for two pupils in education for a year.

The Amakuru Trust was established in 2012 by Mike Hayes and Alan Booth.

It’s established strong links between UK and Rwandan schools.

More schools are visiting Rwanda, or sponsoring children, by the day.

Donations go towards providing funding for a primary education, inclusive of a meal a day and all equipment, shoes, uniform, and sports kit.

The second initiative of the programme is building a new school.

Land has been acquired and fundraising has started with a ‘Buying Bricks’ campaign.

Donations will go towards the building of new classrooms.

Lucy, pictured right with the women of the Subiruseke Association of Widows, said: “I first visited Rwanda in 2016 and it has held a special place in my heart ever since.

“It is my second home and the people, my second family.

“The work that The Amakuru Trust undertakes is life-changing for the local communities and I am so proud to be a part of it.”

Ali Morgan, Director, Wessex Electricals, said: “We are wholly supportive of Lucy and her commitment to this.”


Goadsby reports further lettings in Blandford and Poole

Goadsby has completed two new lettings at Holland Business Park in Blandford on behalf of a private landlord.

Street Drone has taken 2,442 sq ft of warehouse and office space to be used as a main office and for the manufacture of autonomous vehicles while Oakwood Taxis has let 1,311 sq ft.

Both units have parking, approximately 7m internal eaves height and 6m wide x 6m high loading doors.

Joshua Adamson, Goadsby Business Space, said: “We were delighted to complete the lettings on behalf of our client following several enquiries.

“Street Drone and Oakwood Taxis were both delighted to secure the units to aid expansion of their businesses.”

In another deal, Goadsby, acting on behalf of a private client, has let Unit 5E, Jaguar Point Business Park, Mannings Heath Road, Poole, to Tom Bowman Ltd.

The industrial/warehouse premises extends to approximately 922 sq ft and the quoting rent was £12,850 per annum exclusive.

Ben Duly, of Goadsby Business Space Department, said: “Following this unit becoming vacant we were pleased to agree a letting within days of marketing.”

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