Biz News round-up with Bournemouth Reggae Weekender, Yellow Buses, Inspire and SWOP

Yellows' Jay Thornton (second left) and organiser Raymond Nyenje (right) with some of the Bournemouth Reggae Weekender team.

By Staff Reporter [email protected]

Published: July 29, 2021 | Updated: 30th July 2021

Bournemouth Reggae Weekender launches with help from the Yellows

Yellow Buses is travelling down Electric Avenue from today as official partner of the new Bournemouth Reggae Weekender festival.

Afro*disiac Live Radio CIC, a non-profit community interest venture, is staging the event.

There’ll be bands, dancing, poetry and food as well as artisan traders and craft stands in keeping with the African-Caribbean culture.

The event is in King’s Park from today until Sunday.

A shuttle service by bus between Poole and Christchurch and the venue is included in the ticket price.

Organiser Raymond Nyenje said: “This will be a unique occasion to celebrate the diverse African-Caribbean culture and reggae music, adding to the thread that weaves the cloth of ‘togetherness and diversity’ in Bournemouth.

“We aim to provide a full range of entertainment and traditional activities, from live reggae bands and poetry to kids’ dance workshops.

“Tickets are £10 for adults and £20 for a family and include a complimentary shuttle bus service thanks to our partners Yellow Buses.

“Other two-day ticket prices are available.”

Jay Thornton of Yellow Coaches – the sister company of Yellow Buses – said: “As a locally owned and operated business, we are very proud to be supporting yet another popular and local event.

“We have been working very closely with the event organisers to provide a travel solution so people can get to and from the event safely, efficiently and without the hassle of driving or parking their cars.

“We are providing transport links from across the conurbation on special services laid on for the weekend.

“They will be operating from Poole Station via Parkstone, Westbourne and Bournemouth railway station with additional services from Somerford and Christchurch via Iford which will transport visitors directly to and from the event at Kings Park.

“All users of this service will need to do is present their event ticket aboard one of our special buses.”

More information about the event and the shuttle can be found on the Bournemouth Reggae Weekender website by clicking here.

  • Dorset Biz News is proud to be one of the backers of Bournemouth Reggae Weekender 2021.


Promotions for Tarifa and Helen at Inspire

Two team members at Inspire have received promotions in recognition of their qualifications and commitment to the award-winning business and tax advisory firm.

In the Client Services team, Tarifa Wild has been promoted to Client Services Adviser after completing her Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Professional Diploma qualification earlier this year.

Tarifa, pictured, who joined Inspire as a trainee in 2016, has spent the last four years studying for her AAT qualifications, firstly at Bournemouth & Poole College and then with specialist accountancy and finance training provider, Kaplan in Southampton.

She passed her final exam in May.

In the firm’s specialist tax team, Helen Fraser has received promotion to Tax Advisory Manager.

Helen, pictured, who is a Fellow Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a Chartered Tax Adviser joined Inspire in 2013.

She now oversees many of the firm’s technical tax projects as well as providing advice for business owners on a number of domestic and international tax-related issues.

Warren Munson, pictured right, Founder of Poole-based Inspire, said: “We’re extremely proud of both Tarifa and Helen, who have worked incredibly hard to gain their recent promotions.

“We are delighted to be able to reward their commitment to the firm and to our clients.

“Everything we do at Inspire is focused on client delight, ensuring our clients receive the very best service and advice.

“Having a team of talented and committed individuals, including Tarifa and Helen, enables us to do just that.”

Inspire predominantly offers advisory services to its entrepreneurial client base.

It also provides a comprehensive range of compliance related services, including regulatory audits, annual accounts, financial statements and management accounting, alongside accounts training.

The firm, founded in 2004, was named Medium Firm of the Year by the industry’s Accounting Excellence awards last year.


Intrepid duo Nigel and Andy take the plunge for SWOP volunteers

Two members of staff are taking part in a skydive to raise money for the Sheltered Work Opportunities Project (SWOP) volunteers welfare.

Weather permitting, Nigel Short, Horticultural Assistant at Cherry Tree Nursery in Bournemouth, and Andy Verreck, Manager of Poole’s Chestnut Nursery, will be jumping out of a plane at an altitude of 10.000 ft and experiencing 30 seconds of freefall on Monday, August 2.

It’s not the first time that Nigel has tasted the high life – last year he was strapped to a biplane for a wing walk.

Nigel said: “Mental health affects all of us at some point in our lives and these past 16 months have seen many people at breaking point.

“Mental illness is invisible and presents differently for each person.

“We are receiving lots of new referrals for our charity and are committed to helping as many as we possibly can.

“I have made a choice to challenge my own anxieties and fears, which are temporary compared to many of the people we work with.

“I can use their incredible coping skills and strategies to help me face my own particular fears of heights and flying.

“I’m sharing this challenge with Andy from Chestnut Nursery.

“I am sure this will help and reflects back on the caring, supportive and community ethos of our charity.”

Andy added: “Working at Chestnut Nursery has given me a deep respect for our volunteers.

“The courage that it takes for them to overcome the challenges of living with a mental illness is inspiring.

“So much so that despite my phobia of heights, I am challenging myself to leap out of a plane – please donate to support our important cause.”

To make a donation, please click here.

Donations can also be made at the Cherry Tree Nursery and Chestnut Nursery retail shops which are open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 3pm.

A registered charity based on horticulture, SWOP provides meaningful occupation in a supportive environment with the aim of restoring wellbeing to people with mental illness.

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