Biz update: The College, Good Oaks Home Care and Dorchester & Poundbury Business Awards

Phil Sayles who officially takes over as Principal and CEO, Bournemouth & Poole College, on January 1, 2022.

By Staff Reporter [email protected]

Published: December 20, 2021 | Updated: 21st December 2021

Bournemouth & Poole College prepares to welcome Phil in 2022

Bournemouth & Poole College is preparing to welcome its new Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Phil Sayles.

It follows the departure of current Principal Diane Grannell who officially retires on December 31.

Since the announcement of Diane’s retirement in June, The College has been working closely with Phil as he prepares to start his new role on January 1.

Phil said: “All of the staff at Bournemouth & Poole College are a wonderful team of skilled, dedicated and very human people who strive for the best for all students.

“I am looking forward to being part of such a fantastic team and it will be a privilege to work alongside them when I officially start my new role in January.

“Bournemouth & Poole College delivers high-quality education and the students’ needs and welfare are at the forefront of everything they do.

“Diane should be incredibly proud of the environment she has cultivated here and I’m thoroughly looking forward to building on that success – watching students learn, gain skills and the confidence to succeed beyond their further education.

“This will be an amazing thing to see.”

Diane Grannell, pictured, worked at Bournemouth & Poole College for 15 years including six and a half years in the role as Principal.

She decided to retire from the role over a year ago and has spent the past six months since her announcement working closely alongside Phil, ensuring a seamless transition for both students and staff members.

Diane said: “I am absolutely delighted to pass the baton to Phil.

“He is aligned with The College and its values in every way.

“I know he will bring his experience and enthusiasm to the role and will build on everything that is already in place for students and staff, while simultaneously bringing a fresh perspective to allow The College to evolve and grow in some areas.

“I am leaving The College with many wonderful moments to look back on.

“I always felt proudest when celebrating our students’ achievements – from big awards to small victories, such as a student gaining their confidence with peers or being able to come into the college and participate in a class.

“Those moments mean the world to me and the rest of the team and are memories that I will always remember fondly.”

Diane plans to rest and spend time with family in retirement before ticking off an extensive list of travel-based goals once all restrictions are lifted.

Phil has 20 years’ experience working in further education colleges across the country in a variety of positions.

He has been Principal and CEO at Selby College in North Yorkshire since September 2018.


Good Oaks Home Care named in the Top 100 franchises in the UK

Good Oaks Home Care has been named as one of the UK’s Top 100 franchises.

The prestigious ranking was part of Elite Franchise Magazine’s annual Top 100, which celebrates the best and brightest in the franchise sector.

The company, which has its HQ in Poole, was ranked along with top franchises including Subway, Clark’s, Vodaphone and Papa John’s.

The company provides live-in and visiting care to people, meaning they can stay in their own homes for longer and lead more independent and happy lives.

Ben Ashton, Co-founder with Darius Mitkus, pictured, said: “To be recognised as one of the UK’s top franchises is a wonderful honour.

“We are a small company that prides itself on working with the most caring franchises that share our passion and vision.

“So, to have the team’s work recognised is really gratifying.

“We have worked hard to put all the infrastructure together to be able to support our expansion as we take on new franchisees.

“For us, making sure we provide the very best care is the most important thing, as is ensuring our PRIDE values of professionalism, respect, integrity, dedication and empathy are met.

“Our teams epitomise all of these characteristics and we ensure that clients are always at the centre of their care plan.”

Good Oaks Home Care has franchises across the UK.


Second year of the Dorchester and Poundbury Business Awards

MW Events, the company behind a series of successful business awards across Dorset, have launched the second year of the Dorchester and Poundbury Business Awards.

Entries are now open via the website – – with entries already coming in.

The 15 categories are:

  • Best Place to Work
  • Best Use of Innovation
  • Cafe, Pub, Casual Dining
  • Excellence in Customer Service
  • Family Business of the Year
  • Green/Eco-Business of the Year
  • Health, Beauty and Fitness
  • Independent Business of the Year
  • Local Artisans and Produce
  • New Business of the Year
  • Outstanding Community Support
  • Professional Services Business
  • Retail Business of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur/Rising Star
  • Overall Business of the Year

Entries close on Friday, February 4, 2022.

The awards take place at lunchtime on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at the Dorset Museum in Dorchester.

Guests at the launch of the 2022 Dorchester & Poundbury Business Awards.

The 2021 awards had more than 90 entries.

Neil Strudwick, of the 2021 overall winners Goldcrest Jewellers in Dorchester, said: “We entered the Dorchester and Poundbury Awards thinking nothing ventured, nothing gained.

“It was so nice to see businesses networking together during the awards.

“Not only did we win our category but the overall best business as well.

“We could not believe it,

“We would like to say to all the businesses out there – enter as you have a lot to gain!”

Nigel Reeve, of MW Events, said: “It’s been a very difficult time for all businesses.

“Even when the summer restrictions ended it took time for business to pick up again.

“We just want to do what we can to help promote the range and quality of local businesses.

“We hope, in some small way, we are helping.”

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