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Published: March 1, 2020 | Updated: March 1, 2020

Shopping centre’s Eco Hub wins praise as fans of Harry Potter left spellbound by new retailer

Martin Hyland, Managing Director, Immerse Medical (left) and John Grinnell, Dolphin Shopping Centre Manager. Picture: Dorset Biz News.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

An award-winning Eco Hub at Poole’s Dolphin Centre has been praised for hosting another community event.

Immerse Medical held a charity CPRathon which involved delivering CPR to a medical manikin continuously for 30 minutes.

Eight people from three businesses – Seventa Events, Resource Recruitment and Coles Miller Solicitors – took part raising a total of £150 for the British Heart Foundation.

Poole-based Immerse Medical, which provides professional first aid solutions, also gave free training to more than 60 members of the public.

Martin Hyland, Managing Director, said: “We’re grateful to the Dolphin Shopping Centre for allowing us to use the Eco Hub for our CPRathon.

“To have such a community facility on our doorstep and in such a prominent public position is fantastic for us.”

John Grinnell, Centre Manager, said the Eco Hub was a free community space that customers and local organisations could use in a variety of ways.

He added: “It’s proving very popular and has won a number of awards.

“We’re only too delighted to make it available for good causes and initiatives such as the CPRathon.”

  • The Dolphin Shopping Centre is celebrating after welcoming two new businesses to the centre in the past year and seeing the expansion of a long-standing retailer.

New business Wizarding Delights has thrown open the doors in the upstairs of the shopping centre featuring a host of Harry Potter-themed merchandise and replica items which have featured in the books and films.

Carole Locke, the owner of Wizarding Delights, pictured left, said: “It’s been a long-held dream of mine to open a shop dedicated to the Harry Potter series and the response from the public has been great.”

Wizarding Delights is the second business to open in the centre in the past 12 months.

Bakery and coffee shop, Muffin Break, opened in front of Boots and Primark.

Meanwhile business is booming for clothing alterations firm Sew Quick which has led to the company moving to a larger unit to meet demand.

The firm, which also offers dry cleaning, clothing and leather repairs, curtain alterations and wedding dress fitting services, has been able to expand the range of haberdashery and sewing accessories as a result of the move.