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Dan Buckley, Founder: Ocean View Marketing

My title at AFC Bournemouth was Marketing Manager. But for all intents and purposes, I was head of marketing and built that department from scratch. When I arrived at the football club, they didn’t have a marketing infrastructure. It was my job to put that in place. Over the three-and-a-half years, I built up a small department that ended up being two of us from nothing...

Dominic Taylor, Founder: Resonant Visuals

Resonant Visuals started out from my passion for photography and videography. I've carried that passion from a young age. Ever since the first moment I picked up a camera, I've enjoyed capturing moments in time and showing them to others for them to enjoy. Being able to do that whilst also earning a living and work for myself is something that's always appealed to me...!

Monika Theodoris, Fashion Entrepreneur

Three months after I opened my business, I was shocked to receive a call from the presenter and fashion coach Gok Wan to work with him. He actually supports independent businesses, so we worked together and organized a fashion show in 2018. I learnt a lot about him in terms of fashion, but mostly in terms of confidence at the time to dress. He always says that age is just a number. The most important is to feel confident with what you are wearing...

Local Businesses Rally Behind Marcus Rashford’s Campaign

BBQ Chicken franchise ‘Chicken and Blues’ pledged to give away up to 1,000 kids' meals to families in need across Bournemouth and Poole during the October half-term. Meanwhile, JJ's Café and Bar is offering all school children a free meal, saying, "This half-term, we don’t want kids to go to sleep hungry..."

Robbie Smith, Director: Heritage Pet Products

During lockdown and following it, we have heard our share of stories about new businesses starting up and thriving. We thought it was about time we heard of a well-established company coming out the other side. For Heritage Pet Products in Hamworthy, and its director Robbie Smith, COVID-19 brought its share of challenges to overcome, but also had its benefits (at the risk of sounding crass...)

Cameron Varnish, Founder: Hurricane Apparel

I didn't really think anything of it until the events company came along. We were trying to get some branded merchandise together. Just for giveaways and to wear at our events - to give us an edge over everyone else. Went to a guy in Winton - Otto House - fantastic printer - who does screen printing. When you do a screen, you have to do a lot. Like a minimum order of 20, and they all have to be the same. Great quality, but I was there thinking, "I want every one to be different. If there was a way of doing it differently, I would do it"...

Cashing In: Bournemouth Economy Boost with Premier Success

On 27th April 2015, AFC Bournemouth stole all the headlines as they earnt a promotion to the Premier League. A moment in football many fans could only see in their wildest dreams, but Eddie Howe and his team very quickly became talk of the town. This amazing feat sent supporters into elation, yet, even more so, there was plenty of room for optimism for the town of Bournemouth and South West region...

Joe Quinlan & Kalem Brinkworth, Founders: The Bonbon Boys

Kalem and I have known each other for eight years, and we've always wanted to do a business together. We have worked with each other in the past, so we know what one another's styles are like. But it took us a while to figure out exactly what we wanted to do and what the product was. And so, during lockdown there was a lack of pick-and-mix -- for two people who love sweets, that's not very good...

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