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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Hannah Grist, Founder: Hannah’s Bakes

Merley-based baker and influencer Hannah Grist chats about starting her own home baking business, the role of social media in propelling sales, and her...



Brexit: Transforming the UK Transfer System

Post-Brexit Britain no longer has access to the FIFA Exemption. This law allows football clubs in the European Economic Area (EEA) to transfer players under 18. Now, English clubs can only sign up to three international players under 21 per transfer window as stated by The FA. Clubs will be able to sign only six foreign players per campaign for the foreseeable future whereas before they could have a maximum of 17. Also, these players can only make the move if they meet the points-based threshold set to manage the transfer market...

Harry Shaw, Golf Coach

I played at a very high standard when I was younger. Actually, I was the county captain for numerous years. I broke into the men's first team when I was 16. Managed to travel away with them quite a bit. I played in Portugal and at a couple of events in America as well. I had a really cool and fun childhood with golf. It then became more of a hobby as I grew up and I've just got back into it this year, playing at the Clutch Tour as a professional...

Transfer Window: Who Should Bournemouth Sign This January?

For the majority of this season, Bournemouth haven’t been able to put games to bed – five of Bournemouth’s eleven wins have only been by a one-goal margin. The Cherries have also recorded the third-most draws in the league – three coming from winning positions and another three goalless. This once again highlights Bournemouth’s inability to see games out. On paper, Bournemouth’s 37 goals are impressive, but their 45 expected goals (a metric which assesses every chance, essentially answering the question of whether a player should score from certain opportunities) would suggest the Cherries have squandered multiple chances...


Alejandra Carreño Garzon, Industrial Designer

I started wondering, "Who could be interested in this?" My business partner, Eduardo Ghini Cordero, joined me six months after I started working on the idea. He helped me see a different perspective, bouncing off ideas and support. Even though it's great to do things on your own, I do not have all the answers. We shared a lot of the same values and we introduced them into the platform: community, collaboration, value in knowledge, accessibility, sustainability...

Ben Ide, Founder: Ben’s Wood Den

I started doing it as it's always been a hobby. I've been doing woodwork since I was about 12. I don't have got any qualifications on paper; just taught myself over the years. I actually had my own carpentry business a few years ago now -- not called Ben's Wood Den - but I ended up stopping it because it was rather stressful. Too much work and I couldn't keep on top of it...

Studio Zipcode Offically Back to Business

The shop was still operating online during the second lockdown. But as of 4th December, you are welcome to come in-store and browse around. At a time when shopping locally has never been more important, this independent shop, which made its way into our community during the first lockdown, has come back to greet us with its funky, original, and creative signature style. Studio Zipcode started as an online platform during the first lockdown and its success led it to expand into a physical store in Winton...

Art, Design & Photography


Cliff Towler, Artist / Founder: Creative Studios

The Poole-born artist never intended to choose a creative vocation. In his teenage years he worked an apprenticeship in a local silk screen printer shop. “I enjoyed it there, and I would have continued learning the skills. But unfortunately the business closed down and I had to reconsider my career,” he said. He chose to study illustration, life drawing and art history at the Arts University Bournemouth. “In the '70s, it was a very vibrant way to earn money. I could be creative and work on a variety of commercial projects. Being creative is not enough. You have to think how to earn a living,” Cliff said.

Jamie Webb, Videographer & Photographer

Ever since I was 14 or 15, I wanted to set up my own media company. And I went to college to specialise in media. I made the bold decision to make an Instagram account. Just wanted to get my work out there to as many people as I possibly could. The more work I did, the more it progressed and I built a bit of a following. And then I registered it as a business - JKW Media - which was followed by my getting more clients...

Carl Draper, Founder: Waveslider Photography

I spoke to a friend who had just come out of jail. He had reformed in prison and had new direction and purpose in life instead of robbing banks. He was living in Bournemouth, which he said was amazing. I was lost at the time - at a point in life where it was clear that jail or an early death was looking most likely. There's not much to do in a broken-down pit village! I went to visit him for the weekend and never went home. The people here were different and it felt like you could be who you want to be. People were genuinely nice...!

Artisan Studio Reveals Hidden Talents

Seven years ago, art projects manager Pauline Stanley realised she needed to make a change. Her work projects had become stale, and there were no new collaborations scheduled in her planner. Thus, in November 2013, she welcomed the first students to Artisan Studio, Bournemouth and Poole's Independent Community Art Studio...

Kristina Šukelytė, Photographer

I have been interested in photography since middle school. I loved to play with my grandad’s film camera -- I found it really mesmerising how the image appears on the paper from nothing. In addition, I love looking back at old photos. We are so lucky to live in an age when we can capture special moments in photographs and keep them with us forever. Plus, I love working with people. It's very rewarding to be able to capture memories for them. I would say it's my passion...

Virginia Coe, Co-Founder: Vinilo Record Store

A vibrant new shop, stacked with independent, eclectic music, classic and current. Get to know one of the owners of Vinilo Record Store and...

Latest Articles

AFC Bournemouth Comes Together to Condemn Racist Abuse

AFC Bournemouth have condemned the online racial abuse directed at Junior Stanislas after Saturday’s 1-0 win at Stoke. In a statement posted on the club website, chief executive Neill Blake described the comments as "disgusting" and "completely intolerable". "I am astounded that people believe writing and posting these comments is acceptable", said Blake. "We will be contacting Twitter and the FA for their help in identifying the individual concerned, and will pursue the strongest possible action against them".

Artisan Studio Reveals Hidden Talents

Seven years ago, art projects manager Pauline Stanley realised she needed to make a change. Her work projects had become stale, and there were no new collaborations scheduled in her planner. Thus, in November 2013, she welcomed the first students to Artisan Studio, Bournemouth and Poole's Independent Community Art Studio...

In Conversation with Magic by Alfie

I picked up magic in my early twenties whilst studying at university. At the time, practicing sleights and performing card trick after card trick seemed more stimulating than proofreading a dissertation. After hours of practicing in my student digs, I finally plucked up the courage to take my magic to the bars and clubs of Southampton, whereby, it soon dawned on me that I had a natural knack for entertaining and a passion for making others smile...

2020 with HQB News: A Year in Review

Back in January, we did not suspect that 2020 would end up being as precarious as it did. But after ten months and two national lockdowns, we're still running - stronger than ever. Over 100 stories, more than 30 podcast episodes, and several new team members... all things considered, it hasn't been too bad here at HQB...

Photo of the Week — 22nd December 2020

This week's Photo of the Week comes from Mae Jones Photography, taken at Bournemouth Pier! Check out her work! Also don’t forget to submit...

St. Michael’s Middle School: “Absence” Makes the School Grow Stronger

Rehearsed in COVID-safe classrooms over the last few weeks, over 600 pupils aged between ten and 13 have learnt the melody and the lyrics as part of their music lessons. They have been able to showcase their skills, gain confidence and contribute to a great cause. Whilst the song title suggests otherwise, the actual meaning of it is quite the opposite of absence. It's all about presence, the importance of caring for the people we love even if we can't be close to them this year.