Young Enterprise – Company Programme

Young Enterprise wish to recruit business advisers to help Ferndown Upper run 2 Company Programmes, as well as day employability programmes.
Volunteers will:

  • Meet with the students on a weekly basis for approx.. 1 hour, usually straight after school. (day and time TBC) Two people could like to work together to reduce commitment if needed.
  • Register on our volunteer portal so they can track their volunteering and access support: YE Gateway – Sign In (
  • Need to complete a DBS (police check) and a short safeguarding training. (this won’t take long and we’ll need to meet them to have a chat and check ID)
  • Would be provided with training
  • Have access to lots of online support

An impact report from last year is attached so potential volunteers can see the huge impact the programme can have. Ferndown Upper are offering this to year 10 and year 12, so it could be a great way for businesses to meet high aspiring young people. Contact Young Enterprise direct via the volunteer portal.

Click here to download CP Impact Report 2019 2020

Cyber Security – Website Safety

The South West Cyber Resilience Centre (SWCRC) IS a police/private not-for-profit partnership, funded by the Home Office, and covering the South West of the country. It offers free and inexpensive cyber services for local SME’s and third sector organisations.

It employs top-quality undergraduates from local universities who are checked, trained, supervised and monitored by national experts. They can provide a full First Steps Web assessment for only £150. This will identify the strengths any weaknesses in your website and to make it safer.

To see what a First Steps Web Assessment looks like and what it can tell you about your website please see the attached specimen report.
For any questions or help please contact the SWCRC to help you become more cyber secure.

CCTV – Support for New or Upgraded Systems

The BID Board agreed a budget for the implementation of this scheme at their meeting on Tuesday 16th November.

The scheme is therefore now open for applications to be made.
The programme can fund schemes within the BID area that:

  • Have been installed after receiving confirmation of a grant award
  • Provides images outside buildings of a quality for Court evidence purposes
  • Are submitted by a business that is not in default of its required BID levy
  • Are installed by a recognized installation company, and
  • Commits to providing Dorset Police with security contact details.

Approved schemes will be eligible for a grant of up to 50% of eligible costs ex VAT subject to a maximum of £1,000.
Prior approved grants can be claimed following agreed installation with evidence of the approved installers paid invoice. The programme budget is fixed so it is recommended that you proceed quickly if you intend to make an application.

The application form can be found here.

Completed application forms with attachments should be submitted to:

Any questions e-mail the above or call Kev on 07776 374292

Ringwood Road Roadworks

Construction of the first phase of the Ringwood Road TCF Walking and Cycling Improvement Scheme from Longham mini roundabouts to just south of Church Road is due to start on the 1st November 2021 and will last for about 5 months.
The attached letter describes how the work will be carried out. The introduction of traffic lights and stop/go signs are bound to cause major disruption and delay.

Bedrock Park, Vulcan Way, Ferndown Industrial Estate

This development comprising 26 Industrial/Warehouse units 2,680 – 64,583 sq ft is currently being developed in three defined areas:

Units 1-12 Twelve flexible trade counter units
Units 13-21 Nine flexible light industrial/warehouse units
Units 22-26 Five flexible warehouse/logistics units

All units are expected to be ready from April 2022.

The attached marketing details can be downloaded or obtained from various local agents including Vail Williams 01202 558262

Dorset Labour Market & Skills Insights – Quarter 1 2021

The first quarter of 2021 was one of highs and lows: Dorset entered a third lockdown and a New Year simultaneously and marked a year since the start of the pandemic. The spike in cases seen at the beginning of the year subsided with over 60% of adults receiving their first COVID-19 vaccination and cautious steps on the roadmap to easing the restrictions are now well underway.

Our latest round of insights shows the labour market and skills responded accordingly: there was a decline in employment and a rise in furlough, but also a noted increase in vacancies towards the end of the quarter. This issue also highlights the impact of the pandemic on inequalities, skills gaps and the future of work nationally and in Dorset.

Click here to download PDF.

New Bus Service serving the estates

On the 30th May 2021, Yellow Buses will amend its 6h service linking Wimborne with the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. The service will stop outside the estates with one early morning and afternoon service running along Cobham Road.

The new timetable can be viewed and downloaded here

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