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Tom Simper & Simon van der Wolf, Co-Founders: The Umbrella Group

The Umbrella Group was formed by Tom Simper and Simon van der Wolf

Upon first meeting Tom Simper, he mentioned having two brands in the making — a coffee brand and a printing business. The interview we set up with him and his business partner Simon van der Wolf proved that those formed just the tip of the iceberg. An iceberg they have aptly named The Umbrella Group. How they came together and created their business are what we focused on in the chat that followed.

Bournemouth University Presents the Row Britannia Challenge

Bournemouth University's Talbot campus will be one of the two sites where students can take part in the Row Britannia Challenge for University Mental Health Day. Credit: Emily Downes

Two BU campuses are to hold the Row Britannia Challenge, to promote better mental health across the university... Bournemouth University has announced plans to hold the Row Britannia Challenge. That's a five-day challenge to row 2,020 miles, in support of University Mental Health Day. The event will also raise funds for

BHStars Awards 2020 — Who’s Going to the Finals?

The BHStars Awards 2020 semi-final was hosted at Hoburne Park in Christchurch

One of our area's biggest celebrations of the hospitality, tourism and retail industries is back again. Who's in to win in the 2020 BHStars Awards? It's the time of year where we talk about the BHStars Awards. That's the awards ceremony honouring the skills and achievements of those in the hospitality,

Henry Cakebread — The Next Project

Weekend Wandering: The Outback creator Henry Cakebread is a freelance filmmaker and editor based in Poole

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnkgJ8VbAhw The time has come to wave goodbye to Henry Cakebread, the freelance filmmaker behind "Weekend Wandering: The Outback". Following the release of that lengthy project, what's next? Looking to the future as ever in the final chapter of our interview with Henry Cakebread. Following the release of Weekend Wandering: The Outback,

Bournemouth Backchat Episode #14 — Valentine’s Special

Bournemouth Backchat is back with a Valentine's Day special. Including music from Aaron James

Surprise! The team behind our podcast, Bournemouth Backchat, couldn't resist producing a special episode. All in the spirit of St. Valentine's Day... It's been two months since our podcast Bournemouth Backchat was producing weekly episodes. And there were a few ideas that we had, themed around the worlds of love, dating and relationships.

Henry Cakebread — Mixing Illustration and Live Action

Weekend Wandering: The Outback creator Henry Cakebread is a freelance filmmaker and editor based in Poole

https://youtu.be/ltj2HKg4jVw Our discussion into the recently-released film of Henry Cakebread continues. How did he tap into another talent when it came to stylising "Weekend Wandering: The Outback"...? Before we interviewed the freelance filmmaker and editor Henry Cakebread, we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Weekend Wandering: The Outback. That's the

Dan Partridge, Performer (Part 2)

Performer Dan Partridge most recently played Danny in the UK tour of Grease, directed by Nikolai Foster

It’s a funny one because, in the industry, I thought Danny is a role I will never be able to play. Because he always has dark hair, etcetera, etcetera. Essentially, a John Travolta lookalike. That is what I’ve always seen in shows — guys with black hair, Italian descent, olive-coloured skin. And I thought, “That’s not me; I’m never going to get that”. Kenickie or Eugene, maybe, as they could be a little fairer-haired. So when I was auditioning for this version of Grease, again I had the scepticism that I won’t get the role. And I actually auditioned for Doody this time around – a younger character that could definitely be fairer-haired. I actually had this image in my mind that that was what they’d consider me for…