Calling all businesses: BU needs you…

Are you struggling to manage your business social media accounts and online presence?

It wouldn’t be so bad if you didn’t think that all your competitors are online and doing a better job than you are. This could be easily solved by allowing our students at Bournemouth University to propose solutions to your problems as part of an assessed unit assignment this Autumn.

Whether you need to increase traffic to your website, keep customers on your website for longer, make people read your blog more often, improve your Facebook page engagement, increase Twitter customer service positive replies or introduce new social media platforms into your marketing and communication mix (YouTube, Vine, Instagram, Flickr, LinkedIn, Forums) our students can help.

2nd year Advertising, Marketing, PR, Politics and Media undergraduate students at Bournemouth University will be working offline and in pairs to pitch solutions to your social media marketing and communication challenges. You can then implement any of proposals by working with the pairs who created them as an “extra-curricular” project.

Please contact Liam Toms for further information ( if you are interested in participating.

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) seeks local business leaders to join board

The Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is seeking business leaders from the local community to join its board.

The Dorset LEP aims to deliver growth, innovation and business enterprise across the region.

It is looking for local business leaders to join its voluntary board and contribute to the organisation’s strategic role, as well as advising on and influencing policy and the delivery of Dorset LEP activities.

Dorset LEP has recently been awarded a £66 million Growth Fund investment from the Government, which will used to improve road networks around Bournemouth Airport and the Port of Poole, among other initiatives.

Lorna Gibbons, Director of Dorset LEP, said: “This is a really exciting time for the LEP, after being awarded the £66 million growth deal with the Government.

“We are looking for people who understand and care about Dorset and can help the Dorset LEP achieve its task of creating jobs and growth for the region.”

The Dorset LEP board comprises leaders from a variety of different business backgrounds, alongside representatives from local government and further and higher education.

The available board positions are voluntary non-executive posts with a commitment of up to the equivalent of circa 2 days per month, with a three year maximum term.

The deadline for applications is Monday 8 September 2014.

For more information please contact Anushka Naidoo, Communications Assistant for Dorset LEP, on 01202 962349 or