Title Sponsor


The Dorset Tourism Awards offer sponsors a range of year-round sponsor benefits, including media coverage, industry profile, communications with business, networking and business development opportunities with Services for Tourism Ltd. 

There are a range of sponsorship options available, with rates ranging from £500 to £2,000 in return for year-round profile and benefits. For more information please contact Robin Barker, Services for Tourism Ltd, at rbarker@services4tourism.co.uk or 07870 397438

Confirmed sponsors to date for 2017 are:

Title Sponsor

Saffery Champness

Saffery Champness is a national chartered accountancy practice which has been established in Bournemouth for 30 years. We support and work with a significant portfolio of clients in leisure, hospitality and tourism. Our experience has given us an invaluable understanding of the issues and challenges faced by businesses in the sector, which has enabled us to develop a range of successful strategies and solutions.

Our team, based in Bournemouth, provide advice to hotels, restaurants, marinas, holiday parks, clubs, associations and attractions. Having the specialist resource in house allows us to fully support clients on such matters as tax efficient structures and profit extraction, employee remuneration packages, VAT planning, business planning & strategy, funding arrangements and corporate finance transactions. We also provide a comprehensive range of compliance services to ensure that our clients meet their statutory obligations.


Sponsors & Partners

Brittany Ferries


Jurassic Coaster

If you're planning a trip to the Jurassic Coast, then taking the Jurassic Coaster bus service will ensure that you make the most of this uniquely picturesque coast line.

Jurassic Coaster

A Head for PR

A Head for PR is a multi-disciplined agency based on the Somerset/Dorset border and has years of experience in the travel and tourism sector working for Destinations, tourism partnerships and clients in the accommodation, attractions and services sectors. In 2015 we have received two national industry accolades – the BestforPR Gold Award for Tourism PR and also the BestforPR Gold Award for PR in the South West. We offer a professional service, competitively priced and delivering creative PR campaigns resulting in targeted media coverage where it really counts.

But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what two leading travel writers say: "In my experience, budget cutbacks and staff reductions are making it harder for journalists to write about travel in the UK- unless local PR operations step into the breach. On two recent visits, I found A Head for PR to be a vital conduit with hotels and major attractions,” Jeremy Gates, Press Association. And from Susan Hill, "I have worked with Jane on a number of travel pieces that have featured in the Daily Star Sunday and as a PR she is always willing to go the extra mile and her background in journalism means she understands exactly what's required."

And from a client: “In the last 6 months we have reached over 10 million people nationwide with PR coverage …. within weeks of developing this campaign we had coverage in national magazines, newspapers and most importantly, local and national TV coverage with the BBC, ITV and the Good Food Channel!” Sue Wiles, Visit South Devon.


Shopper Anonymous

We are a customer service development organisation that utilises mystery shopping, focus groups, staff surveys and customer feedback apps enabling your business to deliver the highest standards of service.  When areas of strength and development are identified for your business we will support you in your training and business development giving you the competitive advantage that is so important in todays economy. Customers expect great service, ensure you deliver with Shopper Anonymous. 


Dorset Food & Drink

Dorset Food & Drink is a member-based organisation with a special trademarked brand overseen by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team. It represents Dorset's food and drink business community bringing a strong and vibrant sector together under one banner. As well as promoting what Dorset has to offer, it provides excellent networking opportunities for its members and specialist advice on a number of topics, including environmental issues and support to improve your businesses environmental sustainability.


Visit Dorset

The Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership comprises of local authority tourism officers from the district and borough councils of Christchurch, East Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset and and Weymouth & Portland and represents over 600 private businesses.

Together, this partnership is responsible for promoting Dorset to potential visitors through a wide range of avenues including publications such as our Dorset Guide, the visit-dorset.com website, apps, social media and national media campaigns.

The Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership works closely with VisitEngland, its members and selected partners to market Dorset as a leading tourism destination.

The Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has agreed to support the local tourism economy as one of its main priorities and representatives from key Dorset tourism businesses have recently been called together to form a group known as a Destination Management Organisation (DMO), following a blueprint established by the national body for tourism, visitengland. The Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership is a representative on this group.


Dorset LEP

The Dorset LEP’s overarching aim is to create more jobs and drive economic growth in Dorset. There are some really exciting projects that the LEP has, or is, currently helping bring to life, through public, private and cross sector partnership and investment.

For more information visit the Dorset LEP website www.dorsetlep.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @dorsetlep


Purple Cloud Consultancy

Purple Cloud Consultancy has considerable experience of delivering high quality training and offers a range of fun, innovative and inspirational training workshops.

  • As the South West delivery partner for the highly successful Welcome to Excellence programme we offer a range of flexible customer service workshops that can be tailored to any business, destination or sector
  • Providing the biggest opportunity for personal development in the South West through the ‘Art of Being Brilliant’ seminars, we offer the opportunity to boost happiness, performance and business by creating a positive environment
  • Working with some of the South West’s top trainers we are able to offer a range of bespoke courses covering topics such as Leadership & Management, Team Building, Communication, Performance Management and Business and Personal Skills Development
  • Offering a range of customer research packages to provide valuable insight into how to manage customer expectations, through the use of mystery shopping, staff surveys and customer feedback


Bournemouth Water Business Services

The South West has a proud record of being at the forefront of tourism’s need to have a positive impact on the beautiful environment we promote and enjoy. Part of the challenge in ensuring that our region stays special is to manage our precious resources sensitively and effectively.

Bournemouth Water Business Services is the dedicated service to business customers in the Dorset region.

From retailers to hoteliers to holiday park owners, we're here for all Dorset businesses. Our aim is to help you save water and money and to operate more efficiently without any fuss or disruption; after all, you've got your own business to run.

Our Key Account Managers are here to build relationships with you – if you’d like support or help please contact Bryan Adams, our Tourism specialist, at Bryan.Adams@bournemouthwater.co.uk


The Hotel & Catering Show

Organised by Hale Events Ltd, this trade show next takes place 13 - 14 March 2018, at The Bournemouth International Centre. Call 01934 73343 or visit www.hotel-expo.co.uk for more information.

The Hotel & Catering Show is one of the UK’s longest running hospitality and food service events, with over 50 year’s history. This show features hundreds of new and innovative products, delicious food and drink product tastings, the latest trends and exciting developments from industry, and a chance to network with current suppliers, peers and key industry players.


Take One Media

Take One is a tourism marketing company that creates customers for destinations, attractions, theatre and events through the display & distribution of tourist information on and offline.

We offer literature display and branding opportunities in tourism outlets across the South West, including high footfall including supermarkets and motorways and other key information points, monthly distribution into all Tourist Information Centres, and twice yearly distribution into small hotels and B&B’s, our ‘Things to See & Do Somerset’ map and our consumer website, Dayvisits.

In addition we work with customers on objective setting, segmentation, targeting and marketing mix decisions as well as offer support on design, messaging, print, mailing, fulfilment & data capture.

For more information about Take One and how we can help your business, contact Dominic Tancock on 07887 752124 or Dominic.tancock@takeonemedia.co.uk



Established in 1958, Goadsby has grown to become an influential property practice covering both residential and commercial disciplines.

The group comprises a branch network of 27 offices across the South of England with dedicated commercial centres in Bournemouth and Winchester.

Specialist teams cover all aspects of residential and commercial business including sales, lettings, new homes, land, mortgage services, hotels and leisure, business space, retail, investment consultancy, survey & valuation, building consultancy, town planning, property management, CAD services, corporate consultancy and public sector appointments. The Hotels and Leisure division of Goadsby is one of the longest established nationally. A wide spread of clients range from the guest house owner to corporate hotel groups, whilst also dealing with the sale of HMO’s, restaurants, retail businesses, public houses, holiday flat blocks, camping and touring parks, catteries and kennels.

Currently ranked among the top 25 of all composite property service providers in the UK, the commercial arm is recognised as a major practice in the Central South having won awards for the last five years based on the volume of business transacted.

Tourism is the lifeblood of the South Coast and Goadsby are committed to maintaining an active support role within an industry rightly recognised to be a principal contributor to our local economy.


Resort Dorset

The Resort Dorset magazine has provided many millions of people with quality visitor information. Resort 2017 is the 26th annual tourist magazine to be published in the county. Distributed through more than 1,200 venues, its 200,000 circulation makes it very effective for advertisers.

Starting out with the Resort magazine in Weymouth in 1992, Resort Marketing was quick to identify the internet as a tourism publishing medium, and, as early as 1996, published one of the first online visitor guides in the south.

It is not surprising therefore that whilst still publishing successfully in print, the business today provides its customers with an ‘all inclusive’ approach to their tourism marketing requirements.

In 2017 advertisers benefit from being featured on a new mobile responsive website at www.resortdorset.com, which drives both an iPhone and Android app, all of which can bring new business direct to their door. Resort Dorset also operates on Facebook and Twitter for the benefit of advertisers and has a following on Facebook of over 34,000 fans. To find out more please call 01305 770111 or email info@resortmarketing.uk


Real Recruitment Solutions

Real Recruitment Solutions offers a permanent recruitment service using both reactive and proactive techniques to ensure timely delivery of a quality service to both clients and candidates. Our success derives from the close professional relationships which we build and maintain with both candidates and clients. With a wealth of experience in recruitment we have a strong understanding of what frustrates people most throughout the recruitment process. Therefore, we have stripped it back to basics, namely people. Recruiting and retaining the right staff is critical to the success of any business and with a clear understanding of your company and your vacancy we are at the front end of that process.



Booking.com is an informative, user-friendly website that guarantees the best available prices. Our goal is to provide business and leisure travellers with the most accessible and cost-effective way of discovering and booking the broadest selection of accommodation, in every corner of the world.

Our teams work from local support offices with our property partners to support transparency, availability, and best pricing for all our customers. Our multilingual Customer Service team provides 24/7 dedicated assistance and advocacy to make sure our customers’ stays meet or exceed their expectations.

Our mission: To help leisure and business travellers, whatever their budgets, easily discover, book, and enjoy the world’s best places to stay.

The team: Over 10000 people right across the world are dedicated to serving Booking.com’s customers and property-owning partners.


The Italian Villa

The award-winning Italian Villa, the only venue of its kind in the UK, is set upon 10 acres of manicured gardens at the renowned Compton Acres, and operated by multi award-winning caterers, Beales Gourmet. Under the direction of Managing Director Tony Beales, the company has become synonymous with premier quality events from weddings to corporate dinner banquets, Gourmet BBQs to the ultimate home dinner parties. Their events bring in hundreds of visitors to Dorset each year – something they are hugely passionate about. They are immensely proud to sponsor the Dorset Tourism Award for Small Attraction of the Year.

Beales Gourmet - The Italian Villa at Compton Acres, 164 Canford Cliffs Road, Poole Dorset BH13 7ES Tel: 01202 700992



Bournemouth University - School of Tourism

The Department of Tourism and Hospitality Bournemouth University is recognised globally as a leading contributor to knowledge creation and dissemination in tourism and hospitality. The combination of staff expertise and enthusiasm, knowledge excellence and cocreation with industry, generate innovation and best professional practice. Our approach is about creating value with everyone we work with, locally and globally, and to share the benefits with society.

Our approach to teaching is to inspire and empower – we want our students to develop their professional skills in a tourism and hospitality context, and to have the confidence to tackle future global challenges. We foster an intellectually challenging but nurturing educational environment, encouraging our students to develop not only professionally, but also personally.

Our in-depth and cutting-edge research in tourism and hospitality means that what we do is always evidence-based. We have expertise in many different fields to address issues in a multidisciplinary and multicultural way. We aspire to drive the future innovation agenda globally. Our academics have, for example, worked with the Scottish government to provide the evidence base for business decisions made at prestigious tourism organisations, such as VisitScotland. Research funded by the European Commission contributes to the creation of the Holy Grail Route and the creation of accessible tourism innovations to support disabled travellers, as well as the promotion of vegetable consumption among adolescents and elderly.

We are proud of our industry collaborations that enable us to cocreate best professional practicethrough constant interaction and engagement. We work closely with key academic and tourism industry professional bodies and associations, including the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, VisitBritain, VisitScotland, VisitWiltshire, Bournemouth Tourism, Merlin Entertainments Resort Theme Parks, TUI, Hilton Hotels, Corinthia Hotels and many others.

We are privileged to live and work in Bournemouth and Poole, Dorset a living tourism and hospitality laboratory. This enables our research and teaching to have great relevance and impact in the global marketplace.

To get involved in the Department of Tourism and Hospitality please contact Head of Department Professor Dimitrios Buhalis dbuhalis@bournemouth.ac.uk

Visit www.bournemouth.ac.uk/tourism and our blog http://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/tourism



Established in 1944, Hoseasons is one of the UK’s leading self-catering accommodation specialists, with more than 28,000 places to stay in coastal and countryside settings throughout Britain and Europe.  From lodges and parks, to boats, cottages and apartments, the company offers the widest available range of self-catering holidays in the UK. Part of the Wyndham Vacation Rentals family of brands, Hoseasons accommodates more than 1.4 million holidaymakers and more than 73,000 pets every year. www.hoseasons.co.uk; www.Facebook.com/Hoseasons; @hoseasons



At NatWest, we offer the personal service, trusted expertise and strong financial backing you expect from a major commercial bank.

What’s more, our Relationship Managers have attained rigorous standards which have been accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute. This means they have an endorsed level of professional excellence, making them even better placed to assist your business.

Depend on NatWest to deliver a responsive, tailored and efficient service – day to day and month after month.


Porter Dodson

Porter Dodson is a Top 200 UK law firm with locations across Somerset and Dorset. We are all about delivering great advice when and where it is most convenient to our clients, whether they are an individual or a company with an international dimension.

The firm has a strategy designed to deliver steady, sustainable but ambitious growth. It focuses on building on two fundamental strengths – our clients and our people.

Our clients say we are getting this right as 96% of clients would recommend us because of our overall service. As a Firm, we were recently awarded the Gold standard by Investors in People – putting us in the top 3% of employers assessed.

At Porter Dodson we work with our clients to understand their needs, support them effectively and deliver the best possible legal outcome. Our strapline is “All about you”, reflecting our focus on clients, employees and professional contacts alike.