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

Brittany Ferries is a maritime company born out of a will to connect the coastal regions of North-Western Europe - developing trade and tourism amongst the destinations we serve.

Founded in 1972 by Breton farmers wanting to export cauliflowers and artichokes, our distinct origins have developed into a major transport network linking UK, France, Spain and Ireland as well as a significant in house tour operation. But the principles of regional economic development, social enterprise with long-term commitment, are still central to our vision today and for the future.  

In the current season Brittany Ferries is operating seven cruise ferries, two économie ships (both chartered) one high speed craft and one freight-only (also chartered). The proposition is one of a premium but affordable service offering customers a choice of more convenient and relaxing journeys in pleasant surroundings.

By sailing to and from ports further west (including Plymouth and Poole), there can be savings in both driving time and distance compared to other surface travel options for many travellers. The onboard experience offers attentive service and style with high quality dining, boutique shopping, elegant bars and lounges, with a choice of well-appointed cabins on most routes.


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

Clockwork Marketing

Specialists in the tourism industry, Clockwork Marketing works with independent hotels, restaurants and tourism businesses. They have an impressive portfolio of national and international clients; each is unique, but they all have one thing in common: they want to grow. With 25 years’ experience, the team understand the industry intricately, and apply a common sense approach to marketing, strategy and technology.

Clockwork help hospitality businesses save costs and achieve growth by ensuring that their marketing is effective and their strategy is geared for success. Many of the businesses they work with get in touch because they’ve found themselves:

Playing ‘Marketing Roulette’: Taking chances, unsure what works and to what extent;

Suffering ‘Marketing Paralysis’: Not doing any meaningful marketing because they don’t know where to start; or

Lacking something: They want to be market leaders and need a strategy to stand out.

Over the years, Clockwork Marketing has grown considerably; today, they are a talented team of 22 marketers, strategists, designers and developers. Their services include responsive website design, SEO, social media management, email marketing, marketing management, branding, design services, OTA strategy, direct mail, copywriting, content management, online gift voucher software and business transformation consultancy – all under one roof!


Quality in Tourism

Quality in Tourism is an expert in offering advice, support and guidance for all tourism & hospitality businesses. 

Our experienced team has worked in various tourism and hospitality roles, giving them a true empathy and understanding of the issues within the industry. From mystery customer visits & website reviews to RevPar & marketing analysis, we work with our members to offer practical help and assistance, with the aim of driving additional sales and increasing profit.

Our experience, expertise and insight into the industry allows us to respond to current trends and assist members to deliver what the customer actually wants.


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.


 Beales Gourmet

Beales Gourmet are Dorset’s favourite event caterers. Founded by Tony and Molly Beales in 2005, the company now caters for over 350 events annually, both at their own venue, The Italian Villa at Compton Acres, and at other high profile venues and marquees across the South – proudly flying the flag for local produce. The multi award-winning caterers also cater for corporates in their offices as well as for private events in your own home. Be it a wedding, a gourmet dinner for 10 or a canape reception for 1500, Tony and his team have the experience and exuberance to make your event spectacular!


Welcome to Excellence - South West

Welcome to Excellence is the the leading provider of customer service skills training in the UK.

Why do you need customer service training? In today’s competitive markets, customer service determines the winners and losers.

As the leading deliverer of customer service training in the tourism, leisure and hospitality sectors, Welcome to Excellence is also now seen as the way forward by retail businesses, transport providers, local authorities, universities and many other organisations for which quality customer service is critical. Options include the highly rated 'Welcome Host Gold', 'Welcome All' and 'Exceeding Visitor Expectations' courses, available in-house or through open courses, plus a range of more sector-specific courses.

If entering the Awards, always refer to these and other courses booked by your staff.

Welcome to Excellence

Cerne Abbas Brewery

Cerne Abbas Brewery, 'a modest brewery with a Giant integrity.’ Brewers of delicious award winning beers. Not a sausage of quality will be compromised on the brewing of our beer. Brewing operations are moving into Cerne Abbas shortly. Dorset’s longest-standing organic farmer. Will Best is growing the finest organic barley at Manor Farm in the Cerne Valley, this is to be brewed with directly after harvest. All bottles are available in Cerne Abbas stores and many other outlets run by nice people.


NFU Mutual

Our network of specialist local Agents work extensively with the hospitality and retail industries - everything from local coffee shops to a chain of restaurants or food stores and urban chic hotels.

We understand that your business could be impacted by a number of issues - cyber attacks, damage to your property, the loss of a major supplier or customer, the loss of a key person through illness, or an outbreak of food poisoning. But you’re not alone. Your NFU Mutual Agent can help you plan for the unexpected and get you back on your feet should things go wrong.

The right insurance starts with the right conversation. Contact our local Agent today by visiting nfumutual/branches


Melbury Vale Winery

Melbury Vale was bought in December 2003, by brother and sister, Glynn and Clare, as 28 acres of derelict and dilapidated farmland and buildings, formerly part of Barfoot Farm, near to Melbury Mill and Cann Mill.

They have lovingly converted the buildings and restored the land to good management with much determination, hard work, help and support from friends and family, to make it the varied and thriving rural business that it is today.

The on-site winery was completed and in production for 2013. It is built into the hillside with a number of sustainable design features; including wild flower meadow roof and rain water harvesting.


Olives et al

Olives Et Al are based outside the market town of Sturminster Newton, and are really pleased to be able supply the Dorset Tourism Awards reception nibbles.  Please enjoy the tasty olives and other snacks which have been lovingly prepared here in Dorset.


Ford Farm

Ford Farm is an award winning PDO West Country Farmhouse Cheesemaker located in the heart of the Bride Valley. Ford Farm are delighted to offer you two of their most popular cheeses Coastal Cheddar, and Dorset Red, all using the highest quality milk, sourced from local, free-range dairy herds that graze the lush pastures of the surrounding countryside. 


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 Source trade show is the South West’s ‘must-attend’ show for all those with an interest in speciality foods and quality drinks, profitable catering and inspired hospitality. Compare products, discover new suppliers, catch up with colleagues, clients and friends, tap into the latest trends, and be inspired by professional chefs in the Demo Kitchen. If you are looking for that special ingredient for your menu, that unique product for your shop, or the essential equipment for your kitchen, then the Source trade show will both inspire you and help your business grow.

Running alongside the show, the Source hosts the successful and growing Westcountry Tourism Conference, www.westcountrytourismconference.org.uk, with two 1/2 day events bringing together leading tourism businesses and industry experts. Those who attend also have the opportunity to visit the show.

Organised by Hale Events Ltd, in partnership with Taste of the West, the Source trade show next takes place 7 - 8 February 2018, at Westpoint Exeter. Call 01934 733433.


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



NatWest banks the largest number of businesses, proactively helping them to grow, manage risks and continually improving our customers experience. Alongside a wide range of banking services, we have a  wealth of expertise in the corporate, commercial and business marketplace, working with businesses with scale up opportunities and complex needs.

We know that the Leisure industry is a key sector for the Dorset economy and we are proud to be supporting a year-round programme that recognises Dorset’s businesses within this sector. 


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.