Monday, 31 October 2011

Dorset Review - How Do We Make Money?

So what are we all about here at Dorset Review and @dorsetreview

Dorset Review is an idea that I've had for a little while, being passionate about my County and my home town of Shaston.

Having been involved with the internet for many years now, and with various projects/websites in operation there is no faster way of getting your message across then social networking.

In particular Twitter, being fast and instant, but with that you require a steady and easy to control base which is where the blog comes in. Combining the two together provides a powerful and easy to use format whereby we can promote all things Dorset.

But, I hear you ask, what's in it for you? And what's in it for us?

OK, so lets take the what's in it for you. You are gaining exposure that you wouldn't of got otherwise. The potential for the tweets, both ours and yours to travel around not only the local area but the world is amazing. More exposure no matter how it comes on the web is simply great advertising.

A permanent presence on the blog is also critical, not only that but the way that search engine's work is through their own technical search and seek spiders which continually trawl the web for new content. The more new content placed on a website the more it is seen.

With the amount of promotion and new posts that the blog has on a daily basis, this is simply what the search spiders love! So if you haven't updated or changed your website for a while, maybe its due a review?

So, what's in it for me? Well, apart from supporting all who reside within this fabulous County of ours I make money, not alot, but an amount from all the adds that are placed by Google by the right of each post. However, I only make money if these adverts are clicked on! So please feel free!!

We also would like to support and promote you by offering a tweeting service whereby for a small fee, your business will be the promoted business of the day, with a number of tweets all highlighting your cause, venture or business. You will also get a full and comprehensive write up on the blog of your venture.

As we run a number of other twitter accounts and our association with other business networking sites, it is fairly easy to retweet to a massive audience to get your message across.

If you are interested in this please feel free to contact me at

I hope you found this informative, we have no hidden agenda, just the simple idea of you scratch our back and we will scratch yours! Sometimes in business we over complicate things, here, we like to keep thing simple!


Blue Hen Dorset - Home Made Cakes

Blue Hen Dorset - Home Made Cakes

Blue Hen Dorset believe that homemade fruit cakes, made using old fashioned methods and natural ingredients are tastier and better for you.
Our luxury fruit cakes taste delicious as they are completely homemade using our very own unique recipes. The fruits have been steeped in spirits until they are plump and succulent resulting in an unrivalled moist and aromatic cake.
We always bake with the finest quality fruits, nuts and chocolate in our recipes, excellent spirits and of course we only ever use butter and organic flour.   We don't just use free range eggs, we also collect them daily from our own flock of hens - you can't get fresher than that!
As you would expect from a cake that has a high fruit content, our cakes keep very well,  many would say that they improve with age (if you can resist eating the whole cake straight away!) 
Every time you enjoy one of our purely homemade Blue Hen Dorset little big fruit cakes you can be sure that each one has been baked with the same care and attention and using the best quality natural ingredients.
For more info click on the link at the top and it will take you to their website!

Landlord 2 Landlord Sales - Poole Dorset


If you are an existing Landlord looking to add to or reduce your property portfolio with tenants is situ or you are looking at buying your first property to let and want the security of existing tenants paying your mortgage from day one, you are in the right place. Landlord To Landlord Sales (L2LS) is a specialist Estate Agent with nationwide coverage specifically aimed at putting Landlords together for mutually beneficial property sales.
Landlord to Landord Sales: Helping new and existing landlords buy rental propertieswithout the hassle of finding tenants.

Big Bite Promotions - The Memorable Merchandise Company Bournemouth

Big Bite Promotions - The Memorable Merchandise Company Bournemouth
Promotional Advertising Products

call us: 01202 435500
fax: 01202 435501

The Silly Army Sports And Social Club Bournemouth

The Silly Army, registered charity number 1136198, is an alternative Bournemouth sports club for adults, based in King's Park.
We invented The Silly Army as an excuse for adults of all ages to run around like kids, playing silly games and sports like we used to do at school.

Our regular meet is 1pm every Sunday at King's Park next to the Bowls Centre. Look for the Volleyball net and a selection of silly equipment.

QP Furniture - Solid Wood Furniture Specialists - Bournemouth

QP Furniture is the leading Bournemouth solid wood furniture specialist and has been operating as a family business since1987.

We started with one shop unit with a mission statement to quite simply offer the absolute best in Quality, Choice, Value and Service.

23 years on and the Company has gone from strength to strength and is now recognised as probably the top furniture for sale Bournemouth shop in the area, with thousands of repeat customers regularly returning. As many of our customers have commented " this is the nicest range of quality furniture in Bournemouth that we have seen".

Our furniture shop now comprises of 7 large showrooms with huge displays of quality furniture. Bedroom furniture, dining furniture and occasional furniture, oak furniture, pine furniture, leather sofas and gorgeous accessories. We also have a sales room, selling ex-display and clearance furniture at up to a genuine 50% discount.

We are very committed to you, the customer, we offer an excellent personal service from the minute you walk through the door. Our staff are extremely helpful and knowledgeable, we offer a free home measurement service if required to help you find the right size and style of furniture. Your furniture will be delivered by our own delivery staff who install your furniture where required and remove all packaging. All backed up with 100% guarantee.

Elcock Associates Building Surveyors And Consultants Bournemouth

Elcock Associates Building Surveyors And Consultants Bournemouth

Elcock Associates is an Independent RICS Building & Quantity Surveying and Construction Consultancy providing a range of building surveying and general practice services to corporate clients and individuals. Embracing modern technologies and traditional business values, we aim to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction through each associates wealth of experience.

All staff are members of one or more professional organisations, including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the leading organisation of its kind in the world for professionals in property, land, and construction. The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

Our client base includes Law firms, Property Developers, Estate Agencies, Corporate organisations and repeat private clients.

To see more of Elcock Associates click on the link at the top.

Lighthouse - Poole's Centre For The Arts

Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts started life as a big ambition to inject culture into the Poole community. 32 years later our big ambitions are still going strong. And we’re just getting started.
Opened in 1978 as Poole Arts Centre, we were born as a response to a lack of cultural facilities in the South East Dorset.  Conceived, designed and delivered by an ambitious local authority keen to invest in cultural provision for its community the Centre was unrivalled in the region for the opportunities it presented to experience such breadth and such quality all under one roof.

Poole Arts Trust was set up as a company limited by guarantee and registered as a charity with a board of voluntary directors to operate and manage the venue. The trust was and still is linked to the Borough of Poole through the provision of financial support, in the form of generous grant to assist with the operation of such an ambitious undertaking.

In 1998 Lighthouse attracted its first revenue funding from Arts Council England and first started undertaking education work in order to increase its impact and value it added to the community. 
Having celebrated its 21st year of operation in 1999 the venue underwent a £9.5 million transformation to bring the  facilities up to date technically and to upgrade the public areas. Re-opened in October 2002, the centre was reborn as Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts.

Raring 2 Go - Bournemouth

Hello and welcome to Raring2go! the definitive guide of what to do and where to go for parents, carers and children.

If you're looking for help finding great ideas for a family day out, or the ideal party venue and a host of other great ideas to make your life easier, then take a closer look...

Looking for that Martial Art school or local Ballet teacher? We have a host of Clubs and Classes for all age ranges, and much more for kids to do!

Raring2go! isn't just a National Website, we have over 60 Editors producing a local Magazine, that goes out every quarter, that too is jam packed full of events, activities and offers all to help you!

If you haven't received your local edition, take a look online...

If you want to feature your events, activities or family friendly businesses, just click here

Edeli Spanish Food - Okeford Fitzpaine Dorset

Edeli Spanish Food - Okeford Fitzpaine Dorset
Welcome to Edeli, specialists in fine Spanish foods. We import and offer the most naturally produced Spanish oils, vinegars and olives, paella rice and fragrant spices.

We've made it our business to be the most knowledgeable UK experts on Spanish gourmet food. Over the years we've scoured the regions of Spain to discover, evaluate and choose the very best. We believe that we're offering the best quality Spanish ingredients that you can use to create the most exquisite typical Spanish dishes.
Our sister company, Illuminada, uses the very same ingredients to produce our renowned paellas for weddings, food festivals and other special occasions in Dorset, where we are based, and throughout the South of England.
Edeli is the exclusive UK importer of Mallafre extra virgin olive oilsMallafre flavoured oils and Mallafre virgin nut oils. In our opinion it's the finest of all oils. You don’t have to take our word for it; this year Mallafre's flavoured olive oils have earned one and two gold stars in the highly coveted 'taste awards'.
If you are a keen home cook, a delicatessen or a caterer, you've found a source of the finest quality Spanish ingredients!
Great Spanish food

Hawthorn - Contemporary Arts And Crafts - Blandford Dorset

Hawthorn is a Contemporary Craft Gallery and Haberdashery in the beautiful Georgian market town of Blandford Forum, Dorset.
Established in 2010 by Stephanie Carswell Hawthorn offers a hand picked selection of work by Britain's best contemporary designer-makers from one-off pieces of jewellery to beautiful artworks, ceramics and textiles. We aim to support local makers as far as possible and you'll find many pieces made within Dorset and the West Country.
In our second room you will find our eclectic and fun Haberdashery full of buttons, ribbon, felt and our special vintage collections.
Click on the link above to visit their website.
Needle Felted Dodo - Fortescue (Made to Order)
Fortescue is a needle felted Dodo made from Merino and Shetland wool. He's weighted to make his odd shape stand up properly. He's an inquisitive fellow probably wondering where all the other Dodos are...! Fortescue is made to order and will take approximately 3-4 weeks to make (a bit longer than my smaller pieces). NB. The pictures are not of the actual Dodo you will receive but he will be very similar. Due to the nature of needle felting each piece is unique. Fortescue stands approximately 25cm tall and about 20cm long. He will be carefully packaged for safe travel to anywhere in the world.

I will send you a message when he is finished so you can know when to expect him.

All of my animals and creatures are named after people and places that mean something to me. Fortescue is the name of a street I lived on whilst at University and reminds me of quirky and fun times, a lot like this particular Dodo!

Health And Finance - Dorset

We search the market to find you the right scheme.
Access to all health cover providers including: Bupa, AXA, Aviva and many more.
No obligation & FREE service.
One call and we search them all.
Not just private health care, we are also able to help with all areas of insurance like life cover and income protection - and much more. Download our leaflet in pdf format
Call now
01929 477 317

Susan Green Hand Bound Books - Dorset

Welcome to Susan Green Books. Here you will find a variety of unique hand bound journals, notebooks and artists’ sketchbooks which are a pleasure to use and display, to give and receive.

You can view the bindings in the Portfolio and purchase a book from the Shop. Stay up to date with the News section, check out Press and Testimonials to read what people say about my work and find answers to common questions in the FAQ.

East Dorset Mencap

Welcome to East Dorset Mencap

East Dorset Mencap operates in North and East Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Our aim is to enable the values, CHOICE, OPPORTUNITY and RESPECT for our members, their families and carers, and all people with learning disabilities within our area of operations. We look to enhance quality of life, and enable opportunities wherever we are able.

Registered charity number 900639

Purple Dog Net - Business Support

We sniff out and promote UK companies who are looking to build their business online. You follow us, we follow you. You promote us, we promote you. Simple!

Bournemouth And Poole College


About the college
Lawrence Vincent
College Principal
Welcome to this section of the web site that provides information about Bournemouth and Poole College, how to get to The College, important dates in the calendar, the latest newsand all the college services!
Students thinking of doing a course at the college should either start at the school leaver'spage or go directly to the course search. You might also like to check out our new College video.
If you are unable to find the information you require here then use the site map.
Please feel free to contact us. For general enquiries or website enquiries please use thecontact us form.
If you are an International student please go to the international site.
The College Mission Statement:
Aspire - Achieve - Succeed

West Dorset Leisure Holidays

West Dorset Leisure Holidays

Your Choice of Five select Family run Holiday Parks on or near the West Dorset Jurassic Coastline 

Highlands End Holiday Park, Eype 

Golden Cap Holiday Park, Seatown

Graston Copse Holiday Park

Larkfield Holiday Park, Burton Bradstock

Sandyholme Holiday Park, Dorchester

Click on the links for more details

Dorchester People - Dorset

Dorchester People - Dorset

Dorchester People is a great way to stay in touch with your community.

Click on the link above for news, reviews and comments!

Country Bumpkin Chic - Dorset Blog

Country Bumpkin Chic - Dorset Blog

A west country lass who loves getting creative, watching indie bands, Extreme sport billy and passion for good communications. Get in contact:

Follow her blog on the link above!!!

Dorset County Museum

Dorset County Museum

This October the British Museum’s blockbuster exhibition about the ancient kings of Egypt will come to Dorset County Museum as part of a national tour.

Find out more about this amazing exhibition.

Purbeck Brewery - Dorset

Purbeck Brewery - Dorset

Micro Brewery on the Jurassic Coast! Recent winner of a Bronze medal for our IPA in the London & SE Camra Strong Beer Awards

Sunday, 30 October 2011

So Far - So Good!

A good start to our little venture to promote all things good in Dorset!

With 80 folk following on Twitter all ready!

Those who do follow and reside within Dorset will get a free plug on this blog, just like the others who are all ready on here.

Just remember it's a two way thing, we support you and you support us, so if you get the chance to Retweet us then it will be much appreciated!

We hope in the coming months once our numbers are up to put together some advertising campaigns where by for a very small fee, and I do mean a very small fee, you can have your business showcased with an in depth blog post and upto 6 retweets of your business on a given day.

So plenty of things planned for the future, but first, lets grow those followers on Twitter!

You can find us on Twitter at -  Dorsetreview

Thats all for now folks...........

The Baking Birds Windsbatch Bakery

The Baking Birds Windsbatch Bakery

If you want to track us down ... checkout 'Buns on the Run'.
Windsbatch Bakery has landed!
....and your more than welcome to pay us a visit! We wil be there 9.30am - 1.30pm Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Friar Wadden Rd, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 4EW

Well, hell fire! We've only gone and won the best baker gong at the Taste of Dorset Awards! Needless to say, we're a wee bit chuffed. We just want to say a really, really big thank you to everyone that voted for us. We also want to thank the judges, John Hole of GWR Hole & Sons, and Chris Tory of the Dorset Game Larder for choosing little old us, as well as providing delicious sausages for the awards dinner. Also, Jennie Duley for making us the most stunning award plate, and Blackmore Vale Magazine for all their support.

Homemade by Lizzie & Bekki is a very small, cottage industry style affair that pretty much does what it says on the tin. Based in Upwey, we are Lizzie & Bekki (also known as the 'Baking Birds') and we create speciality home baked and hand made goods, making the most of the wealth of fantastic produce available to us here in Dorset.

We sell directly through the Dorset Farmers Markets, and we and our rather colourful and sometime ramshackle stall can be found once a month at Bridport, Broadstone, Dorchester South Street, Sherborne, Shaftesbury, Poundbury and twice a month in Wareham. We can also be found once a month in Weymouth with Mrs Pooks Best in Dorset markets. Each month we change our Farmers' Market ‘menu’ to reflect the season as far as possible, and give you and ourselves some variety. There is always a wild selection of cakes, breads and savoury and sweet scones. 

As well as hawking our wares at the farmers markets we also supply a number of cafes, restaurants & pubs with cakes, jams, chutneys, bread and scones and flapjack to River Cottage for their festival attendance. We are really pleased to be the main cake supplier to Gould's Dorset Kitchen in Dorchester & we're now supplying cake to Monkey World. Plus, you can also find us ‘in the kitchen at parties’ where we will do the homemade so you can party without the hassle-and if you would like a cake for an ‘occasion’ we can do that too! 

So to find out more click on the link at the top!

The ID Group - Bournemouth

The ID Group - Bournemouth

At ID Group, our goal is simple, to think about the best ways to build brands, deliver great creative work and recommend the tools to succeed.
With a will to win, great insight, a strong creative product and more importantly, loving what we do, we add value to our clients, our teams and the wider IDG community.
Our core competencies cover a wide range of mediums. Have a look through our website which highlights the areas that we specialise in.

To take a look, click on the link at the top.

Wave Marketing Direct - Bournemouth

Wave Marketing Direct - Bournemouth

Welcome to Wave Marketing Direct – the inexpensive web design and web marketing company that offers you a professional solution to your business needs. My name is Doug Stewart and I am freelance web designer and web marketing consultant based in Bournemouth, Dorset.

To contact click on the above link!

Thursday, 27 October 2011



Greening our economy in West Dorset
Many people say they can’t afford to live on the land anymore – but with Peak Oil and a need to conserve energy and produce food locally, there are a myriad of ways that we can diversify and change our traditional land based economy to meet the needs of the 21stCentury.  Coppicing wood for wood fuelled stoves; growing mushrooms for sale in quality   restaurants; metal work and wood weaving; sustainable building; eco tourism; developing renewable energy…these courses provide the skills to people living in this area.

Basepoint Bournemouth Centre - Business Accomodation

Basepoint Bournemouth Centre - Business Accomodation

Aviation Business Park, Enterprise Close, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6NX
Basepoint Bournemouth provides a wide range of flexible business accommodation, from small one or two-person units, through to mid-size and larger units. It includes a range of workshops - some with mezzanine floors.
Situated on a prominent site at Aviation Business Park, an established business park adjoining Bournemouth International Airport, occupiers benefit from a superb road network.  Ringwood, Ferndown, Bournemouth and Poole town centres are all easily accessible, together with the nearby Castlepoint Shopping Centre.
For further information please contact Carly or Rosemary on 01202 331700 or

Solar Panels Bournemouth

Solar Panels Bournemouth

If you live in the Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch area and would like a FREE assessment of suitability for solar panels, an estimate of likely income generated, and a quotation for installation prepared for you by a local, family run, fully trained and MCS approved solar panel installation company then click on the company link above.

B+B Club Weymouth

B+B Club Weymouth 

Welcome to B+B Weymouth

We are here to change the way you think about bed and breakfast.

The B+B Weymouth is a privately owned boutique bed and breakfast offering our discerning guests 4 star accommodation in Weymouth. We have 23 bedrooms and one 3-bedroom self-contained apartment. The building is a Grade II listed Georgian building with six floors; there are no lifts. If you are unable to manage stairs, please request a lower floor room. Our staff are available to help you with your luggage.
The B+B concept is the brainchild of a group of like-minded professional hoteliers who have rewritten the rules for a new style of Bed and Breakfast hotel for the 21st century. This new brand offers a modern, contemporary environment at affordable rates. Design, service, quality and comfort are all part of the philosophy.

Central Seaside Location in the Heart of Weymouth, Dorset.

Only a few yards from the beach, 10 minutes from the station and a short walk into town, B+B Weymouth is the perfect location for your stay. Enjoy the resort with its historic harbour and 95 miles of stunning Jurassic coastline; Englands first natural World Heritage site.

Latest News from B+B Weymouth
NEW Flavours of Dorset Dinner Menu - We are now able to offer all our guests a Dinner Menu at a cost of £20 per person. View the sample menu, click here.
To book please call 01305 761190 or use our contact page, 72 hours notice is required.
NEW bar service now available in the lounge. We have a basic selection of wines, beers and spirits, many locally sourced. Chesil,  pilsner style beer, and award winning Jurassic Bitter are both supplied by The Dorset Brewing Company
Read their BLOG HERE

New Media Producer - Duncan Smith

New Media Producer - Duncan Smith

Is your website working for you?

Increase traffic and increase conversions with the power of keyword targeting and social media marketing.

Call Me Now: 01305 824553

King Audio Transcription and Typing Services (KATTS)

King Audio Transcription and Typing Services (KATTS)

King Audio Transcription and Typing Services (KATTS) based in the UK has been specialising in professional transcription services since 2003.

KATTS offer a more personal transcription service which can be tailored to your needs providing high quality confidential transcription services in a user-friendly manner.

Whether you need transcription support in your Human Resources department with disciplinary hearings or appraisal interviews, market research or dissertation interviews, focus groups and conferences KATTS can help you.

KATTS is easy to use; just send KATTS an email for a quotation then send your sound files via email attachment or the Send a File link on the left for transcription.

Your dedicated consultant at KATTS is Sarah King who will work with you on your transcription project from start to finish.

Browse the links below for more information about the transcription services KATTS offer or email Sarah for a no obligation quotation.

Cuco Creative Marketing Agency Bournemouth

Cuco Creative Marketing Agency Bournemouth

CuCo, the creative marketing agency, is bursting with imaginative ideas in Branding,PrintDigital 

and Marketing. Our strength is helping brands communicate and grow with strategic and effective 

solutions. Here’s a few ways we help...


Basepoint Weymouth - Self Contained Business Units

Basepoint Weymouth - Self Contained Business Units

Jubilee Close, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7BS
Basepoint Weymouth comprises 31 self-contained business units suitable for office and workshop use built around a neighbourly courtyard.
Accommodation ranges from small one or two-person business units through to larger workshop units suitable for a wide variety of commercial uses. Facilities include advice and support services, meeting rooms and free parking.
The centre is located within walking distance of Weymouth town centre and close to Weymouth Retail Park with good road and public transport links.
For further information please contact Nigel on 01305 767675 or

Strawberry Fields Foods - Dorset

Strawberry Fields Food

Strawberry Fields Foods; makers of yummy local jams, curds and preserves.

Follow our usually fruity, mainly sweet, occasionally messy and always fabulous food adventures here.

Our products are currently available at retailers in the New Forest and Surrey. Or available directly from us. Email us for more information.

Contact Us:

Glen Cheyne - Creative Business Growth - Dorset

Glen Cheyne - Creative Business Growth - Dorset

What are your aspirations for the business? Build it up to sell it on? Attain
the perfect work-life balance? Earn enough to put the kids through school
or just enough to pay the bills whilst doing something you love? Whatever
your goal might be, whether it's building the bank balance or feeding your
soul, I can help you on your way.

Macmillan In Dorset

Macmillan In Dorset

Macmillan improves the lives of people affected by cancer locally. We provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care. Cancer affects us all. We can all help. We are Macmillan in Dorset.

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Military Fitness Bootcamp - Weymouth, Dorset

Military Fitness Bootcamp - Weymouth

“Boris” Stone and Chris “Billy” Smart, (you can tell they’re ex-army can’t you, over 30 years between them), have been running residential fitness boot camps, military style, for some time.
They met over 2 years ago when Billy was training for the London Marathon, and after sustaining a leg injury Boris offered his services.
Since then Boris and Billy have been working on projects together ever since.
Boris has been running his own personal and corrective training  company for 9 years and Billy an event management company for 2 years.
Together they have been running Residential Bootcamps for over 18 months and now running their own in Weymouth,Dorset.  And they have recently teamed up with the Outdoor Fitness Company in the North East of England and Charmaine Bates who runs the female only non military weekends.