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Keith Simmons MBE - Retirement

March 2007

It was a sad week for most at Bournecoast’s offices in Southbourne this week except for Keith Simmons MBE and Managing Director of Bournecoast who was busy shining his golf clubs in preparation for his retirement next week after 26 years of running the company. In 1981 Keith Simmons MBE bought the property company from his father-in-law Major William Web, who established the company in 1960. Originally set up as a holiday let agency Keith’s drive and ambition quickly saw the company establish a successful residential lettings business, and then develop into a Property Agency including Estate Agency. Keith is now leaving Bournecoast in its best period of business since it was established.

Keith’s three children, Des Simmons, Anita Smith & Veronica Strongman, who have been managing the company alongside their father since the late 90’s will continue to manage Bournecoast. Anita Smith & Veronica Strongman commented “It’s going to be sad not to have Dad around, but he’s worked so hard to get the company to where it is today he deserves to start taking it easy and to enjoy his retirement to the fullest”.

Des Simmons continued “We are all so proud of Dad and his achievements, not only with Bournecoast but also with his work on renovating the Bournemouth Deaf Centre. His hard work helped the local deaf community so much that it resulted in Dad being recognised as the Volunteer of the Year by the Mayor of Bournemouth in May 1996 and awarded an MBE in the 2000 New Years Honours list by the Queen. He will be sorely missed by us all and the staff are commenting about the void dad will leave. Although we have bought on new staff to help us with the additional work load and he has trained us all well, it is his smile and sense of humour that we will all miss. We aim to continue his philosophy that good service and looking after the company’s clients is the most important aspect of running a business”.

Keith Simmons MBE said “Not many people have the privilege of working with their family members, so to work with all three of my children and their spouses on a daily basis has been a joy and a part of daily life I’ll miss. I leave Bournecoast in more than capable hands and commend the hard work that is conducted day in, day out by Des, Anita, Veronica and the Bournecoast team. I very much look forward to taking a step back and seeing the company grow and develop even further over the coming years. I also want to thank all the Bournecoast clients that have stayed with Bournecoast since I took over in 1981 and who will continue to benefit from the services the company offers long after I retire”.

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