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Best of the South West: Bridge Health & Wellbeing shortlisted in StartUp Awards

Apr 7, 2022

Exciting news! We are very proud to have been named one of the most impressive new businesses in the South West after being shortlisted in the StartUp Awards 2022. We are the only Dorset business to make the shortlist in the Business-to-Consumer Services category.

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The StartUp Awards National Series has been launched to recognise the booming startup scene across the UK, which has accelerated since the pandemic began. Supported nationally by BT, EY, Dell & Intel, the programme will celebrate the achievements of the amazing individuals across the UK who have turned an idea into an opportunity and taken the risk to launch a new product or service.

Over 2,500 applications were received in response to the Startup Awards National Series’ first-ever call for entries.

Paul O'Connell, Physiotherapist at Bridge Health & Wellbeing in Christchurch, Dorset

Paul O’Connell, Founder and lead physiotherapist of Bridge Health & Wellbeing said:

“When we opened our doors in July 2019, Louise and I were so excited to realise our dream of bringing our physiotherapy and Pilates skills together to create a welcoming wellbeing community in Christchurch, Dorset.

It’s certainly been a rollercoaster ride since then, dealing with the impact of COVID. But our clients have been amazing and made it all worthwhile. Being recognised for all our hard work in national awards like these is very humbling.”

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, the creator of the StartUp Awards National Series, commented:

“New firms are important for generating economic prosperity, employment opportunities and innovation. We’ve been blown away by the standard of entries in this first year and truly look forward to crowning the winners in June.”

The South West final will take place at Propyard in Bristol on 28th June 2022.

Picture of Louise O'Connell, Pilates teacher in Christchurch Dorset

Louise O’Connell, co-founder and Pilates teacher, added,

“We can’t quite believe that from all the amazing new B2C service companies across the entire South West we made the shortlist of just 4! We will proudly represent Dorset as the only Dorset-based finalists in our category and keep our fingers crossed for the awards event.”


Whether you need help with pain or an injury, or just want to stay fit and healthy, join us for your journey. Book your appointment now at or call 01202 473800 to speak to our friendly team of wellbeing experts.

We were super proud to see our chiropractor Aaron lecturing at the international RCC Sports Faculty Symposium 2022. We are lucky to have such global experts working at our clinic. We have also expanded the gym and rehabilitation services this year, including opening up the space for more equipment to assist with recovery.

We couldn’t have done any of it without the support of you, our fantastic clients. So thank you to each and every one of you for helping make our vision of creating a dedicated health and wellbeing space in the heart of Christchurch where everyone is welcome a reality.

Here’s to 2023!

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