Digital business goes physical

A specialist e-commerce agency decided to sell goods itself to learn about the difficulties faced by its clients…and now business is booming. Wiltshire-based We are Chain launched its own enterprise – an online pet shop called Dogs Dogs Dogs Ltd – to experience the same issues as its customers. Now business has soared at both companies during the Covid lockdowns, … Read More

Crooks now posing as cyber experts

Cyber security has experienced a major boom since lockdowns forced people to work from home and crooks are taking advantage, a leading expert has said. Matt Horan, security director of C3IA Solutions, has warned that criminals are posing as cyber experts to gain access to businesses’ systems.

Ellen warns of horse trading in equine market

An equine lawyer who has been riding since the age of five has warned of a rising number of disputes as horse sales boom in lockdown. Ellen Shipton, of regional law firm Ellis Jones Solicitors, said that mis-selling appears to be increasing whether through genuine misunderstandings or deliberate targeting of buyers. Now she has urged anyone buying, selling or involved … Read More

Men more likely to file a late tax return, says Hampshire accountancy firm

Research by HWB Chartered Accountants in Hampshire has confirmed what many of us have long suspected – just like Christmas shopping and packing for holidays, men leave it to the last minute. Latest figures show men are more likely to put off tackling their self-assessment tax returns than their female counterparts.

Apply for a marathon place to help make children’s wishes come true

  Places are available in this year’s London Marathon for runners who’d like to help children’s charity Round Table Children’s Wish. This year’s London Marathon is scheduled for October 3, and will offer two opportunities for runners – the traditional marathon and a virtual one which will see 50,000 participants around the world joining the 50,000 on the course from … Read More

Chamber welcomes new board member

Dorset’s leading business support organisation has boosted its board with a new appointment from the world of financial planning. Dorset Chamber has welcomed Gary Neild as a non-executive director as it continues to innovate and support businesses. Gary is managing director of Poole-Based Blue Sky Financial Planning, which is a longstanding chamber Platinum Business Partner and supporter of the Young … Read More

Snail sales far from sluggish

Dorset Snails says sales of its mouth-watering molluscs are up 250 per cent in the last year as Brits get a taste for the Gallic delicacy

Warning as lockdown fraudsters target school academies

Multi-academy trusts should be on guard from fraudsters looking to exploit any weakening of internal controls during lockdowns. Concerns have been raised by Hampshire chartered accountants HWB, which advises academies trading as not-for-profit companies.

William Beatty’s medicine cabinet is saved for the nation

  Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Jo Laird of the Royal Navy Medical Service launched the campaign after spotting the piece of nautical history on the antique selling portal 2Covet. Along with colleagues Surg Cdr Kate King and Surg Cdr Iain Wood she began the crowdfunder, asking for £16,000 – a total that has now been reached. Antique dealer Charles Wallrock of … Read More