What does business want from the Budget?

Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling has set out what he wants to see from Chancellor Rishi Sunak in this week’s Budget. Ian said: “The Chancellor Rishi Sunak faces a blizzard of tough decisions in this ‘bounceback’ budget. “He needs to ensure a smooth transition from national crisis to economic recovery while restoring the public finances in the long-term. “Clearly … Read More

Regional solicitors look ahead as lockdown takes hold

Regional law firm Ellis Jones Solicitors has urged businesses to anticipate employment issues before they arise in the face of a lengthy coronavirus lockdown. Partner and head of employment Kate Brooks has highlighted key points to consider amid calls for tougher restrictions as the Covid crisis deepens. This includes employees being able to take unpaid time off on an unlimited … Read More

Tank museum breaks all records

The Tank Museum in Dorset held its most successful Tankfest event ever with more than a million people attending – online. Usually 25,000 tank fans visit the attraction over three days to watch armoured vehicles being put through their paces on the circuit in Bovington.

#kids4dccf – cancer charity launches campaign

Children across Dorset are being asked to help raise money for a cancer charity that has seen its funding slump during the coronavirus crisis. Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF) gives grants to families who are facing hardship because of cancer – help that is required more than ever at the moment.

Marketing the Wright way

A pioneering marketing expert has returned to Dorset from the bright lights of London to offer his services to small businesses. After a decade working for some of the world’s biggest global brands, multi-award winning Tom Wright has launched the Biddable Media Consultancy.

Tasty tender process is on the school menu

A Dorset catering business is serving up an easy solution for the school meal tender process. Forerunner Catering in Bournemouth has produced a free ‘tender toolkit’ to relieve the pressure on local headteachers and school business managers. Many schools are under the impression that, due to a meal service contract’s value and size, the procurement process is beyond their capabilities. … Read More

Green school meals are on the menu in Dorset

A former marine biologist has used his passion for the environment to help lead the way in creating greener school meals. Declan O’Toole never left his love for the planet behind when he gave up marine biology to run his own Bournemouth-based catering company 15 years ago. Instead he invested that passion into creating a company that serves around 380,000 … Read More

Trust provides all-through education for local children

A multi-academy trust in Wimborne now provides an all-through education for children in the community after welcoming an upper school to its family of academies. Queen Elizabeth’s (QE) School is the latest to join the growing and successful Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT) that now teaches children from aged two to 18. Since it was formed in 2015 WAT has rapidly … Read More