Fax the way we like to order in our groceries!

A family-owned grocers in the South has seen a boom in orders thanks to a blend of old-fashioned personal service and online technology. Fifth-generation Dike & Son has bucked the retail trend by not having to furlough or lay off any of its 75 staff during the Covid-19 lockdown.

It all adds up for new finance chief

Business innovation funding and tax relief specialist GovGrant has appointed a new chief financial officer (CFO). Experienced Steve Phillips has joined 80 in-house professionals and associate field experts at the rapidly expanding company. St Albans-based GovGrant has secured millions of pounds in research and development tax credits for small or medium businesses. Steve, who qualified as a chartered accountant with … Read More

Blue Sky thinking over stock market correction

A presentation by Blue Sky Financial Planning heard that recent heavy falls in global stock markets have created a new sense of realism. Gary Neild, managing director and owner of the Poole-based firm, told nearly 60 attendees that investors across the globe had been in danger of complacency because of a lack of volatility last year. Although share prices suffered … Read More

Funeral director welcomes finance report

Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors has welcomed a report by Fairer Finance that looks into funeral plans. The report by the consumer group uncovered a ‘litany’ of problems with some pre-paid plans in a market that is unregulated.

Dorset businesses in £13.4m support scheme

Essential business support worth up to £13.4 million is available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Dorset under a comprehensive scheme launching this week.

‘Finance in Dorset’ seminar set to become annual event

A seminar dubbed as ‘speed dating with funders’ proved so successful that it’s now set to become an annual fixture in the Dorset business calendar. More than 80 people attended the inaugural Finance in Dorset event at AFC Bournemouth with organisers PKF Francis Clark describing the response as “superb.” A dozen sources of grant, debt and equity funding took part … Read More

Office numbers add up for Berry Recruitment

Berry Recruitment based in Falmouth has expanded its operations in response to a growing demand for workers in the office and financial sector. The Cornish branch has created a ‘commercial’ desk to service an increasing number of clients looking for accountants, bookkeepers and office staff. The desk provides temporary and permanent workers for all office-based roles, but the growth of positions … Read More