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Business support for latest COVID restrictions

The Prime Minister yesterday announced a tightening of restrictions in England to curb the number of daily infections as the country continues to battle COVID-19.

Key points include:

  • Working from home where possible;
  • Restrictions on opening hours for pubs, bars and restaurants;
  • Extension of the use of face coverings for all parties in retail and indoor hospitality when not seated, and taxis;
  • Tightening of the rule of six.

Much of the guidance will become legal obligations, with penalties for both individuals and businesses that breach these rules. 

The restrictions could be in force for up to six months. As such, businesses will need to plan for the impact on a range of matters, including:

  • Safe workspaces for both employees at work and those working from home;
  • Staffing requirements;
  • Future strategy and funding for the business.

If you require guidance on any of these matters, contact our HR team at or call your local partner on 0330 088 7111.

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Finalists announced for Saffery Champness sponsored ‘Entrepreneur of the Year Award’ in the Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Award

Saffery Champness is sponsoring the category ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award in the 2020 Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards. The finalists have been announced and listed as;

·      Alex & Emma Young, Ginger Viking, Blandford Forum

·      Keri Astill-Frew, V. Dorset Delivery, Poole

·      Nigel Cox, Weymouth Fresh Fish

Saffery Partner Roger Wareham advised, “It is a pleasure to once again support and sponsor the Dorset Magazine Food & Drink awards, which recognise an important local business sector. Dorset has developed and established some of the UK’s most desirable brands. The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is of particular interest to us as we support a wide range of fast-growing entrepreneurial clients in the food & drink and hospitality & leisure sectorswith clients including hotels, restaurants, bars, food producers, manufacturers and wholesalers.

“Leading a small business is a notoriously difficult task that involves many hats to secure a thriving operation. This category recognises the achievements of those who have mastered this balancing act. We are looking for individuals at the helm of a Dorset based food or drink related business who have achieved growth, understand their customers and are continually innovating to support future expansion.”

Details of all the award categories and finalists can be seen online at

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AFCB: Vitality Stadium is re-opening!

Firstly, we hope that all our guests and clients are staying safe and well.

As the government continue to alter lockdown restrictions, we are now able to provide an update as we prepare to return to conferencing and events at Vitality Stadium.

First and foremost, the safety and wellbeing of our staff and clients is paramount as we look to re-open. We have a number of solutions in place which will allow simplified conferencing and event formats to take place as we welcome you back to the premises.

The solutions that we are working to implement include, but are not restricted to, social distancing compliance, capacity limitations and PPE and enhanced cleaning practices. You can view our rooms in their new format by clicking here to watch our latest informative video or click here to read more.

We are currently able to take bookings of 30 guests or fewer. We will keep you updated on any changes in the restrictions as soon as possible. For more information, please contact a member of the team by emailing

We look forward to hearing from you and can’t wait to welcome you back to Vitality Stadium.

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Christmas 2020 plans in Bournemouth

The successful Winter Wonderland the town has welcomed for the last two years has been put on hold amid the Coronavirus pandemic, and instead a Covid-conscious seven-week long event (13 November to 3 January) is planned to celebrate the festivities.

The event will see the return of the Bethlehem tree, the much-loved reindeer and other lighting installations. In order to maintain a steady flow of visitors for safety reasons, there will be fewer market stalls in The Square and the alpine bar will be a single-storey open-air attraction. Due to constraints around social distancing, the ice rink will not form part of the town’s offering for 2020 but is set to reappear in 2021.

Cllr Vikki Slade, (former) Leader of BCP Council, said: “We are so excited to be able to host these forthcoming celebrations in Bournemouth; all of which have been made with the wellbeing of our residents and visitors being our highest priority. We will be announcing plans for Christchurch and Poole in the coming weeks, as plans are finalised.”

For more information, click here.

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AFC Business, the club’s free to join business club, have launched a new support initiative for local businesses

After a difficult economic period for many, the Back to Business campaign aims to give local businesses a helping hand by providing them with an opportunity to promote their brand across AFC Business’ social media platforms and the club website.

The initiative means that every current and new AFC Business member will be put into a draw each month for the chance to co-produce a promotional video with the club.

Simple technical specifications and suggested content will be provided by the commercial team before handing over the reins to the business to produce a short video which will be used to promote their work.

AFC Bournemouth partnerships manager Amy Marks said: “It’s great to be able to offer such a valuable opportunity to our members.

“It has been a difficult time for everyone in the local business community over the past few months but hopefully this initiative will create some positivity for all those who are involved.”

To be in with a chance of winning, simply sign up to AFC Business by clicking here and filling in your details.

The first winner will be announced on Friday 11th September.

To keep up to date with all the latest business club and commercial news, follow AFC Business on LinkedIn by clicking here.

More information can be found by clicking here.

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Saffery Champness partners with LSE Elite

Saffery Champness has become a partner of ELITE, The London Stock Exchange’s (LSE’s) international business support and capital raising programme for the UK’s most ambitious private companies.

The ELITE programme is a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, advisers, investors and key stakeholders that help ambitious private companies scale-up, structure for the next stages of growth and access capital.

ELITE members can participate in a calendar of interactive events that are designed to help them review, plan and enhance their business, blending inspirational, academic and clinic style sessions delivered by expert advisers, industry leaders, academics and guest entrepreneurs.

Experts from Saffery Champness’ Entrepreneurs Group will be leading ELITE events in September and October, focusing on preparations for fundraising (23 September) and designing incentive frameworks (15 October).

Julian Hedley, Head of Saffery Champness’ Entrepreneurs group, commented:

“I am very pleased we’ve been able to partner with ELITE. Our network of regional offices means we are well-placed to be able to support ELITE programme members wherever in the UK they are located.

“We really relish the opportunity to be able to offer some of the UK’s fastest growing businesses support with their challenges, whether that is relating to growth, profitability, incentivising staff, raising the capital required to take their business to the next level, or one of the myriad of other issues they are grappling with. I look forward to virtually meeting as many of the ELITE members as possible at our first event in September.”

In the Bournemouth office of Saffery Champness, Roger Wareham and Jamie Lane will be leading on this exciting development, ensuring that businesses in Dorset and Hampshire are aware of the programme and the benefits it can bring.  They commented:

“We have been building our relationship with ELITE for some time, both at a local level and national firm-wide level, recognising that it offers a proven programme taking ambitious private companies on a journey to realise their potential.  With so many high-growth, scaling businesses in the local area we see it of the greatest importance that we can sign post to the programme as well as take our skills locally and nationally to help unlock growth potential.  We have a great reputation for working with entrepreneurial businesses and this partnership further demonstrates our commitment to them in these challenging economic times.

“Should any businesses be interested in the program please do contact us as we would be happy to explore this with them. Tel. 01202 204744

More information about the ELITE programme can be found at:

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New grants to support businesses required to close due to local COVID-19 restrictions

The Government has announced new grants to support businesses that are required to close due to COVID-19 in high incidence areas.

The grants will be for either £1,500 or £1,000 every three weeks depending on the size of the business.  For businesses that occupy premises with a rateable value of less than £51,000 then the grant is £1,000 and for those occupying premises with a rateable value above £51,000, the grant is £1,500.

The local authorities will be responsible for distributing these grants where businesses are required to close due to the local interventions.

In addition, local authorities will be given additional funds to distribute to businesses that are not on the local rates list to support them with grants of up to £1,500.

These grants do not apply to any businesses that are still required to be closed at a national level, such as night clubs etc.

If you are affected by the local interventions and would like assistance on this then please contact your local TC adviser on 0330 088 7111.

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HMRC Kickstart Scheme Application Assistance

The Government has introduced the Kickstart Scheme to encourage employers to offer 6-month work placements for 16 to 24-year-olds who are on Universal Credit.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to cover 25 hours per week at the relevant National Minimum Wage plus Employers National Insurance and Employers Minimum Automatic Enrolment Contributions.

Not advised in previous HMRC announcements about the scheme is the detail that employers must offer a minimum of 30 work placements or partner with other organisations to reach this level. The Kickstart Scheme can help you find organisations with whom to partner.

Kickstart is being run by the Department for Work and Pensions and is open to all employers in all industries to take part, but there are a number of qualifying criteria:

The work placements must be new opportunities and not:

  • Replace existing or planned vacancies;
  • Cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.

The work placements must be:

  • For a minimum of 25 hours per week;
  • Paid at the relevant National Minimum Wage;
  • Not require extensive training before they can start;
  • Develop the skills of the participants to support them looking for long term work.

Given our experience helping clients with previous HMRC initiatives, we know the process is not straight forward and can be time-consuming. Therefore, if you would like assistance applying for the Kickstart Scheme please contact our HR team at or call us on 0330 088 7111.

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Ian’s 22 weeks of lockdown beard growth shave off!

A local Financial Adviser, Ian Futcher has had his lockdown beard shaved off, as part of a fundraising challenge to raise money for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care charity.

Ian commented, “As barber shops were opening up, I had booked to get my hair trimmed and beard chopped off, when it was suggested that I grow it longer and raise some money for a great cause.

“Over the weeks, it’s grown to the point where people who’ve seen pictures say I look like Tom Hanks in Castaway. And it has been extremely difficult in the recent heatwave but knowing that I would be making a difference to someone else’s life kept me going.”

Now Ian has put 22 weeks of growth to good use and has had his beard shaved off, by Bournemouth based Master barber, Kyran Woolrych, with all money raised going to local charity, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care.

Ian said, “My target was £500, however through the generosity of colleagues, family and friends and the support of members of The Purbeck Business and Community Group, amongst others, I was able to exceed my target and raise £734. I am overwhelmed by the generosity that everyone has showed. It’s such a good feeling knowing I’m helping local people living with life-limiting illnesses to continue receiving the care and support they need.”

The Pines Hotel, Swanage kindly hosted the lockdown beard shave off on 18th August.

About Lewis- Manning Hospice Care

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity helping people with life-limiting illnesses and their families across Poole, Purbeck, East Dorset. Their free hospice care services include:

– Day hospice

– Creative arts & wellbeing support

– Lymphoedema clinic

– Better breathing clinic

They promote acceptance, hope and peace of mind, helping people live well through their illness. Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is also developing new services all the time and this includes education, and support groups for families and carers.

From its new base, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care will be able to help even more people in Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset with life limiting illnesses. Its aim is to increase people’s physical and social well-being, reduce isolation and loneliness, support people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviate the huge pressures on family and carers.

Charity Registration No. 1120193

For more information visit

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