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 […]

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Bournemouth Arts By The Sea Festival: 25 Sept to 4 Oct

We are thrilled to announce that the 10th Arts by the Sea festival will go ahead, in a revised COVID-friendly format this September!  With safety firmly in mind, there will be a limited number of ticketed outdoor events which will allow for social-distancing, as well as a digital programme of engaging workshops and live-streams. For […]

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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 […]

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Dorset SME Recovery Grant: Applications Now Open

Dorset Growth Hub have opened up applications today for the Dorset SME Recovery Grant.  This grant is a result of the Government announcement that a share of £30 million would be distributed to each Local Enterprise Partnership, including a £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package for small businesses in tourism sector and a further £20 million […]

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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 […]

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New grants to help fund recovery for SMEs

The Government has announced £20m in funding to help SMEs in England recover from the effects of the COVID crisis. SMEs can access grants for new technology and other equipment. The grants can also be used for professional, legal, financial and other advice to assist in their recovery. Typically, the grants will be awarded up to […]

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A Brief Guide on Dealing with Redundancies

Since March 2020 when our world at work completely changed courtesy of Covid-19, the topic that seems to be top of the list of many businesses’ agenda at the moment is, sadly, Redundancy. As we approach the end of the timescale for the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (ending October 2020), many organisations are reviewing […]

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Council to seek further views on cycling and walking scheme in Boscombe and Southbourne Overcliff Drives, and at Cleveland Road

A BCP Council scheme to provide safer space for cycling and walking on Boscombe and Southbourne Overcliff Drives, which was intended to relieve pressure on the promenade, and where concerns about speeding traffic have been a barrier to switching local journeys in that area, will be delayed to allow more time for dialogue with local residents.  The scheme was not planned to close the area to cars or prevent clifftop parking, but only to […]

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Willingness to visit a Restaurant – DEFRA survey

The Defra Behavioural Insights Team ran an experiment (N = 5,274) to understand the impact perceived safety measures might have on peoples’ willingness to visit a restaurant. Participants were randomly assigned to see a restaurant scenario with varying safety measures, and with or without a financial incentive. Only 28% of UK adults are willing to […]

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