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Dorset companies to benefit as £13.4 million support scheme launches

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. The Dorset Business Growth Partnership is designed to help any county-based SME become more competitive in the market. Dedicated strands of activity will include pre-start and start-up support and improving […]

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Popular bus driver retired after 44 years behind the wheel

After 44 years behind the wheel of a Yellow Bus and driving a total of nearly 800,000 miles, Steve Sanders has pulled the handbrake on his career. The popular driver has retired aged 66 after working a total of 2,053 weeks for Bournemouth’s brightest bus company. Managing Director Andrew Smith was there to meet him […]

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The Small Employer – Support

The Small Employer Offer is a new and unique package of employment support for both employers and employees. It recognises the need to support small employers in a proactive and positive way and my role is to engage with Small Employers throughout Dorset and parts of Hampshire. I can do this by: Dispelling myths around […]

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“Saffery Champness host fraud prevention seminar”

Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants hosted a fraud prevention seminar at their Bournemouth office which was delivered by a senior manager from the Lloyds Bank Commercial Fraud and Financial Crime Team. Saffery Partner Nick Fernyhough welcomed attendees to the early morning event and talked about Saffery’s role, as auditors, in helping to protect their clients from […]

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Dorset’s Council Leaders reaffirm commitment to Future Dorset

The Leaders of Dorset County, Bournemouth, North Dorset, Poole, West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland Councils have reconfirmed their commitment to plans to modernise local government in Dorset, protecting frontline services and boosting the area. Cllr Rebecca Knox, Leader of Dorset County Council, said, “The Future Dorset proposal is about being aspirational and ambitious for […]

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Keith’s dinky decker stands tall

A retired bus driver who built a miniature double decker got to meet the real thing when he took his vehicle to Yellow Buses’ depot in Bournemouth. Keith Burbidge spun over to the Yeomans Way site and parked up next to an open-topper and one of the company’s brand new buses. The model-maker made his […]

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Dorset Business Angels to host conference in Bournemouth – tickets available to book

Dorset Business Angels (DBA) is hosting an Angel Investor conference on Friday 27th October and is urging existing Angel investors, potential investors and introducers to come along and learn more about what they do and be inspired by the exciting investor opportunities available. The Conference, which is in its 3rd year, will host a programme […]

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Ironman challenge raises £12,000 for Dorset charity

A Dorset charity has paid tribute to a solicitor who raised more than £12,000 in an Ironman challenge. James Kidner, a Partner with Ellis Jones Solicitors, raised a total of £12,149.50 for The Lexi May Trust after successfully completing the Ironman 70.3 Mallorca. The event involved a 1.2 mile swim, 55.9 mile cycle and a […]

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Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants sponsor Dorset Legal Awards and urge for nominations to be made

The Bournemouth office of national chartered accountancy firm, Saffery Champness is sponsoring the recently launched Dorset Legal Awards. Partner Andrew Alder, who heads up Safferys legal sector group advised, “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the inaugural Dorset Legal Awards which have gained much interest in Dorset since their launch in May. This is a […]

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