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Chancellor update marks significant step forward, say small firms, but more help needed

Nicola Bailey

Responding to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak's speech concerning his Winter Economic Plan, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Nicola Bailey - Development Manager for Dorset, said: "There are many measures to welcome here that will make a real difference. It's particularly encouraging to see that all small businesses will be able to access the new job support scheme without facing excessive paperwork, with a guarantee of help for the next six months. "News of the 'Pay as You Grow' approach will mean relief for hundreds of thousands of firms, giving them the confidence to invest and hire today rather than tomorrow, providing a crucial option to suspend repayments for six months. We called for an extension to the deadline for emergency finance facilities and that extension has rightly been delivered today. The assurance on credit ratings will be hugely welcomed by many worried small business owners.

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'No lasting recovery unless infection rate can be controlled'

CBI calls for urgent autumn business support plan and national effort to build testing capability. The CBI has responded to the Prime Minister's Commons statement where he has laid out new coronavirus measures in England. Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:

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Critical point in the fight against coronavirus

Ian Girling - Dorset Chamber chief executive

Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said: "We are at a critical point in the fight against coronavirus. "The new measures will be a concern for some sectors of business but clearly action needed to be taken to get to grips with the escalation of the virus. "Some hospitality businesses will undoubtedly be disappointed and the guidance on homeworking is a major change just when employees were returning to the office. "We must not hide away from the fact that a return to homeworking will not be easy for some employers and employees.

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New partnership on National Fitness Day

Dorset Mind and New Body Fitness announce New partnership on National Fitness Day

National Fitness Day is celebrated on 23rd September and, as an advocate of getting active to improve mental health, local charity Dorset Mind is excited to announce a new partnership with New Body Fitness Gyms. Based in Bridport and Weymouth, the partners will work together to promote the benefits of fitness for improving mental health and creating a positive mindset.

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