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Ed Jefferson

Canines come too as room restrictions relaxed

The growing popularity of staycations this summer has gone hand in hand with an increase in the number of hotels and pubs which are catering for pets as well as people - allowing guests to bring their dogs on holiday.

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L-R: Phil Whitehurst, CEO of Actisense, with Mark Norton from Parkstone Yacht Club Youth Week Regatta.

Actisense supports young sailors

Actisense continues to support the next generation of sailors by sponsoring the Parkstone Yacht Club Youth Week Regatta - thought to be one of the largest youth regattas in the UK.

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Kat Hunt with one of the tropical butterfly species.

Garden centre opens free tropical butterfly attraction

The Stewarts Garden Centres Team at Christchurch have been preparing for the opening of a new summer exhibition where visitors will be able to come face to face with some of the world's more exotic species of butterflies. The temporary Butterfly House will be open from 27th July and with no entry fee.

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Gavin Matthews

Report reveals tipping point for online retail - to reach 53% by 2028

Online shopping will account for more than 50% of retail sales (up from 19% currently) in the next ten years according to a new report, The Digital Tipping Point, out today. Commissioned by law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) which advises a wide range of retailers, the report reveals that this growth will be powered by three primary factors: the changing demographic of the UK adult population, the development of faster, cheaper, in-home deliveries and fewer physical stores. However there are also potential risks ahead for retailers that don't prioritise data security when embracing the new technologies needed to thrive in a digital future.

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Siblings Katharine Higham and Ian Woodgate are the duo behind e-Tutoring.

Oxbridge siblings high tech 11+tuition

Salisbury based sister and brother team Katharine Higham and Ian Woodgate have combined their respective teaching and IT experience to launch their new business, e-Tutoring, which delivers real time, interactive, online tuition with experienced UK based teachers. Initially the business is providing nationwide tuition for children studying to take the 11 Plus exam.

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Chris Potts (PKF Francis Clark), Robert Sweeney, Paul Stout (PKF Francis Clark), Andrew Sweeney, Sam Chapman (PKF Francis Clark)

Active nutrition breakfast manufacturer secures equity funding with help of PKF Francis Clark

PKF Francis Clark has advised the founders of OOMF! on raising equity to fund the breakfast business's expansion. OOMF! was launched in 2011 by brothers Andrew and Robert Sweeney to provide a tasty high-protein, low-sugar on-the-go porridge to target the growing active nutrition sector.

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Looking for Dorset's business leaders and companies of the year

The Dorset Business Awards 2019 is looking for the county's business leaders, and best companies, to honour at its prestigious ceremony in November. Company of the Year, sponsored by Lester Aldridge, acknowledges all-round business excellence, across all sectors and industries. The 2018 winner, BV Dairy, was commended for its involvement with the community and concern for the environment, as well as investing to procure growth.

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BCHA CEO Martin Hancock (wearing suit) and Dr Mufeed Ni

BCHA appeals to business community for help in creating medical suite for rough sleepers

BCHA is appealing for help to create a medical and wellbeing suite which will both improve the health of people who find themselves homeless or in temporary accommodation and ease the strain on A&E. Bournemouth-headquartered BCHA, which has spent over 50 years helping thousands of vulnerable people to find homes and jobs, intends to site the expanded medical facility at Ten St Paul's, a centre it owns in Bournemouth which accommodates 40 people who would otherwise be homeless.

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Sandpolo returns to Sandbanks Friday 12th & Saturday 13th July 2019

Sandpolo returns to Sandbanks 12th & 13th July

There is no stopping the enthusiasm of 1000's of people who flock to the beautiful beaches of Sandbanks, Dorset, UK on the second weekend in July to join in to what has become known as 'the Sandbanks weekend' in the sporting and social calendar of the South Coast of England.

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Illustrative masterplan for the outline layout of the site submitted as part of planning application

500 home development approved

An outline application for up to 500 homes on land to the north of Littlemoor in Weymouth has been approved by Dorset Council. The development is located on an allocated site within the West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan. Once completed, it will include up to 175 affordable homes, with a 50:50 split of affordable rent and intermediate housing, such as shared ownership properties. Eight hectares of employment land will also be provided which includes a hotel, care home and car showrooms. Over two hectares of land will also be provided for a new primary school.

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Emma Ayling, Priest’s House Museum director, hands over the keys to Greendale Construction director, Rob Hooker.

Greendale Construction handed the keys to the Priest's House Museum

Dorset Chartered Builders, Greendale Construction Limited, has been entrusted with the keys to the historic Priest's House Museum, Wimborne. A unique live theatre event culminated in the museum's Director, Emma Ayling, handing the keys over to Greendale Construction director, Rob Hooker, as the company embarks upon a 30-week, £700,000 major restoration and renovation project supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Grosvenor House, Grosvenor Square, Southampton.

Refurbished city centre office rapidly filling

A landmark office building in the heart of Southampton's business district now has over 60% occupancy following the latest letting. WSP, the global engineering professional services firm, signed a 10-year lease on 4,910 sq ft on one of two ground floor suites at three-storey Grosvenor House.

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