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Natalie Rogers

Top tips to help employers support employees

Now more than ever, it's vital that employers are tuned in to how their employees are feeling whether they are continuing to work remotely, are spending some time in the office or have been furloughed. Symptoms of stress can appear physically, behaviourally or cognitively via a noticeable dip in performance and productivity, but it can be hard to identify the signs, particularly from a distance.

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Ian Girling - Dorset Chamber chief executive

Dorset Chamber reaction to new local lockdown system

Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said: "Clearly it is incredibly disappointing to see the escalation of infection rates and the introduction of intensified restrictions. "They are a blow for confidence at a delicate time for the economy. Anger among businesses is understandable, particularly in the north of the country and in the hospitality, leisure and events sectors in Dorset who are already finding it very difficult.

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Peter Hardy, Eco’s commercial director

Dorset recycling firm wants your say on 'war on waste' education

A Dorset firm is inviting residents, community groups and fellow businesses to suggest ideas for a new education centre devoted to tackling the county's waste challenge. Experts at recycling and renewable energy company Eco Sustainable Solutions are keen to encourage better use of waste locally and stop it ending up in landfill.

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Nicola Bailey

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

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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Ian Girling - Dorset Chamber chief executive

Critical point in the fight against coronavirus

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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Wessex Heartbeat urges Salisbury to saddle up for charity

Salisbury urged to saddle up for charity

Wessex Heartbeat is urging people across the region to get on their bikes and get peddling as it announces its annual Cycle Sportive event. The popular event, which is now in its fifth year, and sponsored by the Hendy Group, aims to raise thousands of pounds for the leading Hampshire cardiac charity.

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UK-EU agreement vital for supporting communities, jobs and living standards

Following another week of tough negotiations, the CBI is urging both the UK and EU to renew efforts to get a deal. That's essential to protect people's jobs and living standards amidst one of the worst recessions in living memory. Deborah Fraser, CBI South West Director, says agreeing a deal between the UK and EU will have tangible, positive benefits for firms employing tens of thousands of people across the South West in industries such as advanced engineering and manufacturing, green technology and digital and cyber technologies. It will also underpin economic recovery across the UK, protecting our younger generation and the future of our public services.

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Second Covid wave will leave retailers and suppliers with nowhere to hide

A second wave of coronavirus is already surging towards the High Street and many famous brands may not survive, says the home delivery expert ParcelHero. It fears sluggish footfall, failing shopping centres and unimpressive CVAs and Pre-Pack Administrations are leaving household names on the brink of disaster.

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Simon Keys from Action for Children

Plea for younger volunteers to host homeless children

Action for Children's Dorset Nightstop is making an urgent plea this month for younger volunteers to support its work with homeless young people across the county.

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Nicola Bailey

New grants a critical lifeline for small firms

Responding to the announcement that small businesses in England will now be able to receive grants worth up to £1,000 every three weeks if they are required to close due to Covid-19 restrictions, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Development Manager for Dorset Nicola Bailey said: "Though a lot of firms across Dorset have now been able to reopen, thousands are still impacted by local lockdowns and sector-based restrictions.

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Ian Girling, Dorset Chamber chief executive.

New call for businesses to put safety first

Businesses in Dorset are being urged to update their risk assessments to ensure workplaces are Covid safe for returning employees as government advice changes. The Dorset Chamber has warned that a wide range of new measures will need to be introduced to comply with health and safety. Its call comes as government advice changed with effect from August 1 giving employers more discretion about asking employees to return to the workplace.

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