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Nicola Bailey  Development Manager – Dorset, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Federation of Small Businesses

Urgent support needed for small firms carrying the cost of re-opening delay

FSB responds to the Prime Minister's announcement in which he confirmed a four week delay to the final stage of the unlocking roadmap in England. The delay will be difficult for many small firms who had been hoping for the Stage Four unlocking to take place on the 21 June and now urgent support is needed for small firms carrying the burden of this latest delay.

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CBI responds to 21 June delay in England

Tony Danker, CBI Director-General, said: "Public health comes first, so while a delay is regrettable, it's understandable. "Most businesses favour certainty and irreversibility over speed, as lifting and then reimposing restrictions would be a nightmare scenario for many firms. "But we must acknowledge the pain felt by businesses in hospitality, leisure and live events. At best they're operating with reduced capacity hitting revenues, and at worst, some aren't open at all.

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Property specialists warn against missed opportunity in planning shake-up

Property tax specialists in Dorset and Hampshire have called for more details about 'disappointingly vague' proposals for a shake-up of planning infrastructure charges. E3 Consulting has welcomed the reforms outlined in the government's landmark Planning Bill but has warned against introducing a one-size-fits-all system.

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Nicolas Croix Founder  CEO Moonworkers

IR35 tax changes less impactful than feared, say SME bosses

The impact of changes to IR35 tax has been less impactful than first feared, according to new research from HR automation business Moonworkers, with more than two-thirds of SMEs planning to hire more contractors this tax year.

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Hospitality owners feeling both 'excited and anxious' about reopening after pandemic losses amount to over £40,000 each

Pub and restaurant owners are both 'excited and anxious' about reopening their doors on Monday, welcoming some 'normality' but uncertain about the recovery from the pandemic. In total, 68% of hospitality business owners have had to temporarily stop trading during the pandemic as a direct result of multiple lockdowns and restrictions.

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UK Mental Health Awareness Week: Four in five small business owners say Covid-19 has negatively impacted their mental health

As the UK shines a light on mental health, four in five (82%) SME owners say their mental health has been negatively impacted by Covid-19 - with one in five (19%) describing their mental wellbeing as being in a 'bad' place. The study of 765 SME owners from across the country by small business insurance provider Simply Business, released to mark UK Mental Health Week, also revealed that almost half (47%) are worried about their mental health.

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Vicky Kells

Webinar to offer insight into social housing sector

Key issues in the social housing sector will be discussed during a series of webinars for Clarke Willmott's Housing Week 2021. Experts from the firm's specialist social housing team, alongside some guest speakers, will cover topics ranging from green issues and decarbonisation to the latest in planning law and current corporate issues.

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Niall Harper and Aaron Keith, founders of Sentinel Fire and Security

Sentinel warns of failed emergency calls

Residents in assisted-living and warden-assisted accommodation are at risk because their emergency communications are increasingly likely to fail. Sentinel Fire and Security, which specialises in this technology, is warning that the new digital roll-out is leaving analogue systems dangerously exposed.

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2500 More Pubs to Close as Covid Rules cause Confusion and Rental Terms remain Punitive

2500 more pubs to close as Covid rules cause confusion

Notwithstanding the reopening of the pubs sector, the Forum of British Pubs (FBP) is forecasting that a further 2500 are set to close unless the terms of the Pubs Code are changed, amidst confusion too on what Covid rules to apply.

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Ian Girling - Dorset Chamber chief executive

Duke of Edinburgh tribute

Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said: "The Chamber would like to express its sadness at the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh. "It sends its sincerest condolences to the Queen and the Royal family at this time. The Duke will be remembered as a great supporter of business and enterprise.

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Diane Grannell Principal of Bournemouth  Poole College

Successful and safe return to campus

Bournemouth & Poole College students have enjoyed a confident return to on-site study, with over 3,400 rapid COVID tests already carried out since 8th March. All students have been invited to attend the testing facilities as part of The College's commitment to ensuring a smooth and safe transition back to study on campus.

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E3 Consulting managing director Alun Oliver

Specialists warn against falling foul of planning pitfalls

Householders, developers and property professionals are being urged to familiarise themselves with planning laws in respect of CIL across England and Wales. Property tax specialist E3 Consulting - with offices in Ferndown and Southampton - has cautioned that 'ignorance is no defence' when it comes to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

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