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'Do we really want to launch a trade war with the EU NOW?' asks ParcelHero

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has announced plans to introduce legislation overriding parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol. It's a move likely to infuriate the EU. 'With energy and food prices soaring, is a new economic war with our closest trading ally sensible?' asks the international delivery expert ParcelHero.

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Alun Oliver

Tax reform must not short-change businesses

Property tax specialists in Dorset are urging the government to 'keep it simple' as consultation opens on a proposed shake-up of investment allowances this summer. E3 Consulting - with an office in Bournemouth - has called for a reduction in red tape and warned that businesses must be given time to adjust to any changes.

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"The Queen's speech left a lot to be desired, with businesses still at breaking point" - Simply Business comment

Alan Thomas, UK CEO at Simply Business, comments on the 2022 Queen's Speech: "With six million UK SMEs, together contributing trillions of pounds to the economy, the Queen's Speech was a key opportunity to detail the bounce back needed and left a lot to be desired.

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Mixed picture on local SME confidence

The latest quarterly small business confidence report for the South West shows that confidence has risen among SMEs since the end of last year - but there are still many concerns around the economy, recruitment and rising costs.

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Matt Weston Robert Half

Growth-support roles lead salary increases for UK professionals

Professionals with the skills to support short-term growth are the big winners in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic, according to new data analysis from talent solutions consultancy Robert Half.

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Picture showing the Zoom call when the auction was opened with Martin highlighted in yellow. The auction closes on Friday April 15.

Bids open for Ukraine auction

TV personality Martin Roberts and Dorset businessman Paul Tansey told of 'heartbreaking' scenes on the Ukraine border at the opening of a charity auction for humanitarian aid. The duo met at a refugee camp while on separate mercy missions delivering medicines, supplies and emergency relief.

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Act now to stabilise business confidence and growth; there is no basis for delay

Act now to stabilise business confidence and growth; there is no basis for delay - CBI Chief

The CBI is calling on the Chancellor to use his Spring Statement to stabilise business confidence and get firms investing by doubling down on green energy and creating a permanent investment deduction.

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Caron Khan - Dorset Chamber president

Living with Covid plan statement

Dorset Chamber president Caron Khan said: "Many businesses in Dorset will give a cautious welcome to the new 'living with Covid' plan.

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Gill McAteer

When bosses play cupid - can your workplace ban office romances?

As Valentine's Day approaches and peoples thoughts turn to romance, employers and employees alike are unsure on where they stand with office relationships, Gill McAteer at Citation explains the rules.

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Nine in 10 tradespeople forced to delay projects due to ongoing supplies shortage

Nine in 10 (87%) tradespeople are being forced to delay projects due to the ongoing supplies shortage, a new report reveals. The study by small business insurance provider Simply Business unveils the devastating impact of the supplies shortage, with over a quarter (27%) of tradespeople saying they've had no choice but to delay projects by a minimum of four-eight weeks.

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Levelling Up: The devil's in the delivery, say small firms

Responding to the Government's Levelling Up white paper announcement, FSB Development Manager for Hampshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight - Nicky Kildunne, said: "The new Levelling Up agenda gives an opportunity to rebalance the system, making sure opportunities and funding are more equitably spread across the UK.

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