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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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Kris Johnson

Green energy risk warning for South West developers and landowners as renewable projects gather pace

South West energy developers and landowners are jeopardising the profitability of renewable projects by failing to adequately cover the financial risks faced, an insurance expert has warned.

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Ian Girling - Dorset Chamber chief executive

Dorset Chamber and BCC react to latest trade figures

Exporters in Dorset are being urged to take advantage of help available after the release of new trade figures. The ONS UK-EU statistics for January 2021 showed a drop of 40 per cent. Dorset Chamber Chief Executive Ian Girling said: "We've seen a reduction in exports within our international trade team and we our doing our best to help businesses overcome problems and get goods moving again.

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Susan Davy CBI South West Chair

South West can lead the way in the race to net zero

The past 12 months have exacted a terrible toll on both our population and our economy - but with vaccine delivery progressing well and a roadmap to reopening now defined, thoughts are rightly turning to recovery. But let's be clear - recovery has to be about more than regaining lost ground. Instead, we must aim higher.

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Claire Burden

Building back better

The pandemic has created a vast agile-working experiment that may permanently change the office environment. The past 12 months have seen companies scramble to put technology in place to allow employees to work remotely and to allow businesses to continue as normal, but it has also brought acceptance of this approach. Looking forward, businesses that can reshape their businesses effectively to capitalise on the lessons from the pandemic can reap financial and competitive advantages.

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Warren Munson

New podcast for business owners

Poole-based business and tax advisory firm, Inspire, has launched a new podcast, designed to keep business owners and leaders up to date with the latest news, advice and opinion when it comes to all things business!

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

FSB shines light on female business success

Female-focussed businesses from all across the South West came together to celebrate the passion and enthusiasm of women business owners and entrepreneurs in the region when Britain's biggest business group staged its first regional 'Women in Enterprise' conference.

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E3 Consulting Managing Director Alun Oliver

Hampshire property tax specialist urges Budget rethink

A Hampshire-based property tax specialist has urged Chancellor Rishi Sunak to rethink his 'grossly unfair' super-deduction giveaway announced in the Budget. The £25bn measure was hailed as the 'biggest business tax cut in modern history' - allowing companies to reduce their tax bill when they invest in their business by 130 per cent of the cost. But the flagship policy has been branded a missed opportunity after closer analysis by property tax specialists E3 Consulting because it excludes some types of businesses.

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Ellis Jones Solicitors Managing Partner Nigel Smith

Ellis Jones Solicitors Budget Reaction

'Let's keep people and the economy moving' Nigel Smith, Managing Partner of Ellis Jones Solicitors, said: "The measures in the Budget are to be broadly welcomed. "As businesses and individuals we have received support and it is right that we pay back the help that has been provided. "The extension of the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday is welcome although this should have been announced very much sooner.

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