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John Taylor, RSM

Brexit optimism dips among southern businesses

Optimism among the region's businesses about the impact of Brexit has dipped to its lowest quarterly level for a year according to the latest survey by leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM. The survey, carried out by YouGov, revealed that sentiment regarding the Brexit impact on company performance over a two year period dropped to 96 on RSM's Brexit Monitor index. The index measures sentiment between a range of 0-200, where any score above 100 is considered positive, any score below 100 is negative.

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CBI responds to Spring Statement

The CBI has responded to the Spring Statement presented by Chancellor Philip Hammond. Rain Newton-Smith, CBI Chief Economist, said: "Against a hugely uncertain political backdrop the Chancellor has made an admirable attempt to set out a long-term vision for the UK economy, yet remains shackled by Brexit.

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HMRC urges business owners in the South of England to make sure they are ready for no deal

HMRC urges business owners in the South of England to make sure they are ready for no deal

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urging business owners in the South of England to prepare now and consider three steps to ensure their businesses can continue to trade with the EU if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

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37% of people in Dorset and Hampshire are in the dark when it comes to valuing their possessions

Based on a new report, A-Plan estimates that more than 260,000 households in Dorset and Hampshire, and 10.6 million homes in the UK are valuing the contents of their homes incorrectly.

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Sue Nicolson

Humphries Kirk comments on the upcoming rise in probate fees

Sue Nicolson, solicitor at Humphries Kirk, explains the upcoming increase in probate fees and how it might affect families from April 2019. "My usual advice to a recently-bereaved family is to focus on organising their loved one's funeral first, to take some time to catch their breath and only then to deal with the paperwork for settling any assets. However, the imminent increase in Probate fees means that any delay could have financial repercussions.

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Mike Hawkyard

Digital Gaming Guru Behind LEGO Games to Discuss Future of Gaming Industry

Mike Hawkyard, Chief Strategy Officer of Gamebrain and Managing Director of Amuzo, will address Bournemouth's startup community about how to start, grow and run a business in the digital gaming industry at Startup Grind Bournemouth on the 20th February.

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Locals express concerns over Corallian Energy Oil Rig

Locals express concerns over Corallian Energy Oil Rig

With the news that Corallian Energy will be drilling for oil between two of Britain's most famous coastal landmarks, Old Harry Rocks and The Isle of Wight, key business owners and members of the Bournemouth community have expressed their concern. The campaign group Save Our Shores Bournemouth announced that 6,700 tonnes of chemicals will be discharged into the sea during the government-approved project which not only poses a threat to both the coast and marine life but also presents an eyesore for Britain's best beach.

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With snow back in the news, law firm Hart Brown explains the legal rights of workers if they are unable to get to work

Snow is back in the news. The north may have had its share of the white stuff already, but forecasters are warning that the whole of the country will have a dusting this week. With travel disruption a strong possibility, Jane Crosby from law firm Hart Brown, reminds workers of their rights if they are unable to get to work.

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Optimising your mental workload capacity - Blog post from Dominic Irvine

Optimising your mental workload capacity

Pay attention! If you are caught driving whilst using a mobile phone, you will be fined and if you live in the UK, points placed on your licence. There is good reason for this. Driving requires visual attention and this is a finite resource.

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Ross McNally - Hampshire Chamber Executive Chairman

Chamber responds to 'meaningful vote' outcome

Responding to the Parliamentary vote, Ross McNally, Executive Chair of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "Firms in Hampshire and across the UK deserve clarity on the specific terms of trade they will face in future, both with Europe and further afield. "Sadly, uncertainty continues. Now the Prime Minister's deal has been rejected, we need to start looking at all the options available to the UK to avoid a messy scenario. It is crucial that Westminster delivers an agreement that works for UK businesses.

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Louise Woodward

Overcoming the Accounting & Finance recruitment struggle

It's no secret that clients within the Accounting and Finance sector are struggling to find quality candidates at the moment. A 2018 REC (Recruitment & Employment Confederation) report revealed that such skills are in highest demand across the UK, but that availability of suitable candidates is a huge challenge for businesses.

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(from front left) Emma Hanson, Harry Groves and Lauren Morgan. (top from left) Emily Elphick, Richard Austin and Dan Gower

New recruitment initiative for IT students

With the ambition to expand the business over the next 2 years, Richard Austin, Director at Ringwood based IT Software Solutions company, KFA Connect, asked junior members of the 28 designers, system developers and software testers, a simple question. What would they do differently to successfully recruit IT students?

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