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Service sector sentiment plummets at record pace

Business optimism plunged across the service sector in the three months to May, according to the latest quarterly CBI Service Sector Survey. Following an uptick in sentiment over the previous quarter, optimism among business & professional services fell at the fastest pace since the financial crisis, while consumer services saw the sharpest decline in the survey's history.

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Could local shops be the saviours of the high street after the coronavirus pandemic is over?

The ONS announcement that retail sales declined by an dramatic 18.1% in April is a worrying further blow to the already struggling high street. As the coronavirus continues to hit, KIS Finance has teamed up with retail expert, James Child to look at how some local businesses are cleverly adapting to the changing retail environment. With many small businesses now becoming central to their local communities, offering personal service and support during these challenging times, this report looks at whether the future of the highstreet may lay in their hands.

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Duncan Stockdill CEO of Capsule

Data loss warning for South West residents as the country embraces digital tech

South West residents are failing to secure content on their digital devices as research reveals that almost two-thirds (64%) have lost valuable data.

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How to restart the rural economy after covid-19

How to restart the rural economy after COVID-19

VAT on tourism businesses should be cut to 5% to boost the economy post-COVID-19, says the Country Land and Business Association (CLA). The call comes as the business group, which represents 30,000 rural businesses, releases a raft of new suggestions to get the rural economy moving.

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Kevin Ley, Head of Creditor Services at Smith & Williamson

Risk of high street collapse as retailers and landlords battle during lockdown

Andrew Edmonds, Managing Partner of the South Coast office states "Many of our landlord clients are seeing challenges in regard to their recent rent receipts and Kevin Ley, our National Head of Creditors Services here at Smith & Williamson, details below how Tenants and Landlords need to work collaboratively to overcome such problems."

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David Barnard, Senior Compliance Manager at Jarrovian Wealth

Don't leave your staff languishing out on a limb when working remotely

Working from home is becoming the new norm for many businesses, big and small. However, without the backup and support of managers and colleagues it can leave staff struggling to stay motivated and productive. Smaller firms who have been thrown into this due to Covid-19, without any time to prepare and without the backup of an HR department, need to ensure they are getting this right. David Barnard, Senior Compliance Manager at Jarrovian Wealth, comments: "The lockdown has hit everyone hard, but particularly smaller businesses without teams and experts to give them guidance. Now we have had a few weeks to get used to the shock change to our working pattern, it's time to take stock and see where we can make improvements to help things run as smoothly and successfully as possible. Home workers need good direction, good feedback, good communication and good boundaries so they can do the best job possible."

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Small employers welcome part-time furlough, while self-employed seek assurances

Responding to the announcement that the Job Retention Scheme will be extended to the end of October, with employers given the freedom to furlough staff on a part-time basis from August, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Development Manager for Dorset, Nicola Bailey said:

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Nicola Bailey

New guidance marks a step forward, now part-time furloughing key to recovery, say small firms

Responding to the publication of new in-depth guidance for small firms looking to return to work, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Development Manager for Dorset, Nicola Bailey said:

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CBI responds to Prime Minister’s address on covid-19 and economic restart

CBI responds to Prime Minister's address on covid-19 and economic restart

"Today marks the first glimmer of light for our faltering economy. A phased and careful return to work is the only way to protect jobs and pay for future public services. The Prime Minister has set out the first steps for how this can happen. "Businesses are keen to open and get our economy back on its feet. But they also know putting health first is the only sustainable route to economic recovery. The message of continued vigilance is right.

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75th Anniversary - VE Day in the New Forest

75th Anniversary - VE Day in the New Forest

This Friday we'll be stringing up our Union Jack bunting and celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day from our homes. VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, marks the day on 8th May 1945 when the Allied forces accepted Germany's surrender in WWII.

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Covid-19 impact revealed in first Hampshire Chamber survey since lockdown

Covid-19 impact revealed in first Hampshire Chamber survey since lockdown

Around six out of ten businesses in Hampshire believe they are at risk of going under because of the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. That is the stark picture revealed in early results from a two-part survey of members by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. The findings are among the first in-depth insights into how the virus is affecting companies across the county and the extent to which they are relying on government support.

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Matt Horan of C3IA Solutions

WFH - where fraudsters hang-out

Working from home (WFH) during the coronavirus crisis has seen new trends including increased productivity and longer working hours. But it has also highlighted the need for improved cyber-security in the home, as malevolent hackers increasingly target remote workers. The government is so concerned about this type of cyber-attack that it has set up a dedicated National Cyber Security Centre Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS).

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