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Call for Chancellor to reverse slump in seaside towns

Cross-party MPs, coastal destinations and the National Coastal Tourism Academy have called for the Chancellor to provide much-needed funding for a four-year recovery programme to restore the economies in seaside towns to pre-Covid-19 levels.

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Ian Girling - Dorset Chamber chief executive

Dorset Chamber welcomes easing of lockdown

Commenting on the Prime Minister's announcement of further easing of Coronavirus restrictions from July 4, Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said: "This is tremendous news.

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CBI responds to PM statement on social distancing rules

CBI responds to PM statement on social distancing rules

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said: "The long and nervous wait for hoteliers, landlords and restaurateurs is now nearing an end. It will also be a joy that our cultural centres can slowly return to life. "Easing social distancing rules will make a material difference to the viability of thousands of firms. The move will also have a significant impact across sectors employing millions of people.

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112 working hours, per worker, wasted using difficult digital tools each year

British workers are struggling to adapt to new digital tools, losing hundreds of hours in productivity in the process, according to a new report. Following the global COVID-19 pandemic, millions of workers have been forced to incorporate tools they have never used before, as an individual or employee, creating a drain or productivity and new challenges in communication.

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Alan Jenkins of Quadrant2Design

The UK's £11bn exhibition industry is in danger of collapse

Alan Jenkins of Quadrant2Design comments on the exhibition industry and urges the Government to provide some clarity about when they can resume business. As the number of Covid-19 infections fall, the UK Government's focus is rightly shifting from tacking a purely public health crisis, towards saving the economy and jobs. In practice, this means different things across industries. The Government are considering relaxing social distancing rules to save pubs and restaurants, while other sectors of the economy are gradually being allowed to reopen.

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Andrew Edmonds, Managing Partner of  Smith & Williamson Southampton office

COVID-19: what will the future look like?

With the pandemic continuing to impact professional services firms, in this insight we assess potential long term consequences.

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No-deal Brexit fears trigger investors to seek international options

Growing fears of a no-deal Brexit will prompt an increasing number of British and international investors to move their financial assets overseas out of the UK, believes the CEO of one of the world's largest independent financial advisory and fintech organisations.

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Prioritise jobs & training for the young to drive UK-wide recovery

Prioritise jobs & training for the young to drive UK-wide recovery

CBI sets out economic priorities to PM to build back better As the UK gets back to work safely, unemployment is the biggest threat to livelihoods. This must not be allowed to scar communities across the UK. The CBI has laid out an ambitious health-first recovery plan that would help secure a jobs-rich, fair and sustainable future for the UK economy. In a letter to the Prime Minister, CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn has praised the way Government, business and unions have worked together during the crisis. Dame Carolyn urged the UK Government to continue this collaboration and focus its recovery plans on:

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Hampshire Chamber Chief Executive and Executive Chairman Ross McNally, right with Chamber director Peter Taylor at the British Chambers of Commerce annual conference in London on 5 March.

Bounce-back challenges laid bare in Hampshire Chamber survey

Seven out of ten Hampshire firms are suffering a Covid-related business downturn involving lower customer demand and cancelled work contracts. And as we come out of lockdown, six out of ten say their biggest challenge will be restoring their lack of orders, with half forecasting continued cashflow problems. These are among the findings of the second survey of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce members since the Covid crisis took its grip on business activity in March.

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Mahfooz Shamsuddin

Keeping safe from cyber crooks has never been more vital for businesses

Technology is making all our lives simpler, faster and more interesting but with automation comes a greater risk from fraudsters. We've all read about, or maybe been a victim of, a data breach at a business where thieves have managed to access data bases to steal valuable customer information. Covid-19 has brought with it an even greater risk as criminals have been cashing in, impersonating businesses and official organisations, and preying on the worries and fears everyone has around the virus. Companies need to get smart with their operation and systems and stay one step ahead to ensure they and their customers stay protected, says Mahfooz Shamsuddin, Chief Operating Officer at Jarrovian Wealth.

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Residents urged to take litter home after influx of litter in City’s open spaces

Take your litter home

Following the ease of Covid-19 restrictions and the sunny weather over the past couple of weeks, Salisbury City Council is becoming aware of an influx of litter being left in the City's parks and open spaces.

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Jamie Lane and Roger Wareham

Accountants share expertise and support to businesses in the region during lockdown and beyond

Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants has been working with their clients and contacts to deliver their national expertise at a local level.

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