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UK-EU agreement vital for supporting communities, jobs and living standards

Following another week of tough negotiations, the CBI is urging both the UK and EU to renew efforts to get a deal. That's essential to protect people's jobs and living standards amidst one of the worst recessions in living memory. Deborah Fraser, CBI South West Director, says agreeing a deal between the UK and EU will have tangible, positive benefits for firms employing tens of thousands of people across the South West in industries such as advanced engineering and manufacturing, green technology and digital and cyber technologies. It will also underpin economic recovery across the UK, protecting our younger generation and the future of our public services.

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Second Covid wave will leave retailers and suppliers with nowhere to hide

A second wave of coronavirus is already surging towards the High Street and many famous brands may not survive, says the home delivery expert ParcelHero. It fears sluggish footfall, failing shopping centres and unimpressive CVAs and Pre-Pack Administrations are leaving household names on the brink of disaster.

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Simon Keys from Action for Children

Plea for younger volunteers to host homeless children

Action for Children's Dorset Nightstop is making an urgent plea this month for younger volunteers to support its work with homeless young people across the county.

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Nicola Bailey

New grants a critical lifeline for small firms

Responding to the announcement that small businesses in England will now be able to receive grants worth up to £1,000 every three weeks if they are required to close due to Covid-19 restrictions, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Development Manager for Dorset Nicola Bailey said: "Though a lot of firms across Dorset have now been able to reopen, thousands are still impacted by local lockdowns and sector-based restrictions.

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Ian Girling, Dorset Chamber chief executive.

New call for businesses to put safety first

Businesses in Dorset are being urged to update their risk assessments to ensure workplaces are Covid safe for returning employees as government advice changes. The Dorset Chamber has warned that a wide range of new measures will need to be introduced to comply with health and safety. Its call comes as government advice changed with effect from August 1 giving employers more discretion about asking employees to return to the workplace.

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Kevin Parish in Smith & Williamson’s South Coast office

Businesses need to respond quickly to survive in the evolving COVID-19 landscape

Businesses will struggle to survive if they are not flexible enough to adapt to continual change in the COVID-19 landscape we are now living in, according to restructuring and recovery specialist Kevin Parish in Smith & Williamson's South Coast office.

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Friendly Face Masks

Sonia Carley demands support to supply NHS with lipreading and hearing aid face masks

Sonia Carley, founder of Friendly Face Mask, is petitioning for technical and financial support for her unique medical-grade face masks to be made available for NHS use. Carley was inspired by a local request for a lipreading-friendly mask. Despite never having used a sewing machine before, Carley drew upon her skills as an engineer to achieve a complex design, suitable for both lipreading and use with hearing aids.

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Has your employer made it safe to return to work? A checklist for Brits!

Employers up and down the country are planning to welcome back employees to the workplace, and they must bring in strict COVID-safe plans as lockdown measures ease. But British workers should confirm with their employer the steps that are being taken to make it safe and compliant to return to work.

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Tony Knight, Chair of the Professional Services Forum at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. Tony is Managing Director of Southampton-based commercial insurance broker Knightsure Insurance Brokers.

Hampshire Chamber welcomes 'plan for jobs'

Responding to Chancellor Rishi Sunak's summer statement, Tony Knight, Chair of Hampshire Chamber's Professional Services Forum, said: "In these unprecedented circumstances and with limited room for manoeuvre, the Chancellor should be applauded for some very sensible measures. "The substantial and targeted VAT cut will provide much needed relief for the hospitality industry with restaurants given an extra shot in the arm through the August discount scheme.

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VAT cut and Eat Out to Help Out scheme welcomed

Caroline Roylance, owner of The George at Fordingbridge, in Hampshire says: "We've opened the pub today (8th July) for the first time since 23rd March, so the Chancellor's announcement at lunchtime was timely. "It's the best news we've had in four months.

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Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling

Summer statement reaction comment:

Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said: "The Chancellor's 'meal deal' summer statement has given plenty of food for thought. "Although the 'eat out to help out' giveaway will grab the headlines, the most important focus of this announcement was about jobs. "The new furlough retention bonus shows how concerned the Government is about mass unemployment once the scheme ends but it may not be enough for those firms which have been severely hit.

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Ross McNally, Hampshire Chamber Chief Executive and Executive

Hampshire Chamber calls for 'swift, effective action' to protect jobs

Ahead of Chancellor Rishi Sunak's summer statement on Wednesday, 8 July, 2020, Ross McNally, Hampshire Chamber Chief Executive and Executive Chairman, said: "This is a critical moment in the fightback against Covid. Nationally, we are seeing deteriorating economic conditions with many key indicators for business performance dropping to record lows. Businesses and communities need a confidence boost now. That means more short-term stimulus measures. Our message is: 'Don't wait until the autumn Budget. Take action now.'

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