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Ian Girling - Dorset Chamber chief executive

Dorset Chamber reaction - Winter Covid Plan

Ian Girling, Dorset Chamber chief executive, said: "Clearly we are not out of the woods yet as the Covid infection rate remains worryingly high. "Whilst the forward guidance in the government's Winter Covid Plan is welcome, there is still a great deal of uncertainty to contend with.

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Simone Protheroe

Decline of department stores means more space for mixed use

The gradual decline of the high street has been taking place over a number of years, with retail battling the impact of the 2008 crash followed by the massive growth of online shopping and then a global pandemic.

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Nicola Bailey

Firms call for Employment Allowance rise amid "anti-small business" tax hikes

Responding to a 1.25% increase in National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for employers, employees and sole traders alongside a 1.25% increase in dividend taxation, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Development Manager for Hampshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight Nicola Bailey said:

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Dan Grimshaw

August shutdown the answer to an annual dilemma?

Britain's construction industry could be more efficient if there was a national shutdown for two to three weeks each August, says Dan Grimshaw from leading design and construction firm Beam Development.

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Saffery Webinar - Onwards and upwards - lessons learnt in the charity sector

Onwards and upwards - lessons learnt in the charity sector

Saffery Champness hosted a webinar for their charity clients entitled, 'Onwards and upwards'. Attendees shared experiences from over the last 15 months during the pandemic and talked about the lessons learnt, challenges faced and opportunities arising.

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CBI responds to GCSE results day

Alissa Dhaliwal, CBI Head of Skills, said: "Students receiving their GCSE results should be immensely proud of the hard work they have put into their studies. The resilience young people have shown throughout the pandemic is highly valued by employers. "Regardless of their results, there are great options for students to pursue in education, vocational training and employment. Whatever route they choose, developing skills like communication, creativity and teamwork will help them to thrive. Employers stand ready to offer support through Kickstart placements, apprenticeships and T Levels."

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CBI responds to UN Climate Report

The CBI has responded to a landmark report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director: "If anybody still had any doubts to the scale of the climate crisis, this report must surely put those to bed.

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Saffery Webinar – Entrepreneurs: Driving Business Performance

Entrepreneurs: Driving Business Performance

Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants held their second webinar of a 12- part series to support Entrepreneurs. Hosted by Alistair Hunt, a partner in the Peterborough Office, this webinar entitled "Entrepreneurs: Driving Business Performance" was joined by Chris Zanone from Centurion Safety Products and Ashley Maile from Treerange Group, who discussed the value of KPIs in driving business performance and growth.

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"This won't get us where we need to be" - CBI responds to publication of exemption list

John Foster, CBI Director of Policy, said: "This exemption list will help some of our critical sectors to keep moving but it will rapidly become significantly challenged. First, the idea of potentially thousands of businesses emailing Whitehall officials to request approval for individuals to go to work is undeliverable let alone undesirable. Second, the list is slim, missing out many businesses in the supply chains that will be crucial to the running of these key industries so will need to be significantly expanded within days.

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GDPR three years on: What do businesses REALLY know?

GDPR three years on: What do businesses really know?

Since 2018, all companies in the UK that store or process personal information about UK and EU citizens must comply with the United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which requires them to have an effective, documented, auditable process in place for the collection, storage and destruction of personal information.

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"Get the reopening right to reinforce the recovery" - CBI

CBI Director-General outlines six point plan for creating confidence among businesses, employees and customers. CBI: businesses want guidance from government set out early next week.

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“Step 4 will succeed if we work together to boost confidence” – CBI Director-General

"Step 4 will succeed if we work together to boost confidence" - CBI Director-General

Tony Danker, CBI Director-General, has welcomed the reopening of the economy following the Prime Minister's announcement.

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