Business News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Branded by the light

By Katrina ffiske Mark Lello, from Salisbury solicitors Parker Bullen, provoked his audience with some hard-hitting questions when he spoke at a business breakfast organised by Giant Peach, a marketing company based in Wylye. ‘Why do you need to protect your brand?’ ...

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Who’s Who awards mark 11th year

“At a time when various factions of the media and society are questioning the value of migration, this publication serves not only to dispel some of the myths about migrant communities, but also highlights the positive socio-economic contribution made by the...

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Busy business day

North Dorset Business Day is on Friday, November 16, at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton. The day is for businesses at a local level to meet an audience of aspiring, developing and expanding companies, and to sell products and services to a targeted businesses. The...

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First Dragon’s Den a success

The inaugural Dragon’s Den, hosted by the Salisbury Young Chamber, was filled with intrigue, humour and suspense. The White Hart Hotel was at ‘101%’ capacity on Thursday, November 1, when local entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas in front of the ‘Dragons’,...

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BV Dairy is the cream of the crop

The cream of Dorset’s businesses was celebrated at the Dorset Business Awards 2018 Gala dinner last night, November 1. Fittingly, BV Dairy from Shaftesbury, won the Lester Aldridge Company of the Year award after a unanimous vote. Jack Highnam and his son Christopher,...

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Autumn Budget good for all?

Ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget, James Robinson, Head of Manufacturing and Engineering at PKF Francis Clark, of Poole, considers what manufacturers in the South West might like to hear from Phillip Hammond on October 29. Incentives for businesses to invest in...

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Warner House back in business

The refurbished office building on Castle Street, Salisbury, which boasts four floors and 20 suites, promises investors a bright future for doing business in the city. Dean Speer, Partner at Myddelton & Major said the project stands as a “really good” symbol for...

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City opens a Dragon’s Den

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp7jPefPgSg&feature=youtu.be Salisbury has been put on the map and now a young businessman is keen to maximise the exposure for young business entrepreneurs in the city. “There is no better opportunity,” Salisbury Young Chamber...

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Staff team celebrates 25 years

Accountancy firm Freestone & Co, Gillingham, celebrates 25 years in practice on November 1.  One member of the team, Simon Jenkins, has been with founder Robert Freestone for the full 25 years, but says he is not quite sure if it is the career for him - too soon...

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Community foundation explained

Jon Yates, chief executive of Dorset Community Foundation, is guest speaker at law firm Humphries Kirk's Dorchester business networking lunch on Wednesday, October 17. The lunch is at The Wessex Royale Hotel, Dorchester at 12.30pm for a 1pm start. Email...

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Chamber to boost membership

Business owners in Wilton and surrounding villages are being urged to support Wilton District Business Chamber. Current forecasts for the outcome of Brexit could have a knock-on effect on the local economy. Chamber membership would help owners and give them a strong...

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Octopus bags a success

Octopus Personnel invited local businesses to celebrate their biggest fundraising success yet. On September 6, several local businesses joined the staff after raising enough money to pack 70 ‘School in a Bag ‘ bags! The success was all due to their fundraising raffle...

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Plan could help high street businesses

Freezing business rates, increasing free town centre parking, and safeguards around access to cash and banking, are needed to help the high street, according to the Federation of Small Businesses. The burden of rising rates bills and ever-increasing rents, coupled...

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Couple alerted after alarm win

Robin and Chris Brickell entered a competition at Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show AND won a CCTV System. Wessex Fire and Security was offering the prize worth £1,500 at stand showing off its products and services. Robin and Chris had only to leave their details and...

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Council in cattle market concern

The Shaftesbury Town Poll, on August 9, called at a parish meeting on July 10, attracted a turnout of only 15.67%. Residents were asked::“Do you want Shaftesbury Town Council to fund and support a Judicial Review of the sale by North Dorset District Council of the...

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New-look bakery rises to the occasion

Picture courtesy of ThisIsAlfred.com By Elizabeth Kinerk Reeve The Baker in Shaftesbury is the latest of their shops to undergo a refurbishment. “Footfall has definitely increased,” manager Lisa Shortland said. "All of the customer feedback has been 100% positive. The...

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Your branding needs you!

By Lucy Spittle Guest speaker at Wilton & District Business Chamber meeting on July 10 at Monty and Mabel’s, Wilton, was Eddie Deighton from An X Agency. He discussed marketing strategies, and the importance of refreshing business branding to compete with rival...

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Rural hotel bathes in new light

The Bath Arms at Longleat is bathing in new light after substantial refurbishments and a total transformation. The country pub with accommodation on the Longleat Estate had a two-month revamp with complete refurbishment of its 18 rooms and modernisation of all its...

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Lloyds bank explains reasons for closures

Bank closes 80 branches as profits hit £3.1 billion Lloyds’ pre-tax profits hit £3.1 billion in the first half of 2018, amid plans to close more than 80 bank branches, according to Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry. The Wilton branch...

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Two city projects awarded grants

Celebrate Voice and Studio Theatre were awarded grants by Salisbury City Council as part of the City Grants Fund scheme. Celebrate Voice is a festival for jazz, opera, musical theatre, cabaret, folk and a cappella music from  October 25 until  November 3. Lynsey...

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Flexible working revolution hits Salisbury

"Flexible workspaces like Regus offer businesses the opportunity to no longer be constricted by geography, enabling employees to be mobile, working flexibly, as and when they need to." Salisbury has been a hub for small businesses and independent enterprises for...

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Benett is Pub of The Year

Among excellent competition, The Benett Arms, Semley was chosen as Pub of The Year from around 90 pubs in the branch area. The pub now goes into the Wessex Regional Championship covering East Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, South Wiltshire, Isle of Wight and the Channel...

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Warm weather for warm occasions

Bespoke Ceremonies for Every Occasion went to London for Julie's latest Bespoke Ceremony. The football, Wimbledon and London Pride made the City busier than usual in the fabulous weather. Emily was in Manor Barn, Winterbourne Stoke. Both ceremonies were very different...

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