Business News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Financial advice for the future

Johnny Waring financial advisor for Succession Group provided a passionate and motivated speech at this month’s WDBC chamber meeting at Monty & Mabels, Wilton. The well-attended monthly event is an ideal opportunity for local businesses to network and support each...

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Christmas shopping made easier

Want to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the large volumes of Christmas shoppers? Fisherton Street is set of the main square of the town and offers a wonderful opportunity to amble along the eclectic row of shops. Fisherton Street has the largest number of...

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Fisherton Street’s local pub is set to re-open

The Deacons re-opening signifies a new era for the local, which is already steeped in history from previous lives as a pub and a hotel. The new owners of the pub have been very mindful of the existing history throughout the refurb which has given the venue a new lease...

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Wilton Advent calendar 2017

We would like to thank all the local independent businesses that took part in our special Christmas Calendar feature Annies out of House Wool Shop C&O Tractors Ltd Sante et Beaute Face & Body Cobbs at Wilton Good As New Slingtastic Studio One Hair & Beauty The...

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Lovell awarded £250 million pound contract

Lovell has been awarded a £250 million contract by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to build more than 900 homes for troops and their families relocating from Germany to Salisbury Plain as part of the Army Basing Programme (ABP). Lovell, part of UK construction and...

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Students inspired by insurance

Two degree apprentices from Be Wiser insurance are in line for a prestigious award. Ashley Mutambarade and Sam Brown have been put forward for Apprentice of the Year in the INSPIRE17 Business Awards. They are in the second year of their BA (Hons) Degree in Insurance....

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‘Homeless need more understanding’

Guest speaker at September’s Wilton and District Business Chamber breakfast was John Proctor of Alabaré Christian Care. It was hosted by Monty and Mabel’s, the dog-friendly café and bar on North Street, Wilton. Alabaré works with homeless and vulnerable people,...

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An historic day for Wilton

It was not only a ground-breaking occasion but also an historic day for the ancient capital of Wilton. Many local community leaders gathered to watch a digger cut the first ground for a new unique project. Work has started on the  former Erskine Barracks site to build...

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Taste of Istanbul in heart of the city

By Will Bradley Malik Ozbelek is welcoming customers to a new Istanbul mezze bar in Rollestone Street, Salisbury. “Visitors love the food and love the place, but they don’t know we are open,” Malik told Valley News. The large Turkish restaurant has room for 50 covers...

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Headliners return to Southampton Common

Common People the ultimate bank holiday bonanza is back on Southampton Common May 27 and 28. DJ legend Pete Tong will top the bill on Saturday and king of the dancehall, Sean Paul will headline The Common Stage on Sunday night bringing Common People 2017 to a close....

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Book sales boost for Community

Dorset Community Foundation received a £10,000 donation from proceeds of the sale of 'Deepest Dorset', a book commissioned by Lord Rothermere and written by local authors Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Weir. Jon Yates, foundation chief executive accepted the cheque at...

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Insulin overdose

A patient was given an overdose of insulin at Salisbury District Hospital. The horrific mistake occurred because an ‘incorrect device’ was used. Yesterday the hospital stressed the patient did not die. “The patient has been informed. The matter is under review,” said...

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City hit by string of burglaries

Salisbury has been hit by a string of burglaries this week. On May 17, a theft in Harnham Road resulted 19 laurel plants being stolen from a front garden. The next day, during a burglary overnight  at Cactus Jack, Water Lane, a fire door was forced and cash stolen....

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Inn landlords scoop £1million jackpot

By Will Bradley Nick and Zoe Hoare, landlords of The White Horse Inn in Quidhampton scooped the EuroMillions Millionaire Maker top prize on May 9. They received the £1million prize on May 19 in the gardens of the traditional village pub with a huge morning gathering...

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Villagers ‘slap in the face’

By Fanny Charles Villagers joined a protest to improve traffic on the main road through the community. Local people have dubbed Melbury Abbas the “Village of the Jammed” and they took their protests to town, with a demonstration beside the electric sign by the Tesco...

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Four candidates contest Dorset North

Four candidates contest the Dorset North seat in the General Election on June 8. Simon Hoare became the division’s MP at the 2015 election – but there will be no candidate for the UK Independence party, runner-up in 2015. The list, when nominations closed on May 11,...

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Drug danger warning to teenagers

A 15-year-old local boy has been arrested on suspicion of the supply of Class C Drugs (Xanax). He was taken to Melksham Police Station for interview but released under investigation. The police have repeated their warning of the dangers of taking prescription drugs...

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Turf is cut at new airbase

Work has started on the new airbase for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. At a ceremony on the site of the new airbase at Outmarsh Farm, Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, and High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Lady Marland, joined Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s...

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Sam’s set on super show

By Fanny Charles Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show secretary Sam Braddick has set his sights high for the 2017 event on Wednesday, August 16. He hopes to improve on last year’s record-breaker. “The show broke many records, with the big crowd, glorious sunshine and the...

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Summer bike and hike treks planned

Warminster Community Hub Summer programme has added cycle rides to a guided walks programme. Colin French has organised the Warminster Wobble, the town’s successful two day cycle festival, for the past nine years. He leads four rides on the Saturdays leading up to the...

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Bridge re-opens with warm welcome

By Will Bradley Rural pub-restaurant The Bridge Inn, Upper Woodford, is under new management. The Woodford Valley village pub on the picturesque River Avon, will serve fresh local produce, local ales and fine wines, in a relaxed atmosphere. The family-run business has...

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History sweeps into Mere

A new state-of-the art educational visitor centre opened on April 10 at Hillbrush, Mere, just off the A303. The family-run business, now exporting wordwide, launched the new visitor destination ‘with a difference’ which has an artisan coffee bar, restaurant and museum...

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Drunken Downton man disqualified

A 28-year-old man was disqualified from driving for 16 months after being charged with failing to provide a breath specimen. Dane Hutley, of Commodore Close, Brooklands, Milton Keynes, appeared at Salisbury Magistrates Court on April 28. At approximately 5.30pm on...

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New menu to celebrate a year in business

Nadder Valley Pizzas, a pizza takeaway delivery service based in Dinton, is celebrating its first year in business. The service delivers from Hindon to Wilton, Wylye to Tisbury, Broad Chalke, and everywhere in between. "After a year of making many, many pizzas, I can...

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