Business News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

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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Unveiling of blue plaque to composer John Marsh

Salisbury Civic Society unveiled a blue plaque to John Marsh above the entrance to Myddleton & Major's offices at 49 High Street. The site is one of his former homes in Salisbury. John Marsh (1752-1828) was a notable English composer,   instrumentalist,...

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New Director for Salisbury Cathedral

New Director of Learning and Outreach at Salisbury Cathedral is Ariane Crampton who started work last month getting to know the Cathedral and its staff. She oversees a huge portfolio, including education, events, outreach, library and archives and art. In a varied...

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Mobile bar goes plastic- free only

An Award-winning bar business has gone completely plastic free on all their bar sundries. From May 1, Salisbury- based Mobile Bar company offer only biodegradable straws, cups and napkins on their bars. The change closely follows the company’s adding vegan-friendly...

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Strength in Salisbury pull-out and keep feature

This special pull-out souvenir edition captures Salisbury's resilient attitude towards a tricky four months and its positive outlook with moving forward and enhancing Salisbury's reputation as a wonderful city to visit, stay and enjoy! The feature is now avaliable in...

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Salisbury BID boss wins national award

Robin McGowan, Chief Executive of Salisbury Business Improvement District (BID), was named Inspirational Leader of the Year by the Association of Town & City Management (ATCM). Award judges praised his leadership, co-ordination and management after the spy attack...

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Awards galore for local enterprise

By Chloe May Salisbury businesses celebrated their success on June 21, with 13 taking home awards.  This year’s awards ceremony the City Hall was the 19th annual South Wilts Business Of The Year Awards. With Radiqup Media in assistance, a group of girls from...

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Economic growth in Dorset gets a boost

The £9.7 million Growing Places Fund – a repayable loan scheme to encourage jobs and housing in Dorset has been re-launched by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The  scheme is aimed at capital projects with a significant economic impact and real economic...

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Happy birthday for safe buying scheme

A project to give consumers more peace of mind while spending their money in Wiltshire is celebrating its sixth birthday. Buy With Confidence is backed by trading standards offices across the country. It recognises traders who display a commitment to fair customer...

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Walton House Antiques celebrates 6 years in business

On an April Saturday, lovers of fine things de-scended, once again, in Mere where Walton House Antiques held their bi-annual event. The event is intended to thank customers past, present and future, for their continued support, and for that support, they were royally...

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V & A crowned Pub of the Year

The Victoria & Albert, Netherhampton, is 2018 Pub of the Year, elected  by members of the Salisbury & South Wilts branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). With the overall title for the southern part of the county, the historic thatched pub, parts of which date...

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Expanding PA business picks Salisbury

As a mark of business confidence in the beleaguered city of Salisbury, a specialist provider of executive personal assistant services has opened a branch to serve the city and the New Forest. The Passionate PA company has newly recruited Claire Bartlett to expand its...

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