Business News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Fibre promises healthy future

Businesses that largely operate online or are frequently required to send large files digitally should no longer have to think twice before they consider opening shop in Salisbury. The city could attract new companies as Openreach could make full fibre broadband...

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Home in on The Range

A new home, leisure and gardens retailer, The Range, opens its store in Salisbury on March 29. The new store is on the Southampton Road retail park in the former Homebase store, opened at 9am by Mayor of Salisbury, Cllr Mike Osment. Special opening offers for the...

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Building society pledge

A building society has pledged to stay on high streets but wants businesses to back it. Nationwide Building Society, which has a branches in Salisbury, Amesbury, Fordingbridge, Warminster and Ringwood, has promised that every town and city with a branch will still...

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Gallery: Rotarians celebrate 40 years of fundraising

More than 70 Rotarians and their guests sat down to dinner  at The White Hart Hotel, Salisbury, to celebrate the 40th Charter Anniversary of Rotary Club of Wilton. Since its formation in 1979, club members have worked to raise thousands of pounds for local charities,...

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Mere is open!

The road works in and around Mere have brought the community together. After a meeting with residents, merchants and council members, an action plan was devised to let people know that, despite the disruption from the road works, MERE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Flyers...

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Wiltshire has fewer businesses

The number of new company formations in Wiltshire fell during 2018, against a national trend of increased new business formations. New companies registered in the county totalled, 4,348, compared to 5,227 in 2017, a decrease of 16.8%. This brings the total number of...

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BID invites Salisbury businesses to Easter trail

Salisbury businesses are urged to take part in an eggcellent idea for Easter. To encourage footfall and spend in the city, Salisbury BID is running an Easter trail during the school holidays, April 6 to 22. But only 12 BID members can be a part of the trail on a first...

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Which Car Is Best For Your Commute?

Most of the best-selling cars in Europe are among the best reasonably priced commuter cars. For instance, Fiat is one of the leading carmakers in Europe and has produced several commuter and family models over the years. However, before popping into your town’s Fiat...

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Mums with small businesses offered support to grow

THRIVING support network just for mums with small businesses in Salisbury has now been running for one year. Salisbury Business Mums 'meet-ups' were developed by local business mums Josie Brocksom and Lucy Bennett, to provide a friendly and supportive space to enable...

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Goldsmith wins two gold awards

Shaftesbury goldsmith David Dade-McTigue has won two Gold awards in the ‘Jewellery Oscars’. He was one of five entrants shortlisted for the ‘Boodles fine jewellery’ award. He and his wife Nikki were presented with the trophy on February 25, at the Goldsmiths...

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STUDENTS IN SOUTH WEST can EARN WHILE THEY LEARN

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, March 4 to 8, NICEIC, a regulatory body for registered electricians, is advising school-leavers that a career in the electrical industry is full of opportunities and benefits. It wants more young entrants to consider an...

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New and existing business count falls

New figures show a fall in the number of new company formations in Wiltshire during 2018 compared with 2017. The 4,348 new companies registered compared to 5,227 in 2017, a decrease of 16.8%. Total number of registered companies in Wiltshire is 36,714, down from...

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How Your Business Can Slash its Energy Bills

(Sponsored) Energy expenditure is a huge overhead for many businesses. If your shop has an open-door policy to encourage customers to wander in, expect to pay a lot of money on the heating bill over winter. Even in summer, the cost of providing air-conditioning so...

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Bus firm’s top award is just the ticket

Kevin Harding is riding high as employee of the year chosen by bus operator Salisbury Reds.  He was presented with his award by managing director, Andrew Wickham, at the company’s annual ceremony. Kevin joined Wilts & Dorset in 2005 as a skilled engineer. Managers...

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Why the pensions cold-calling ban means you should act now

By Derek Gibbons On January 9, an immediate ban on pensions cold-calling was put in place. But what does this mean if you need help with your pension? The new rule makes it illegal for companies to make unsolicited phone calls about your pension. Those that break the...

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BID calls for votes

Salisbury BID has to hold a ballot to continue working for a second five-year term. Businesses eligible to vote have received bright yellow ballot papers in the post and have until February 28 to cast their vote. The result will be announced on March 1. Salisbury BID...

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South Wiltshire businesses invited to Summit

South Wiltshire businesses join local leaders at the South Wiltshire Business Summit on February 20 at Salisbury Guildhall. They look back on how businesses in South Wiltshire play their part in the economic recovery of the area and celebrate successes. Presentations...

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Top Tips to Improve Your Online Sales in 2019

Did your online retail business enjoy a profitable 2018 or were you less than satisfied with the results?  Regardless of whether you are new to this industry or a seasoned player, the fact of the matter is that there is always room for growth.  Those who are able to...

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Family business rides in to Bluestone

The Bluestone Centre development on Amesbury’s giant 160-acre Solstice Park has hitched up a new business. Property consultancy Myddelton & Major negotiated the letting of Unit 18 to Equidae Equine Services. M & M Commercial Agency Surveyor Gary Mead said:...

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Electrical contractor plugs in at barn conversion

An industrial warehouse unit at an award-winning farm conversion in the heart of the Blackmore Vale has been snapped up by an electrical, plumbing and heating contractor. Property consultancy Myddelton & Major has negotiated the letting of Unit 11 at Chaldicott...

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Using Fear to Motivate Conversions

Valley News online sales advice The pioneering psychologist Sigmund Freud noted human beings are driven by one of two factors; the desire to experience pleasure and the need to avoid pain. When using fear to motivate conversions you need to help shoppers believe they...

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Business leaders trash waste policy

The Government’s new waste strategy ”threatens to be a rubbish deal for small businesses at a time when they are already facing a squeeze during a period of high uncertainty,” said Nicola Bailey, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Development Manager for Hampshire,...

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Nursery school’s charity work in Africa

Founders and owners of Farley Nursery School, Gary and Sue Palmer, were invited to Kensington Palace. There, they were thanked for their support for Street Child the charity dedicated to funding education for vulnerable children in Africa and Asia. The school helps...

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City salon celebrates five years

Celebrating five  years at their Aveda Parkwood site, award-winning salon JAS HAIR Group had an open day on Thursday, November 29 for new and existing clients to see the extensive re-fit and to try many free taster sessions, part of their new services. Owner Jane...

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