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02 August 2017

Dorset: Open for Business e-newsletter: Summer Edition

Dorset economy looking up | £2m for rural businesses | But with Confidence | Ultrafast is coming | Ironman returns | Roundabout sponsorship | Help for arts and culture
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Dorset: Open for Business e-newsletter - summer edition

Dorset economy looking up, survey says

It was a mixed picture for the economy in Quarter 2 of 2017, according to the latest British Chambers of Commerce survey.

In Dorset, businesses were upbeat. Employment was up, though firms were finding it harder to recruit.
Read the UK and Dorset survey results

£2m available for rural businesses

Rural businesses can apply for more than £2 million of EU funding for capital projects through the Dorset LEADER programme.
The scheme has already supported 14 projects, creating jobs and growth in the countryside. Don’t miss out – the funding must be awarded by 2019.
Find out whether you can apply

Is your business trading standards approved?


Businesses who join the Buy with Confidence scheme can claim to be credible, honest and trading standards approved. Watch to find out what it means.

Find out how to join Buy with Confidence

Ultrafast broadband is on the way

More Dorset businesses will get access to full fibre ‘ultrafast’ broadband under multi-million pound plans announced by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership and Superfast Dorset.
Work to extend the fibre broadband network will cost £7.4m and should be completed by summer 2019.
Check broadband coverage for your business

Ironman returns to Dorset

The Ironman triathlon will return to Dorset on Sunday 17 September with its shorter 70.3 distance race. Some roads will be closed at times during the day.

We will be providing marshals with local knowledge and highways experience at 44 crucial points to help drivers during the road closures.
Be prepared - view the race course and find out more

Promote your business, in a roundabout way

Sponsor a Dorset roundabout and your business could be seen by thousands of people every day.

We are now offering roundabout sponsorship opportunities across Dorset. Our friendly marketing team can help you find the best location, with competitive prices including the cost of design and installation.

Find out how to sponsor a roundabout

Business support for the arts and culture

The Culture+ project from The Arts Development Company offers business training and support to the arts and culture community.
It also provides networking opportunities with tourism and business industries throughout Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.
Find out more about Culture+
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