Published: May 18, 2020 | Updated: May 18, 2020

Biz News update featuring: BCP Council, Dorset Marketing Leaders Forum, Dental on the Banks

An aerial picture of Bournemouth.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

BCP Council issues £70m in grant support to local businesses

BCP Council has processed 5,447 business grants to support businesses in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole affected by the coronavirus pandemic up to Friday May 15.

The value of the grants was due to exceed £70m following payments over the weekend.

Since the launch of the national business support grant schemes in late March, BCP Council has sent letters to all local businesses on its records who are eligible for either the Small Business Grant or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

Of these approximately 80 per cent have now applied and received the available funding.

The grant process is not automatic and the remaining 20 per cent of business ratepayers that have not yet applied are encouraged to do so using the online application process as soon as possible.

There may also be other businesses who are not on the council’s record who may be eligible.

The e-forms and eligibility criteria are available online.

Providing all the information supplied is accurate, BCP Council aims to make payments within seven working days.

Businesses may be contacted directly for relevant information to validate claims and prevent fraud.

In some cases, businesses will receive a request to provide further details before payments can be processed.

Once applications are verified and processed, the payments can take three to five days to enter bank accounts.

Business can find out more about available financial support, check their grants eligibility and apply via:


Join forces to overcome marketing challenges

Marketing leaders are joining forces again this Wednesday, May 20, at 9.30am to brainstorm their biggest challenges in the Covid-19 lockdown.

Marketing Leaders Therapy is a one hour virtual meeting hosted by Dorset Growth Hub and B2B marketing agency Intergage.

The Dorset Marketing Leaders Forum events are held online every fortnight.

They are for Dorset businesses only and there is a strict ‘help not sell’ policy.

Alex Turrell, Intergage’s Digital Marketing Manager, pictured left, said: “During a time when many of us are feeling isolated, this forum is bringing together Dorset’s best marketing brains.

“We’ll be discussing challenges, sharing ideas and supporting one another – we all need to stick together!”

Places are limited. Priority will be given to:

  • Marketing Directors/Managers.
  • Dorset businesses which employ ten or more people.
  • Attendees prepared to learn, share knowledge and experiences.

Rich Burn, Dorset Growth Hub’s Digital Projects Manager, pictured right, said: “We make it relaxed, informal and open.

“Participation in the conversations is not essential if you’d rather just listen to peers share their challenges.

“We’ve learnt in recent weeks that it’s really useful to have a safe place online to talk about the struggles we’re all currently facing – not just marketing challenges.”

Dorset Marketing Leaders Forum is co-funded with help from Dorset Growth Hub, Intergage and the EU.

For more information, contact Alex on 01202 308902, email or click here.


Last few days to buy raffle tickets in aid of NHS

Time is running out to take part in a raffle in aid of the NHS being staged by a Poole dental clinic.

Dr Ramtin Taheri, Principal, Dental on the Banks, left, with colleagues Dr Zohreh Yazdani and Dr Damon Taheri.

The 29 prizes in the raffle organised by Dental on the Banks in Canford Cliffs have been donated by patients, friends and local businesses.

They include:

  • A golf day for two people with Harry Redknapp.
  • £25 voucher with Chicken & Blues Bournemouth.
  • Signed boots from England and Bournemouth player Callum Wilson.
  • Teeth and wrinkle tratments from Dental on the Banks worth £150 and £300.

Raffle tickets cost £10 each and the winners will be announced on Saturday May 23.

Dr Ramtin Taheri, Principal, Dental on the Banks, said: “It is amazing to see the community come together at times like this and as all proceeds from the raffle are going to the NHS, it is such a great cause to become involved in.

“As some of our dental team have been redeployed to help on the frontlines of the NHS, we know first hand just how important funding and donations are – and how grateful everyone working in the NHS is to receive it.”

More information about the raffle can be found here.