Published: June 7, 2020 | Updated: June 7, 2020

Dorset Biz News round-up featuring Innovate, Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs & ClickASnap

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Lessons for business from the lockdown featured in white paper

Lessons learned from the sudden increase in homeworking during the last eight weeks have been captured in a white paper by a Dorset cloud services company.

Industry commentators have dubbed the rise as the ‘world’s largest work from home experiment.’

Bournemouth-based Innovate, which provides cloud hosting, cloud solutions and remote access, has been in the frontline of keeping customers going.

Company director David Pape, pictured left, said: “It is no surprise that we have been very busy during the lockdown.

“Our customers have needed to rapidly switch their operational resources to provide their staff with safe and secure access to their workspace.

“Luckily, we have both the system and resources to cope with this change and our services have performed really well during this time of extra workload.

“However, there is no denying that we, and the rest of the IT world, have learned a lot of lessons from this ‘experiment’.

“Lessons which we think are important for developing future IT solutions.

“We have created a report which details all the IT resource lessons we have learned and are making it available to anyone who would like a copy.

“We hope that by freely sharing this, it will help companies develop their IT solutions, not only for future emergency situations, but also for a future of more working from home.

“Many people are now calling this ‘The New Normal’ and business needs to be ready for it.”

The report called ‘Working from Home – What has the lock-down taught us’ can be seen here.


Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs wins £1,000 Movement for Good award

A Dorset charity has won a £1,000 Movement for Good award thanks to nominations from the public.

Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs (Helpful Hounds) is one of 500 winners in specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards.

It is giving £1m to charities this summer.

Helpful Hounds will use the £1,000 for its ‘Puppy Project’ which supports the purchase, training and welfare of the charity’s dogs this year.

Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 500 gifts of £1,000 available for donation.

A total of 13,695 charities were nominated by 253,879 members of the public.

Peter Rufus, CEO of Helpful Hounds, said:” We are so grateful to Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good.

“This award has arrived at a time of particular need.

Heidi Helpful Hound

“Helpful Hounds trains assistance and therapy dogs for families that are dealing with autism, down’s syndrome and physical disablement.

“We also embed therapy and reading dogs within schools and other educational establishments that are special needs or have special needs students.

“This training of both dogs and families has to continue despite everything else that is happening around us and we have needed to be creative this year to ensure that we keep our own people as well as our families safe.

“This award will help us to continue our work and help support our latest Puppy, ‘Heidi Helpful Hound’, who is now eleven weeks old.”

Mark Hews, Ecclesiastical’s Group Chief Executive, said: “We know that £1,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.”


New photograph review system launched by ClickASnap

A Dorset entrepreneur behind what’s described as the world’s largest, free to use, paid to view, image sharing platform has launched a new feature on the site.

ClickASnap – – was founded by Tom Oswald, pictured left, four years ago and now has more than 1m images with 50,000 users a month.

Its aim is to help people earn money for their work with systems in place to sell photos as downloads, physical prints, earn per view and private art galleries.

ClickASnap has now launched what it says is a ‘world first’ photograph review system.

It will address two issues:

  • Photographers are often looking for advice but professionals rarely have the time to give the advice.
  • During times such as now, professional photographers are finding it difficult to maintain their businesses. ClickASnap’s new feature allows them, at no cost, an opportunity to replace at least some lost earnings.

Tom said: “We believe this is another valuable addition to our rapidly growing and unique photography sharing and selling site.

“It should help both professional photographers and amateurs pursue their chosen paths.”

ClickASnap’s new ‘Photographer Marketplace’ can be found here.