Charity: Actress Emilia Fox shows support for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care’s ‘Time to Remember’ campaign and urges others to get involved

Actress and presenter Emilia Fox has shown her support for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care’s ‘Time 2to Remember’ campaign by paying tribute to her wonderful and fun great aunts and is urging others to get involved and use the opportunity to celebrate and remember loved ones, which is needed now more than ever.

The actress who is famous for her numerous television roles has starred in the television dramas such as  Pride and Prejudice, Silent Witness, Merlin and The Virgin Queen, as well as her roles in films such as The Pianist, Keeping Mum, Dorian Gray and Ways to Live Forever and recently appearing with her cousin on Channel 4’s Googlebox.

Emilia said, “The Time to Remember campaign which Lewis-Manning Hospice Care are running is a fantastic initiative and I would love everyone to consider supporting this local Dorset charity.

“Time to Remember is a brilliant way to nominate, celebrate and thank the extraordinary people in our lives, whilst at the same time helping to raise funds for the family bereavement services provided by Lewis-Manning Hospice Care. I shall be joining in and making a memory for my great aunts Pam and Mary, wonderful women who were so much fun and are much missed by the family.”

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care CEO Clare Gallie added, “We are thrilled to have Emilia’s support on this excellent initiative and it’s lovely to see who she wants to remember this winter. However, this year’s ‘Time to Remember’ is so much more than remembering. It’s about community, and making sure that people who are going through incredibly tough times get the support and care they need and deserve.. Emilia’s endorsement means a lot to the charity and we hope it will encourage many others to take part.”

To support local grieving families in East Dorset please search online Lewis-Manning Hospice Care – Time to Remember, where you can make your donation and dedication to someone special. Alternatively you can call us on 01202 708470 and speak to our fantastic fundraisers who will be able to help.

About Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity established 28 years ago, providing extraordinary care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness across Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset. We offer a range of free hospice care services aimed at helping people to live well through their illness, closer to home.

These include:

  • Day hospices, virtual and in person
  • Creative arts & wellbeing support
  • Lymphoedema clinic for cancer patients
  • Better breathing clinic
  • Family bereavement & support

Every year we support nearly 500 local people and we develop new services, based on patient need and identified gaps in the area.

To do this we need to raise over £1.6m every year. Without these funds we could not exist.

Our important work increases people’s physical and social well-being, reduces isolation and loneliness, supports people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviates the huge pressures on family and carers.

www.lewis-manning.org.uk

Patron: The Government announces increased support for the self-employed, Taylorcocks

Further to the announcement of the second lockdown and the extension of the Furlough Scheme, the Chancellor has made changes to the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme that will apply from 1st November 2020.

The Chancellor has increased the grant available for November from 40% to 80% of average trading profits, whilst the grant for December and January remains at 40% of profits. The cap for the grant for the 3 months ended 31 January 2021 has therefore been increased from £3,750 to £5,160.

In addition, the claims window will now open on 30th November until 14th December, so businesses that are adversely affected by COVID can access a larger grant sooner.

The Government has also extended the deadline for applying for Government-backed loan schemes to 31st January 2021.

If you require guidance on any of these changes, please contact your TC adviser on 0330 088 7111 or visit www.tc-group.com.

BCP Council: Financial support for businesses

Commenting in response to the lockdown announcement,  Councillor Philip Broadhead, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Economy at BCP Council, said:

“We’re determined to do everything we can to support our local businesses through the latest government lockdown. This will be one of our key priorities over the next four weeks. While this weekend’s announcement will undoubtedly place further strain across all sectors, we have confidence in the strength and resilience of our vibrant and dynamic business community.

“We will remain in regular communication with business owners and community leaders, signposting the latest guidance and support that will be made available at both the local and national level through our channels. We hope to receive more information from the government over the coming days and will be issuing further updates this week. At the same time, the Council will be looking closely and quickly around what we can do as a local authority to help our businesses through this tough period.’’

Click here to visit the BCP Council Financial Support for Business pages

 

Patron: The Chancellor announces extension of Furlough Scheme – Taylorcocks

Following the announcement of a second national lockdown, Rishi Sunak has extended the Furlough Scheme until 2nd December.

The Government have also announced some further extensions of support, and there may well be more to follow.

The Job Retention Scheme
The Job Retention Scheme (JRS) that was due to end yesterday will be extended until 2nd December, and the Job Support Scheme is delayed until the JRS ends.

The extended scheme is expected to be in-line with the existing JRS, and it will:

-apply to employees on full furlough or working part-time;
– with employees receiving 80% of their normal wages for furloughed hours;
– the Government will pay 80% of the normal wages for the furloughed hours, – capped at £2,500 per month for full furlough;
– the employer will pay National Insurance and pension contributions and meet the costs of hours worked.

At this stage, it is unclear whether or not it will be possible to reverse redundancies implemented in accordance with the original deadline. Further details on this point and more regarding the JRS changes are due to follow in the coming days.

Business Grants
Businesses that are required to shut their premises due to the National or Local Lockdown will qualify for business grants. The grant depends on the rateable value of the property but for premises with a rateable value:

-below £15k the grant is £1,334 per month;
– from £15k to £51k the grant is £2,000 per month; and
– of £51k or over the grant is £3,000 per month.

Mortgage payment holidays
The mortgage payment holiday scheme will not end and borrowers who are adversely affected by COVID and have not yet had a mortgage payment holiday can claim for up to 6 months, and those who have already started a mortgage payment holiday can top this up to 6 months.

The FCA will give more details on Monday.

Self-Employed
Although nothing has been announced for the self-employed, we would expect that the grants under the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme would be increased in line with the extension of the JRS, and await to see an announcement on this.

If you require guidance on any of these changes, please contact your TC adviser on 0330 088 7111 or our HR team at hr@tc-group.com.

Patron: Work from Vitality Stadium AFCB

AFCB are delighted to be able to offer workspace here at Vitality Stadium for those looking to get out of the house or simply enjoy a change of scenery.

As a COVID-secure venue, we are now able to take bookings for hospitality boxes or larger conference space for you and/or your team to work from during the week.

We appreciate that with social distancing in place, some smaller groups will need large spaces to operate within. However, this will not be reflected by an increase in price. To view our daily rates, please click here. Please note, if you are looking to book for a longer period of time, please contact our team to discuss an appropriate package.

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and clients, we have put stringent processes in place to give you peace of mind during your visit. Our extensive list of safety solutions includes social distancing compliance, capacity limitations, PPE and enhanced cleaning practices.

You can view our conference rooms in their new format by clicking here.

For more information or to book space at the stadium, please contact a member of the team by emailing events@afcb.co.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you to Vitality Stadium soon!

BCP Council: Rediscover you high streets safely

Heather Martyn, President of Bournemouth Chamber, at the launch of #RediscoverSafely      Photo: Studioshotz Photography

Our town centres, high streets and businesses are open for business and working hard to make it safe for all customers to enjoy.

Whether you like to shop, pop out for lunch or meet a friend for coffee in town or just around the corner, we can all do our bit to support local businesses by rediscovering our favourite shopping areas safely. Local businesses have been doing their bit to be covid-safe, so it’s now time to support them and shop local, safely.

Our town centres and high streets have so much to offer. From must-have fashions to delicious homemade food, the experiences across our areas are unrivalled.

We are encouraging you to make an active choice to shop and spend locally to keep the BCP area’s unique local businesses thriving.

Reconnect with your favourite shop, café or restaurant, because local businesses are at the heart of your community.

Staying safe

Whilst local shops, cafes and other businesses have been doing their bit to icons - Rediscover your high streets safelycomply with government regulations, we all have our part to play in making shopping and going out a safe and enjoyable experience:

    • wear a mask
    • keep your distance
    • wash your hands.

How else can I show my support

Receipt - Rediscover your high streets safely

Showing support is about so much more than just spending.

Here are other simple ways to help our brilliant businesses:

  • post a positive review online or on social media
  • make a recommendation to your friends and family
  • give them a follow and share on social media
  • sign up for their newsletters or updates
  • give them a shout ou

Download the pack here.

About the Rediscover campaign

To support the safe return to town centres and high streets, we are launching the Rediscover campaign, funded by a Reopening High Streets Safely grant from the European Regional Development Fund, allocated to us by the government.

The initiative aims to reassure people that it is safe to shop and eat out, and remind them of the unique appeal of businesses and retailers.

We have also been helping businesses access financial support and safety guidance throughout the pandemic.

Town centre areas

Keep up to date

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Patron: Christmas is not cancelled in Oceana

Life may be a little uncertain at the moment but one thing is for sure, Christmas & New Year will still be in full swing at Oceana Hotels & Restaurants while observing Government guidelines on Social Distancing.

Celebrate safely with our newly released Covid Secure packages!

Festive options & menus for everyone including Entertainment!
Reserve your meal now for just 5.00pp

The Cumberland Hotel
With great traditional food, in a sophisticated London style venue and the best festive display for miles around. On Fridays and Saturdays, you will be entertained by our talented cabaret singer until 10pm.
Find out more

Ocean Beach Hotel & Spa
The Ocean Beach is a superb venue with rustic beach charm and offers traditional festive food and Tribute Thursdays.
Find out more

The Suncliff Hotel
The Suncliff Hotel and Overcliff Pub are traditional venues with all the festive charm.
Find out more

Best Western Hotel Royale
The Hotel Royale is a superb modern venue, offering style, great food and tribute nights on Friday/Saturday nights!
Find out more

All Subject to Government Guidelines at the time of event.

For Bookings/Enquiries, get in touch with our Sales Team:

+44(0) 01202 298350
sales@oceanahotels.co.uk

Festive Tributes
Wednesday, 2nd December
Decades – Story of the Man Band

Thursday, 3rd December
A Night to Shine Double Tribute

Thursday, 3rd December
George Michael Christmas Party Tribute

Friday, 4th December
ABBA Christmas Party Tribute

Saturday, 5th December
Kylie Minogue Christmas Party Tribute

Sunday, 6th December
A Royale Festive Lunch with The King

Tuesday, 8th December
Michael Buble Tribute

Wednesday, 9th December
ABBA Christmas Party Tribute

Thursday, 10th December
Olly Murs Christmas Party Tribute

Friday, 11th December
George Michael Christmas Party Tribute

Saturday, 12th December
Dolly Parton Show

Sunday, 13th December
A Royale Festive Lunch with The King

Tuesday, 15th December
Vintage White Christmas with The Mellor Sisters

Wednesday, 16th December
Elvis Tribute Night

Thursday, 17th December
ABBA Christmas Party Tribute

Thursday, 17th December
Elvis Tribute Night

Friday, 18th December
Elton John Christmas Tribute

Saturday, 19th December
Boy George Christmas Tribute

Sunday. 20th December
A Royale Festive Lunch with The King
Tuesday, 22nd December
Elvis Tribute Night

All Subject to Government Guidelines at the time of event.

For Bookings/Enquiries, get in touch with our Sales Team:

+44(0) 01202 298350
sales@oceanahotels.co.uk

Latest COVID-19 figures for Dorset

Public Health Dorset has published the latest weekly figures for COVID-19 in the BCP Council and Dorset Council areas, which show that they have risen COVID-19 cases have risen.

Find out more here

Welfare call if you are told to self-isolate

If you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace you will receive a welfare call from our ‘Together We Can’ team.

If someone is vulnerable and without a support network of friends and family to help you access food and essential items, help will be offered through our volunteer scheme.

Find out more here.

Protecting people, supporting businesses

Our economic development team and environmental health officers have been assisting local businesses, with advice and support to help them adhere to government COVID-19 guidance, ensuring they re-open, stay open and operate safely and successfully. The majority of businesses have been complying with the guidance. We’ve received a £187,500 government grant to help continue this work so that we can keep local people safe and businesses operating, whilst keeping the infection rate down and avoiding further local restrictions.

We’re working closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to contact local businesses and will soon be carrying out spot checks to make sure they are COVID-secure. If you run a business and our officers make a call, please don’t ignore it.

Find out more here.

Queen sends personal message of support to UK businesses

By Press Association 2020

The Queen has spoken of her “great pride” in the contribution the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and its members are making to “champion trade and rebuild communities”.

The head of state’s personal message of support for UK businesses was sent to the BCC in the week many non-essential shops reopened as the coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased.

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith, BCC’s president, welcomed the Queen’s message and said it would be a “huge morale boost” to business communities during the pandemic.

The Queen said in her message: “As many organisations around the country are reopening, I send my warmest best wishes and support to business communities throughout the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and across the world.

“At a time of great difficulty for many, it is heart-warming to see the civic response and generosity of so many businesses, small and large, to the challenges posed, whether supporting the health sector or vulnerable communities.

“As patron of the British Chambers of Commerce, it gives me great pride to see the contribution you and your members are making to help firms, champion trade and rebuild communities.

“I wish all businesses every success in their endeavours in the weeks and months ahead.”

Businesses have faced unprecedented financial difficulties during the Covid-19 outbreak, with many having to close their premises or seen customers and clients disappear during the lockdown.

With restrictions beginning to ease many are hoping trade will return but issues are likely to remain for the coming months.

Baroness McGregor-Smith said in response to the Queen’s words: “The Queen’s personal message of support will be a huge morale boost to our business communities at this complex and sensitive time.

“We are grateful that Her Majesty has recognised the crucial role Chambers of Commerce play supporting businesses and communities through the pandemic, and as we restart, rebuild and renew the economy.”

To read the entire article go to The Bournemouth Echo.