Dorset business leaders 'upbeat' on challenges ahead

Dorset business leaders 'upbeat' on challenges ahead

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:08am 14th July 2020.

Dorset's businesses are positive about the future, but they might have smaller workforces going forward.

They were asked their thoughts during an online conference for 58 business leaders, run by Dorset Chamber and Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership.

Firms said they anticipated having a smaller team in three months time, but said they were more optimistic about turnover forecasts than they were three months ago.

Dorset Chamber has had over 400 enquiries for support and advice since the lockdown began.

DCCI chief executive Ian Girling
DCCI Chief Executive Ian Girling

Ian Girling, Chief Executive of Dorset Chamber said:

"The pandemic has exposed the precarious position of many businesses who are in distress because they have little or no working capital and have seen orders cancelled."

The conference proposed a number of recovery solutions, including investment in skills, young people, infrastructure and low-carbon solutions.

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Jim Stewart, Chair of Dorset LEP's Board said they are making additional resources available to help businesses cope in the short term.

"We are redoubling efforts to identify and fix skills gaps, particularly in marketing, tech and analytical job roles, so that companies can be stronger, greener and more adaptable." 

It includes support for apprenticeships via Weymouth College and Bournemouth & Poole College, and the provision of incubator space for business start-ups at Arts University Bournemouth. 

Visit more about support available to all businesses in Dorset.