Liberal Democrat’s take control of Dorset Council

The Liberal Democrats have taken control of Dorset Council following the local elections. It is reported that the new administration will review the controversial car parking price increases adopted by the Conservatives.

Grant funding from Dorset Council available for businesses

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Following the success of the first round of Dorset Council’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Rural England Prosperity Fund grants, are open.
Dorset Council received a total of 64 applications in the previous round, including a number of Dorchester Chamber for Business members.  One success story was Minuteman Press in Poundbury.

Access to finance challenge for small businesses

Accessing finance is becoming more difficult for a large number of SMEs, according to new data.  

Around half (49%) of business surveyed who accessed finance felt that getting funding had become more challenging over the past three years.  Only 13% said it was getting easier.