Published: 6th Apr 2020

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched an online survey to find out what kind of impact the current coronavirus pandemic is having on local businesses.  The short survey is open to businesses of all sizes, the self-employed, and charities in Dorset.  It aims to understand the impact COVID-19 is having on business operations across the county.  In recent weeks, the LEP’s business support function, Dorset Gateway – working with Dorset Chamber – has been handling a significant increase in the number of enquiries from businesses, business owners and the self-employed in Dorset in response to COVID-19. Key challenges which businesses have been encountering include accessing financial support through government grants and loans, and supporting employees through measures such as the new coronavirus job retention scheme and changes to statutory sick pay. ‘This survey is important in allowing us to identify sectors in Dorset which may need specific support or assistance so that … (To read the full article, subscribe below)