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Seasons Greetings! We start this month's newsletter with a thank you to all the businesses and organisations that came along to our Business Breakfast events. We were delighted with the turnout and your comments and suggestions were very much appreciated.

In this month's newsletter, we also have an exciting update on The Big Bang @ Dorset Fair 2020, details of forthcoming business events and we'd like your views on the future of Lyme Regis Tourist information Centre too...


Thank you for your support!

Our thanks to all the businesses and organisations that came along to our recent Economic Development Strategy Business Breakfast events. Over 90% of people who attended the events said they felt the event was beneficial and many have called for similar events in the future.  

We will now consider all the feedback we have received as part of the review and the updated Economic Growth Strategy will be published in the new year.

If you weren't able to attend one of our Business Breakfast events and would like to share your views on the strategy, our online survey will remain open until 20 January 2020.

Complete the Economic Growth Strategy online survey here

Over 2000 students to attend Big Bang @ Dorset Fair

We’re delighted to confirm that 2100 students from schools across Dorset are booked to attend the Big Bang @ Dorset Fair at The Tank Museum, Bovington, on Wednesday 18 March 2020.

Exhibition space is booking up fast and businesses working in STEM related industries are encouraged to reserve their places by 31 December 2019.
Sponsorship opportunities for businesses across all sectors are also available with offers starting at £150. Please contact Helen Heanes, Principal Economic Development Officer on 
01305 224677 or email
Register your business for the Big Bang @ Dorset Fair here

Rural Business and Community Funding Workshop

In last month's Business newsletter we confirmed that the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme has reopened for grant applications. 

Dorset LEADER is holding a workshop in Dorchester for small and micro businesses and community organisations who wish to submit an expression of interest under one of the three themes: Food Processing, rural business development, rural Tourism Infrastructure.
The fund is for capital expenditure and the minimum grant for all 3 themes is £20,000. The maximum grant and grant rate will depend on the theme and the type of project.

Book your place here

OH20: Aquaculture Expo to be held in Dorset

The One Health Consortium and sponsor Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership are organising the UK’s first OH20: Aquaculture Expo at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, in March 2020.

This fully-funded event provides a showcase for green/clean commercial UK aquaculture businesses, with Expo delegates also drawn from national retailers/buyers, the investor community, Government support agencies and the university sector.

The event aims to generate momentum for national aquaculture to maximise yields and increase commercial returns while tackling the One Health problems related to food supply and preserving/protecting the environment.
Book your place here

Have your say on Lyme Regis TIC

A public consultation has begun on the future of Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre and businesses, residents and visitors are being invited to share their views via an online survey. 

Two drop-in sessions have also been scheduled at Woodmead Hall in Lyme Regis. Businesses are invited to a session on Tuesday 14 January 2 - 4pm and the public session is Wednesday 22 January 10 - 12pm.

If you require a printed copy of the survey, please phone 01305 225000. Copies can also be collected from Lyme Regis TIC or Lyme Regis library.

The public consultation will run until Monday 10 February 2020.

Complete the survey here
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