THE business news over the past week has been dominated by stories involving some of Dorset’s best-known brands.

Among them was the sale of one of the county’s most famous names – and the return of a famous name in retailing which has been absent from Bournemouth town centre for more than 50 years.

There have been signs of optimism alongside the worries about how well the economy can come back from the coronavirus.

And Daily Echo reporters will be out and about on Monday, May 17, as the country takes the next step in its gradual emergence from lockdown.

Customers will be able to venture inside a restaurant, pub or cinema for the first time since the latest lockdown was imposed at the start of the year. We’ll see how confident people feel about going back and how our businesses have geared up for the reopening.

Listen to the clip below to hear business editor Darren Slade take you through the week’s key developments.

And to read the stories in full, click on the following links:

Farrow & Ball sold to Danish company Hempel Group

Farrow & Ball: Who owns it? Who's buying it? And how did it get so big?

Amigo faces administration amid court challenge from Financial Conduct Authority over mis-selling payouts

Hugh Bonneville visits Sunseeker ahead of world premiere for new models

JLS star JB Gill fronts Organix campaign on how to get children to eat vegetables

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