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Businesses less optimistic about economy since Brexit…

Businesses less optimistic about economy since Brexit…

August 22, 2016 – 6:05 am |

As the Bank of England cuts interest rates to an historic low and downgrades the UK’s growth prospects, the latest Business Barometer from top 40 accountants Bishop Fleming reveals a collapse in confidence amongst companies …

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Host of events contribute to Birmingham hotels seasonal growth…

August 29, 2016 – 7:05 am |

Emma Gray, Director of Marketing & Communications for the city’s leisure and business tourism programmes Visit Birmingham and Meet Birmingham,Birmingham’s hotels posted average occupancy rates of 75% between March and May 2016 – the best results for spring since current records began in 2003. The figures are up from 74% in 2015 and 71% in 2014, according to data from Marketing Birmingham’s Regional Observatory, which was provided by travel research company STR Global.

Hotel revenues in the city also rose strongly during the season. The Average Room Rate in spring 2016 was £68, an increase of £7 from March – May 2015, while revenue per available room (RevPAR)* was £50, up from £45 in the same period last year. Read the full story »

Workshops and £20,000 prize fund competition for sight loss products and services…

August 29, 2016 – 6:58 am |

A series of free workshops will be held for those interested in applying for a pioneering competition to help those living with sight loss.
The area’s leading sight loss charity, the Beacon Centre, has launched …

Birmingham City FC rename stand after long-standing commercial partner…

August 29, 2016 – 6:50 am |

Eze Group has strengthened its long-standing support of Birmingham City FC with the renaming of St. Andrew’s Main Stand as the Eze Group Stand. The unveiling took place on Saturday, ahead of Blues’ first game …

Businesses urged to take Chamber of Commerce Economic Survey…

August 29, 2016 – 6:42 am |
Businesses urged to take Chamber of Commerce Economic Survey…

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce are encouraging businesses to complete a Quarterly Economic Survey to help shape the local business environment. The survey is carried out every three months by the chambers and is open to …

Ex-bank boss appointed at energy price comparison firm…

August 29, 2016 – 6:38 am |

Claire Penson has been appointed as the new “Head of People and Compliance” at Bolton based business energy price comparison service, Love Energy Savings. Having previously worked for eight years in the financial services sector, …

Two new Regional Managers for Hoppecke Batteries…

August 29, 2016 – 6:30 am |

With the aim of providing enhanced support for the increasing number of its UK customers and field engineers, Hoppecke Industrial Batteries – the leading specialist in industrial battery systems and the largest battery manufacturer in …

Bristol nursery manager nominated Regional Manager of the Year…

August 29, 2016 – 6:23 am |

A Bristol early years specialist has been shortlisted as one of only five contenders for the Regional Manager of the Year Award at the prestigious national Nursery World awards.
Catherine Denyer, a regional manager for …

Midlands Engine will ‘unleash region’s full potential’…

August 29, 2016 – 6:23 am |
Midlands Engine will ‘unleash region’s full potential’…

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) chairman has today welcomed warm words of support for the region from the Prime Minister.
WMCA chairman Cllr Bob Sleigh was responding to an article in a key Midland newspaper …

Digital engagement specialist helps firms with its unique technologies…

August 29, 2016 – 6:20 am |
Stephen Parker

Digital engagement specialist Parker Software is helping a range of industries to provide market-leading customer experience using its unique three-piece automation suite. Consisting of three digital engagement technologies, the suite provides a single channel solution …

Herefordshire landowners urged not to miss opportunity…

August 29, 2016 – 6:20 am |
Paul Barton

Landowners in Herefordshire are being urged not to miss the opportunity to bring a site forward for development as part of the emerging Rural Areas Development Plan Document (DPD).
The Core Strategy was adopted in 2015 and sites …

Eversheds appointed to WMCA under legal services frameworks…

August 29, 2016 – 6:10 am |

Eversheds has been appointed to the WMCA panel under all three legal services frameworks; Full Service Provision, Regulatory Advice and Parliamentary Agency following a public procurement process
The panel appointment reiterates the firm’s commitment to the …

Minimum wage warning for businesses of all sizes…

August 26, 2016 – 7:00 am |

A Bristol lawyer has warned companies large and small to be aware of an HMRC crackdown on businesses not paying staff the minimum wage, and says that the compensation those companies who do not adhere …

£1.5 million funding and Jewellery Quarter office for Solihull brand…

August 26, 2016 – 6:51 am |

Solihull-based Budge Brands Ltd, brand owner of Premier Estates Wine, has purchased a new head office in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter after receiving a funding package worth over £1.5 million from Santander Corporate & Commercial.
Established in …

Home working increases productivity…

August 26, 2016 – 6:44 am |
working from home

Employers who would like to increase their staff’s productivity should allow them to work from home, new research suggests.
A study of 1,096 British workers, including those who work from home and those who work from …

BGL Group announces 3 year partnership with DSM Group…

August 26, 2016 – 6:39 am |
BGL Group announces 3 year partnership with DSM Group…

BGL Group is delighted to announce a new three-year partnership with business continuity specialist DSM Group.
BGL Group’s brands include price comparison site comparethemarket.com, partnerships business Junction, insurance brands Budget Insurance and Dial Direct, life insurance specialist …

Large-scale logistics sfacility planned for Midlands…

August 26, 2016 – 6:36 am |

Hodgetts Estates, advised by Indigo Planning, has been given unanimous approval by North Warwickshire Borough Council Planning and Development Board for Core 1, a large-scale logistics facility at its Core 42 distribution hub in the …

Stoke City stadium bar manufactured by local family firm…

August 26, 2016 – 6:35 am |

A new bar area at Premier League Stoke City’s Bet365 Stadium will have a local stamp of approval after being manufactured by Potteries based LiDR Contract Furniture Ltd.
The family run company, formerly known as Little …

HomeServe expands West Midlands portfolio…

August 26, 2016 – 6:23 am |

Leading home assistance provider HomeServe has expanded its domestic franchise network by adding Insulate UK to its West Midlands portfolio.
With offices in Willenhall, Insulate UK will now offer boiler installations, heating services and smart thermostat …

August 26, 2016 – 6:21 am |

County law firm mfg Solicitors has strengthened its leading employment and commercial services offering in Shropshire with the appointment of a new partner.
Widely-regarded expert Chris Piggott has joined to lead employment and HR services in …

Flexible working tops worker wish list…

August 26, 2016 – 6:20 am |
Barry Koolen

Midlands workers have had their say on the office of the future and called for flexible working and flexible hours ahead of perks such as an on-site gym or high-tech sleep pods.
A new survey, commissioned …

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