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Steve Hollis, GBSLEP Chair comments on the Midlands Engine Strategy…

March 17, 2017 – 6:45 am |

“We welcome the launch of the Government’s Midlands Engine Strategy and the recognition that the region is essential to our national economic success.
“A focus on connectivity, skills, enterprise and innovation, trade and investment and quality …

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Stafford accountancy firm announces year of record growth…

March 24, 2017 – 7:30 am |

Stafford-based chartered certified accountants Howards has announced record growth in its most successful year to dateHowards, a progressive firm of chartered certified accountants in Stafford with a reputation for delivering high-quality solutions and services, has announced record growth in its most successful year to date which has seen the company take on several new members of staff.

Putting its success down to building strong relationships with its clients – whether international PLCs, established small to medium enterprises (SMEs) or start-up sole traders – Howards has expanded its payroll team, appointed a new personal taxation specialist, opened up an additional new accounts department and taken on two highly valued apprentices. Read the full story »

The UK central HUB sets out 20 year growth plan…

March 24, 2017 – 6:45 am |
The Hub, UK Central

UK Central Hub Growth and Infrastructure Plan to launch at MIPIM 2017
Growth plan outlines potential to add £4.1bn GVA to local economy and create 77,500 new jobs
775,000 sq m of development land and space for …

Common Purpose offers intensive introduction to Birmingham…

March 24, 2017 – 6:30 am |

To support the influx of many new organisations and people to the city, Common Purpose, a major UK leadership development organisation, has developed a two-day introduction to Birmingham.  The intensive programme – called Profile – …

Shareholder survival driving corporate decision-making…

March 24, 2017 – 6:15 am |
Prof Andrew Kakabadse

Story summary – Andrew Kakabadse, Professor of Governance and Leadership at Henley Business School in the UK, says:

Shareholders are putting increasing pressure on company bosses to generate profit in markets with no growth
Doing business anywhere …

30 Top CEOs (and 4000+ employees) Reveal The Power of Purpose…

March 24, 2017 – 6:00 am |
30 Top CEOs (and 4000+ employees) Reveal The Power of Purpose…

New book from leadership expert Kevin Murray shows why, and how, leaders should put purpose at the heart of their organisation
People With Purpose: How Great Leaders Use Purpose to Build Thriving Organizations is the third …

Birmingham ranks as leading English city outside London for quality of life…

March 22, 2017 – 7:45 am |
Birmingham ranks as leading English city outside London for quality of life…

Birmingham retains its position in Mercer’s global Quality of Living Index
City ranks as leading UK destination outside London in new ‘City Infrastructure’ ranking

Birmingham has been ranked as having the highest quality of life of any …

Birmingham Peddimore set to expand city’s industrial offer by £350 million, attracting 10,000 jobs…

March 22, 2017 – 7:15 am |
Peddimore CGI

Peddimore will be an exemplary industrial development in the West Midlands, creating up to 10,000 new jobs and contributing £350 million to the local economy
A Visioning Document will kick-start the development of the 71ha employment …

SMEs put dampener on wider trading aspirations for UK…

March 22, 2017 – 6:45 am |

Three fifths (59%) of UK SMEs see Germany as the most important trading partner for the economy
U.S. and China make up top three trading priorities for SMEs, despite Govt. plans to set sights on new …

Are we heading for a Public Sector brain drain?

March 22, 2017 – 6:30 am |

The activation date for IR35 is fast approaching and Cedar Recruitment asked over 140 current public service contractors about their readiness for the new legislation. The new law will hold public sector clients responsible for …

Leamington Spa conference centre is honoured for customer service…

March 22, 2017 – 6:00 am |
EEF Venues' Woodland Grange conference centre has won four awards for customer care.

EEF Venues’ Woodland Grange conference centre in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire has won four awards for customer care, underlining the quality of the venue and its team.
The venue has gained VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation for the …

Businesess need to act now to prepare for new HMRC digital tax system…

March 20, 2017 – 7:30 am |

“Making Tax Digital” will compel SMEs and self-employed to keep digital records filed quarterly
Businesses in the South West should take urgent action ahead of the government’s sweeping changes to the tax system. That’s the advice …

New health and safety fines act as a stark warning to Midlands businesses …

March 20, 2017 – 7:00 am |
Elisabeth Glover-1

Businesses in the West Midlands are being urged to conduct regular reviews of their health and safety policies in light of high profile cases that have seen organisations fined millions of pounds.
In a year since …

New CEO in the Driving Seat at TTC Group…

March 20, 2017 – 6:45 am |

Jim Kirkwood has been appointed as the new CEO of one of the UK’s leading road safety training organisations.
With a track record of helping established firms develop and grow, he aims to expand the TTC …

How to get fired at C-Level…

March 20, 2017 – 6:30 am |

New book reveals how to avoid the #1 reason CEOs get fired – mismanaging change
It is a commonly held misconception that the primary reason that Chief Executives get fired is because of “current financial performance.” …

The Vinden Partnership react to Budget…

March 20, 2017 – 6:00 am |

Peter Vinden, Managing Director of The Vinden Partnership – a leading multi-disciplinary consultant company to the built environment, said: “This was very much a ‘diet’ budget without too many surprises from the Chancellor.
“The skills gap …

ReThink Recruitment celebrates ten years in Birmingham…

March 17, 2017 – 7:15 am |
Birmingham

ReThink Recruitment has reached the milestone of a decade in business in Birmingham.
The Waterloo Street company was founded in the city in 2007, and has since gone on to create 23 local jobs as well …

Jumpstart welcomes Chancellor’s statements on R&D Tax …

March 17, 2017 – 7:00 am |
Wendy Smith

Jumpstart, one of the West Midlands’ leading R&D tax relief firms, has welcomed the Chancellor’s comments today on HMRC’s R&D Tax Credit Scheme within his Budget announcement.
Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, noted that …

Steve Hollis, GBSLEP Chair comments on the Midlands Engine Strategy…

March 17, 2017 – 6:45 am |
GBSLEP Portraits

“We welcome the launch of the Government’s Midlands Engine Strategy and the recognition that the region is essential to our national economic success.
“A focus on connectivity, skills, enterprise and innovation, trade and investment and quality …

Midlands Engine to roar ahead with ambitious new strategy …

March 17, 2017 – 6:15 am |
Birmingham

An ambitious strategy to help the Midlands reach its full economic potential has been published today as the Chancellor Philip Hammond visits the region the day after delivering his first Budget.
The Midlands Engine Strategy includes …

Spring budget funds Brexit war chest…

March 17, 2017 – 6:00 am |
Spring budget funds Brexit war chest…

 HAMMOND EGGS AUSTERITY WITH A CUP OF T-LEVELS FOR BREXFAST
Philip Hammond’s first (and last) Spring Budget is overshadowed by the imminent triggering of Article 50 and big questions over the UK’s global economic future outside the EU.
“The …

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