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WHSmith cutting up to 1,500 jobs Image

WHSmith cutting up to 1,500 jobs

WHSmith has become the latest high street name to announce job losses after announcing a 57 per cent drop in revenue in July compared with last year.

William Hill to close over 100 betting shops Image

William Hill to close over 100 betting shops

William Hill says 119 of its betting shops won’t reopen after the coronavirus lockdown.

Accountancy firm strengthens team with appointment of new partner Image

Accountancy firm strengthens team with appointment of new partner

McGills Chartered Accountants, which has offices in Cirencester and Malmesbury, has appointed Helen Jones as a partner.

Perfect timing to help apprentices launch careers Image

Perfect timing to help apprentices launch careers

Gloucestershire College is encouraging employers to back local talent and take advantage of new programmes and incentive payments of up to £3,000 to recruit apprentices in September.

Children’s charity up and running again Image

Children’s charity up and running again

A Gloucestershire charity offering respite care for disabled children has opened its doors for the first time in 17 weeks.

Pubs fighting for survival month after reopening Image

Pubs fighting for survival month after reopening

More than a third of pubs across the UK are struggling to break even - a month after they were first allowed to start reopening.

Waitrose rolls out drive-through order collection service Image

Waitrose rolls out drive-through order collection service

The supermarket has began opening drive-through online order collection points across many of its stores

Cheltenham woman who assaulted three police officers sentenced to home curfew Image

Cheltenham woman who assaulted three police officers sentenced to home curfew

A woman who assaulted three police officers in a village near Cirencester has been sentenced to a six-week home curfew.

Ben’s death will help to save lives   Image

Ben’s death will help to save lives

The family and friends of a student who took his own life say they have been completely overwhelmed by the fundraising in his memory.

Four men admit involvement in major Gloucester drugs operation Image

Four men admit involvement in major Gloucester drugs operation

Four men have admitted their parts in a major drugs operation carried out in Gloucester during the coronavirus lockdown period.

£11.3m funding for Gloucestershire projects to get building Image

£11.3m funding for Gloucestershire projects to get building

Five infrastructure projects across Gloucestershire will share £11.3million as part of the Government's plan to build a road to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic - creating and protecting more than 1,000 jobs.

Council awards £13m contract to lead way for support Image

Council awards £13m contract to lead way for support

Gloucestershire County Council has awarded a £13million contract to deliver specialist support for vulnerable young people.

Tax changes pile pressure on small brewers Image

Tax changes pile pressure on small brewers

Proposed changes to Small Breweries Relief could make or break small, independent breweries such as Wotton-under-Edge based Severn Brewing.

"Devastating" blows see Safran profits tumble

Safran chief executive Philippe Petitcolin has labelled the coronavirus pandemic "devastating" for the aerospace industry after the engine maker reported a drop in profits.

AA motoring group in takeover talks Image

AA motoring group in takeover talks

British motoring association the AA has revealed takeover talks with three potential buyers, reports the BBC.

Pizza Express looking to close 67 restaurants Image

Pizza Express looking to close 67 restaurants

The restaurant chain is considering closing 15 per cent of its outlets, which could result in the loss of 1,100 jobs across the country.

Gloucestershire College opens up free online study options Image

Gloucestershire College opens up free online study options

Gloucestershire College has launched a series of free, online courses designed to help keep people learning and support businesses.

Babcock postpones dividend as profits fall Image

Babcock postpones dividend as profits fall

Engineering company Babcock International saw underlying profits fall by around 40 per cent in the first quarter of the financial year.

Man jailed for more than four years after violent assault  Image

Man jailed for more than four years after violent assault

His victim feared for her life as he assaulted her in her own home and she even considered jumping from a window to escape his violence

Gloucestershire strives to be greenest constabulary in the country as part of OPCC Crime Plan Image

Gloucestershire strives to be greenest constabulary in the country as part of OPCC Crime Plan

New methods of working brought about by the coronavirus pandemic are reinforcing Gloucestershire's reputation as the greenest constabulary in the country.

Cheltenham updates policy on adult entertainment Image

Cheltenham updates policy on adult entertainment

Cheltenham Borough Council has agreed a revised licensing policy for sexual entertainment events in the town.

Poundland to sell chilled and frozen food Image

Poundland to sell chilled and frozen food

Poundland is set to muscle in on Lidl and Aldi’s action, as it starts to stock chilled and frozen food at more stores.

M&Co to close 50 stores  Image

M&Co to close 50 stores

Fashion chain M&Co, one of Scotland's biggest family-owned retailers, is the latest in a string of high street brands to call in administrators as a result of coronavirus crisis.

Majority of hospitality businesses embracing Eat Out to Help Out scheme Image

Majority of hospitality businesses embracing Eat Out to Help Out scheme

Large numbers of hospitality businesses across the country are taking part in the Government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which began yesterday.

Volunteer walks 113 miles for SARA  Image

Volunteer walks 113 miles for SARA

A crew member from Tewkesbury station and his fiancée are on the last leg of a mammoth walk along the River Severn, to raise cash for the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) lifeboat station at Sharpness.

Investigations continue into serious wounding in Gloucester Image

Investigations continue into serious wounding in Gloucester

Police are continuing to explore all lines of enquiry following reports of a serious wounding in Gloucester.

Test and tracing needed to increase confidence Image

Test and tracing needed to increase confidence

The Federation of Small Businesses has again called on the Government to keep supporting its members as they bid to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

VIDEO: Big early orders as Versarien launches face masks Image

VIDEO: Big early orders as Versarien launches face masks

Versarien has launched its first graphene enhanced protective face mask with 120,000 orders already placed.

New look and new name for CM Downton Image

New look and new name for CM Downton

One of the most familiar sights on Gloucestershire's roads is set to be phased out as CM Downton is rebranded.

Cotswold motorsport engineering firm signs deal on new base out of county Image

Cotswold motorsport engineering firm signs deal on new base out of county

An engineering and fabrication company has secured a deal for a new base outside of Gloucestershire as it looks to expand.

Jobs at risk as DW Sports goes into administration  Image

Jobs at risk as DW Sports goes into administration

Sports retailer and gym chain, DW Sports, is set to go into administration, putting 1,700 jobs at risk.

GE Aviation sales brought down to earth Image

GE Aviation sales brought down to earth

GE Aviation has seen revenue almost halved as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the aviation industry continues to be felt.

Government outlines reform to accelerate planning Image

Government outlines reform to accelerate planning

Planning permission will be granted automatically in some cases under new reforms to be introduced by the Government in England.

Fears over bad loans blamed for fall in HSBC profits Image

Fears over bad loans blamed for fall in HSBC profits

HSBC, the UK's biggest bank, saw profits tumble by 65 per cent over the first six months of the year.

Digital memories wanted for Gloucester History Festival Image

Digital memories wanted for Gloucester History Festival

Gloucester History Festival is looking for people to share their memories as part of the City Voices programme at this year's event.

Free school meals this summer for eligible local children Image

Free school meals this summer for eligible local children

Local food charities in Cheltenham are celebrating this week following the announcement that they have secured £4,818 from Gloucestershire County Council.

Police close down rave in the Forest of Dean Image

Police close down rave in the Forest of Dean

Officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary worked through the early hours of Sunday morning to close down a rave in the Forest of Dean.

Resurfacing works planned for Coleford Image

Resurfacing works planned for Coleford

Following feedback from residents, the county council will be resurfacing parts of the B4228 in Coleford throughout August in two phases.

New BBC community radio show to champion county’s undiscovered talent  Image

New BBC community radio show to champion county’s undiscovered talent

A new community radio show has launched on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

Food charity puts its trust in Adam Henson Image

Food charity puts its trust in Adam Henson

Adam Henson has pledged his support to help tackle the growing issue of food poverty as he becomes a patron of The Country Food Trust charity.

Crafting sales soar during lockdown Image

Crafting sales soar during lockdown

Hobbycraft has seen a 200 per cent boom in online sales since the coronavirus pandemic began.

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