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Marks & Spencer revenues drop despite rise in food Image

Marks & Spencer revenues drop despite rise in food

A rise in food sales over Christmas were not enough to prevent Marks & Spencer reporting a sharp fall in revenues over the last quarter of 2020.

Government help for forgotten directors would be

Government help for forgotten directors would be "investment"

Reports that the Government is considering a scheme to help small business owners who have falling through the cracks of coronavirus support have been welcomed by one of its advocates.

Council working to keep Stroud moving Image

Council working to keep Stroud moving

Stroud District Council said it is prioritising essential services during the latest coronavirus lockdown period with the aim of ensuring no person in the district is left behind.

Closing date for Gloucester city centre Sainsbury's Image

Closing date for Gloucester city centre Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's has confirmed its Northgate Street supermarket will close at the end of this month.

Let creativity bloom with new LEGO botanical builds Image

Let creativity bloom with new LEGO botanical builds

Toymaker LEGO has revealed a new range of mindful models for the green-fingered - perfect to make sure you don't go crazy in lockdown.

Renishaw gets tough with latest innovation Image

Renishaw gets tough with latest innovation

Renishaw is known for the precision of its engineering tools but its latest product has been put through some tough testing to ensure it works in harsh environments.

Ecotricity’s chargers prop up the rankings Image

Ecotricity’s chargers prop up the rankings

An electric vehicle charging point network run by Ecotricity was ranked at the bottom in an annual survey of electric vehicle users.

Versarien welcomes new face to the board Image

Versarien welcomes new face to the board

Versarien has appointed Dr Stephen Hodge as its chief technology officer after two years as the graphene specialist's head of research.

Belvoir issues warning over homebuyer scam Image

Belvoir issues warning over homebuyer scam

Homebuyers have been warned about a growing email scam taking advantage of demand for property ahead of the end of the Stamp Duty holiday.

Gloucestershire’s mobile speed camera locations for January 2021 Image

Gloucestershire’s mobile speed camera locations for January 2021

Throughout the pandemic lockdown and the subsequent return towards normal traffic flows the Camera Enforcement Team (CET) have been visiting as many of the sites as possible.

Call for change for CVAs Image

Call for change for CVAs

The British Property Federation is calling on the UK government to tackle the “abuse” of CVAs.

Christmas sales plunge at Joules Image

Christmas sales plunge at Joules

Fashion retailer Joules has reported a big fall in store sales over the Christmas period.

Sales up at B&M Image

Sales up at B&M

Discount retailer B&M saw sales for the quarter including Christmas jump by 22.5 per cent.

Vaccine turns on

Vaccine turns on "light at the end of the tunnel" for care homes

Residents in all five of Lilian Faithfull Care's homes in Gloucestershire have been offered the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

TUC calls for fresh approach to safety rules Image

TUC calls for fresh approach to safety rules

The TUC has urged the Government to update workplace safety rules to protect essential workers and people who cannot work from home.

Flexible workspace operator arrives in Cheltenham with brand new office space Image

Flexible workspace operator arrives in Cheltenham with brand new office space

Flexible workspace operator Clockwise is expanding its portfolio with the opening of its newest space in Cheltenham.

Punchline Friday Business Briefing - First new year line-up revealed Image

Punchline Friday Business Briefing - First new year line-up revealed

If you have not made any new year's resolutions, one worth sticking to throughout 2021 is catching the Punchline Friday Business Briefing every week.

Cheltenham firm's workspace scoops interior design award Image

Cheltenham firm's workspace scoops interior design award

Visioned by beauty brand company SLG and executed by London-based Modus Workspace, Studio 19 in Cheltenham's Brewery Quarter has scooped Best Office Interior for the South West at the annual International Property Awards.

New road surfaces for Dursley Image

New road surfaces for Dursley

May Lane and Hill Road in Dursley are set to benefit from a brand-new surfaces.

Slight increase in December footfall  Image

Slight increase in December footfall

UK retail witnessed a small improvement in footfall in December. Figures for the month were down 41.9 per cent on 2019, compared with a 51.2 per cent drop in November.

Government must now reveal its business rates strategy for retail and hospitality Image

Government must now reveal its business rates strategy for retail and hospitality

The Government really can't leave it any longer before it spells out its proposals for business rates for the beleaguered retail and hospitality sectors post April 1 says John Webber, head of Business Rates at Colliers International.

Follow the rules to beat virus urge Gloucestershire NHS leaders Image

Follow the rules to beat virus urge Gloucestershire NHS leaders

Health and care leaders in Gloucestershire have warned of rising hospital admission and a surge in Covid-19 cases if people do not follow lockdown restrictions.

The Forum clears planning hurdle for new-look Gloucester Image

The Forum clears planning hurdle for new-look Gloucester

Plans for the first phase of a £85million digital quarter development in the centre of Gloucester have been approved - with an application for the next step submitted.

Sale completes on Cotswold service station Image

Sale completes on Cotswold service station

Business property advisor Christie & Co has completed on the freehold sale of Rowborough Service Station on the A429.

Gloucestershire food producer secures sky-high deal with British Airways Image

Gloucestershire food producer secures sky-high deal with British Airways

British Airways travellers will notice Gloucestershire-produced additions to the in-flight menu when they return to the skies.

Ecotricity goes deep to steam ahead Image

Ecotricity goes deep to steam ahead

Ecotricity has signed an agreement to provide renewable energy from a fresh source - deep under Cornwall.

Lockdown will end with

Lockdown will end with "gradual unwrapping" warns PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has predicted the end of the latest coronavirus lockdown in England will be a "gradual unwrapping".

Cirencester court back in session this month Image

Cirencester court back in session this month

Cirencester’s former magistrates court will hear its first cases in nine years later this month after being taken out of mothballs for use as an emergency Nightingale Court.

Forest businesses urged to be patient as grants continue to be paid out Image

Forest businesses urged to be patient as grants continue to be paid out

Businesses are being urged to be patient regarding Covid-19 grants.

M&S closes in on deal to save Jaeger  Image

M&S closes in on deal to save Jaeger

Marks & Spencer is close to a deal to buy Jaeger, which became a victim of the pandemic late last year.

Automotive industry sees 29 per cent fall in new car registrations Image

Automotive industry sees 29 per cent fall in new car registrations

The UK new car market fell by almost a third in 2020, with annual registrations dropping to 1,631,064 units, according to figures published by the industry body.

Over 200,000 electric vehicles to hit UK roads in 2021 Image

Over 200,000 electric vehicles to hit UK roads in 2021

At least 200,000 new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) will be registered in the UK in 2021, according to figures from electric vehicle leasing company, DriveElectric.

Greggs predicts first annual loss since 1984 Image

Greggs predicts first annual loss since 1984

Bakery chain Greggs has forecast its first annual loss since 1984, after the pandemic hammered sales in 2020.

Operation Kracker in Cheltenham leads to 11 arrests and a reduction in shoplifting  Image

Operation Kracker in Cheltenham leads to 11 arrests and a reduction in shoplifting

The operation in Cheltenham saw 11 shoplifting related arrests and a 57 percent reduction in shoplifting offences.

Topps Tiles predicts slowdown after sales surge Image

Topps Tiles predicts slowdown after sales surge

Topps Tiles reported a significant rise in sales over the last quarter but warned the latest lockdown restrictions would have a major impact.

Chancellor announces grants to help businesses through lockdown Image

Chancellor announces grants to help businesses through lockdown

Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses will receive grants of up to £9,000 as part of a package announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak following the introduction of the latest coronavirus lockdown.

Chancellor urged to do more after fresh support Image

Chancellor urged to do more after fresh support

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to beware a "spring cliff edge" after announcing fresh financial support for businesses following introduction of the latest coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

What are the latest lockdown rules? Image

What are the latest lockdown rules?

England has entered another period of lockdown after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced fresh restrictions and urged people to stay at home to counter rising numbers of coronavirus cases.

UK housing market improves despite tightening restrictions Image

UK housing market improves despite tightening restrictions

Latest industry figures suggest that UK mortgage approvals have beaten expectations and have risen to the highest level in 13 years.

Reasons to be cheerful in the months ahead Image

Reasons to be cheerful in the months ahead

Not all is doom and gloom for business in Gloucestershire despite tightening coronavirus restrictions according to Business West's Gloucestershire director Ian Mean.

Champagne and salmon boost festive sales at Morrisons Image

Champagne and salmon boost festive sales at Morrisons

Morrisons has revealed a bumper Christmas season, as it reveals a 9.3 per cent rise in sales over Christmas and the New Year.

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