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"Independence Day" welcomed by Gloucestershire business

July 4 has been heralded as "Independence Day" for many small businesses which will be able to reopen after more than three months.

Which businesses can reopen on July 4? Image

Which businesses can reopen on July 4?

Businesses across England are working through new guidance from the Government which will enable them to reopen on July 4.

New 'reserve and collect' library service to be launched Image

New 'reserve and collect' library service to be launched

A new service is set to become available for users of Gloucestershire libraries enabling them to collect items.

Lockdown demand lifts wine and cooking sales Image

Lockdown demand lifts wine and cooking sales

Online wine specialist Naked Wines has seen an 81 per cent surge in revenue during lockdown as home cooking sales surge.

Data protection fears over reopening guideline Image

Data protection fears over reopening guideline

Hospitality businesses have been warned they face a privacy minefield after being instructed to record customers contact details when they reopen next month.

Officers appeal for witnesses following an incident of indecent exposure Image

Officers appeal for witnesses following an incident of indecent exposure

Officers are appealing for witnesses following a report of a suspected indecent exposure in Stroud.

Warning to stay away from Gloucestershire reservoir Image

Warning to stay away from Gloucestershire reservoir

We might be in the middle of a heatwave, but the Environment Agency has said that this doesn't give sunbathers, picnickers and swimmers the go ahead to access Dowdeswell reservoir.

JD Sports buys back Go Outdoors in pre-pack deal Image

JD Sports buys back Go Outdoors in pre-pack deal

It’s only a couple of days since we reported that camping and hiking specialist, Go Outdoors, was going into administration. Now owner JD Sports has already bought it back.

Pubs get opening time as two-metre rule relaxed Image

Pubs get opening time as two-metre rule relaxed

Pubs, restaurants and hotels are among the businesses which will be allowed to reopen in England from July 4 after a relaxation of the two-metre social distancing restrictions.

Gloucester to Bristol train services set to double Image

Gloucester to Bristol train services set to double

Leaders of the Western Gateway partnership have welcomed a decision which will see train services between Gloucester and Bristol double under plans to extend the scope of the Metrowest 2 services.

Paul James retires from Gloucester City Council Image

Paul James retires from Gloucester City Council

Former Gloucester City Council leader Paul James is stepping down as a councillor - leaving a minority Conservative administration.

St James's Place funds continue to rise Image

St James's Place funds continue to rise

Positive net inflows helped St James's Place increase its year-on-year funds under management in May to more than £112billion.

Work set to resume at King's Walk and King's Square Image

Work set to resume at King's Walk and King's Square

Gloucester city leaders have praised partners' commitment to the £95m regeneration of Gloucester's King's Quarter as safe progress continues during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Unpaid energy bills can be chased again Image

Unpaid energy bills can be chased again

Energy regulator Ofgem has given the green light for unpaid bills to be pursued - but have urged suppliers to avoid aggressive collection tactics.

Judge praises victim's courage after jailing attacker Image

Judge praises victim's courage after jailing attacker

A judge praised a teenager for his courage in detaining the man who stabbed him and his friend after a nightclub confrontation in Gloucester.

Downton reinforces expertise with multiple contract extensions Image

Downton reinforces expertise with multiple contract extensions

Gloucestershire logistics firm CM Downton has secured four new contract extensions, cementing its position as a key player in the distribution of paper, cardboard and sustainable packaging products.

Council announces new drop-in service for young people who need someone to talk to Image

Council announces new drop-in service for young people who need someone to talk to

Together with its health partners, Gloucestershire County Council is launching a new anonymous, one-to-one telephone/online chat drop-in service for children and young people.

County lines drug dealers caught red-handed five days after release Image

County lines drug dealers caught red-handed five days after release

The two drug dealers arrested in a Gloucester house were still wearing the prison clothes they had been released in just five days earlier.

MoD plan to release Tewkesbury land for housing Image

MoD plan to release Tewkesbury land for housing

Plans to build a garden town for Tewkesbury have received a boost by Ministry of Defence plans for its site at Ashchurch.

Canalside cafe won’t reopen after lockdown Image

Canalside cafe won’t reopen after lockdown

With news expected today that social distancing is to be adjusted to one metre, one Gloucestershire cafe has still decided to call it a day.

Temporary relaxation of A-board rules Image

Temporary relaxation of A-board rules

Businesses in Cheltenham which are disadvantaged by their location will be allowed to benefit from additional A-board advertising, as part of recovery from the effects of the lockdown.

World first pop-up EV charging unit trial paves way for wider roll-out Image

World first pop-up EV charging unit trial paves way for wider roll-out

A successful six-month trial to test the world's first pop-up electric vehicle (EV) charge point in a residential street in Oxford has paved the way for a wider roll-out, say its designers.

Eviction suspension extended ahead of rent day Image

Eviction suspension extended ahead of rent day

The extension of a suspension on eviction for retailers unable to pay their rent has been welcomed by trade bodies - but the Government has been urged to go further to support high street businesses

Gloucestershire law firm among Europe's finest Image

Gloucestershire law firm among Europe's finest

Wynne-Jones IP has been named among Europe's leading patent law firms.

Chancellor urged to continue support through recovery Image

Chancellor urged to continue support through recovery

The Federation of Small Businesses has written to the Chancellor outlining the measures it says are needed for its members to bounce back from recession.

Warning to motorists after £20,000 worth of tools stolen from van Image

Warning to motorists after £20,000 worth of tools stolen from van

Gloucestershire Constabulary is asking motorists to please be vigilant following a spate of nearly 50 vehicle breaks since April.

Outdoor retailer to call in the administrators Image

Outdoor retailer to call in the administrators

The owner of camping and hiking specialist retailer Go Outdoors is set to call in administrators as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pile pressure on the high street.

Plans for 165 student flats at Hartpury recommended for refusal Image

Plans for 165 student flats at Hartpury recommended for refusal

Hartpury College and University have been dealt a blow for plans for for further student accommodation next to the main campus.

New Stroud boutique set for July opening Image

New Stroud boutique set for July opening

The team behind one of Notting Hill's best-known independent fashion boutiques are counting down to opening their new Stroud store next month.

Royal recognition for Chambers' virus response Image

Royal recognition for Chambers' virus response

Chambers of Commerce throughout the South West have been praised by the Queen in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cheltenham prioritises walking and cycling as high street reopens Image

Cheltenham prioritises walking and cycling as high street reopens

Cheltenham Borough Council has put forward ambitious proposals to increase walking and cycling in the town to create space for social distancing.

Coronavirus: 63 per cent of shoppers feel comfortable visiting retail stores Image

Coronavirus: 63 per cent of shoppers feel comfortable visiting retail stores

New research conducted by the British Retail Consortium and Opinium has found that the public are becoming increasingly comfortable shopping in retail stores as lockdown eases.

Drug dealer jailed for more than four years Image

Drug dealer jailed for more than four years

A Cheltenham drug dealer has been jailed.

First teams complete cycling challenge for Ben Image

First teams complete cycling challenge for Ben

Teams of cyclists from Gloucester and South Wales were the first to complete a virtual bike ride to Istanbul, in memory of 22-year-old Ben Brown.

Government to stand guard against foreign takeovers Image

Government to stand guard against foreign takeovers

The Government is due to introduce fresh measures to make foreign takeovers of public health businesses more difficult.

"Unbeatable" Cheltenham will have cyber hub by 2023

Cheltenham will have its centre of excellence for cyber security and innovation in three years, vowed one of the driving forces behind the project.

Superdry ends Chinese partnership to stand alone Image

Superdry ends Chinese partnership to stand alone

Superdry has ended its joint venture in China with Trendy International as it looks to take control of its brand.

College seeks Gloucestershire employers for Cyber Degree Apprenticeship candidates Image

College seeks Gloucestershire employers for Cyber Degree Apprenticeship candidates

Gloucestershire College has more than 20 outstanding candidates who are looking for an employer to start their cyber career.

Interactive trails coming to Cheltenham this summer Image

Interactive trails coming to Cheltenham this summer

Two new free trails will be run by Cheltenham BID throughout the summer – a Monster Hero Safari trail and an enhanced Augmented Reality (AR) version of the Hidden Cheltenham Trail.

BAE Systems remains committed to apprentice scheme Image

BAE Systems remains committed to apprentice scheme

BAE Systems is pressing ahead with plans to recruit its latest batch of 800 apprentices, despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Versarien appoints new chairman Image

Versarien appoints new chairman

Versarien has appointed James Stewart CBE as its non-executive chairman with immediate effect.

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