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Small businesses must be released from furloughing

Small businesses must be released from furloughing "straight jackets"

Part-time furloughing is key to any economic revival according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The latest news from across Gloucestershire on Thursday, May 7 Image

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The latest news from across Gloucestershire on Thursday, May 7

The latest important news and updates from across Gloucestershire as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Gloucester kitchen firm with £37m turnover sold Image

Gloucester kitchen firm with £37m turnover sold

Kitchen product company Direct Online Services has been bought by a Dutch investment company.

Punchline Business and Community Champion: Kohler Mira make PPE for NHS and Sue Ryder Image

Punchline Business and Community Champion: Kohler Mira make PPE for NHS and Sue Ryder

While demand for new showers has fallen during the coronavirus crisis, staff at Kohler Mira in Cheltenham have turned their hand to making masks for the NHS and Sue Ryder.

Fresh call for firms to apply for grant help Image

Fresh call for firms to apply for grant help

Small businesses across Gloucestershire are again being encouraged to contact their local councils to avoid missing out on government help.

Cheltenham software business receives £2.2m investment Image

Cheltenham software business receives £2.2m investment

A Cheltenham-based company whose software helps businesses to automate their processes more rapidly, has raised £2.2m from the Northern Venture Capital Trust Funds.

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Ecclestiastical open nominations for Movement for Good

Do you know a charity which could benefit from some extra funding? Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good campaign launches today (May 6).

Businesses: Can you help SARA? Image

Businesses: Can you help SARA?

Gloucestershire’s own lifeboat organisation, SARA, is desperately in need of raffle donations to help it raise the £50,000 it needs every year to fund its rescues.

Pubs face last orders if grants not paid quickly Image

Pubs face last orders if grants not paid quickly

Pubs have warned they need faster delivery of Government-backed loans and grants if they are to be in a position to reopen their doors after the coronavirus pandemic.

"Corona Class of 2020" need help as jobs vanish

An extra 600,000 people under 25 will join the ranks of the unemployed unless the Government acts to help school leavers and graduates remain in education.

Cheltenham’s Christmas Market could be twice as long Image

Cheltenham’s Christmas Market could be twice as long

Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID) has submitted plans to the Cheltenham Borough Council to extend the length of the town's annual Christmas Market.

Punchline Business and Community Champion: University donation helps COVID-19 testing Image

Punchline Business and Community Champion: University donation helps COVID-19 testing

The University of Gloucestershire has donated a range of specialist lab equipment to help with COVID-19 testing.

Cheltenham garage owner jailed for defrauding creditors of more than £1m Image

Cheltenham garage owner jailed for defrauding creditors of more than £1m

The garage boss was jailed for breaching bankruptcy restrictions, making false representations to Official Receiver and defrauding creditors of more than £1million.

Government grants GCHQ new NHS powers Image

Government grants GCHQ new NHS powers

The Government has given new powers to Cheltenham-based GCHQ to tighten security controls over data and IT systems in relation to the NHS.

Emergency Living Fund set up to help people in financial hardship Image

Emergency Living Fund set up to help people in financial hardship

Gloucestershire County Council has extended its existing Welfare Support Scheme to create a new Emergency Living Fund to help people who are in financial hardship because of the coronavirus.

£6.1 million funding boost for BIDs Image

£6.1 million funding boost for BIDs

Hundreds of local business partnerships across England will share £6.1m of funding.

Police fine drivers for breaching restrictions Image

Police fine drivers for breaching restrictions

Fines were handed out to five people in the same vehicle who had come from Slough to buy a car, despite the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

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Turn LinkedIn green for Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental health always matters, but now, more than ever, people need support.

Star names head online for virtual Cheltenham Jazz Festival Image

Star names head online for virtual Cheltenham Jazz Festival

The real thing may have been cancelled but Cheltenham Jazz Festival will go ahead with a virtual, one-day event on YouTube and radio.

GE Aviation jobs at risk as air travel takes hit Image

GE Aviation jobs at risk as air travel takes hit

General Electric is to cut up to a quarter of its aviation business staff as the fall in air travel during the coronavirus crisis continues to leave its mark.

New car sales plummet to lowest since 1946 Image

New car sales plummet to lowest since 1946

Only 4,321 cars were registered across the UK in April - the lowest monthly figure for 74 years.

Gloucestershire hospitals light up to celebrate midwives day Image

Gloucestershire hospitals light up to celebrate midwives day

Gloucestershire hospitals will be lighting up its buildings in a spectacular way this evening.

Public Q&A session on COVID-19 Image

Public Q&A session on COVID-19

Members of the public have the chance to put their COVID-19 questions to a panel of Gloucestershire County Council leaders.

Punchline Business and Community Champion: Cotswold Printing delivers 10,000 visors to the NHS Image

Punchline Business and Community Champion: Cotswold Printing delivers 10,000 visors to the NHS

A Gloucestershire printing company more used to producing signage for a range of industries has turned its hand to making visors for the NHS.

'One stop shop' for recruitment created for Gloucestershire Image

'One stop shop' for recruitment created for Gloucestershire

Are you in need of additional staff for your business, or an individual facing redundancy?

Warning over coronavirus impact on legal profession Image

Warning over coronavirus impact on legal profession

The Bar Council has warned the justice system is facing "real trouble" as the coronavirus pandemic has major impact on the legal profession.

Eight weeks to save Gloucestershire's high streets Image

Eight weeks to save Gloucestershire's high streets

High streets are on the brink of collapse as the eight-week countdown to the next quarterly rent instalment begins according to the #RaiseTheBar campaign.

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Applications open for bounce back loans

The newest government support system for businesses during the coronavirus crisis has seen a rush of applications for loans.

Online sales not so sweet for chocolatier Image

Online sales not so sweet for chocolatier

Hotel Chocolat saw a surge in online sales before Easter, but it wasn’t enough to offset the impact of store closures during the coronavirus pandemic.

Profit warnings double across South West Image

Profit warnings double across South West

Profit warnings issued by listed businesses in the region reached a record-breaking high in the first three months of 2020.

Punchline Business and Community Champion: Plastim supplying precise help Image

Punchline Business and Community Champion: Plastim supplying precise help

A Gloucestershire engineering firm has revamped its shift pattern and taken on extra staff to supply precision parts for ventilators and medical visors.

Top-up scheme helps more businesses access grants Image

Top-up scheme helps more businesses access grants

Businesses which fell through the gaps in the Government’s coronavirus grant scheme could benefit from a new scheme which could provide up to £617million in help.

Profits nearly double at Gloucestershire haulier Image

Profits nearly double at Gloucestershire haulier

The business has revealed positive annual results for its first year after being taken over by EmergeVest.

Confidence hits new low across UK businesses Image

Confidence hits new low across UK businesses

The coronavirus crisis has seen confidence among British business fall to an all-time low, according to a survey of senior financial executives.

Contracts exchanged on former RAF location in Gloucester Image

Contracts exchanged on former RAF location in Gloucester

Vistry Group has exchanged conditional contracts with a Cheltenham-based property company to build homes at a former RAF site in Gloucester.

Proposals spell out return to a changed office Image

Proposals spell out return to a changed office

The Government is poised to spell out on Sunday how lockdown restrictions could be eased.

Lockdown roll call makes sobering reading Image

Lockdown roll call makes sobering reading

While we await news later this week on plans for easing lockdown, it’s already too late for a number of big name retailers.

Legal firms facing uncertain future Image

Legal firms facing uncertain future

The Law Society has warned that many solicitors’ firms are at risk of closure as the coronavirus pandemic hits trade.

Conservation organisation could lose £200 million Image

Conservation organisation could lose £200 million

The National Trust could lose up to £200 million this year due to the coronavirus crisis.

Man arrested following laser incident Image

Man arrested following laser incident

A man has been arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft.

Manufacturing calls for government help amid bleak surveys Image

Manufacturing calls for government help amid bleak surveys

Gloucestershire could be facing the perfect storm as pressure rises on key components of its economy through the coronavirus crisis.

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