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Gloucestershire Business News

Why being an apprentice is a badge of honour

More and more young people are considering apprenticeships as a career path instead of going onto higher education.

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‘Stacked’ procurement system locking out smaller firms

Small businesses are still fighting an uphill battle to secure public sector contracts despite Government pledges of support

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Small firms stung by staircase tax

Small firms across England and Wales are being hit with backdated business rates hikes - and it's all to do with staircases.

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County-based insurance group sees profits soar

Ecclesiastical Insurance has announced strong interim results and says it continues to transform its business.

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Cotswolds technology used by surgeons around the globe

Technology developed by a pioneering Cotswolds company has been used by surgeons in Australia in a landmark 5000th medical procedure.

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Former rugby star opens new store in Gloucester

Gloucester rugby legend Phil Vickery is launching a flagship store in the city for his Raging Bull clothing brand.

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Ford announces £2,000 scrappage scheme

Ford has launched an incentive for UK consumers to trade in cars over seven years old by offering £2,000 off some new models.

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Small firms call for clarity on business rates software updates

Yesterday marked the Government deadline for delivery of business rates software updates to local authorities.

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Question mark hangs over city's gull cull- NEW COMMENTS

A three year project to control the gull menace in Gloucester has come to an end leaving future action up in the air.

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Stagnant homemovers market impacts first-time buyers

The number of homemovers - current homeowners moving house - fell by 2% in the first six months of 2017 compared with the same period in 2016, according to the latest Lloyds Bank Homemover Review.

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Planning is essential for business success

Succession planning is key for businesses to create 'the gold winning team', regardless of your future business's certainty, according to an entrepreneur and business coach.

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Poor hygiene is a big turn-off in the workplace

More than 50% of office workers believe their colleagues' poor personal hygiene adversely affects their concentration at work.

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New Triple Crown Award will highlight region's finest cattle

A prestigious new award which will highlight the best cattle shown in three counties is being sponsored by Gloucestershire's Nimrod Veterinary Products.

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BID launches new Cheltenham gift card

A new gift card has been launched in Cheltenham by the town's Business Improvement District (BID).

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It's the final count down to roundabout revamp

The year-long scheme to improve Gloucester's Elmbridge Court roundabout is reaching its final stage.

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Business West has appointed one of the region’s top marketeers as its new chairman

Iain Wolsey has held senior marketing positions in the UK and is the founding partner in the Bristol consultancy of Wolsey Meech.

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UK employees spend more time on 'life admin' during work hours than on lunch breaks

A huge 82% of UK employees admit to regularly conducting menial life tasks whilst 'on the clock'.

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What's On: Catch a drive-in movie at Classic Vehicle Festival

An American-style drive-in movie experience has been added to the line-up of this weekend's Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival.

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Open Days will give a facinating insight into city’s wonderful heritage

Gloucester’s rich heritage, culture and hidden architectural treasures will be brought to life during the Heritage Open Days as part of the popular 2017 Gloucester History Festival (September 2-17)

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HSBC launches £500 million fund to support Gloucestershire SMEs

HSBC says it continues to be open to lending, having approved 91% of small business lending applications in the last year.

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Work starts on £12m office development

Construction has begun on the £12 million office development, Honeybourne Place, the first new build office space in Cheltenham for many years.

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Cricket club on front foot with new pavilion

A Cotswold cricket club will benefit from a £1,000 investment in facilities at its new pavilion.

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Fragrant delight at Perfume Shop

A refit at The Perfume Shop in Gloucester has been welcomed by staff and customers alike.

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Law firm backs pedal power festival

Lawyers from a county firm have swapped pens for paintbrushes in support of the inaugural Bloor Homes Cheltenham Festival of Cycling.

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Food store closes but major investment on the way for shopping centre

Co-operative Food is closing its store in Eastgate Street, Gloucester.

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M&S store may be demolished

The M&S Home store on the Kingsditch Retail Park in Cheltenham may be knocked down and replaced with two new retail units.

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Weird Fish throws grand launch party to reveal new store format

Cheltenham-based clothing brand Weird Fish has launched its first store with a new concept design and format.

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Main road into county town to be closed for weekend resurfacing

One of the main routes into Dursley town centre will be closed for resurfacing over the weekend of September 2-3.

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Has the DIY bubble burst?

Kingfisher's DIY chain, B&Q, saw sales fall 7.7 per cent to £967 million in the second quarter to July 31.

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Downton bags contract renewal with Glatfelter

Gloucestershire-based transport specialist CM Downton has bagged a contract renewal with Glatfelter, a global supplier of specialty papers and engineered products.

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Should Gloucester become a Royal city?

Gloucester City Council is asking members of the public and local businesses whether Gloucester should petition to be granted 'Royal City' status.

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VIDEO: Vision becomes a reality at showpiece college for future engineers

A stunning new state-of-the-art college which will train future engineers and cyber experts has been unveiled to the media.

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Turnover up by 4.5% as the Barnwood Group builds on firm foundations

The Barnwood Group, a major player in some of the most prestigious construction projects, increased turnover by 4.5% to £90 million in 2016.

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Energy billing blunders cost consumers over £100 million

Almost 1.3 million energy customers have been overcharged a total of £102 million – the equivalent of more than £79 each – as a result of billing errors by energy companies over the last year.

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Free event to help businesses through the data regulation minefield

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been described as one of the most important changes in data privacy regulation for 20 years.

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Cotswolds boutique hotel is snapped up

Old Amersham Hotels has added a boutique-style hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold to its portfolio in a deal brokered by Colliers International.

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Circus grand finale set to benefit charity

All proceeds from the closing show of Giffords Circus's 2017 summer tour will go to charity.

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Britain's best bosses revealed

Banking, insurance, law, accountancy and leisure and travel are among the industries containing Britain's best bosses, a new survey has revealed.

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Effects of Grenfell Tower tragedy impact on housing provider

The tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London will have a financial impact on Brockworth-based social housing providers Mears Group.

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Kat joins team at Cheltenham shopping centre

Kat Mabbott has been appointed to the newly created post of retail liaison officer at Cheltenham's Regent Arcade shopping centre.

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Architects appoint new directors

Gloucester-based Quattro Design Architects have appointed Mike Court and Robert Walder as directors.

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