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HMRCs New Proposals Could Affect Small Businesses

HMRC’s New Proposals Could Affect Small Businesses

Posted on June 14, 2016 12:45 pm by Steph Cowie under Business News

New controversial plans proposed by the government include the requirements for firms to submit quarterly tax updates rather than the annual tax return. This could see an increase in effort, time and costs of operating businesses, especially for SMBs and those who are self-employed. Another Proposal According to the government’s... Read More

Could Amazon Fresh be a game changer

Could Amazon Fresh be the Future of Grocery Shopping?

Posted on June 13, 2016 12:30 pm by Steph Cowie under Business News, Industry News

When many of us think of Amazon products, electronics, clothing and games come to mind. However, it was recently announced that the online retailer is to test a new service, Amazon Fresh, which could revolutionise our weekly grocery shop. But is there a gap in this already competitive market? The new service, which is only available in... Read More

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Giraffe Restaurant Chain Acquired from Tesco

Posted on June 10, 2016 11:11 am by Chris Grigorovsky under Business News

Owner of Midlands based 2 Sisters Food Group, Ranjit Boparan, is set to add another notch to his menu with the acquisition of the Giraffe restaurant chain from Tesco for an undisclosed sum. Set to take place via Boparan Restaurant Holdings, a subsidiary of the main Boparan Holdings Group, the sale will add to the group’s already... Read More


Commercial Property Rents and Capital Values Remain Steady in May

Posted on June 9, 2016 11:16 am by Chris Grigorovsky under Economy, Industry News

It’s been revealed by CBRE’s latest Monthly Index that commercial property rental and capital values in May remained steady across the UK, despite “a great period of uncertainty.” Commercial rental values grew by 0.1%, while capital values continued the growth trend seen at the start of 2016 with a 0.2% increase. According... Read More

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The 2016 Office Market’s Halfway Point Overview

Posted on June 8, 2016 3:48 pm by Chris Grigorovsky under Business News, Economy, Industry News

We have now hit the halfway mark of 2016. A lot has happened in the commercial property market in the last 6 months, such as the Budget introducing a substantial change to Stamp Duty Land Tax and business rates. All of this has and will have an impact on the major sectors in some capacity. So in this first of a new feature, we collate the... Read More


MediaCityUK Set for New £1bn Second Phase

Posted on June 8, 2016 11:13 am by Chris Grigorovsky under Commercial Developments, Economy, Industry News

Plans for a £1bn expansion of MediaCityUK has been announced by Peel Land & Property and Legal & General, which are to be submitted to Salford Council. The new scheme is for ten buildings totalling 2.3 million sq ft and will comprise 540,000 sq ft of offices, retail and leisure space, as well as 1,800 apartments, mixed use markets,... Read More

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Tax and Regulatory Changes Putting Pressure on Businesses

Posted on June 7, 2016 11:52 am by Chris Grigorovsky under Business News, Economy

Two thirds of businesses are feeling the lack of skilled workers, combined with constant changes to tax and regulatory requirements, is adding substantial pressure to owners, according to the Enterprise Index from Smith & Williamson. Over the next 12 months, 74% of businesses are planning for growth and head of business tax at the... Read More

Is Cheshire the Right Place for your Business?

Posted on June 6, 2016 3:30 pm by Chris Grigorovsky under Business News

British summertime is officially upon us. The nation prepares itself for plausible weather conditions and complaints about how it is too plausible. Nights remain lighter and the general vibe gets ever more positive. It’s also a great time to find the perfect place for your business. If you are looking to relocate or are currently in... Read More

EU Referendum Contributed to A ‘Subdued’ May for UK Manufacturing

Posted on June 6, 2016 10:57 am by Chris Grigorovsky under Business News, Economy, Industry News

The latest PMI survey from Markit has revealed that manufacturing in the UK stayed at an underwhelming rate in May, only increasing slightly above the neutral mark at 50.1. Production volumes during this period remained fairly unchanged on the previous survey and despite an increase in new business, the level of new export business... Read More

Cyber Insurance could be a Mandatory Requirement for our Businesses

Posted on June 3, 2016 1:00 pm by Steph Cowie under Business News

We are now in an era where technology is essential for many businesses. The advancement in technology has seen an increase in cyber-attacks, resulting in a detrimental effect for companies. In a recent report, the Insurance Times confirms that 60% of UK SMBs have experienced a breach in their online security, with the average costing... Read More

Thousand Jobs at Risk as Austin Reed Set to Close All Stores

Posted on June 2, 2016 10:52 am by Chris Grigorovsky under Business News, Economy

High street retail has taken another hit, as this week saw administrators announce that menswear clothing brand, Austin Reed, is set to close all 120 of its stores, putting 1,000 jobs at risk. The 116-year-old retailer is set to wind-down as there were a lack of viable offers received for the business, according to... Read More

Tech Dominates April Retail Sales

Posted on June 1, 2016 11:23 am by Chris Grigorovsky under Business News, Economy

New figures from Hammerson’s Retail Tracker, HART, have revealed that technology sales across UK shopping centres had an overall 0.4% uplift in sales in April. It outperformed BRC’s latest figures which saw like-for-like sales down -0.9% for the month. It was found that the ‘Sound, Picture & Technology’ was up by 27.7% and... Read More

Small Businesses in Need of a Loan Could Be at Risk

Posted on May 31, 2016 9:00 am by Steph Cowie under Business News, Economy

Small businesses looking for a loan could find themselves using unscrupulous new lenders that have huge interest rates, resulting in difficult repayments and the remainder of the loan becoming a difficult task. In the last two years, 40 new lenders that were looking to access its nationwide salesforce of brokers advising SME’s on... Read More


Northern Ireland has Highest Retail Warehouse Vacancies in UK

Posted on May 30, 2016 10:00 am by Chris Grigorovsky under Business News, Economy, Industry News

New research from Trevor Wood Associates found that at the end of 2015, Northern Ireland’s retail warehouse vacancy rate was at 11.9%, the highest in the UK. “The Definitive Guide to Retail & Leisure Parks 2016”, which was released on Wednesday, found that the rate was up from the first half of 2015, where it was at 9.7%. The... Read More

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3 Reasons London is Still at the Heart of Investors and Businesses

Posted on May 27, 2016 9:00 am by Chris Grigorovsky under Commercial Developments, Economy, Industry News

London. That magical city which sits so proudly at the epicentre of the nation. For Britons, it is a place that shows the best of what they have to offer the world for economy and culture. While people overseas look at it as a fascinating city steeped in history and filled with tantalising opportunity. With a record breaking population of 8.7... Read More

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SMEs, Charities and Fintech firm’s accounts affected by Banks red tape

Posted on May 26, 2016 9:00 am by Steph Cowie under Business News, Economy

According to a recent report by the Financial Conduct Authority, small businesses, charities and fintech firm’s accounts are being cut by banks, in order to ease the cost of regulatory compliance and anti-money laundering controls. With the ever increasing risks of money laundering and corruption, banks have been forced to heighten... Read More

EU Referendum

Business Owners Not Swayed by Politician’s Views on Brexit

Posted on May 25, 2016 10:17 am by Chris Grigorovsky under Business News, Economy

With the EU referendum just one month away, a study has found that 56% of business owners care more about the facts than what political figures have to say. The survey by sage also found that 17% of respondents will be voting on gut instinct alone, while a mere 1% say that politicians or personalities will aid them in their decision... Read More

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West Midlands Achieves Record Inward Investment

Posted on May 24, 2016 10:30 am by Chris Grigorovsky under Business News, Economy

Throughout 2015, for the second year in a row, inward investment into the West Midlands stayed consistently sharp. Last year, the region had 92 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects, which is up by 46% on 2014’s amount of 63. The projects counted are ones by businesses that are newly investing in the region, as well as... Read More

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Tata Steel’s UK Business Gets One Step Closer to Finding New Owner

Posted on May 23, 2016 3:00 pm by Chris Grigorovsky under Business News

The board of Tata Steel Europe has announced it has advanced seven expressions of interest for its UK business to the next stage of the sale process. It is known that Tata Steel Europe’s primary intention is to ensure that the interested parties are looking at the whole of Tata Steel’s UK business. Parties which are seeking just... Read More

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Knight Frank Helps Drive Successful Mercedes Dealership Takeover

Posted on May 23, 2016 9:59 am by Chris Grigorovsky under Business News, Commercial Sales and Lets

The world’s biggest Mercedes retailer has successfully acquired nine Mercedes-Benz dealerships, including four in the West Midlands. Advised by the Birmingham office of Knight Frank, the deal sees Hong Kong-based Lei Shing Hong, which represents the Mercedes marque in China, South Korea and Cambodia, gain its first foothold in the... Read More

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Workplace Negatively Effects One in Three Worker’s Mental Health

Posted on May 20, 2016 4:17 pm by Chris Grigorovsky under Business News

There are a reported 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing mental health issues every year and that number keeps on growing. It can take many forms, with the two most common being anxiety and depression. However, there are people out there who are either unaware of what they have or feel like they can’t tell anyone. The issues are magnified... Read More

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intu Watford Set for multi- million-pound Extension

Posted on May 20, 2016 11:05 am by Chris Grigorovsky under Commercial Developments, Industry News

intu has announced the appointment of Laing O’Rourke as main contractor for a new £178m extension of its Watford shopping centre. The extension, which will comprise a 1.4 million sq ft leisure and retail destination, will place Watford in CACI’s top 20 national retail destinations ranking, alongside Bristol and Edinburgh. Head... Read More