Opinion

  • Is this really enough, Mr Johnson?

    Is this really enough, Mr Johnson?

    13-10-2020

    Having listened to the Prime Minister address the nation last night on the latest Coronavirus restrictions, I couldn’t help raise the question: Is all this really enough? As we were presented w...

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  • Supporting employees’ mental health: Employers are willing, but are they ready?

    Supporting employees’ mental health: Employers are willing, but are they ready?

    09-10-2020

    A recent study by mental health charity Mind has revealed that over half (56 per cent) of employers want to do more to improve the wellbeing of their staff, but feel they lack the requisite training a...

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  • Understanding the Chancellor's Job Support Scheme: Jenny Hawrot, Willans LLP

    Understanding the Chancellor's Job Support Scheme: Jenny Hawrot, Willans LLP

    25-09-2020

    To help steer businesses and employees through a tough winter and avoid the much-feared ‘cliff-edge’ as the furlough scheme comes to an end, today Chancellor Rishi Sunak has introduced a r...

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  • Chancellor could be preparing to dish up new business support

    Chancellor could be preparing to dish up new business support

    22-09-2020

    Business will be listening to the Prime Minister’s words over the next 24 hours as he and his ministers decide on what will be some major new measures to try and halt the march of the Coronavi...

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  • Send the Department of Work and Pensions to college to learn how to tackle the jobs crisis

    Send the Department of Work and Pensions to college to learn how to tackle the jobs crisis

    14-09-2020

    Against all the Covid odds, Gloucester’s MP, Richard Graham pulled off a great LiftOff event at Kingsholm for the future job prospects of young people in our county.   Richard had pe...

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  • Poem 1: by Deborah Raikes May

    Poem 1: by Deborah Raikes May

    11-09-2020

    In case you are wondering what we are doing running poetry on a business news website, it is this - to make life more interesting (we hope). When we launched The Raikes Journal we had a call from a l...

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  • 80 per cent say car park charges will be seriously detrimental to their business, says chamber of commerce

    80 per cent say car park charges will be seriously detrimental to their business, says chamber of commerce

    31-07-2020

    Cotswold District Council recently announced on July 15 its decision to increase car parking charges across the district by 30 per cent, writes David Fowles of Cirencester Chamber of Trade.This was de...

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  • Councils must speak with one voice to support hospitality sector recovery: Ian Mean, Business West Gloucestershire

    Councils must speak with one voice to support hospitality sector recovery: Ian Mean, Business West Gloucestershire

    23-07-2020

    Gloucestershire can be justly proud of its great hospitality sector.But its restaurants, pubs and hotels have suffered so much worry and misery through lack of business during the coronavirus pandemic...

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  • Trust is key to moving forward for managers and business owners: Simon Merrell, of Merrell People

    Trust is key to moving forward for managers and business owners: Simon Merrell, of Merrell People

    23-07-2020

    Organisation’s need trust more so than ever. Uncertainty and remoteness impact on our ability to feel safe and well. Our ability to build and maintain relationships and perform can suffer too. ...

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  • More please Chancellor - if we are to avoid an unprecedented wave of unempoyment: Ian Mean, Business West Gloucestershire director

    More please Chancellor - if we are to avoid an unprecedented wave of unempoyment: Ian Mean, Business West Gloucestershire director

    16-07-2020

    Surveys of every aspect of our economy seem to be two a penny in these very uncertain days for business.We probably don’t take many of them very seriously.But when the survey is carried out by t...

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  • Build, build, build – radical reform or empty rhetoric? asks David Jones, of Evans Jones

    Build, build, build – radical reform or empty rhetoric? asks David Jones, of Evans Jones

    14-07-2020

    The rallying cry from Boris Johnson looks to the construction industry to drive our recovery out of the COVID-19 crisis or does it. David Jones explores the Government’s bold move.  ...

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  • Marketing in a pandemic - dodging the arrows: Jo Bruce, marketing manager at Evans Jones

    Marketing in a pandemic - dodging the arrows: Jo Bruce, marketing manager at Evans Jones

    10-07-2020

    I, like most other marketing managers started 2020 armed with a brand-new marketing plan, a new set of objectives, a fresh budget and a renewed enthusiasm for the new year ahead.Everyone has heard of ...

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  • Footfall, positivity and optimism are good in Stroud says the chamber of trade

    Footfall, positivity and optimism are good in Stroud says the chamber of trade

    01-07-2020

    It’s been a busy and apprehensive first three weeks, but generally footfall in Stroud has been reported as good – there is a great feeling of positivity and optimism from the businesses....

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  • Cirencester Chamber of Commerce announces plans to hold a virtual Business Awards 2020 this autumn

    Cirencester Chamber of Commerce announces plans to hold a virtual Business Awards 2020 this autumn

    29-06-2020

    As each day brings another easing of the coronavirus lockdown, the business community is coming to terms with the impact it has had on the markets we are used to operating in.Shops have now started to...

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  • Relaxing planning laws is key to our economic recovery, writes Ian Mean, Business West Gloucestershire

    Relaxing planning laws is key to our economic recovery, writes Ian Mean, Business West Gloucestershire

    24-06-2020

    As business plans its way out of coronavirus, I believe the relaxation of our complex planning system will be a key factor. It has been mooted before. But it now must happen to meet the needs of many...

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  • What direction for Gloucester? The chamber wants you views

    What direction for Gloucester? The chamber wants you views

    17-06-2020

    It was good to see on Monday (June 15) queues of shoppers outside Primark and the other stores that were open in Gloucester City Centre, it felt like some small semblance of normality was returning ...

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  • Unemployment – not the elephant in the room, more the tsunami, writes Ian Mean, Business West Gloucestershire

    Unemployment – not the elephant in the room, more the tsunami, writes Ian Mean, Business West Gloucestershire

    17-06-2020

    When we heard today that the employment rate was just 3.9 per cent we would be deluding ourselves if we believed this seemed to be a realistic figure.  The politicians may point to it, but...

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  • Asking the right questions is key still - but what are they? Simon Merrell, Merrell People

    Asking the right questions is key still - but what are they? Simon Merrell, Merrell People

    12-06-2020

    Business owners and leaders will no doubt be torn between operational and strategic agendas like never before. Not everyone will have the luxury of senior managers who are able to help create the spa...

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  • Reviewing internal controls for new working processes: Julian Gaskell, Hazlewoods

    Reviewing internal controls for new working processes: Julian Gaskell, Hazlewoods

    10-06-2020

    In response to the rapidly changing environment we now live and work in, Hazlewoods business advisers continue to provide insightful content to support your business now and focus on a #BusinessForT...

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  • Tips to help business owners plan corporate transactions during lockdown: Paul Symes-Thompson of Willans

    Tips to help business owners plan corporate transactions during lockdown: Paul Symes-Thompson of Willans

    09-06-2020

    Numerous transactions and commercial initiatives being put on hold or, worse, aborted, during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.  This includes company and business acquisitions and sales...

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  • Do you have the talent to succeed post lockdown: Simon Merrell, Merrell People

    Do you have the talent to succeed post lockdown: Simon Merrell, Merrell People

    05-06-2020

    Buy, build or borrow? A typical dilemma for business in relation to the skills they need. All have upsides and downsides and typically the only viable answer is a mix of all three. Executed well a c...

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  • Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on business exits: Kim Klahn, of Lodders

    Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on business exits: Kim Klahn, of Lodders

    05-06-2020

    How has the world changed for those business leaders looking to sell their business in the next few years since the global pandemic took hold and business was forced into lockdown? Lodders partner Kim...

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  •  Furlough update: Darren Sherborne, of Sherbornes Solicitors

    Furlough update: Darren Sherborne, of Sherbornes Solicitors

    03-06-2020

    Many will be aware the Government announced how the furlough scheme will change over the coming months, in that employers will be required to contribute to payment. In case you have missed this, the c...

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  • Homeworking and employment law: Matthew Clayton, Willans LLP Solicitors

    Homeworking and employment law: Matthew Clayton, Willans LLP Solicitors

    03-06-2020

    The coronavirus lockdown has seen a vast ballooning of the numbers of people working from home. This situation won’t last for ever, but it is likely to lead to increased requests from staff for ...

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  • Stroud retailers are ready, when the time is right: Tony Davey, Stroud and District Chamber of Trade

    Stroud retailers are ready, when the time is right: Tony Davey, Stroud and District Chamber of Trade

    01-06-2020

    The death of the high street has been predicted with tedious regularity for at least a decade. You could be forgiven for predicting the pandemic may indeed bring the end; the contrary could, in fact, ...

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  • Covid-19. Furloughed workers and annual leave: Jenny Hawrot, Willans

    Covid-19. Furloughed workers and annual leave: Jenny Hawrot, Willans

    22-05-2020

    The government has provided some long awaited guidance on the treatment of annual leave for furloughed employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic. One of Willans senior employment lawyers, Jenny ...

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  • Update: Can employers force workers to take holiday during furlough? Darren Sherborne, of Sherbornes Solicitors

    Update: Can employers force workers to take holiday during furlough? Darren Sherborne, of Sherbornes Solicitors

    14-05-2020

    The government has updated their guidance to employees regarding the furlough scheme. This update is correct as at 14th May 2020 but there may be further changes and updates. Following the Government...

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  • Be busy and be positive. How journalism students can best survive this crisis: Paul Wiltshire, University of Gloucestershire

    Be busy and be positive. How journalism students can best survive this crisis: Paul Wiltshire, University of Gloucestershire

    07-05-2020

    This time last year, the first of our third years had found themselves jobs.They’d all pretty much completed placements, emerging from their work experience in newsrooms, broadcasting studios an...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 17. Greg Pilley. Adapting to survive - An independent brewer's tale

    Trading Through Coronavirus 17. Greg Pilley. Adapting to survive - An independent brewer's tale

    03-05-2020

    In this episode, Nigel Barker of Business West speaks to Greg Pilley, managing director of Stroud Brewery, about meeting the challenges facing independent breweries who have seen sales slump du...

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  • Tracy Clark: Thoughts of a CEO in lockdown

    Tracy Clark: Thoughts of a CEO in lockdown

    01-05-2020

    I am CEO of two charities, Infobuzz and Young Gloucestershire; the last four week have been some of the most challenging in my career.  This will be the same for many as we all face unprecedente...

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  • An update from David Owen, CEO GFirst LEP

    An update from David Owen, CEO GFirst LEP

    30-04-2020

    Recovery from the coronavirus pandemic represents the single biggest economic challenge since the Second World War. However, it also presents the single biggest opportunity to reshape the British eco...

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  • David Woodfine, director of Cyber Security Associates:  Staying cyber safe – an expert guide to working from home

    David Woodfine, director of Cyber Security Associates: Staying cyber safe – an expert guide to working from home

    27-04-2020

    As we prepare for possible restrictions to business activities and encourage more home working, it is  is important to remember ...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 16. Matt Griffith. Only 16 per cent will cope after six months

    Trading Through Coronavirus 16. Matt Griffith. Only 16 per cent will cope after six months

    24-04-2020

    In this episode, Nigel Barker of Business West speaks to Matt Griffith, the organation's policy, about the coronavirus business survey findings that paint a bleak picture for the UK economy if the c...

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  • Matthew Clayton, Willans: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance clarified. COVID-19

    Matthew Clayton, Willans: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance clarified. COVID-19

    24-04-2020

    Our employment lawyers summarise the latest developments on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to emerge from HMRC. On Friday 17 April 2020 there were two developments in relation to the government...

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  • Sophie Martyn, Willans: Corporate and commercial issues. COVID-19

    Sophie Martyn, Willans: Corporate and commercial issues. COVID-19

    24-04-2020

    The global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the government’s resulting emergency measures have had severe implications for many businesses. Read on for answers to some frequently-asked qu...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 14. Kerry Stagg. The world economic outlook & supply chain management

    Trading Through Coronavirus 14. Kerry Stagg. The world economic outlook & supply chain management

    22-04-2020

    In this episode, Nigel Barker of Business West chats to Kerry Stagg, market research manager at the business support and lobbying organisation, about the current global economic growth forecasts and w...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 13. Richard Bonner. Crunch week for UK business

    Trading Through Coronavirus 13. Richard Bonner. Crunch week for UK business

    22-04-2020

    In this episode (April 20, 2020), Nigel Barker of Business West speaks to Richard Bonner, director of Arcadis and president of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative, about it being crunch week fo...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 12. Iain Wolsey. Coronavirus exit strategy planning

    Trading Through Coronavirus 12. Iain Wolsey. Coronavirus exit strategy planning

    22-04-2020

    In this episode, Nigel Barker of Business West speaks to Iain Wolsey, chairman of the business support and lobbying organisation about the importance of the British Government developing an effective ...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 11. Claire Ralph, The furlough scheme revisited

    Trading Through Coronavirus 11. Claire Ralph, The furlough scheme revisited

    22-04-2020

    In this update episode of the Business West video series, Nigel Barker catches up with Claire Ralph, policy project manager at Business West and former tax adviser, for a summary of the recent chang...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 10. William Frazer. The NFU and the COVID-19 Business Impact Service

    Trading Through Coronavirus 10. William Frazer. The NFU and the COVID-19 Business Impact Service

    22-04-2020

    In this episode of Business West's videos taking us through the coronavirus crisis, Nigel Barker, speaks to William Frazer, county adviser at NFU (National Farmers' Union), about the launch of their n...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 9. Ian Mean and Phil Smith of Business West reflect on three weeks in lockdown

    Trading Through Coronavirus 9. Ian Mean and Phil Smith of Business West reflect on three weeks in lockdown

    22-04-2020

    If it were not all so serious Business West might be forgiven for puffing out its chest a little at the impact of its pro-active approach to helping firms through the pandemic.  According ...

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