The Economic Impact Report for Tourism in Oxfordshire, a report commissioned by Experience Oxfordshire, shows a staggering 59% decline in the value of tourism (from £2.5billion to £1billion) and a substantial decline of 39% in jobs supported by sector (from 42,000 to 25,000).
January 1st 2022, marked the end of “loyalty penalties.” While new customers boast the best and cheapest deals on the market, loyal customers were being penalised via “price walking”, reveals vehicle finance specialist Carvine.
The UK offers one of the best work-life balances in the world according to a new study by office designers, Diamond Interiors, with typical British office workers getting among the best deals when it comes to working hours and annual leave allocations.
Lexus’s strong response to the challenges presented by the Covid pandemic and supply restrictions experienced throughout the global motor industry helped it maintain both its UK new car sales volume and market share at record levels.
With a brand new year of possible adventures ahead, leading dog-friendly holiday company since 2014, PetsPyjamas, reveals the winners of their Dog-Friendly Travel Awards, with Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire winning the title of Gourmet Getaways.
A British entrepreneur is celebrating the incredible stories of five women – each of whom has overcome huge adversity – by launching a range of watches, each named after them. The new Inspiration series from Hagley West takes themes such as inner beauty, strength, rebirth and vitality to bring a unique character to each new model.
In just one year, there was a 39% fall in the number of SME interactions and a 2% fall in the number of interactions with large businesses. Despite falls in the number of interactions, universities’ contribution to research commercialisation grew in 2019/20, with the number of licenses granted increasing by nearly a third (30%) compared with 2018/19.
Leading UK law firm Shoosmiths has strengthened its real estate division, one of the largest multi-disciplinary practices in the UK, with the appointment of specialist construction lawyer Ryan Fordham as a partner.
Leading housing association Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) has won a coveted WhatHouse? award. The housing association, whose shared ownership brand SO Resi is behind the SO Resi Maidenhead development, was crowned ‘Silver’ in the Housing Association of the Year category during this year’s ceremony which took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday 19th November. MTVH was commended for its innovative approach to raising awareness of shared ownership and improving its customer experience.
A sense of pure delight and celebration filled the room at the Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards as the winners of each of the prestigious 13 categories were announced, with one additional category added for Outstanding Contribution to British Business that went to the Oxford Vaccine Group.
Oxfordshire county councillors are to scrutinise services that radically improve safeguarding outcomes for children and their families, and that are also designed to reduce demands and costs for the council, at the People Overview and Scrutiny Committee at County Hall on Thursday 11 November.
A new survey from Blinds Direct has found that South-East homeowners spend a whopping £1,401,597,000 improving their homes each year, based on an annual spend of £561 per year per household. (2,563,000 households.)
The desire to travel after the pandemic and Brexit could see the South East’s small businesses face a major workforce shortage as employees rush to leave the country for permanent overseas residence, as revealed today by people management platform Employment Hero.
Oxbury Bank, the new tech-driven agriculture bank, announces additional investment from leading technology investor Hambro Perks, and sees strong lending and deposit growth in first 9 months of trading – £100m of committed lending to farm businesses since launch
A global online marketplace founded by a British car dealer has just broken the online-only world record for a car auction, selling a McLaren P1 for an incredible $1,600,888. No other online-only platform for collectible cars has ever achieved a higher sales price.
The internet is “awash with misleading information and terminology” about type 2 diabetes leading to “exploitation of a vulnerable group”, analysis by a charity shared ahead of World Diabetes Day has found.
The international jury made up of 250 experts awarded Parmigiano Reggiano 126 medals, 7 of which were in the Super Gold category. Bertinelli: “We are going home with our heads held high after battling it out with 4,079 cheeses from 48 countries, leaving with a haul of 126 medals out of 174 competing entries.”
Christmas is the season of goodwill and for reminding the ones that matter just how much you value them. As team morale has likely been a little low over the last 18 months for many UK businesses, this holiday season is the ideal time to show staff just how appreciated they really are.
The Go Further Investment Index launched today (9 November) at a special virtual event to connect the innovation and investment communities and celebrate the Northern Powerhouse and Scotland’s best and brightest businesses by showcasing their achievements through collaboration, investing and venturing.
Future technology stories. Behind-the-scenes stories. All-new vehicle stories. Stories to excite, surprise and inspire.
Ford’s a big place with lots of amazing things happening, and we can’t wait to share them with you. Welcome to Ford Stories.
With COP26 now firmly underway, leading sustainability authority Bureau Veritas is urging UK businesses to ‘make change happen’ as it supports the commitments and ambitions coming out of the conference as world leaders progress with day three of the global climate summit.
The distractions of hands-free phone use, managing a grey fleet of 5000 plus complex other transport needs, and the rights and wrongs of van safety use – all are the subjects of a series of fascinating 30-minute podcasts now available from National Highways Driving for Better Business (DfBB).
While world leaders gather in the UK for the COP26 summit, leading landscape and grounds maintenance experts idverde are delighted to have been recognised on a global scale for their work to tackle climate change.
Today, Rimac Automobili officially joins forces with Bugatti Automobiles under the recently announced company, Bugatti Rimac d.o.o. The new company sees two automotive powerhouses generate an exciting new movement in the automotive and technology industries, originally initiated and strongly supported by the sports car manufacturer Porsche AG.
Following the acquisition of 84.2% of shares in the UK company Smart Cells Holdings Ltd., the FamiCord Group, Europe’s first and the world’s fourth largest stem cell bank, is entering the UK market with lower prices for stem cell banking services.
Henkel participates in a funding round in the Indian start-up LoveLocal to further strengthen its direct-to-consumer expertise. The investment in LoveLocal under the umbrella of Henkel dx Ventures helps the company to gain insights about the retail markets and consumer behavior in emerging market.
Latest SMMT new car registration figures have shown a significant decline in new car sales so far in 2021, leaving franchised dealers to face another predicted service and repair shortfall of £300 million.
The Chancellor should be commended for investing in both research and innovation says the National Centre for Universities and Business, the collective voice of UK business and universities. Today’s announcement will release new funding for research and innovation, which will unlock breakthroughs to improve our health and environment, and boost our economic performance.
Launching digitally during National Apprenticeship Week 7-13 February 2022 – AoA and ITN Productions Industry News are co-producing Apprentices: Connect, Engage and Inspire, a news-style programme, exploring the incredible UK’s apprenticeship landscape as the future of employment as we emerge from the pandemic.
On 7 October 2021, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that an estimated 1.1 million people in the UK were experiencing self-reported long COVID. Of those, 831,000 had (or suspected they had) COVID-19 for at least 12 weeks previously, and 405,000 at least one year previously.
On October 9th, St. Modwen, the master developer for the new Kingsgrove community in Wantage, held a family-friendly community day to mark the reveal of a new sculpture and artwork commissioned to celebrate the completion of Kingsgrove’s new public square and park.
The African Art Series is celebrating its incredibly successful art event during Black History Month. The contemporary African art pop up dazzled over three days in the elegant surroundings of Bvlgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, London. The exhibition showcased works from renowned African artists, Ben Enwonwu MBE and El Anatsui, as well as some of the rising stars of art’s fastest-growing sector, presenting a fabulous display of artwork from across the African continent for invited guests, and later the public to appreciate and invest in.
A project to deliver gigabit-capable broadband for business and communities across Surrey and Hampshire is being taken a significant step forward as private sector firms are being invited to express an interest in bidding for the work.
Tens of millions of businesses around the world use WhatsApp to get business done. And we often hear from both people and businesses how it’s been a great way to find items to buy and close sales during the pandemic.
As businesses grow in confidence and begin to recruit for new and vacant positions, there has scarcely been a better time to secure a new role, according to a report by specialist recruiter Robert Half.
Leading occupational health provider TP Health has recorded stellar growth and announced the appointment of a new Non-Executive Director, following the completion of a management buyout by a team including its two founding Directors.
The core of a new timetable for rail services in and around Manchester has been approved for December 2022, focused on improving the performance of rail services and providing more punctual, reliable journeys for passengers.
The Prime Minister’s focus on levelling up is admirable, but actions speak louder than words, says the National Centre for Universities and Business, the collective voice of UK business and universities.
It’s the 1st of September 2020. The world is six months into the worst pandemic it has witnessed in over 100 years. The UK has been in a total lockdown for the last three months and after a brief period of semi-freedom, we were about to be plunged into lockdown once again.
Commenting on today’s Labour Market Statistics, Economy Minister Vaughan Gething said: “Today’s figures are encouraging, showing the unemployment rate in Wales remains below that of the UK, and our employment rate continues to increase.
Sortlist, the B2B scale-up, which focuses on bringing together high-quality marketing agencies from around the world with corresponding projects, is committed to shining a light on the talent within marketing, creative, and web agencies but who need a hand to gain recognition.
Sometimes it’s difficult to put emotions into words. This last week has been full of emotion as we performed The Hooley for the final time. A wonderful show from the imagination of Nell Gifford and Cal McCrystal. Lovingly crafted by our genius director Cal McCrystal, drawing on his Irish heritage.
The UK’s community bank, Metro Bank, gives every colleague a Day to Amaze – essentially a paid day off to support a local charity or good cause. Colleagues from Metro Bank’s Newbury store chose to use their Day to Amaze to plant trees when they volunteered for the Greener Greenham Group.
Neds Noodle Bar, Westgate Centre, Oxford has been recognised for their amazing noodle dishes and contribution to the UK hospitality industry at a glittering national awards ceremony in Mayfair, London as they scooped the highly contested Best Takeaway in the UK Award at The Golden Chopstick Awards 2021.
Business in the Community (BITC), the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, has today published the findings of the 2021 Race at Work survey which captures the views of over 24,600 employees in the UK. The survey found that the UK is still uncomfortable talking about race with only four in 10 employees saying that their employers are comfortable discussing race in the workplace, increasing only by 3% since 2018.
Williams Racing, one of the most successful teams in Formula One history, commits to a far-reaching climate change target. Building on the progress the global motorsport industry has made on sustainability in recent years, Williams Racing goes further than any other race team or motor racing series in the world, to commit to becoming climate positive by 2030.
Jankel, a world-leader in the design and manufacture of high-specification defence, security and NGO protection systems, are collaborating with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE); born out of the UK Formula 1 Williams Racing Team, to provide services and technologies to prime contractors in the US defence market.
The deepening global energy crisis underscores for investors the undeniable value, necessity and rewards of sustainable investing, says the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory, asset management and fintech organizations.
The hardest working, most talented and successful businesses from the building and construction sector in Britain are today celebrating as the finalists for the prestigious National Building and Construction Awards 2021 have been unveiled.
This morning, the ONS revealed that the UK’s total trade deficit widened to £6.6 billion the three months to August 2021 (removing the effect of inflation). In response to the data, please see below commentary from Atul Bhakta, CEO of One World Express. Atul Bhakta, CEO of One World Express said: “After a strong start […]
UK consumers nationwide are being offered complimentary personal financial planning sessions by qualified financial planners including CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP TM) professionals. The aim is to empower consumers throughout the UK by experiencing the support available from financial planning, this includes help with organising finances and guidance in planning how to reach life goals and dreams.
Last Friday, Hayley Beer-Gamage, CEO of Experience Oxfordshire hosted an MP roundtable with Robert Courts, Conservative MP for Witney and West Oxfordshire and Anneliese Dodds, Labour MP for East Oxfordshire, plus a variety of businesses from across the region including representatives from Bicester Village, Blenheim Palace, and the Oxford Bus Company to discuss the Governments Tourism Recovery Plan, the DMO Review and the impact of Covid on the visitor economy.
Following the breach of Twitch data, a new study has shown Facebook to be the most intrusive iOS app for phone users in the UK, collecting the largest amount of user data among the country’s top 10 most downloaded apps.
At a time when people risk is an increasingly critical topic for business leaders, Partners&, who have offices in Bristol, has bolstered its Wellbeing, Engagement and Benefits proposition with the appointment of Marcia Reid as Managing Partner – Wellbeing, Engagement and Benefits. The move is in line with its strategy to provide seamless, quality advice […]
98% of entrepreneurs willing to put their personal finances on the line to pursue their passion A new survey by NerdWallet, one of the UK’s leading financial comparison sites, has revealed that business owners in the South East of England are the most willing in the UK to risk their personal finances, with 98% prepared […]
Leading engineering firm Sunswap has announced an agreement with international shipping and logistics company DFDS to deploy a Sunswap transport refrigeration unit (TRU) into their fleet in early 2022, following which an order for production units is expected to be confirmed. After a successful investment round at the start of the year, Sunswap has been […]
Did you know that in 2016 46% of UK SMEs suffered a cyber security breach? Or that, on average, each instance of a cyber attack costs UK companies £1,340? The most common types of breach can be mitigated by the implementation of Cyber Essentials certification. There has never been a better time to position your […]
The Sports & Outdoor segment has grown steadily over the last couple of years as an increase in awareness around health and fitness has reached an all-time high. Because of 2020’s global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens had to find alternative forms of exercise and the segment flourished as a result. As a result, […]
Intelligo, who company behind multi-award winning payroll solution MegaPay, have been shortlisted for the finals in six categories of the prestigious Chartered Institute of Payroll professionals (CIPP) Annual Excellence Awards. The six categories are; Best Coronavirus Crisis Response In-House Payroll Team Software Product of the Year Well Being and Employee Engagement Award Bright Beginnings Award […]
A new flexible programme focused on helping young people aged 16-18 reach their full potential and take their first steps into the world of work is being launched by the Welsh Government. The innovative Jobs Growth Wales+ programme will aim to create life changing opportunities for those who are not in education, employment or training. […]
• Four in five (82%) small business owners say their mental health declined due to Covid-19 • One in five (19%) SME owners say their mental health is in a ‘bad’ place due to Covid-19 • A third (30%) experienced depression, three in five (62%) have been affected by stress and over half (55%) have […]
Construction technology provider Causeway Technologies has invested £1.5m on a new centre for engineering excellence in Middlesbrough, which will create up to 100 new high quality tech jobs in the Town.
Facebook is the youngest of the crème de la crème of the top performing firms globally. According to the research data analyzed and published by Wette.de, its market cap has increased by a cumulative $932.0 billion under Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership. In the 9.3 years that he has been at the helm, it grew by an average of $100.7 billion annually.
IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) has been named Membership Organisation of the Year at the Memcom Awards 2021. It also won Highly Commended for Public Awareness Campaign of the Year.
For those who enjoyed our initial whisky releases or for those encountering Oxford Rye for the first time, this is The Graduate. Ticking all the boxes of our signature style, the flavours of our fourth batch are bigger, bolder and with an acquired complexity.
RoSPA and L’Oréal’s Leading Safely for Women programme, part of their Safe@Work-Safe@Home partnership, which launched earlier this year has had a ‘phenomenal response’, according to Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA’s health and safety policy adviser.
EquiTrace, a unique app for horses that combines identity, GPS and medical records data using a scanner, a microchip and a mobile phone, has signed an investment agreement with a syndicate of HBAN angel investors led by Brendan Nevin, CEO of Code Institute for 1million euros. Enterprise Ireland will also be investing in the company, providing 250,000 euros. EquiTrace will use the investment to grow the company, building a sales and development team as well as investing in marketing, and focus on global expansion.
Qantas and Emirates have announced they will extend their cornerstone partnership for another five years, meaning customers and frequent flyers of both airlines will have access to an expansive joint network, and millions of reward seats to travel across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK.
A Milton Keynes-headquartered global designer, manufacturer, distributor and retailer of party products and supplies has acquired £20m turnover leading party brand Ginger Ray which is based in Weybridge, Surrey.
According to Bloomberg who surveyed 2,000 UK companies, most are going to allow employees more flexibility on where and when they do their jobs. The trend is emerging where the hybrid work model will see employees spilt their work between home and the office. Recognising that the business community has to adapt and embrace a totally different way to conduct meetings, Tewkesbury Park has created a brand-new hybrid conferencing package.
Nestled in the grounds of the Calblanque Natural Park, the 5 star hotel Príncipe Felipe is perhaps the jewel of the 1,400 acre La Manga estate, offering a first class experience from arrival to departure.
Make UK has partnered with support platform Next Gen Makers to develop a ground-breaking Engineering Apprenticeships Employer Kitemark, which will recognise companies who achieve a best practice benchmark, and thus endorse them as an exemplary employer of apprentices.
As Brits fall in love with travelling in their own country again, The Good Hotel Guide 2022: Great Britain & Ireland (goodhotelguide.com), published on 4th October 2021, provides plenty of inspiration on where to stay for a short break this autumn.
Don’t we all need some time to relax? Book a November stay at our beautiful estates Silverlake (Dorset) or Lower Mill (The Cotswolds) and enjoy walks through falling leaves, followed by cosy log fires, or make the most of the great outdoors by hiring a mountain bike or kayaking on the lakes.
Leading automotive finance provider JBR Capital has enjoyed its most successful business period to date. Driven by the post-pandemic pent-up demand for high-end vehicles, the London-based company has lent £100m since 1 March, enabling customers to fund their passion for supercars and luxury vehicles.
Streaming platform giants, Twitch has clearly built from the increased engagement in 2020 brought about by the lockdowns imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to data presented by Wette.de, Twitch generated $195.5M in in-app purchases in the first half of 2021, 139.88% more than the first half of 2020.
In my opinion, late September and October, has to be the best time of year. Leaves are on the turn and we can still enjoy a hint of late summer, sunny temperatures. What do we look forward to? Cepes, Porcini, Penny Buns are wonderful, quickly tossed in a very hot buttered pan and served with a sprinkling of chopped parsley, unfortunately grouse didn’t happen because of a strange lack of pluckers and truckers…
According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, cybercriminals launched nearly 5.4 million Distributed Denial of Service attacks in the first half of 2021 — an 11% increase compared to the first half of 2020.
Meyers, the award-winning home-based estate agency franchise, has added to its sales, support and lettings team for the benefit of its growing number of franchisees across the UK. Leon Firth now joins as franchise sales manager and Charlie Sharp as Meyers’ hub headquarters’ branch manager. These additions to the team follow the recruitment of Jules Arscott as property manager earlier this year to extend the lettings team, and Ella McGrady as office manager.
Euramax Solutions supports the residential, commercial, and industrial markets with sustainable solutions for uPVC and Aluminium windows and entrance and patio doors. From their state of the art manufacturing facility in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Euramax manufactures and supplies 10,000’s of products to clients across the UK. Historically selling their products in most channels under an […]