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The February 2014 headlines are: •The unemployment rate (JSA claimants) remained at 1.1.% in January, but the number of claimants rose to 8,105 •The Bank of England Agent’s Summary of Business Conditions highlights a strengthening housing market and falling inflation •Eskmuir have commenced the development of 68,180 sq ft of offices at…

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GDI Sector | | 18.02.14

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The Gatwick Diamond The Gatwick Diamond area is located just 30 minutes from central London with Gatwick International Airport at its heart. Global companies and many innovative enterprises have chosen the Gatwick Diamond for their regional headquarters. Dynamic industry clusters include: Life Sciences and Medical Devices; Advanced Manufacturing; Environmental Technologies; Financial and Professional Services; and Food…

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The rateable values for non-domestic properties are set nationally by the Government and are not a matter for decision at local level. However, the Council would welcome feedback on its spending plans for 2014/15 and any aspect of the services and support it provides to the business community. The Council’s core funding…

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A business colleague of our Robert Craven was recently asked to help a particular non-UK business, a professional service firm that felt that its growth had stalled. Here is a summary of an hour’s conversation… condensed it into a few lines… we thought it might be useful for you….. Is there a market for…

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Gillespies Bakery is the first recipient of a grant under the Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Shop Front Improvement Scheme. The award winning traditional bakery implemented enhancements to their West Street establishment last weekend having accepted the offer of a grant earlier this month. Gillespies has been an Epsom institution for 18…

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Regional Growth Fund – are you a high growth, innovative small or medium business or one delivering green or low carbon goods and services? Are you planning to to expand and grow but not finding it easy to find the finance required? Would a grant of up to 25% of the total…

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UKTI Week | | 11.11.13

Following the success of Export Week in May, which focused on High Growth Markets, UK Trade & Investment will run a series of regional events during the week of November 11-15.  Each region will hold at least one event per day aimed at getting your business to either start exporting or expand…

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Most businesses see themselves as a producer, a technician. When company owners or managers introduce themselves, they say things like: ‘We are a pizza restaurant; we make pizzas’ or ‘We are a video production company; we make videos’. BUT… What problem are you solving? (What’s the real problem?) Sometimes you need to…

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Owners of the so-called ‘small and medium-sized’ businesses feel ignored by big businesses and government. We are sold to in an insulting manner. I love how Robert expresses how I personally feel as a small business and wanted to share this with you. Please note: Small and big businesses are very different Not…

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Businesses offering work experience are being handed a cash incentive to help more than 100 unemployed teenagers get on the career ladder. Surrey County Council is giving employers up to £300 for every 16 to 19-year-old classed as NEET handed on the job training. The authority has set a goal of filling…

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