HR & Business News Round up
A round up of Local HR & Business headlines, Dorset, Hampshire & beyond
– in case you missed it!
Two of the major department store chains in Bournemouth have revealed figures laying bare the slump in Britain’s high streets
Debenhams has seen profits fall nearly 85 per cent, while House of Fraser is planning a restructuring which could mean store closures and jobs losses.
Silicon Beach conference won’t be coming back, says organiser Matt Desmier
An annual conference which helped establish Bournemouth’s reputation as a boom town for the digital and creative industries will not be returning this year.
JD Wetherspoon quits social media – reaction
Can any business afford not to be on social media? Pub chain JD Wetherspoon shut its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts earlier this week, with chairman Tim Martin citing concerns about the “addictive” nature of social media.
Dorset Cereals move to Poole welcomed
The news that the internationally-known brand Dorset Cereals is moving to Poole has been hailed as a boost for the town.
Dorset has a rare opportunity to rebrand itself as a home for ambitious and innovative business.
That is the view of the chair of the county’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) after its first conference focused on driving up productivity.
Marks & Spencer Bournemouth set for closure
Bournemouth town centre is bracing itself for the closure of the Marks & Spencer branch which has been part of shopping habits for generations.
Recent years have seen a certain trend take off – the rise of the office animal.
According to estimates, as many as a third of businesses across the UK have pet policies in place.
More of the area’s major employers have revealed the scale of the pay gap between men and women.
All employers with more than 250 staff should now have published details of the gulf.
Dorset and New Forest employers’ gender pay gap in full
All large local employers have now been required to reveal the difference in their average pay for men and women.
The figures below show the gap in average median hourly pay – the mid-point in an employer’s range of wages.
Jimmy’s Iced Coffee in Boots meal deals
Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, the family-owned Dorset brand which has achieved 30 percent growth in a year, has taken another step forward after being stocked in Boots.
The drink was created in Christchurch eight years ago by brother and sister team Jim and Suzie Cregan.
Faster broadband ‘key to Dorset’s prosperity’
Digital infrastructure will be key to improving prosperity in rural areas, a conference has heard. More than 100 delegates from Dorset and across the South West gathered to discuss ways of improving productivity in the countryside.
LV= back in profit after transformation which cut 400 jobs
Dorset-based insurer LV= has announced it is back in the black after revealing losses last year.