Local Business News Round-up: Dorset & Hampshire
We’ve rounded up the best of the local business news in Hampshire, Dorset & beyond – in case you missed it!
A charity is launching a new scheme to help companies support mental health in the workplace.
The Dorset Mind Works campaign follows a report by Mind and Deloitte which reveals that nationally 300,000 people with a long-term mental health problem lose their jobs each year.
Netflix for Jewellery business wins Hampshire leg
The UK’s first jewellery rental subscription service has been crowned the Winchester winner of a national pitching tour.
Bournemouth council has been “named and shamed” for failing to distribute tax relief to businesses.
In the spring budget the Government announced a new £300 million scheme of business rates relief to be distributed by councils over a four year period.
Hampshire lawyer urges company bosses to be aware of gig economy rulings
A recent spate of high-profile legal cases could spell trouble ahead for business who treat regular workers as self-employed service providers, a Hampshire lawyer has warned.
Doubt hangs over the future of 15 jobs after a Hampshire boatbuilder went into administration.
However, the parent company of Meercat Workboats, based at Hythe, claims the business is sound and likely to be salvaged as a going concern.
Merlin Entertainment sees slump in profits
The Poole-based owner of Madame Tussauds and Alton Towers has seen its shares plunge by a fifth as peak summer trading woes after UK terror attacks took the shine off a worldwide Peppa Pig deal.
Digital and manufacturing come together in “fourth industrial revolution” business Industry4
A business inspired by the so-called “fourth industrial revolution” was bolstered by Bournemouth’s efforts to support its start-ups. Industry4 was founded to harness the town’s strengths in the digital creative sector and employ them in the service of manufacturing.
Lush is spending £13million on creating a “test bed for ideas and innovation” in Poole.
The town’s global cosmetics brand has spent £4.6m buying an industrial unit on the Nuffield Industrial Estate, proclaiming it a strong signal that the UK will remain the company’s home.
A law firm has become the first in the region to offer a range of same-sex legal services.
Ellis Jones Solicitors in Bournemouth chose National Coming Out Day yesterday to launch the venture.
Lawyers will offer help on aspects of the law that relate directly to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.
LV= chief Richard Rowney on rising profits, cost-cutting and £80m spend on digital
The boss of major Dorset employer LV= has said an £80million investment on systems and digital products is cutting costs and boosting productivity. ..seeing operating profit rise 58 percent to £82million in the six months to the end of June, with pre-tax profit up from £1m to £56m.
Aldi second supermarket to pull out of plans to build a new supermarket on the former East Street Shopping Centre site
A supermarket giant has pulled out of the race to build a new city centre store on the site of one of Southampton’s biggest regeneration projects.
Aldi will no longer be involved in proposals for a new grocery store on the former East Street shopping centre site.
Now we’re part of the ‘digital powerhouse’ Innovation South
Innovators in Dorset’s tech and creative sector are helping make the south of England the backbone of the UK’s digital economy, a government-sponsored report has found.
Lack of staff is hitting industry even before Brexit, warns Oceana hotels chief Kevin Wood
Hotels have already seen a big drop in job applications and are struggling to fill roles with Brexit looming, an industry boss has said.
The warning comes from Kevin Wood, head of Europe operations for Oceana Hotels and Restaurants – whose Bournemouth premises include the Cumberland, Suncliff and Ocean Beach hotels
‘We’ve created 1,601 jobs, 367 homes and seen 5,465 people trained’, says Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership
The chairman of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) says the county can be “one of Britain’s core city regions” by 2033.
Adam Maton launched “stress-free” removal service WeMove
An entrepreneur who laboured on a building site after his first business failed has gone on to start a “stress-free” removal company. Adam Maton, 32, spent eight years working for LV= before quitting to set up his own business.
Paralympic star Niki Birrell joins accountancy firm PKF Francis Clark
A south coast accountancy firm, which advises almost all the GB Olympic sailing squad, has recruited a double Paralympic bronze medallist to its ranks.
Niki Birrell, who represented Britain at three consecutive Paralympic Games, has joined PKF Francis Clark as a graduate accountancy trainee.
Mark Cribb of Urban Guild on how Bournemouth is set to keep growing
Talks may continue over the damage of Brexit on businesses or the rise of chain restaurants locally, but a self-confessed perennial optimist can only see Bournemouth’s future going in one direction.
“If we can focus on the 5G, the fibre city and remove as many barriers as possible for business, with the strong digital sector it’s very exciting.
Siemens looking after Northern Ireland traffic signals in one of the biggest contract wins of its kind
Siemens in Poole is to maintain traffic management technology throughout Northern Ireland after winning one of the company’s biggest contracts of its kind.
Former Moore Blatch managing partner Walter picked to chair growing Hampshire property business
Hampshire & Regional Property Group has appointed Walter Cha, former managing partner of law firm Moor Blatch, as chairman as it embarks on an ambitious five-year growth strategy.
Mystery of how circles came to appear in the sand at Poole Harbour
The Daily Echo was inundated with responses from readers after Dudley Ings was left baffled following a recent visit to Poole.