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Mum's own experience with autistic son inspires venture to help firms make sites disability friendly

A business leader with a severely autistic son has set up a social enterprise to help companies tap into the £249 billion spending power of disabled people in the UK.

Davina Carey-Evans, who runs the Anglesey-based event and marketing company Sbarc, set up Piws (Welsh for purple) as a ...

2020-06-02 21:26 open_in_new
'Survival' has been main aim of Welsh social enterprises in Covid-19 pandemic but some have seen positive change

Survival has been the main aim for many social enterprises in the coronavirus pandemic - but some ventures have used the crisis to diversify and transform.

These are the findings from a new report published on the effects of Covid-19 on the sector in Wales.

The report evaluates the ...

2020-06-02 20:23 open_in_new
Tourism boards lobby government over quarantine plans for air passengers

The region’s tourism boards are lobbying government over plans to quarantine air passengers arriving into UK airports.

With only a week to go before the introduction of 14-day quarantine measures, tourism leaders from the north of England have written to the government to ask for a more ...

2020-06-02 20:23 open_in_new
Northumberland firm seals deal with Newcastle Airport to supply travel PPE kits

A North East company has teamed up with the region’s largest airport to provide portable hygiene kits to passengers.

Family firm Enviro-point, based in Cramlington, Northumberland, has operated luggage weighing kiosks, passenger services and travel retail stores in airports across the UK ...

2020-06-02 20:23 open_in_new
Pushchair manufacturer Cosatto turns to online to sell direct to consumers

A Greater Manchester designer and manufacturer of pushchairs, highchairs and car seats has switched business strategy and is now selling direct to consumers.

Cosatto, established over 30 years ago, designs, manufactures and sells award winning baby travel systems including the Giggle ...

2020-06-02 20:23 open_in_new
Gwynedd plastics factory reopens with new measures to keep workers safe

REHAU UK has confirmed that it has begun a phased return to work at its Blaenau Ffestiniog windows profile manufacturing site.

Fears over the risk to workers were raised back in March and the facility ceased production on March 26 as a result of the UK Government’s lockdown, with only ...

2020-06-02 20:23 open_in_new
UK Government's flagship Covid-19 loan scheme has now approved more than £31bn in lending

A flagship UK Government Covid-19 support scheme has seen lenders approve more than £31.3bn in loans.

The various Covid-19 loan schemes, administered by the UK Government’s economic development bank the British Business Bank and running since March, has seen accredited lenders approve ...

2020-06-02 20:23 open_in_new
Law firm Bromleys expands lockdown services with online legal surgeries

Law firm Bromleys has expanded its range of lockdown services by launching free legal surgeries for clients via Zoom and Skype.

Bromleys has for many years provided free consultations twice weekly at its offices in Ashton-under-Lyne, as part of its Access to Free Legal Advice ...

2020-06-02 20:23 open_in_new
Figures reveal which sectors made the most emergency Covid funding applications in Wales

Nearly 10,000 applications for more than £200m of grant support have been made to the Economic Resilience Fund in Wales - with the highest number of bids from the construction sector.

Welsh Government has released a breakdown by sector of where the requests for emergency funding have come ...

2020-06-02 20:23 open_in_new
West Country's tourism industry hit by 'uncertainty' over summer season as many attractions look set to stay closed

It is a cruel irony that at the tail end of the sunniest May imaginable many visitor attractions and tourism businesses are bracing themselves for a “third winter”.

While some lockdown regulations have been eased, businesses providing holiday accommodation, including hotels and ...

2020-06-02 20:23 open_in_new
Energy park plan could create 300 jobs and bring hydrogen bus pilot to Scunthorpe

Plans have been unveiled for a green energy project on the outskirts of Scunthorpe, which could create up to 300 permanent jobs.

The North Lincolnshire Green Energy Park scheme, earmarked for the Flixborough Industrial Estate, would include an energy recovery facility capable of diverting ...

2020-06-02 20:23 open_in_new
Plymouth set to lose £225m if hospitality lockdown not lifted soon

A Plymouth tourism chief is warning the city could lose £225million and see thousands of jobs under threat if the Covid-19 lockdown is not ended in July.

Adrian Vinken, chairman of Destination Plymouth, said 66% of the city’s annual earnings from tourism and hospitality at at risk if ...

2020-06-02 20:23 open_in_new
Almost nine million workers on furlough, latest Government figures reveal

The Government is picking up the wage bills of close to nine million furloughed workers, who are unable to do their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Around £17.5 billion has been claimed by more than one million firms who have sent their colleagues home as the country went into ...

2020-06-02 20:23 open_in_new
Green light for homes plan on former Royal Doulton site

Plans which will see 216 homes built on the site of a former pottery factory have been approved.

St Modwen Homes wants to construct a new housing estate on the former Royal Doulton site in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.

The development will be a mix of one, two and three-bedroom houses and ...

2020-05-29 08:14 open_in_new
Partner promotions at FBC Manby Bowdler and more appointments news

Law firm FBC Manby Bowdler has strengthened its team with a series of new appointments across the Midlands.

The firm has announced that Graham Fuller, Mohammed Ahsan and Sarah Millington have become partners.

Mr Fuller works in the wills, probate and lifetime planning team and joined ...

2020-05-29 08:14 open_in_new
FCA issues warning about 20-year-old Forex trader after £3m losses

The Financial Conduct Authority has issued an official warning about a Forex-trading 20-year-old student and his companies after hundreds of people are understood to have lost as much as £3m investing on the currency market just before Christmas.

The FCA said University of Plymouth ...

2020-05-29 08:14 open_in_new
'There's life left in the office yet' - how Birmingham's property sector sees the future of the workplace post-lockdown

The office isn't dead.

But it will look very different as the country licks its wounds and emerges, blinking, from a coronavirus lockdown that is likely to change the property industry forever.

That's the view of industry leaders in Birmingham who are now facing the ...

2020-05-29 08:14 open_in_new
Work starts on £1m upgrade at Stoke Railway Station

A £1 million project to transform the area around Stoke Railway Station is underway.

Work has officially started on the project to upgrade streets near the city's main train station as part of wider, multi-million pound plans to revolutionise public transport in the city.

Over ...

2020-05-28 16:29 open_in_new
Debenhams is set to cut hundreds of head office jobs

Debenhams is set to cut hundreds of head office jobs, the department store has confirmed.

The chain has suffered a difficult few years, falling into administration for the second time in a year and suffering the consequences of the UK lockdown.

The Evening Standard is reporting that ...

2020-05-28 16:29 open_in_new
Premier Inn owner Whitbread granted permission to rebuild Bristol hotel destroyed by fire

Premier Inn's owner has been granted planning permission to rebuild a hotel in Bristol which was ravaged by fire in 2019.

Whitbread has secured consent from South Gloucestershire Council to rebuild a larger hotel on the site where the former 177-bed Cribbs Causeway hotel and ...

2020-05-26 15:08 open_in_new
The female entrepreneur making her mark in the male dominated world of security

Operating in a male-dominated industry, Rachel Fleri has seen her security business flourish since taking the entrepreneurial plunge nearly 20 years ago.

The former secondary school science teacher set up Specialist Security Co Ltd back in 2001 in Cardiff, initially providing manned door ...

2020-05-25 21:17 open_in_new