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11:45am Wednesday 4th December 2013
High fuel prices are continuing to force drivers to use their cars less, according to an AA/Populus survey released in the lead-up to the Autumn Statement The poll of 21,587 AA members found that 45% are cutting down on car usage and 28% are slashing family or personal budgets to compensate.
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The Real Voice of Somerset and Wiltshire Small Businesses was heard in No.10 Downing Street as a delegation of business people from across the UK, including Somerset and Wiltshire FSB vice chairman Patricia Marks, delivered a message to Government on the real needs of the small business community.
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To celebrate the UK’s first ever Small Business Saturday this weekend (7 December 2013), the People 1st Training Company is offering small and medium businesses in Swindon free passes to its WorldHost Insights online customer service training programme.
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3:54pm Friday 29th November 2013
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The business and assets of 12 hotels and the operating platform of the Menzies Hotels Group have been sold to the Topland Group. Rob Croxen and Jane Moriarty, restructuring partners at KPMG, were appointed joint administrators to the Group’s operating company, Menzies Hotels Operating Limited, and Menzies Hotels Limited on Friday 29th November 2013. The Group, which has its head office in Derby, owns and operates 15 hotels around the UK. Following a period of marketing by Christie & Co in the months prior to appointment, the administrators were able to secure an immediate sale of the businesses and assets to Topland Group, the international property and investment group. The deal successfully secures the ongoing employment of 1,130 employees, and sees 12 freehold hotels transferred to the purchaser. However, three hotels operating under shorter-term lease agreements located in Luton, Gatwick and Swindon will close, with a total of 155 employees across the three sites being made redundant. Rob Croxen, partner at KPMG and joint administrator, commented: “Following our appointment in May 2013 as administrators to the non-trading parent companies of Menzies Hotels Group, we have worked closely with stakeholders to secure the best possible outcome for creditors.
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The Midcounties Co-operative Pharmacy is celebrating the launch of its two new websites which include health advice and improved navigation to showcase its diverse offering and extend its reach out of the Society’s regional footprint.
10:21am Friday 29th November 2013
Julian Cockwell, south region head of tax at KPMG, outlines what businesses in the South West want from this year’s Autumn Statement: "I expect this year’s Autumn Statement to be ‘steady as she goes’. While it is positive news that the deficit is down by a third, the Government’s attention must remain on repairing the public finances, which rules out any wild tax giveaways. “However while reducing the deficit and paying down the underlying structural debt must be the Chancellor’s ultimate end game, achieving sustained economic growth will also play a key role in restoring Britain’s economic health. “Businesses I speak to in the South West want to see indications that the Government will encourage and foster growth and private sector investment, and not bring in measures which could choke the first signs of a recovery.
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Those who live in the South who hide their wealth are being targeted as part of an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) taskforce. The taskforce will be targeted at individuals and businesses in South Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire.
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At up to £178 a shot, it might be the most expensive glass raised in the Cotswolds at Christmas this year - but auctioneers at Moore Allen & Innocent in Cirencester are confident that a very special bottle of whisky will sell for between £3,000 and £5,000 when it goes under the hammer next week. The 70cl decanter of Macallan’s Millennium is the jewel in the crown of this year’s pre-Christmas wine and spirits sale. Bottled to mark the turn of the millennium, the Speyside single malt whisky was distilled in January 1949 and stored in Spanish oak sherry casks until it was released into Caithness lead free crystal decanters in August 1999. The whisky comes in its original presentation box, together with leaflets and original outer cardboard delivery box. And with that £3,000 to £5,000 estimate, each single measure will be worth between £107 and £178. The sale will also boast a single bottle of what is considered to be one of the finest wines ever produced. Auctioneers are anticipating bids of between £1,500 and £2,000 for the bottle of 1945 Chateau Latour, Grand Cru Classé. The sale starts at 10.30am on Friday, December 6. For a full auction catalogue, log on to www.mooreallen.co.uk
4:17pm Wednesday 27th November 2013
The strength of the Chinese antiques market contributed to the biggest, busiest and most profitable general sale of the year at the salesroom of Moore Allen & Innocent in Cirencester on Friday. A record £74,000 of antiques were bought and sold over 1,114 lots by almost 300 registered buyers. The top price of the day – a circa 1900 Chinese orange kimono decorated with dragons, clouds and flowers, together with a second kimono, the blue ground decorated with floral needlework – went to a Chinese buyer for £2,600. And eyebrows were raised when a collection of Chinese porcelain, some of it damaged, far exceeded its modest estimate to sell for £2,000 – the second highest lot price of the day. Also in the top ten was a Chinese silk robe with embroidered floral decoration, which made £550 against an estimate of £100 to £150.
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Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has announced a new service linking Bristol with Stockholm next summer. Flights will operate twice a week (on Monday and Friday) from 30 June to 15 August 2014, using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The schedule has been designed with long weekend leisure breaks in mind, and is expected to prove equally popular with UK and Swedish travellers alike. Built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, Stockholm is one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities. With its 750 year history and rich cultural life, it offers a wide selection of world-class museums and attractions, many of which can be explored on foot. With no direct flight from the South West of the UK for the last five years, the Swedish capital will be a new city break option for many travellers in the region. The route’s strong inbound potential has also been recognised by local and national tourist boards, with VisitEngland, Bath Tourism Plus and Destination Bristol supporting Bristol Airport and SAS in promoting the new service. It is estimated that it could generate over £1 million for the local visitor economy. James Berresford, Chief Executive of VisitEngland, said: “This route not only gives Swedish visitors a great link to Bristol, it also provides convenient access to Bath, the Cotswolds and the rest of South West England.
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11:37am Friday 22nd November 2013
Golfers raised more than £7,000 for Peak-Ryzex’ first charity golf day held at the Castle Combe Manor House Golf Club, Wiltshire to raise money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The event was organised by marketing manager Jessica Davies, as a thank you to hospital staff for saving the life of her nephew, sixteen-month old Jobe Taylor-Davies, who had suffered a severe head injury. The group, consisting of nine teams of four, spent the beautiful autumnal day competing in an eighteen-hole Texas Scramble followed by a dinner and presentation ceremony as well as a raffle and silent auction. Marc Begg, sales director of Peak-Ryzex, thanked the golf club for its support.
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