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Flatliners

Haslams has released its annual ‘sci fi’ themed Industrial Market update for Reading, writes Neil Seager.

LSH: South Coast property market pushes on

Over 50 property sector specialists were given an exclusive snapshot of Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH)’s latest South Coast Market Index Review during a networking event held at Southampton’s Solent University. With some exceptions, trends across the main property sectors are generally positive, says LSH.

Escape to my country …

Darcliffe Homes invited our writer John Burbedge to view its two latest residential developments west of Reading and he happily found himself in ‘Memory Lane’.

Enhancing lives through science

Award-winning contract research organisation Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) is out to make a positive difference to people’s lives. Tim Wickham finds out how.

How to put an effective board together

A well balanced board of directors is a fundamental function of well-established businesses, responsible for ensuring the company is well-governed and adheres to its overall strategy, regularly assessing risk, staying on budget and being legally compliant. But many smaller businesses don’t have one, writes Cate Poulson, head of talent network at BGF.

Deep Blue deal is a catch for Harry Ramsden brand

Last August, renowned fish and chip brand Harry Ramsden was snapped up by its rival, Deep Blue Restaurants, for an undisclosed sum.

Looking to realise your skills potential? Apprenticeships work …

Apprenticeships are on the up. Quickly becoming recognised as a leading method to upskill, apprenticeships are ideal not just for young people at the start of their career, but also for existing employees as businesses look to build a proficient and loyal workforce.

How start-ups can compete on culture

Hiring a candidate who will fit in with your company culture is crucial for any organisation, but it is especially key at a start-up. In the early days of a business and as it scales, every single person who joins makes a huge impact, writes Sarah Stevenson, director at Hays Thames Valley.

Preparing you and your business for an exit

There were an unprecedented number of transactions among Solent 250 companies in the past year. Over 10 businesses were sold ‘out of’ the Solent 250, including SHB Hire, Adams Morey, Lewmar, and BOFA International to name a few, and many more completing partial buyouts while remaining privately owned. This demonstrates not only the calibre of […]

Ensuring a fair price through FDD

Financial due diligence is key to ensuring that you are paying a fair price for a business, writes Yaroslav Magnus-Hamblett of Quantuma.

Credit trends: The need for bespoke lending solutions

The world of work is evolving … In recent years, we have seen a surge in demand for flexible credit solutions.

Supporting businesses on their growth journey

As a leading financial and professional services group, Smith & Williamson has been looking after the financial affairs of individuals, families and businesess for more than a century.

2019/20 MHA Manufacturing & Engineering Report

Drawing on national and regional insights from over 1,000 businesses, the report reveals how the the sector has fared in the past year.

How technology can drive the growth of your business

It’s widely accepted that technology is the key driver of economic growth in countries, regions and cities – and the same goes for businesses. For growing mid-sized organisations in particular, a strategic approach to IT can be the difference between a company that suffers growing pains and one that makes the transition smoothly.

Spectrum IT Recruitment: headline sponsor for 2020

Spectrum IT Recruitment is delighted to be supporting the 2020 South Coast Tech Awards, writes Ian Cruickshank.

Resilience in the face of uncertainty and change

The UK is at a moment of pivotal change. The fundamentals of international trade, technology and global politics are all transforming. At BDO, we are optimists and believe the UK has the talent, ideas and entrepreneurial spirit to not only weather these changes but also to thrive.

The brave new world of business borrowing

In the space of just one generation the borrowing landscape for businesses has shifted dramatically. Foreign banks, private debt funds, peer-to-peers and small specialist lenders have shaken up the market but left many SMEs understandably disorientated. Business owners sense they may be missing a trick by sticking with their high street bank but are failing […]

Seminar urges attendees to nurture talent and proudly promote our thriving ‘Silicon Corridor’

Despite Brexit uncertainty, the future of the Thames Valley – the UK’s ‘Silicon Corridor’ – looks bright as a powerhouse of the national economy. But, what is its future as a recognised global leader?

Thames Valley offices in focus

The Thames Valley office market has seen a rapid improvement in occupier fundamentals over the past 12 months, according to data and analysis from the CoStar Group, writes Henry Murray, market analyst.

Are robots taking over?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a popular theme for movies and science fiction novels.  Robots taking over the world and posing a threat to human existence in a dystopian future – from Skynet in The Terminator to The Matrix – it can seem a scary concept.

Paris Smith: on song with the YMCA

Southampton-based law firm Paris Smith is a major supporter of local charities and delighted to count YMCA Fairthorne Group as both a client and a member of its Charity Forum information exchange. The Business Magazine looks at how the relationship has evolved.

Who are Oberon Solutions?

As a recruitment, HR and payroll service provider, we launched with the vision and mission of providing 360-degree support to businesses. When we were deciding what to call ourselves, we focused on names that represented a circular shape or translated as ‘support’, writes Charlotte Bellfield of Oberon.

Welcome to Network Eagle Lab

Earlier this year, Barclays was appointed by Southampton City Council to manage Network Eagle Lab, Southampton’s new unique co-working space at the Marlands Shopping Centre.

Howbery Business Park celebrates its 25th anniversary

Not every business park can boast a historic manor house surrounded by legacy trees and an estate which can be traced back to the 15th century, but then Howbery Park is proud to be a business park with a difference.

Top marks for Barclays as Glanvilles expands

This summer marks an exciting time for South Coast legal firm Glanvilles, which has just expanded into larger, new premises in Chichester and invested in the latest technology to further improve the service it provides to clients.

The Internet is an easy target to blame for the woes of retailers, but when 62.1% of 11,000 consumers surveyed stated that UK retailers were not working hard enough to create a shopping experience worth the time and cost of visiting their stores, there is good reason to look in the mirror.

Sector Spotlight: manufacturing

writes Fardeen Nariman, director, corporate finance.

Reasons to be positive

There is no doubt we are in a period of market and geopolitical volatility. This makes specialist navigation all the more important. We live in a continually unpredictable and complex world. Global trade has softened, manufacturing activity has slowed, and political uncertainty has elevated.

Success leads to a change at the top for BDO in the Thames Valley

In February of this year BDO announced it had merged with Moore Stephens LLP, making it the UK’s largest accountancy and business advisory firm focused on mid-sized, entrepreneurially-spirited businesses.

The groundwork and foundations of leadership

You do not need to work in the property industry to know the importance a property’s foundations have on its structural stability. The foundations of leadership are in the relationships we build. Tall buildings need deep foundations, great leaders need to build strong relationships.

Celebrating 50 years of award-winning housebuilding

When owner and founder of Shanly Homes, Michael Shanly, built his first property in Pinner, Middlesex in 1969, it would have been difficult to imagine that 50 years later, this Beaconsfield-based company would have grown to more than 200-people strong and built over 12,000 new homes, many of which have been delivered in the Thames […]

Improving the working environment to attract and retain staff

At Amiri we are passionate about creating exceptional environments that people will enjoy, writes Mark Vincent.