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South East exports of goods rose by 6.3% to £45.5 billion, for the year ending March 2018, according to the latest HMRC figures. The national picture shows that exports of goods from England increased by 6.5% to £244.6b.
South East manufacturers have seen an easing in conditions in the last quarter, continuing the downward drift from the very strong picture of growth seen across the board during 2017 according to a major survey published by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation and accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP.
Business confidence across the South East fell three points during May to 23% according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.
McKay Securities plc, the only UK Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) specialising exclusively in the London and South East office and industrial markets, headquartered in Reading, has announced full-year results for the year ended March 31, 2018.
New development in the M25 and South East offices market has all but stopped. In the past six months only three office schemes have begun – one a ground-up development and two substantial refurbishments – according to Knight Frank’s latest research The M25 Report.
Conflicting pressures from business needs and family lifestyles mean SME business owners constantly struggle to separate business stresses from family and personal wellbeing. Three quarters (74%) suffer a negative impact on their mental health as a result of managing the division and the dependency between these two separate worlds.
Tim Smith, CEO of Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, has welcomed the news from the Department for Transport that a £2 million funding boost for regional transport organisations in the South East of England has been made available to develop ambitious strategies to improve journeys for goods and passengers.