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DCLG re-branded as part of ministerial reshuffle

As part of the Ministrerial reshuffle this week, the DCLG has become MHCLG. Following the appointment of Rt Hon. Sajid Javid MP as the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the department will be renamed as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Housing Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Building the […]

Small business confidence continues to fall

Small businesses are beginning the new year with increased pessimism as surging operating costs, weak domestic growth and flagging consumer demand hamper profits, according to the latest Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Small Business Index (SBI).     The SBI stands at -2.5 in Q4 20171 marking a fourth consecutive quarterly drop in the Index from […]

Is your BID breaking rules about information?

While researching hundreds of websites and google to create The BID Directory, it came as a bit of shock in how many Business Improvement Districts (BID’s) have not included legal information on their website. If a Business Improvement District is a Limited Company (Most are!), your stationery and promotional material must include information as stated […]

Is your BID ready for GDPR?

In less than six months, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25th May 2018.  Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) as well as many of the organisations within your areas will be required to look into the information you use and get ready for the changes. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) […]

Retail sales rise in the run-up to Christmas

Retail sales rose in the year to December, building further on November’s solid performance, according to the latest monthly CBI Distributive Trades Survey. The survey of 109 firms, of which 56 were retailers, showed that in the year to December, retail sales and orders continued to rise, although both disappointed expectations of somewhat stronger growth. […]

Half a million businesses left behind without access to superfast broadband

Too many small businesses continue to be held back by poor broadband coverage and slow speeds, according to the latest figures from Ofcom.The annual Connected Nations report shows around 230,000 small firms still cannot access decent broadband (10Mbps), with around 500,000 unable to access superfast broadband. The problem is especially serious in rural communities and […]

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