INTU, which owns the Lakeside shopping centre in Thurrock, has more than doubled pre-tax profit following a year when it “advanced significantly”.
Intu posted a pre-tax profit of £362.9m for the year to 31 December 2013 – up from £152.6m a year earlier. The rise followed a revaluation of its estate.
THE UK’s number one children’s author, David Walliams, visited Thurrock last week for an exclusive storytelling session with members of the intu Lakeside kids club. Reading from his bestselling children’s books Ratburger, Demon Dentist and The Slightly Annoying Elephant, David’s visit marked the launch of the shopping centre’s charity partnership with the National Literacy Trust.
THE Lord Mayor of the City of London, Fiona Woolf, welcomed the foreign direct investment by Dubai’s DP World into London Gateway, while visiting the recently opened deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. During her visit, the Lord Mayor, climbed one of the world’s largest quay cranes to have an elevated view of the massive three square mile site, where work is underway for a Common User Facility and other proposed distribution centres.
WITH the new tax year just around the corner, small businesses are being urged to consider a scheme that allows them to be taxed on money that flows in and out of their business, rather than using full accounting rules. The ‘cash basis’ scheme can be used by sole traders and other unincorporated businesses with an annual income of less than £79,000 to simplify their accounting processes, saving both time and money.
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A TASK FORCE tackling tax dodgers in the Essex restaurant industry was launched today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). HMRC has seen an increased risk of fraudulent activity in the restaurant industry and the taskforce is expected to recover £3 million in Essex, as well as London, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
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ORIGINALLY designed as a one-month venture to coincide with the introduction of the shopping centre’s new intu brand (which features the same shade of bright orange), the bus proved to be so popular with people in the local area that intu Lakeside made the decision to keep it on the road for much longer. Its ownership was also kept a mystery until now so it could continue to serve as a fun conversation starter rather than becoming part of the centre’s wider advertising strategy.
ESSEX Chambers of Commerce’s recent launch of Thoroughly Thurrock; an exciting programme of bi-monthly business events planned for Thurrock, was a roaring success. The event puts Thurrock businesses on the map giving them a chance to network, build new relationships and hear speakers discuss the issues that matter. With an exciting line up of speakers planned this is a networking event not to be missed, establishing Essex Chambers firmly in Thurrock, in the driving seat and minds of Thurrock businesses.
AS part of a series of business profiles, we sent Tanya McPherson down to interview Thurrock fitness guru, Veronica Briones. Needless to say, Veronica was in between sessions at Absalute Gym in West Thurrock, whilst having an eye on the clock, when she would pick up her two children!
DP WORLD London Gateway has become the first port in the UK to lift four containers at one time on its quay cranes, which doubles the amount of containers it can lift in one go. The spreader is capable of handling four twenty foot containers or two forty foot containers at a time, this doubles the quay crane’s capacity for moving containers, which will increase efficiency and productivity for UK shippers.
intu Lakeside’s youngest ever shopper was born yesterday when her mother went into labour in the shopping centre and gave birth at approximately 5pm on a cordoned off section of the mall. While waiting for an ambulance to arrive, baby Deborah was born with the support of intu Lakeside security officer Maggie Webb and the team, before being taken to hospital for a full check-up.
STAFF from intu Lakeside dug out their tools and gardening gloves and lent a hand on a construction project in Canvey Island to create a new community space within a social housing estate. intu Lakeside also donated £3,000 to Cash for Kids, the Magic 105.4 charity coordinating the project, to develop the ‘Pocket Play’ area. […]
TWO developments linked to ports in the Thames Estuary in the past weeks as regular sailings from Tilbury’s London Container Terminal (LCT) for Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei (OPDR) increased, whilst the new deep water container port at London Gateway saw its first feeder service shipping for Teesport with transhipment cargo heading north to what port managers, PD Ports claim is Europe’s best connected feeder port reports handyshippingguide.com
TRACEY Douglas 51 and Chris Salton 51 from Fobbing were recently crowned Cambridge Weight Plan Regional Consultants of the year for East Anglia as well as being one of the companies top 50 sales people, winning a holiday in the process! Tracey started training as a Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant in November 2011 after losing weight on the diet herself. The couple met after both their marriages broke down and decided to start a new path together and became full time Cambridge Weight Plan Consultants in 2012 helping many people lose weight. Tracey said: “We now see more than 80 people a week and seeing our clients change their lives for the better is truly inspirational”.
MCDONALD’S restaurants in Thurrock Park Way in Tilbury and on the A13 near Orsett, have been recognised by the toilet world’s version of the Oscars. The eateries were awarded “Gold” status at the annual independent Loo of the Year Awards.
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THE PORT of Tilbury have invested £250,000 into restoring a historical landmark, which features prominently on the Thames skyline. The cupola, the ornate dome structure which can be seen atop the London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury, has been in situ since 1929 and has recently been taken down in order to perform essential restoration work.
INTU Lakeside announced what’s hot on the nation’s Christmas list this year, after asking its shoppers to take to Twitter as part of the very first digital ‘twishlist’. Maintaining the technology theme, the search found that the tech savvy shoppers most want an iPad 2 this Christmas, allowing them to enjoy all their favourite entertainment on the go.
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LAST week, crew shot scenes on a Samskip Innovator ship as well as from the port’s railway station. Port of Tilbury chief executive, Perry Glading said: “The Port is a popular location for film shoots and we were particularly excited to welcome the cast and crew of the new Paddington movie this week to the cruise terminal.
THE US NAVY has announced that it has suspended business with a Chafford Hundred defence contractor over “questionable business integrity,” the second time in two months that it has revealed deep problems with a company that services its ships around the world reports The Washington Post.
In a statement the Navy said: “It had suspended Inchcape Shipping Services, an old-line maritime trading firm based in Britain that delivers cargo and provides port services in 66 countries”.
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IN order to tackle the problem, over the next 8 to 10 weeks bin crews and Council officers will be carrying out more random bin checks. Where contaminated recycling is discovered, the bin will not be emptied but an advisory hanger placed on it to remind people of what they can and cannot recycle.
A THURROCK BUILDING firm has been bowled over after receiving a very special letter from an inspiring young girl. Eight-year-old Deborah Awe told HW Wilson how she had met a child suffering from an incurable disease. She then set about finding out as much as possible about a wonderful charity called ‘Dream Factory’ that raises […]
SPANISH potatoes arrived in Tilbury this week on board the OPDR Cadiz for the UK Christmas market. This is the inaugural call of OPDR’s weekly Bilbao service which is calling a London Container Terminal in Tilbury.
ALL rentals at Blockbuster DVD rental chain to cease trading from Saturday.
This will include the store in Corringham in Thurrock. Blockbuster collapsed for the first time in January, after losing business to online firms streaming films over the internet as well as offering rentals through the post.
THE centre will welcome shoppers for even longer from Monday 2nd December, remaining open from 9am to 11pm on weekdays and from 9am to 10pm on Saturdays. Longer opening hours mean intu Lakeside shoppers can visit the centre’s 250+ shops, cafes and restaurants (including Debenhams, House of Fraser, Apple, Superdry and Primark) truly at their convenience, while enjoying new ones such as 360 Champagne & Cocktails and Lakeland, too.
GRAYS Shopping Centre will be holding a spectacular Christmas party on Saturday 7th December, 10am -4pm. This day will see personal appearances from the very own Postman Pat and Jess the Cat! They will be appearing at intervals throughout the day and the children of Grays can meet and have their photograph taken with them. There will be plenty more to see and do during the day with a stilt walker roaming the Centre and free festive face painting.