Debenhams’ owners draw up plan for department store chain’s liquidation

Debenhams’ owners draw up plan for department store chain’s liquidation

DEBENHAMS’ owners have begun drawing up plans for the liquidation of the 242-year-old department store chain in a move that could trigger the single-biggest jobs cull of the coronavirus pandemic. Sky News has learnt that Debenhams has appointed Hilco Capital, which specialises in helping to wind down distressed retail businesses, to work with it in […]

Two weeks left to get unclaimed business grants

Two weeks left to get unclaimed business grants

WITH just two weeks left for eligible local businesses to receive their government grant, Thurrock Council is urging any business which has not yet received their money to come forward now. Since the scheme was launched at the start of April, Thurrock Council has distributed more than £22 million worth of government funding to nearly […]

UK officially in recession for first time in 11 years

UK officially in recession for first time in 11 years

THE UK economy suffered its biggest slump on record between April and June as coronavirus lockdown measures pushed the country officially into recession reports the BBC. The economy shrank 20.4% compared with the first three months of the year. Household spending plunged as shops were ordered to close, while factory and construction output also fell. […]

Wilson James expands its construction logistics operation into the Port of Tilbury

Wilson James expands its construction logistics operation into the Port of Tilbury

Wilson James expands its construction logistics operation into the Port of Tilbury Wilson James, the leading provider of specialist construction logistics services, has announced that it has expanded its warehousing and consolidation capacity into the Port of Tilbury, London’s major port. The new facility augments the company’s existing London Construction Consolidation Centre (LCCC) and helps it […]

Government extends coronavirus support for buses and trams, as total funding tops £700 million

Government extends coronavirus support for buses and trams, as total funding tops £700 million

Government extends coronavirus support for bus and tram operators across England as part of wider efforts to safely get people back to education and work spaces New model will provide rolling support for bus operators with up to £218.4 million guaranteed over the next eight weeks Five tram systems in the North and Midlands also […]

Forth Ports and DP World announce joint bid for a freeport on the Thames with the appointment of Vivid Economics

Forth Ports and DP World announce joint bid for a freeport on the Thames with the appointment of Vivid Economics

TWO of the UK’s largest port businesses – Forth Ports Group and DP World – today announce a partnership which will submit a joint freeport bid incorporating the Port of Tilbury and DP World London Gateway. As part of the commitment to this joint bid, the partnership announces the appointment of Vivid Economics who will […]

From Purfleet to China: Davies Turner’s Express China rail freight, Direct Services to UK

From Purfleet to China: Davies Turner’s Express China rail freight, Direct Services to UK

BOOKINGS on its weekly fixed-day rail consol service from China to the UK continue to increase, so Davies Turner is adding UK destinations that will be served directly from China reports SeaNews. Tony Cole, head of supply chain services at one of the UK’s leading independent freight and logistics company says: “Having reviewed the pattern […]

Green Homes Grant plans welcomed by landlords

Green Homes Grant plans welcomed by landlords

UK landlords have welcomed the news that the Government has accepted many of their recommendations about how the new Green Homes Grant scheme should work reports property reporter.co.uk Announced in the Chancellor’s Summer Statement, the scheme will see the Government provide at least two-thirds of the cost of improvement work for homeowners and landlords to […]

Bella Italia, Cafe Rouge and Las Iguanas: 4,000 jobs saved at restaurant chains

Bella Italia, Cafe Rouge and Las Iguanas: 4,000 jobs saved at restaurant chains

A NEW deal has safeguarded more than 4,000 jobs at three prominent restaurant chains. Private equity firm Epiris has acquired control of the Bella Italia, Las Iguanas and Cafe Rouge businesses, preserving more than 150 restaurants. The business formerly known as Casual Dining Group was acquired from administration in a process handled by AlixPartners. The […]

Sixty-seven Pizza Express restaurants to close across Britain with up to 1,100 jobs at risk

Sixty-seven Pizza Express restaurants to close across Britain with up to 1,100 jobs at risk

PIZZA Express today revealed it could shut 67 of its UK restaurants with up to 1,100 jobs at risk as it becomes the latest business devastated by coronavirus. The 55-year-old company, owned by Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital, has debts of £735million and has put itself up for sale after bringing in experts. Bosses […]

Two Thurrock projects to receive share of £85 million to support economic recovery and create over 9,000 new jobs

Two Thurrock projects to receive share of £85 million to support economic recovery and create over 9,000 new jobs

THE final list of 34 projects that will receive funding from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s (SELEP)£85 million share of the Government’s new Getting Building Fund has been announced.   The projects include: Grays Shopping Centre: Upgrade of electrical infrastructure to support redesign of shopping centre, improving resilience of retail offer and facilitating provision […]

Developer warns children where not to go “site” seeing this summer

Developer warns children where not to go “site” seeing this summer

NEW homes developments under construction may look like exciting places to explore, but the developer is warning children and their parents that they can be extremely hazardous. Simon Francis, Managing Director and Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Thames, said: “Developers like ourselves are building more new homes at sites all over the country, but […]

P&O Ferrymasters commences operations at DP World London Gateway

P&O Ferrymasters commences operations at DP World London Gateway

P&O Ferrymasters, one of the leading European providers of tailor-made transportation and logistics services, took occupation of the 231,000 sq ft (21,460 m²) distribution centre space on practical completion of the building on 27 July 2020. The company was able to set up business immediately to manage and operate the new distribution centre, allowing it to meet increased market demand for […]

New build homebuyers are, by and large, still able to exchange their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

New build homebuyers are, by and large, still able to exchange their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

RECENT research has revealed that 83% of the country’s leading home developers would consider part-exchanging their units. Property Solvers contacted the following 12 housebuilders: Barratt Homes, Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey, Bellway, Redrow, Keepmoat, Bovis, Bloor Homes, Miller, Countryside, Linden and Crest. Only 2 said that they were currently not offering part-exchange schemes. However, Ruban Selvanayagam, co-founder […]

HMRC urges parents to claim Child Benefit

HMRC urges parents to claim Child Benefit

HMRC urges parents to claim Child Benefit PARENTS in Harlow are being urged to claim Child Benefit, even if they have not yet been able to register the birth of their new-borns, to ensure they don’t miss out. Between April and July 2019, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) received 49,637 more new Child Benefit claims […]

New standards to improve safety for taxi and private hire vehicle passengers

New standards to improve safety for taxi and private hire vehicle passengers

300×146.jpeg” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”146″ class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-105284″ /> New standards to improve safety for taxi and private hire vehicle passengers GOVERNMENT introduces robust new statutory standards for the taxi and private hire vehicle sector across England and Wales, to protect passengers New recommendations include enhanced DBS criminal record checks for drivers every six months Latest […]

‘Thurrock building site manager secures a top industry accolade

‘Thurrock building site manager secures a top industry accolade

A site manager, who is building new homes in Thurrock, has won a prestigious national award for his work at a local housing development. Site manager at Bellway’s Renovo development, Stuart Taylor, has been named as the winner of a National House-Building Council (NHBC) Pride in the Job Quality Award for his ‘excellence in site management’. Stuart […]

Bluewater hosts competition for local retail brand to win a free shop unit for 6 months

Bluewater hosts competition for local retail brand to win a free shop unit for 6 months

Bluewater is supporting local retail businesses and entrepreneurs by running a competition which will see one lucky winner receive a free shop unit at the shopping centre for 6 months*. The competition is a first for Bluewater and is an opportunity for local retail businesses to grow their audience and brand. The ‘Made in Kent’ […]

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