Business & HR Round Up – November
We’ve rounded up the best of the local business & HR news in Hampshire, Dorset & beyond
– in case you missed it!
Start-up businesses are missing out because women are not being advised to make “angel” investments.
That was among the insights at the third Dorset Business Angels Investor Conference, where guest speakers ranged from global investors to leaders in industry.
22 Nov 2017
Budget 2017: Dorset Reaction
The chancellor’s decision to immediately abolish stamp duty for most first-time buyers has been welcomed after a budget which contained gloomy growth forecasts.
Those taking their first step on the housing ladder will not have to pay any stamp duty on purchase prices up to £300,000, meaning 80 percent will pay nothing at all.
22 Nov 2017
Kevin Green, Chief Exec of REC talks about the changing economy and Job landscape
Millions of people could be “condemned” to working for 60 years in the “gig economy”, with low wages and low job security.
That was the warning from the head of the recruitment industry’s professional body, who warned that the working world was becoming “polarised”, fuelling inequality and in-work poverty.
17 Nov 12017
An initiative called Project X examines the ways everyday life could be transformed by emerging technology such as artificial intelligence (AI).
The research is looking ahead to a time when digital assistants could read your emotional state as well as holding your personal data.
16 Nov 2017
Helicopter rides now available at Hengistury Head, Poole & Sandbanks
A long-established aviation company based at Bournemouth Airport has secured a licence to operate pleasure flights. They also offer a bespoke VIP service where clients can effectively rent the whole helicopter. Photography flights will also be available.
15 Nov 2017
Hampshire-based Haworth Castings has been acquired by Ilfracombe-based investment casting company Investacast, under the ownership of Expromet, for an undisclosed sum.
A family-run business, Haworth Castings operates from an aluminium- and copper-based sand foundry in Romsey and a precision machining facility in Basingstoke.
13 Nov 2017
Mentors needed for new businesses
Entrepeneurs are being sought to advise those taking their first steps in business.
Virgin Start Up is seeking experienced and enthusiastic business owners who are keen to give something back.
10 Nov 2017
A new report warns that the use of connected devices in the home can be used to steal data, a Fareham business says it’s not just consumers at risk.
Taylor Made Computer Solutions says businesses and organisations could also be putting themselves in harm’s way without knowing it.
10 Nov 2017
A successful Dragon’s Den contestant has won backing from a Hampshire telecoms firm.
Darren Ridge and Aaron Brown, owners of Whiteley-based unified communications specialists Onecom, have declared themselves “in” by making a six-figure investment in on-the-road device repair service WeFix
9 Nov 2017
Brexit: JP Morgan could shed jobs ‘within months’
Bournemouth’s biggest private employer JP Morgan has reportedly told the American government that it could start moving jobs out of the UK.
A consortium of banks including JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and HSBC warned US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross that they might start moving staff abroad in the near future, it has been reported.
8 Nov 2017
Uber signs contract with NASA
Uber has taken a step forward in its plan to make autonomous “flying taxis” a reality, signing a contract with Nasa to develop the software to manage them.
6 Nov 2017
A clothing brand that started when its founder was in sixth form has gone on to be a success with the help of two reality TV stars. Adam Baxter started Motive Clothing when he was in the first year of sixth form at St Peter’s School in Southbourne and began selling to his friends.
3 Nov 2017
Three Bournemouth companies are celebrating after being named among the best digital businesses in the south.
Media Lounge and Createful came away with trophies from the Wirehive 100 awards, for their work with an online wedding shop and Bournemouth Air Festival respectively.
DCCI and Bournemouth Chamber unite to give voice for business
A powerful new ally has joined Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (DCCI) countywide business movement.
Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce (BCTC), the largest town chamber in the county, has signed up to the pan-Dorset affiliation programme to give the county a more influential voice and greater strength in numbers.
Bournemouth named as one of the best places to start a business
While London has an unrivalled buzz, and the country’s largest bank of consumers, there are other places where small and medium-sized businesses may find that the streets are paved with gold.
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