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Chairman of Portsmouth Property Association Chris Green, right, and former Chairman Tom Holloway, left, say closure of Debenhams could herald re-invention of Southsea.

Demise of Debenhams could lead to reinvention of Southsea

News that Debenhams will close their store in Southsea in 2020, has been greeted with optimism by Portsmouth Property Association.

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Local employers reveal their preferred recruitment approach

Local employers reveal their preferred recruitment approach

Dorset and Hampshire businesses have shared their preferred recruitment approaches in a recent survey carried out by Bond Williams Professional Recruitment, head quartered in Bournemouth.

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Mike Blake wellbeing lead at Willis Towers Watson

More than half of South West workers uncomfortable with employer getting involved in personal lifestyle choices

Fifty-six per cent of South West workers say they are uncomfortable with their employer getting involved in their personal lifestyle choices, research has revealed. The Willis Towers Watson study found that three in five (60%) workers in the region view lifestyle choices, such as diet, exercise, and alcohol consumption, as a strictly personal matter.

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Sebastian Duval

Founder of car-selling app Wizzle to reveal how they challenged market leaders

Sebastien Duval, a Bournemouth-based entrepreneur and founder of car-selling app Wizzle, to discuss challenging a market leader at Startup Grind Bournemouth on the 17th April at 6pm. Entrepreneurs in Bournemouth have the opportunity to learn from the founder of Wizzle, a car-selling app competing with the likes of We Buy Any Car, on how to disrupt a crowded marketplace and challenge a market leader.

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Hampshire Chamber echoes national call to end political impasse

Chamber echoes national call to end political impasse

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce has echoed calls by the chamber network nationally for politicians to act now to avoid a messy and disorderly Brexit. The threat of a no-deal outcome and lingering business uncertainty was a major focus of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) annual conference, including a headline speech by Director General Adam Marshall.

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John Taylor, RSM

Brexit optimism dips among southern businesses

Optimism among the region's businesses about the impact of Brexit has dipped to its lowest quarterly level for a year according to the latest survey by leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM. The survey, carried out by YouGov, revealed that sentiment regarding the Brexit impact on company performance over a two year period dropped to 96 on RSM's Brexit Monitor index. The index measures sentiment between a range of 0-200, where any score above 100 is considered positive, any score below 100 is negative.

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CBI responds to Spring Statement

The CBI has responded to the Spring Statement presented by Chancellor Philip Hammond. Rain Newton-Smith, CBI Chief Economist, said: "Against a hugely uncertain political backdrop the Chancellor has made an admirable attempt to set out a long-term vision for the UK economy, yet remains shackled by Brexit.

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HMRC urges business owners in the South of England to make sure they are ready for no deal

HMRC urges business owners in the South of England to make sure they are ready for no deal

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urging business owners in the South of England to prepare now and consider three steps to ensure their businesses can continue to trade with the EU if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

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37% of people in Dorset and Hampshire are in the dark when it comes to valuing their possessions

Based on a new report, A-Plan estimates that more than 260,000 households in Dorset and Hampshire, and 10.6 million homes in the UK are valuing the contents of their homes incorrectly.

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Sue Nicolson

Humphries Kirk comments on the upcoming rise in probate fees

Sue Nicolson, solicitor at Humphries Kirk, explains the upcoming increase in probate fees and how it might affect families from April 2019. "My usual advice to a recently-bereaved family is to focus on organising their loved one's funeral first, to take some time to catch their breath and only then to deal with the paperwork for settling any assets. However, the imminent increase in Probate fees means that any delay could have financial repercussions.

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Mike Hawkyard

Digital Gaming Guru Behind LEGO Games to Discuss Future of Gaming Industry

Mike Hawkyard, Chief Strategy Officer of Gamebrain and Managing Director of Amuzo, will address Bournemouth's startup community about how to start, grow and run a business in the digital gaming industry at Startup Grind Bournemouth on the 20th February.

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Locals express concerns over Corallian Energy Oil Rig

Locals express concerns over Corallian Energy Oil Rig

With the news that Corallian Energy will be drilling for oil between two of Britain's most famous coastal landmarks, Old Harry Rocks and The Isle of Wight, key business owners and members of the Bournemouth community have expressed their concern. The campaign group Save Our Shores Bournemouth announced that 6,700 tonnes of chemicals will be discharged into the sea during the government-approved project which not only poses a threat to both the coast and marine life but also presents an eyesore for Britain's best beach.

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