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CBI responds to Autumn Statement

Rain Newton-Smith, CBI Chief Executive, said: "With tough decisions to be made, the Chancellor was right to prioritise 'game-changing' interventions that will fire the economy.

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Dominic Fitch Head of Creative Change at Impact

Is your business continuing to embrace and adapt to hybrid working?

Hybrid and flexible working have evolved how businesses approach the day-to-day in offices. Research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that 66% of organisations believe that offering flexibility for advertised roles is important in attracting new candidates.

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Private sector growth prospects freeze over this winter

Private sector activity continued to fall in the three months to October (weighted balance of -7%, from -8% in September), with all three sectors reporting mild contractions, according to the CBI's latest Growth Indicator.

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Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, is keynote speaker at the Business South Annual Conference at the Ageas Bowl Hilton Hotel on November 9

Strong case for devolved government in the Central South, says Paul Johnson

A strong case exists for devolved government in the Central South region, says the Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), Paul Johnson. Ahead of his headline speaker spot at the Business South Annual Conference on November 9, Paul sat down for an interview with the leading business organisation in the Central South region.

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Small firms relieved to see modest GDP uptick amid challenging conditions

Responding to Office for National Statistics figures showing that GDP rose by 0.2% in August 2023 compared with the previous month, Tina McKenzie, Policy Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: "This modest rise in August's GDP is a relief, coming on the heels of the sharp drop recorded in July.

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PM is right small businesses are central to growth - now it's time to match those words with actions

Reacting to the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, National Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Martin McTague, said: "It was heartening to hear the Prime Minister's personal commitment to becoming the party of small business, and his unequivocal recognition that small businesses drive our economy. Small firms will now want to see this applied across the policy agenda for the Autumn Statement and into the next general election.

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PROPERTY PRESSURE. Tom Young, associate director at Hampshire accountancy firm HWB.

Housing market challenges set to continue, warns Hampshire property specialist

Challenges in the housing market are set to continue, with extreme care needed to navigate the next few months, a leading accountant has warned. Property owners, sellers, buyers, landlords and tenants are all affected by turbulence in the sector, said Tom Young, associate director at Hampshire accountancy firm HWB.

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New unemployment statistics reveal a worsening skills crisis, says NCUB

UK businesses and universities are today voicing serious concerns about the chronic skills shortages in the UK, in response to new data published.

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Stuart Torrance, the Claims Manager at H&H Insurance Brokers, is urging people to take precautions ahead of Storm Agnes.

UK urged to take precautions to protect property

BUSINESSES and homeowners are being urged to act now and protect their properties - and themselves - from Storm Agnes which is forecast to hit most of the UK this week.

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FSB launches Tinsel List of asks to support UK tourism, hospitality and retail in the run up to Christmas season

FSB launches Tinsel List

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has released a Tinsel List of asks in the run up to the festive season to bring a surge of fresh energy to the hospitality and retail sectors this winter.

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Small business confidence stalls in Q2 following base rate hikes

Small business confidence has slipped downward in the second quarter after a strong recovery at the start of the year, with FSB's Small Business Index (SBI) headline confidence measure falling to -14.2 points in Q2 2023, down from -2.8 points in Q1.

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Ross McNally, Hampshire Chamber Chief Executive and Executive Chair (right), and Peter Taylor, President, at the British Chambers of Commerce global annual conference at Westminster in May.

Inflation remains top concern for Hampshire firms

Businesses in Hampshire are doing their best to remain resilient and confident despite continuing concerns over high inflation. Four out of five respondents to the latest quarterly survey of Hampshire Chamber members said inflation was more of a worry now than it was three months ago. And more than half say they are coming under pressure to raise prices for customers in coming months.

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