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Ross McNally - Hampshire Chamber Executive Chairman

Chamber responds to 'meaningful vote' outcome

Responding to the Parliamentary vote, Ross McNally, Executive Chair of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "Firms in Hampshire and across the UK deserve clarity on the specific terms of trade they will face in future, both with Europe and further afield. "Sadly, uncertainty continues. Now the Prime Minister's deal has been rejected, we need to start looking at all the options available to the UK to avoid a messy scenario. It is crucial that Westminster delivers an agreement that works for UK businesses.

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Louise Woodward

Overcoming the Accounting & Finance recruitment struggle

It's no secret that clients within the Accounting and Finance sector are struggling to find quality candidates at the moment. A 2018 REC (Recruitment & Employment Confederation) report revealed that such skills are in highest demand across the UK, but that availability of suitable candidates is a huge challenge for businesses.

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(from front left) Emma Hanson, Harry Groves and Lauren Morgan. (top from left) Emily Elphick, Richard Austin and Dan Gower

New recruitment initiative for IT students

With the ambition to expand the business over the next 2 years, Richard Austin, Director at Ringwood based IT Software Solutions company, KFA Connect, asked junior members of the 28 designers, system developers and software testers, a simple question. What would they do differently to successfully recruit IT students?

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Bournemouth based recruiters, Jobshop UK, advise looking to the future when thinking about your career.

Train for the jobs of the future, not for the jobs of today

Bournemouth based recruitment specialists, Jobshop UK, has advised people to think about jobs of the future, and arm themselves with those skills before embarking upon career paths for jobs which may no longer exist in a few years' time.

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Matt Horan of C3IA Solutions with a virtual assistant

Virtual assistant - friend or foe?

Virtual assistants such as Alexa, Siri and Google Home are ordering goods online automatically and without their owners' knowledge after listening in to conversations. With Christmas approaching and people discussing what presents to buy, cyber-security experts are warning families to be on their guard. Matt Horan, security director of leading cyber-security company C3IA Solutions, said he had come across examples of the devices making unwanted purchases.

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Ian Girling - Dorset Chamber chief executive

Dorset Chamber urges MPs to consider actions carefully over Brexit deal

Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said: "Many businesses will have noted the cabinet resignations and Parliamentary debates over the Brexit deal with concern.

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Andrew Bell, Chief Executive of Regional & City Airports (RCA), the UK

Free port strategy for regional airports would unlock post-Brexit trade and investment

Regional & City Airports (RCA), the UK's leading regional airport operator, has called on the aviation industry, alongside the Government, to help support its post-Brexit vision of turning the UK's regional airports into free ports in order to guarantee the continued success of the sector.

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Victoria Anderson

Why health and safety means more than hard hats

Stress and anxiety can be much more of a threat to business success Health and safety at work has long been a hot topic, and one that organisations simply cannot ignore. However, when most of us think about health and safety at work we imagine hard hats, hi-vis jackets and steel toed boots, but in reality the issue is much more complex than that.

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Paula Whelan

A manager's guide to supporting staff with mental ill-health

We all have mental health and sometimes, like our physical health, it can become unwell. Mental health is just as important as physical health - and tending to our invisible ailments needs the same level of intentionality as a visible illness. But what should managers do to make sure their employees' mental health is taken care of?

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John Taylor

Business leaders in the South split on prospects of a good Brexit deal

Business leaders in the South are split on the UK Government's prospects of delivering a good Brexit deal, according to a new survey by leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM.

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Small businesses in the South West entirely unprepared for chaotic no-deal Brexit

Just over one in ten (13%) small businesses in the South West have started planning for a no-deal Brexit, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). FSB's latest research shows that a further 50% believe that a no-deal Brexit will have an impact on their business but haven't yet started planning for the possibility. Just over one in ten (13%) believe that a no deal Brexit will have a positive impact on their ability to do business.

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WFBA’s career mum and Senior Structural Engineer Sophie Hayes

Proof that construction industry encourages women

Sophie Hayes from Southampton has over 14 years' experience as a Structural Engineer. Since attending Portsmouth University to gain her BEng degree in Civil engineering and gaining her Chartered membership of the Institution of Structural Engineers, mother of two Sophie says that she has seen the construction industry become more confident in the abilities of female professionals.

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