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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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Simon Howes, CEO Exelin Group

Brexit uncertainty stifling South West manufacturers' export growth plans

Brexit uncertainty stifling South West manufacturers' export growth plans Concerns over Brexit are stifling South West SME manufacturers' export growth as firms focus on stabilising their current position, according to recent figures. The South West Manufacturing Barometer reveals manufacturers' fears over ongoing Brexit uncertainty, highlighting that their attention must be on consolidation, especially as they also anticipate an overall slowdown in increased sales coupled with a struggle to recruit more staff in the short term.

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Dangers of a chaotic no-deal Brexit are clear

Dangers of a chaotic no-deal Brexit are clear, say small firms Responding to the release of the first tranche of no-deal Brexit technical notices, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry, said: "The dangers of a sudden and unplanned no-deal Brexit have today been laid bare. A pro-business Brexit is one with a transition period - a vital lifeline that won't be there in a no-deal scenario. The smallest firms will be the least able to cope with a cliff-edge moment.

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Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko

Salisbury: too many questions left unanswered

On 4 March 2018 the two Russian citizens were reportedly poisoned in Salisbury. Five months have passed since that time, but no credible and verifiable information about what happened with Sergei and Yulia Skripal has been presented to Russia and the British public.

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Itch to raise rates overcomes conflicting urge to hold says RSM

Reacting to the Bank of England's to raise interest rates, John Taylor, southern regional managing partner at leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM said:

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Tom Morgan

Manufacturers must invest more in people and technology says RSM

RSM is warning that the war for talent is hotting up among the region's manufacturers after new figures reveal that the South West has the highest employment rate of any UK region. According to the latest ONS data, employment rates in the South West reached 79.3 per cent in the first quarter of the year, up by 0.6 per cent versus the same period last year, and the highest in any UK region. Tom Morgan, head of RSM's manufacturing team in the South West said:

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Edwin Bessant, CEO and Co-founder of Ceuta Healthcare

CEO of Ceuta Group to talk about global success at Jobshop UK Director's Lunch

Bournemouth based recruitment specialists, Jobshop UK, will welcome co-founder and CEO of Ceuta Healthcare, Edwin Bessant, at its next Director's Lunch held on May 16 at the West Hants Club.

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How secure is the future of your business?

The South's businesses are to get an insight into what the future is likely to hold for them from leading economist, Mark Berrisford-Smith, Head of Economics, HSBC UK Commercial Banking, at a free seminar hosted by accountancy firm, Rothmans LLP.

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Ian Lee, director at McAndrew Martin

Chartered surveyors urge Help to Buy action

A Portsmouth-based firm of chartered surveyors with nationwide reach has warned homeowners with Help to Buy loans against falling foul of an interest fees 'timebomb'. McAndrew Martin has urged householders to check that the interest-free period on their home loan is not about to expire.

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Ross McNally, Hampshire Chamber Executive Chairman

Spring Statement offers 'balance', says Hampshire Chamber

Responding to the Chancellor's Spring Statement on 13 March, 2018, Ross McNally, Executive Chair of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "This was never going to be a day of major fiscal announcements but the Chancellor did signal support for new investment in productivity, skills and infrastructure which we welcome.

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Rose Duly, Tax Consultant at Ward Goodman.

A Budget full of pick 'n' mix statistics and reiteration of old news

Ward Goodman, the Dorset based firm of Chartered Accountants and Independent Financial Advisers, has commented on today's spring budget, stating Philip Hammond's statement is something of a 'non event' with the Chancellor taking the opportunity to tell us a selection of the more cheerful economic news, but maintained his familiar policies of keeping public spending as low as possible.

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DCCI chief executive Ian Girling

Dorset Chamber reaction to Spring Statement

Ian Girling, Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) chief executive, said: "Businesses in Dorset will have welcomed the Chancellor's upbeat tone and the revised growth forecasts.

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