Business

Thomas Cook collapse could cost councils £12m a year

24/09/2019

The collapse of Thomas Cook could see councils lose around £12m a year in business rates, new estimates have suggested.

Market to close after trading for nearly 800 years

18/09/2019

Rochdale’s outdoor market and indoor food hall are to close next month because they are ‘no longer financially viable’, according to the local council.

Maidstone’s growth accelerator

18/09/2019

William Eichler discovers how Maidstone BC managed to improve business survival rates and promote new start-ups through the creation of the Business Terrace.

Councils consider launch of new regional community bank

13/09/2019

Liverpool City Council is working with Wirral and Preston councils to help drive forward a plan to create an ‘ethical, council-led’ regional community bank.

New rules to increase housing deal transparency

02/09/2019

Councils will be legally required to publish deals with housing developers after new rules were introduced.

£450m flagship regeneration project scrapped

28/08/2019

Southampton City Council has terminated an agreement for a multi-million pound regeneration project.

Labour announce plans to ‘revive’ high street

19/08/2019

A Labour Government would give councils the power to reopen abandoned shops to ‘revive Britain’s struggling high streets’, it was announced over the weekend.

Deal to secure British Steel nearly ‘over the line'

16/08/2019

A deal is close to being finalised that could see the struggling steel manufacturer British Steel brought out of insolvency.

Sheffield CC drops £1bn China deal

10/07/2019

Sheffield City Council is hoping to maintain business links with a Chinese construction firm despite a £1bn deal being dropped.

Minister announces £100,000 to boost town centres

02/07/2019

High Streets Minister Jake Berry has announced the latest round of funding to make shopping centres more attractive to business.

EXCLUSIVE: Victory on variation

26/06/2019

The Treasury’s view of children’s services has been dealt a further blow after research linked 70% of spend variation to factors outside councils’ control.

Kier to cut 1,200 jobs and ditch housing division

17/06/2019

Kier Group is to cut around 1,200 jobs and make savings of £55m over the next two years, amid a planned sell-off of many of its commercial interests.

Government pays £15m to councils after business rate 'error'

03/06/2019

The Government may have to pay out up to £15m to councils after it made yet another error in its business rate pilot administration.

Khan launches £100m SME investment fund

31/05/2019

The mayor of London yesterday launched the largest ever fund for small and medium enterprises, which includes £14m to support the transition to a circular economy.

Companies House reforms to make detection of criminal behaviour ‘easier’

30/05/2019

The Government has launched a consultation on proposals it says will bring about the ‘biggest changes’ to Companies House in nearly two centuries.

Yorkshire purchasing authority signs deal with Amazon

29/05/2019

The YPO has signed a deal with Amazon Business to supply goods and services to public sector bodies including local authorities.

Coming to terms with late payments

02/05/2019

Neil Washington explains how the public sector can strengthen SMEs by ensuring their contractors operate fair payment terms.

Think tank calls for ‘new relationship’ between employers and communities

24/04/2019

A new relationship is needed between major employers and their local communities, according to a new report.

Sheffield City Council promotes trade with Beijing

17/04/2019

Nine businesses from Sheffield have traveled to China as part of the local authority’s efforts to strengthen trade with Beijing.

Council property firm records losses

10/04/2019

The property company run by Barking & Dagenham LBC has reported losses of almost £4m in its first year of operation.

Review finds lack of due diligence over council's commercial workspace project

21/03/2019

King’s Lynn & West Norfolk BC should ‘build on the lessons learned’ from the construction of a state-of-the-art commercial workspace, the council’s chief executive has said.

Local authority business provision ‘lacks transparency’, MSPs say

20/02/2019

Scottish MSPs have criticised a local authority provision that helps businesses grow for lacking ‘transparency, accountability and alignment’.

Call for tourism tax review

05/02/2019

An inquiry into cultural investment in cities has called for a UK-wide review of the benefits of a tourism tax.

Whitehall makes £50,000 available for high streets

25/01/2019

Communities across the country can bid for up to £50,000 to help make local areas more attractive for business, the high streets minister has announced.

Whitehall 'leadership' needed to help councils cope with financial pressures

15/01/2019

The Government must improve oversight and transparency over local authorities to ensure their financial sustainability, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.

‘Tougher penalties’ needed to protect small businesses against late payment

15/01/2019

Small businesses have called for ‘tougher penalties’ for large companies that pay their suppliers late to protect them from another Carillion-style collapse.

Care Management Group sold for £200m

11/12/2018

A care provider has been sold in a multi-million pound deal, with another company expected to be flogged in the coming months.

Rise in number of listed buildings occupied by businesses

06/12/2018

A growing number of businesses are basing themselves in historic buildings to convey a positive image, according to heritage experts.

Council opens country's first dedicated business Growth Hub

22/11/2018

Tewkesbury Borough Council is claiming a first for a new 'growth hub' where local business people can work, meet and get access to important resources.

Mears agrees £35m deal to purchase housing arm of Mitie

20/11/2018

Mears Group has agreed to buy the social housing maintenance arm of Mitie Property Services in a deal worth up to £35m.

Council hits back at 'illegitimate' loan claim

31/10/2018

Newham LBC has denied claims that decisions to enter into controversial high-interest loans were illegitimate.

Reform Apprenticeship Levy ahead of Brexit, CBI says

09/10/2018

Business leaders have urged the Government to reform the Apprenticeship Levy in order to help solve some of the economy’s challenges ahead of Brexit.

Workspace: Sky-high rents and dwindling supply

25/09/2018

Cllr Asima Shaikh explains how councils can make a meaningful difference to fledgling businesses and create decent, secure jobs.

Wolverhampton launches ‘retail revival’ partnership with eBay

24/09/2018

The City of Wolverhampton has launched a 12-month partnership with eBay to help small retailers start up or expand their online presence.

Whitehall demands in-year cuts to improvement programme

19/09/2018

The sector’s ability to respond to crises such as a care provider failure could be hit after Whitehall demanded cuts to a key improvement programme, senior councillors have been warned.

‘No deal’ Brexit will lead to labour shortages, study reveals

22/08/2018

A 'no deal' Brexit will lead to labour shortages in the South East of England unless the Government extends freedom of movement, leading think tank warns.

Business leaders call for Apprenticeship Levy ‘overhaul’

19/07/2018

London’s business leaders have called for a ‘radical overhaul’ of the Apprenticeship Levy and warned changes need to be made to skills provision.

Majority of councils ‘in breach’ of payment practice rules

17/07/2018

Almost nine out of 10 local authorities are currently in breach of the rules governing payment practices, according to freedom of information data.

MPs call for 'credible, long-term plan' for social care

09/05/2018

MPs today called on ministers to outline a ‘credible, long-term plan’ to reverse the perception of English social care as a ‘source of national shame’.

Survey reveals extensive support for community-run businesses

04/05/2018

Over 34 million members of the public would like to see more community action to save local resources and provide local services, a new poll finds.

Rural business ‘stifled’ by planning system, warn landowners

19/04/2018

Delays by local authority planning departments are viewed as a ‘barrier’ to economic growth and development in rural areas, survey reveals.

York terminates £9m Interserve contract

10/04/2018

York City Council has terminated a £9m contract with Interserve to redevelop the historic Guildhall after it judged the firm’s cost estimates to be too high.

Salisbury receives £2.5m after Skripal poisoning incident

29/03/2018

The Government has made £2.5m available to help Salisbury meet ‘unexpected costs’ in the wake of the Skripal poisoning incident.

Government oversight of LEPs not good enough, MPs say

16/03/2018

The Public Accounts Committee has stressed its lack of faith in the Government’s oversight of local enterprise partnerships in a critical report published today.

Hammond offers little respite for council finances

13/03/2018

Council finances were offered little respite in chancellor Philip Hammond’s Spring Statement today.

Havering selects Wates for £1bn scheme

13/03/2018

Havering LBC has announced construction firm Wates as its joint venture partner in a regeneration project being touted as London’s ‘biggest social housing regeneration’ scheme.

Unison calls for windfall tax on PFI corporations

19/02/2018

Trade union Unison has backed a Labour MP’s call for a windfall tax on private companies delivering public services.

Government fostering report calls for councils to work with agencies

07/02/2018

Collaboration between local authorities and the private sector would improve foster care for children, a new Government report has suggested.

Javid finds extra £166m in final settlement

06/02/2018

Local government secretary Sajid Javid has found an additional £166m to ease spending pressures in social care and rural areas in the final 2018/19 settlement.

Seven south Essex councils form 'association'

05/02/2018

Seven councils in south Essex have taken the ‘momentous’ decision to form an association to give the region a national voice.

Councils urged to form joint ventures with housing associations

02/02/2018

Local authorities should ‘seriously consider’ entering into joint venture partnerships with housing associations, a think-tank has urged.

Outsourcing giant Capita announces profit warning and massive debt

31/01/2018

Local government outsourcer Capita has launched a major transformation programme as it grapples with a predicted £1bn debt and attempts to generate more cash.

Councils lack PFI management skills, claims report

18/01/2018

Local authorities lack the skills necessary to manage Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts and risk not getting the best value for money, new research has warned.

Government pledges to protect public services following collapse of Carillion

15/01/2018

One of the country’s biggest construction and facilities management companies, Carillion, has gone into liquidation after struggling for the last few months.

Government’s ‘pre-occupation’ with housing costs business

04/12/2017

The Government’s focus on new homes is leading to increased pressure on the availability of employment land and premises, businesses say.

Virgin Care drops case against Surrey

29/11/2017

Private healthcare provider Virgin Care’s legal proceedings against Surrey CC and NHS England have been dropped.

Councils face child sex abuse compensation claims

28/11/2017

Two local authorities are facing a string of compensation claims following the exposure of historical sexual abuse linked to staff at council-run care homes.

Industrial Strategy snubs councils

27/11/2017

Business secretary Greg Clark has snubbed councils and empowered local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in the Government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy.

Brexit, automation and poorly skilled workforce threaten economic future

06/11/2017

Half of England’s local labour markets are at risk from imminent 'migration squeeze' posed by Brexit, automation and an unskilled workforce, report warns.

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