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High Court Rules on Coronavirus Insurance claims

High Court Rules on Coronavirus Insurance claims

Yesterday, 15 September, the High Court gave its judgement on a legal test case examining whether certain business interruption insurance policies did, or did not, cover Coronavirus claims. The court case arose because, when the pandemic hit, about 10% of business...

Cherington HR September Newsletter

Cherington HR September Newsletter

Cherington HR's latest newsletter has just been published. The bumper edition covers all the latest on managing employees whether they are furloughed or working from home as well as news of three new services being provided: A redundancy toolkit; a new simple online...

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Government support to prevent business evictions

Government support to prevent business evictions

Businesses will be protected from the threat of eviction until the end of year, providing commercial tenants with greater security and protecting vital jobs, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced. The measures are on top of the wider ranging financial...

ONS’ labour market figures September 2020

ONS’ labour market figures September 2020

May to July figures show an increase in the unemployment rate; despite this increase and an increase in the number of redundancies, the employment rate is still not falling. Though still large, the reductions in total hours worked both on the year and the quarter are...

Patron News

Restructuring for survival

Restructuring for survival

Whilst some businesses will weather the coronavirus crisis with manageable disruption, others may need more drastic measures to survive. Clare Lang, corporate partner at mfg Solicitors, says that a “pre-pack”, whereby a company is put into administration and its...

Member News

High Court Rules on Coronavirus Insurance claims

High Court Rules on Coronavirus Insurance claims

Yesterday, 15 September, the High Court gave its judgement on a legal test case examining whether certain business interruption insurance policies did, or did not, cover Coronavirus claims. The court case arose because, when the pandemic hit, about 10% of business...

Waterworks museum receives grant from heritage emergency fund

Waterworks museum receives grant from heritage emergency fund

Hereford Waterworks Museum is delighted to acknowledge the award of a National Lottery UK Heritage Fund UK grant which will fund the installation of a new entrance to the Southall Gallery (as part of a one-way system) and improve facilities in the visitor centre,...

New Member Profiles

Introducing Xymertec

Introducing Xymertec

Xymertec began its journey in Cornwall as a one-man band with a passion for problem solving coatings for industrial, commercial and domestic applications. The company has now since grown and moved to the picturesque market town of Bromyard, Herefordshire. Xymertec now...

Foregate Street, Worcester A historic place to do business!

Foregate Street, Worcester A historic place to do business!

The name Foregate Street is very familiar to Worcester’s business community & gives a direct link to the city’s medieval history. The Foregate was one of the main entry points into the old walled city & today’s Foregate Street was an area outside the city...

Herefordshire News

Cyber security centre hits a new high with topping out milestone

Cyber security centre hits a new high with topping out milestone

Work on the £9 million Cyber Quarter - Midlands Centre for Cyber Security in Hereford has hit new heights by reaching another milestone. Building contractor, Speller Metcalfe, has now reached the highest point of the new building, based on Skylon Park, Hereford...

New developments for NMITE’s Skylon Campus

New developments for NMITE’s Skylon Campus

New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) is to start work on a Centre for Timber Technology on Skylon Park, the latest in a series of developments by Hereford’s new university project. NMITE has appointed contractor Spellar Metcalfe to build the...

Worcestershire News

Businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 App

Businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 App

Ahead of the national launch of the NHS COVID-19 app across England and Wales on Thursday 24 September, the Government is urging businesses like pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas to ensure they have NHS QR code posters visible on entry so customers who have downloaded the app can use their smartphones to easily check-in.

Brexit News

UK secures free trade agreement with Japan

UK secures free trade agreement with Japan

The UK has secured a free trade agreement with Japan, which is the UK’s first major trade deal as an independent trading nation and will increase trade with Japan by an estimated £15.2 billion. The deal is tailored to the UK economy and secures additional benefits...

Skills News

Top Marks From Akademik !

Top Marks From Akademik !

When the exam results became known I found out that 3 of my students from April - May got top marks. Two got an A* and one got an A. These were the students I helped to prepare for A level exams. And usually I also conduct Russian GCSE and A level exams but it didn't...

Employer guidance on apprenticeships

Employer guidance on apprenticeships

A new employer guide has been developed for employers who want to get their apprenticeships up and running again with advice and support to help organisations where apprentices have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Further guidance is available on:...

Award News

Prime Mix Wins ‘Best Sme Marketing Agency’ Award

Prime Mix Wins ‘Best Sme Marketing Agency’ Award

Prime Mix are the proud winners of ‘Best SME Marketing Agency’ in the 2020 Midlands Enterprise Awards, due to their continued success and support for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a leading full-service marketing and PR agency in Worcestershire, Prime...

Charity News

Community-Led Housing to the Rescue

Community-Led Housing to the Rescue

“The Johnson Conservative Government is now planning for South Worcestershire to become a very big profitable “fleshpot area” for private housing developers.” This is the view of Professor Barry Jones, Trustee of the South Worcestershire charity, EngageMalvern,...

White Heron drinks raises money for Herefordshire Mind

White Heron drinks raises money for Herefordshire Mind

White Heron Drinks has been raising money for Herefordshire Mind during lockdown where a proportion of every online sale was donated to help the great work that Mind does in the county. Herefordshire Mind is an independent charity that celebrated its 40th birthday in...

International Trade News

UK secures free trade agreement with Japan

UK secures free trade agreement with Japan

The UK has secured a free trade agreement with Japan, which is the UK’s first major trade deal as an independent trading nation and will increase trade with Japan by an estimated £15.2 billion. The deal is tailored to the UK economy and secures additional benefits...

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