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Tim Bloomer
Business Agent - Childcare & Education
Childcare & Education | 25/05/2018 10:26:05

What impact is the 30 hours free childcare policy having on nursery operators?

From September 2017, three and four year olds of working parents in England have been eligible for 1140 hours of government-funded childcare per year, the equivalent of 30 hours per week over 38 weeks of the year.

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Childcare & Education 25 May 2018

What impact is the 30 hours free childcare policy having on nursery operators?

Before the 30 hours policy came into effect, a survey by the NDNA found that a fifth of nurseries were unlikely to provide 30 hour places as they felt the government money provided to cover the 30-hour free childcare would not be sufficient. In the same survey, it was reported...

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By:
Tim Bloomer
Business Agent - Childcare & Education
Retail 10 May 2018

An update on the garden centre market in the UK

Sales and consumer spending in the UK has been somewhat of a rollercoaster in the past few months. While figures from Barclaycard showed that consumer spending increased 3.8% last month, four in ten Brits still report that they have less money to spend than this time last year...

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By:
Steve Rodell
Managing Director - Retail
Hotels 04 May 2018

Why Yorkshire is the UK’s growing tourism hotspot

This week the region is hosting, for the fourth year, the world class cycling race, the Tour De Yorkshire, the British offshoot of the famous Tour De France, on the 3rd-6th May. The campaign to bring The Grand Depart to Yorkshire in 2014 was spearheaded by Sir Gary Verity, who...

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By:
David Cash
Senior Business Agent - Licensed
Retail 30 April 2018

The impact of electric vehicle charging points on petrol filling stations

While sales of electric vehicles are rising at 35% each year, this only represents 4.5% of all new car registrations. A lack of public rapid charging infrastructure is among the major barriers inhibiting the use of EVs.  As government initiatives towards research and develo...

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By:
Nick Bywater
Associate Director - Retail
Hotels 27 April 2018

Hotels and tourism in the South West provide consistently successful business opportunities

These awards are twinned with the South West Tourism Excellence Awards, hosted in February, meaning that many of the winners from Visit England also grabbed trophies at those awards and the regional awards, which are held in Dorset, Cornwall, Bristol, Bath & Somerset and Devon...

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By:
Rob Kinsman
Regional Director
Childcare & Education 21 March 2018

It’s a postcode lottery for funding

Partner Nurseries in Clackmannanshire are paid £5 per child per hour for care for three to five-year olds while those in Inverclyde receive just £3.25. The average funding received for a two-year old in Scotland is £4.95 and for three to five-year olds is £3.84. Many pro...

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By:
Emma Govan
Business Agent - Healthcare
Hotels 21 March 2018

An update on the tourism market in the North West

With routes to and from London Southend, Dublin, and Belfast, footfall and accessibility will be set to increase as the Lake District and Cumbria become more attractive holiday destinations. While it is hard to gauge the exact impact that this will have on the value of tour...

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By:
Tom O'Malley
Senior Business Agent - Licensed
Dental Practices 20 March 2018

World Oral Health Day - An overview of the dental market in the North West

According to Public Health England 33% of children in the North West are experiencing poor oral health, which is significantly higher than other parts of England. Consequently, children affected by poor oral health are missing school and at higher risk of developing other heal...

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By:
Jonathan Watson
Associate Director
19 March 2018

Christie & Co celebrates their employee achievement awards

David Rugg, Chairman of Christie & Co, presented the awards on behalf of Christie & Co and comments, “In 2017 the sectors in which Christie & Co operates benefitted from activity fuelled, in part, by the availability of finance and a surge of investors, many from outside the U...

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Childcare & Education 09 March 2018

A three-child policy in China – what are the implications for the day nursery sector?

A proposal was recently drafted by a deputy to the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, suggesting the implementation of a three-child policy to ensure that the rate of births meets the government’s expectations.  An increasing number of newborns in Ch...

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By:
Courteney Donaldson
Managing Director - Childcare & Education