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The state of the labour market: views from Business West

The latest ONS employment statistics were released earlier this week . Here’s what senior figures at Business West had to say: phil-smith.jpg Phil Smith – Managing Director “Government will no doubt...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Posted on: 16.08.18
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Podcast: How do you help support an older workforce?

Allan Williams and Mike Spicer return for the British Chambers of Commerce podcast to discuss the latest Brexit news and the challenges of an older workforce.
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Posted on: 26.07.18
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Crisis in Apprenticeships

Whilst people have been distracted by what Brexit may or may not mean for business there has been a disastrous development which could have long term consequences for the economy, both locally and...
Ian Bell
Ian Bell
Posted on: 17.07.18
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How to recognise addiction in the workplace

Did you know that 10% of people suffer from addiction? More than 70% of substance abusers are employed which means the workplace is becoming a crucial focus of alcohol and drug abuse prevention and...
Ian  Middleton
Ian Middleton
Posted on: 03.07.18
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Institute of Technology on the cards for Swindon?

In light of the announcement that Swindon College is on the Government’s Institute of Technology shortlist I am delighted at how Swindon’s bid is shaping up. First announced in 2016, the Government...
Ian Larrard
Ian Larrard
Posted on: 05.06.18
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West of England businesses could save £73m by supporting an active workplace
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In the 1960s only 1 percent of men and 2 percent of women in England were classed as obese. Today that figure stands at 25.2 percent and 27.7 percent. While a variety of diet and lifestyle factors...
Lisa Wood
Lisa Wood
Posted on: 24.05.18
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South West business - an update from the Bank of England

As the Bank of England’s Agent for the South West I spend a lot of time speaking to the businesses that are based here to try to understand what is really happening in the economy. What have my...
Donna Kehoe
Donna Kehoe
Posted on: 04.04.18
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Gloucestershire Brexit Summit warns of labour shortages

A shortage of workers is already affecting every sector in Gloucestershire, from social care to farming and food production, delegates heard at a key event to discuss the impact of Brexit on the...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Posted on: 14.03.18
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"I'm proof that apprenticeships offer a rewarding career path" - Ian Mean

Gloucestershire Chamber director Ian Mean reflects on how training as an apprentice put him on course for a long and succesful career in journalism. Two undisputed highlights of which were his run-...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Posted on: 06.03.18
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