Children’s charity Festival For Young People is hoping to get the final green light for a skatepark extension to be put in place specifically with wheelchair users in mind. £138,000 will need to be raised for the works to be undertaken in Petersfield and it’s hoped that local businesses will step forward to support the venture.
One of Portsmouth’s longest standing businesses, Hadley Shopfitters, has announced it will be making 80 of its staff redundant. Having traded for more than 90 years, and with contracts with John Lewis and Harvey Nichols, the company has decided to axe jobs.
Two young apprentices and staff members were called into the companies head office where the news was broken yesterday.
SSE published details of annual profits today of £246 million – even though this is actually a 32.2% decrease. The energy giant is unlikely to recover after it announced a price freeze on its electricity tariffs until January 2016. This promise was made a day before Ofgem, the industry regulator, announced it would be conducting a full scale probe into the energy sector.
Electronics manufacturer Veho are confirmed as Saints new headline sponsor this summer. Veho have their headquarters in Southampton and agreed to a two deal which is set to begin on July 1.
Portsmouth’s shipbuilding industry has been taking a battering of late. Ever since BAE Sytems confirmed the axing of jobs in 2013, and moving operations to Scotland, the city has been on tenterhooks and desperate to secure commercial contracts.
Union leaders are calling for the spate of redundancies at Portsmouth’s shipbuilding facility to be put on hold until after Scottland’s independence referendum. Although 940 jobs were confirmed as being axed last November, Michael Fallon has been put under pressure to encourage BAE Systems to wait until after September and the future use of the shipbuilding facility has been decided.
A new report shows Southampton is bucking the trend when it comes to youth unemployment in the area. Many cities across the UK are suffering from more than 25% of 16-24 year olds not in full time employment. Southampton, however, was found to have less than 13% in a study carried out by Work Foundation.
This season’s latest collections are on display in Winchester for the annual fashion week. The event began on Tuesday April 2 and is continuing on till Saturday April 5. Here you will find a large and eclectic range of all this summer’s must haves as displayed by some of Winchester’s finest retailers.
International sales: getting paid and protecting the bottom line is a trade forum being held in Basingstoke at the end of next week, April 28. Between 6-8pm the event will be taking place at the Absolutely Offices. Guest speakers include Lloyds Banking Group regional trade manager Steve Hyams and Andrea Walker of UK Export finance.
Part of Langstone Technology Park, close to the A27, is being prepared as the site for a budget hotel and Green King owned Farmhouse Inn family restaurant. The establishment is set to create 70 new jobs and Langbrook Farm will be opening its doors in spring.