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Capacity constraints at Heathrow damaging UK economy

12/01/2012

By Marcus Leach BAA’s airports served just over 8 million passengers in December, an increase of 12.7% on the same month in 2010. This increase was mainly attributable to the impact of snow in December 2010. After adjusting for the snow, passenger numbers were up 0.6%, better than the underlying performance... read more


 

Widening trade deficit reaffirms need to focus on export growth

11/01/2012

By Maximilian Clarke The UK’s trade deficit widened in November to reach £2.6bn, after an increase in the export of services was more than offset by a rise in the import of goods from outside of the EU. “The trade figures for November show a widening in the trade deficit,” commented John... read more


 

UK economy buoyed by growth in high-tech businesses

11/01/2012

By Marcus Leach Despite the economic gloom, the UK’s biggest Next Generation network operator is revealing today that 40 per cent more small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are accessing high-speed business broadband connections and next generation applications such as the cloud in the last 12 months alone. The findings from TalkTalk... read more


 

Lord Green calls on UK companies to embrace 'Export for Growth' challenge

11/01/2012

By Marcus Leach, in Weybridge Lord Green, Minister for Trade and Investment, yesterday (Tuesday) stressed the importance of whole business community, including banks, accountancy and legal firms, trade networks and other business intermediaries, in supporting the government in persuading more firms to export their goods and services. Speaking at the South East... read more


 

UK Business Ambassadors unite to support the national export challenge

10/01/2012

By Maximilian Clarke 24 Members of Prime Minister David Cameron’s UK Business Ambassadors Network have endorsed a New Year message that supports the national challenge to increase the number of UK firms that export – from one in five, to one in four: “As British Business Ambassadors, we are writing in... read more


 

Mid-sized firms to spearhead UK export drive

10/01/2012

By Marcus Leach A delegation of mid-sized businesses (MSBs) will accompany Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green and John Cridland Director General of the CBI to Turkey in April – the first-ever UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) trade visit to focus exclusively on the opportunities for MSBs in an emerging market. This... read more


 

Manufacturers urge government to overhaul waste management

09/01/2012

By Maximilian Clarke Britain’s manufacturers are urging government to develop a far more ambitious approach to the management of waste in the UK as survey evidence shows that the shortage of materials is now the biggest threat to manufacturers. The call is made in a review of the “Government’s Waste Strategy:... read more


 

Leading forwarder urges strong carrier relationships

09/01/2012

By Marcus Leach Global supply chain provider SBS Worldwide has urged shippers to use logistics providers with strong relationships with shipping lines or they could find their shipments left on the quay side. The warning comes as shipping lines have been withdrawing capacity because the industry has been suffering from over-supply of... read more


 

2011 a record year for Rolls-Roce sales

09/01/2012

By Marcus Leach Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, who are owned by BMW Group, have reported record car sales for 2011. The luxury car brand sold 3,538 cars in 2011, which marks a 31% increase from the year before. However, despite a stelar year, the growth rate was considerably less than that witnessed in... read more


 

VW report record car sales in 2011

06/01/2012

By Marcus Leach Europe's biggest carmaker, Volkswagen, have announced record car sales for 2011, a 13.1% rise from the previous year. The German-based firm sold 5.1 million cars worldwide, with Europe and China the biggest markets - 1.72 million vehicles being sold in each market. “The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand made major gains... read more