Business

Friday, January 11, 2019

Do companies do enough to keep their staff with workplace perks like pilates? Peter Sharkey investigates.

Uttlesford District Council (UDC) has loaned £7million to the company managing its investment in Chesterford Research Park, prompting concern about risk to the public purse.

Work on the 39,000 square metre terminal is due to start in spring 2019 and is scheduled for completion in autumn 2020.

Ad Feature Why low-risk investments are in demand

Friday, January 4, 2019

Gold’s appeal remains undimmed in 2019, says finance expert Peter Sharkey

A Dunmow tour operator has won an international award, beating more than 30 competitors.

Calculating your ‘Number’ makes enormous financial sense says Peter Sharkey.

The world’s first pension scheme was developed in Scotland, Peter Sharkey explains.

Stansted Airport College was officially opened at a ceremony on Thursday, led by Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee.

The results of a survey which could shape the future of Dunmow market will be released in January, it has been announced.

This week, Peter Sharkey looks at why thousands of people are using lifetime mortgages to buy a home in the sun.

Opinion Unlocking the value of content marketing

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Content has become one of those buzz wordy sounding things that it is trendy to bash, marketers can be very quick to channel their inner hipster in this way. Content marketing could be cast as crusty and old fashioned in the light of more technical, data driven ‘new age’ marketing techniques, but maybe all it needs is a bit of a polish.

A popular Christmas song inspires finance columnist, Peter Sharkey, to look at what investment has been like in 2018.

Ad Feature Do you want to save more and work less?

Friday, November 30, 2018

Living for today doesn’t pay the bills, says Peter Sharkey – but you can make your money work for you.

Even if you don’t realise it, you have come across display advertising. You have seen it on web pages, in newspapers and in magazines. It’s everywhere, once you start to look, and there are plenty of companies out there who are already doing it well. So how do you get display advertising to work for your business?

Actor Cliff Parisi has launched the Christmas vintage bus service from Audley End to Saffron Walden.

Ad Feature How to keep hold of more of your money

Friday, November 23, 2018

In this week’s financial column, Peter Sharkey explains why it’s so easy to spend too much on fees when you’re investing – and how to reduce these costs.

Campaign group Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) has expressed “dismay and disappointment” in response to Uttlesford District Council’s decision to approve Stansted Airport’s expansion plans.

Stansted Airport’s expansion plans have been approved by Uttlesford District Council’s planning committee.

Over the last few weeks this column has looked at the various stages of a marketing strategy from building awareness with your prospects to being found at the research or comparison stages through to the actual point of all this marketing effort the conversion… or sale. We have looked briefly at some really big subjects and mentioned products in passing that really do need explaining more thoroughly.

Strong support for the expansion of Stansted Airport as a major employment generator has come from Unite the Union, which represents more than 2,000 workers at the airport.

Ken O’Toole, CEO of Stansted Airport, says they have been “overwhelmed by support” for their plans to increase passenger numbers.

Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE), a campaign group aiming to stop the expansion of Stansted Airport, says a report by Uttlesford District Council (UDC) officers recommending approval of an airport planning application is “superficial, inadequate and inaccurate”.

Ad Feature How pension raids make ISAs more appealing

Friday, October 26, 2018

Raiding pensions provide Chancellors with easy money, says Peter Sharkey, but it’s much more difficult for them to pilfer from your ISA.

Students from Saffron Walden County High School (SWCHS) visited Stansted Airport last Tuesday and met a Ryanair engineer, a dog handler from Essex Police and discovered more about the airport’s college.

Independent builders merchants, Huws Gray has acquired Ridgeons, an independently owned timber and builders merchants trading from more than 40 branches, including Saffron Walden.

Ad Feature How to save for a long period of travel

Friday, October 19, 2018

Saving for a prolonged period of travel is essential, says our financial columnist Peter Sharkey. And now might just be the best time to go.

Almost 350 written warnings were handed out to businesses in Uttlesford for food hygiene issues over the last year, due to problems such as cleanliness and separation of foods.

Questions have been raised about how Brexit might affect Uttlesford District Council’s (UDC) financial investment in Chesterford Research Park (CRP).

Ad Feature Could a £40 test help you to save?

Friday, October 12, 2018

In this week’s column, Peter Sharkey looks at what impact a rising life expectancy has on your savings.

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