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Worthy cause

In each edition of 4 Business, we choose a local charity to support with a £1000 donation. Our chosen charity for this edition is The Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts. Run by a team of dedicated volunteers they rely on donations and fundraising, along with members subscriptions, to keep the group running

High Street blues – Stopping the decline

Over the past few years, we have seen a sharp climb in High Street vacant shops. From Woolworths to BHS and now it seems House of Fraser’s future hangs in the balance, it’s easy to see that retail as an industry is struggling. In most towns up and down the country,

Warrant for arrest – Latest HMRC related phone scam

Have you received a call from the ‘Police’ recently? You might have been told there was “a warrant for your arrest” well you weren’t the only one... the message continues to gives a warrant number and a phone number to contact “the HMRC”. Needless to say, this is a fake

GDPR – 28% of organisations still not prepared

A survey conducted at the Infosecurity Europe trade show has revealed that 28% of organisations do not feel completely compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The deadline to be compliant with GDPR was 25th May 2018. However, when asked whether they thought they would pass their first

Helping the homeless

In each edition of 4 Business, we will be choosing a local charity to support, with a feature and a donation of £1000. Our chosen charity for spring edition is HARP, Southend’s leading homeless charity, which helps local people overcome homelessness for good. HARP has recently opened White Heather House, a

Lower Thames Crossing update

The latest design update on plans for a new Lower Thames Crossing between Essex and Kent – which will be the largest road scheme in the UK – have been praised by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP). A new design for the proposed junction with the M25 between junctions

And Finally…

Could a shorter working week solve employment ills? British economist John Maynard Keynes famously predicted back in 1930 that thanks to the progress of technology, his grandchildren would only have to work 15-hour weeks. So was Keynes right? Not even close. The average British employee puts in 45 hours a

News in Brief – May 2018

Cheers! Food and drink businesses raised £22 billion from exports in 2017, a record high according to government figures. UK businesses are now exporting products to 217 countries around the world, with whisky proving the most popular - bringing in £4.5 billion. This was followed by sales of salmon (£720m), chocolate

More rural funding available

There is now more time available for rural businesses to prepare their applications for funding. The Rural Payments Agency has just confirmed that the closing date for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) has been extended to 31 May 2018 and the new completion date for projects is now 31 December 2020. This

A127/A130 Fairglen Interchange

On 6th February, drivers, residents and businesses were encouraged to give their views on multi-million pound plans to modernise a major junction in south Essex. Essex County Council launched a six-week public consultation on a major scheme to reduce congestion and improve safety at the A127/A130 Fairglen Interchange. The proposals include: • A