Bethany Whymark firstname.lastname@example.org @EDPBethany New government must not “jeopardise” future workforce by losing momentum for training 07:30 Bethany Whymark email@example.com East Anglian businesses must keep up the momentum in providing apprenticeships to address the yawning skills gap, according to a training expert. Small firms could “fall foul” of new General Data Protection Regulation Yesterday, 11:25 Bethany Whymark firstname.lastname@example.org Ignorance will not be bliss for small firms if they find themselves falling foul of new data protection rules, businesses have been warned. Consumer confidence is at its lowest level since just after the EU referendum Yesterday, 08:23 Josie Clarke, Press Association Consumer confidence has slipped to its lowest level since the month after the EU referendum, according to a survey. UK economy slows further as inflation hits household spending Thu, 10:09 Ben Woods, Press Association The UK economy suffered an even deeper slowdown at the start of the year as the services sector came under pressure and inflation dealt a blow to household spending. Car manufacturing industry is strong despite fall in production, industry body says Thu, 08:59 Alan Jones, Press Association The outlook for the car manufacturing industry is still positive despite production falling by almost a fifth last month compared with a year earlier, a report says. Poll: More people are ditching brands like Heinz, Hovis and Cadbury for supermarkets’ own label products Wed, 10:39 Josie Clarke, Press Association Britons are turning away from brands in favour of supermarket own label groceries, spurred on by the success of discounters such as Aldi and Lidl, figures show. Employers turning to temps amid “chronic” shortage of skilled staff, report says Wed, 09:04 Alan Jones, Press Association Firms are set to become more reliant on temporary workers as a shortage of skilled staff leads the jobs market to a “tipping point”, according to a report. New contracts for Flagship Group subsidiary RFT Tue, 18:30 Bethany Whymark The property maintenance arm of Flagship Group, RFT, is reaching for greater commercial growth after securing two new contracts. Cranswick chief says Norfolk and Suffolk facilities will be “pivotal” in group growth Tue, 10:33 Bethany Whymark The East Anglian facilities of a national meat processing company will be “pivotal” in its continued expansion, according to its chief executive. More people are shunning nine-to-five jobs in favour of flexible working Tue, 08:59 Alan Jones, Press Association The nine-to-five is becoming old hat as record numbers of people turn to more flexible and independent ways of working, a study has found. Social care sector needs better promotion to attract and retain staff, says Kingsley Healthcare boss Tue, 08:55 Bethany Whymark email@example.com Better promotion of social care jobs and providing more opportunities for career progression in the industry will be key to continued growth for a regional care home operator. Call for action on late payment culture Mon, 14:48 Bethany Whymark firstname.lastname@example.org The new government must do more to help small businesses hurt by the UK’s “culture of late payments”, a lobbying group has warned. Poll: Your long commute could be bad for your health Mon, 11:36 Alan Jones, Press Association Long commutes are hitting the health and productivity of workers, leading to stress and depression, a report suggests. Company managers want single market access and free movement of people to be top Brexit priorities, study finds Mon, 08:48 Alan Jones, Press Association Almost half of company managers want the new government to prioritise access to the single market and freedom of movement of people during the Brexit talks, a study has found. More young women are shunning shaving as sales of hair removal products fall Friday, May 19, 2017 Josie Clarke, Press Association Young women are shaving pounds of their spending as health-conscious shoppers try to shave pounds off their waistlines, according to a new consumer spending report. Balfour Beatty boss’ bonus rejected Friday, May 19, 2017 Bethany Whymark Balfour Beatty shareholders have flexed their muscles against the construction company’s board after rejecting its remuneration policy. Brits are bracing themselves for a more expensive post-Brexit future Friday, May 19, 2017 Josie Clarke, Press Association Four in five British consumers fear prises rises for goods and services once Britain has left the European Union, a survey has found. Gaps in education must be closed to help science sector’s skills shortage Thursday, May 18, 2017 Bethany Whymark email@example.com Closing gaps in education will be key to tackling skills shortages in the science sector, industry leaders have said. The battle for workers’ votes is heating up – but what does it mean for business? Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Bethany Whymark As the general election looms, the major parties are trying to woo the worker. But does that come at a price for businesses? BETHANY WHYMARK reports. UK back in top 10 most attractive countries to invest in renewable energy despite Brexit uncertainties Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Emily Beament, Press Association The UK has climbed back into the top 10 most attractive countries for investing in renewables, but uncertainty remains for the post-Brexit future, a report has said. Theresa May promises extension of workers’ rights in election manifesto Monday, May 15, 2017 David Hughes, Press Association Better protections for people in the gig economy, a statutory right to leave to care for a family member and a commitment to further increases in the national living wage are among proposals in a “new deal for workers” being set out by Theresa May. Half of businesses have experienced a cyber security breach in the last year, government figures show Monday, May 15, 2017 Bethany Whymark Nearly half of all UK businesses have been hit by a cyber security breach or attack in the last year, government statistics show. Impact of global cyber attack which hit the NHS may worsen as people return to work, experts warn Monday, May 15, 2017 Press Association The full scale of the international cyber attack that continues to disrupt the NHS may only become apparent as people return to work today, experts have warned. Deliveroo changes contracts for its riders after pressure from parliament Friday, May 12, 2017 Alan Jones, Press Association Deliveroo has announced a new agreement with its riders, including removing a clause that they cannot take claims to an employment tribunal. Morrisons will be selling “wonky” avocados for a bargain price this summer Friday, May 12, 2017 Josie Clarke, Press Association Wonky avocados are to go on sale at Morrisons for around a third of the average cost as demand and global prices hit record levels. Should the soft drinks levy be extended to coffee shop and restaurant confectionary? Friday, May 12, 2017 Josie Clarke, Press Association Health campaigners have called on the next government to extend the soft drinks levy to confectionery containing the highest levels of sugar. John Grose Group expresses cautious optimism after recording 12% turnover rise to nearly £176m Friday, May 12, 2017 Bethany Whymark Directors of a car sales group which saw a 13% jump in profits in 2016 are remaining cautious of forces which could affect the automotive industry. Almost 1 million UK workers are on zero-hours contracts, ONS figures suggest Thursday, May 11, 2017 Bethany Whymark Almost 1 million people in the UK are working on zero-hours contracts, a third of whom are unhappy with their hours. Housing market being rocked by general election, RICS says Thursday, May 11, 2017 Alan Jones, Press Association The general election is causing a lack of uncertainty and choice in the UK housing market, a study has revealed. Bedfordshire communications firm behind 100m nuisance calls slapped with record £400,000 fine Thursday, May 11, 2017 Harriet Line, Press Association A company behind almost 100 million nuisance calls which showed “scant regard for the rules” has been fined a record £400,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).