Brexit, The Gig Economy, The Digital Single Market
We are in the 5th month of the year almost at the half way mark. This is a good time to review your business progress against your strategic goals. A lot has been happening in the economy so far this year. Here are some of the business and economic changes happening which I think are important for you to know. It will help you to do your reviews of where your business is heading and how these macro economic developments will help or hinder your business. What is your human capital/staffing strategy? Do you use mainly part time workers? EU workers? Have you assessed the impact of Brexit on your business? Will you survive, thrive or take a nose dive? How does digitization affect your business? Have you embraced the changes that going digital is bringing? Self employed and gig economy – House of Commons Report The days of a job for life and is something for the history books. The era of permanent jobs lasting for two years or more is also gradually fading away. With the introduction of zero hours contracts, remote working and portfolio careers we are now living in the era of the gig economy. This […]
Records for London City
London City airport is smashing passenger targets. Last Thursday (March 22nd) recorded its best-ever day with 18,607 people boarding flights. In the week to Sunday, March 25th, a record 101,336 passengers departed from or arrived at the Silver town airport on 1,525 flights – 2% higher user numbers than the previous record in 2016. British Airways and Flybe led the way with packed journeys to Amsterdam, Dublin, Edinburgh and tourist spots. Holidaymakers are said to have boosted numbers at this normally popular airport for business people. The Easter holiday period was expected to see 55,000 passengers pass through. It’s good news for new Chief Executive Robert Sinclair, who has been buffeted by flight disruption due to bad weather conditions and an unexploded World War 11 bomb. The airport is about to start a £480m expansion, finishing in 2011.
Business Park deadline set
The first phase of the huge Chinese business park alongside the Royal Albert Dock will be completed in March next year (2019), it has been announced by developers ABP London. This will include commercial offices, retail outlets and housing. When the whole scheme is completed in 2028 it will be the biggest business park in Europe. ABP has joined with Newham Chamber of Commerce to hold a breakfast meeting on June 15th at their offices in Dockside Road, E16 to inform local businesses of the opportunities that will exist for them when the first phase is completed. To book, email John James at email@example.com
Discount club grows
Member-to-member discounts on services have been boosted with Holiday Inn Express London – Excel, Dockside Road, E16 offering 10% off hotel bookings and meeting/function rooms. Other member discounts available: Aardra Systems water-saving device – 25% discount; Holiday Inn London – Stratford City – 20% discount on food and drinks; Alan Patient & Co. chartered accountants – free untimed initial consultation and 10% off first year’s fee; Chigwell Tours – 5% off coach tour bookings; Good Hotel London, Royal Victoria Dock – 5% off any event booking; There are also some special offers: A free 45-minute financial consultation with chartered accountants Lall Ondhia, A free 45-minute legal consultation with solicitors Wiseman Lee and, A free legal consultation on party wall disputes with surveyors Charles G Hibbs & Co. Each member attending a Chamber event receives a card to show to obtain the discounts.
Elizabeth Line progress
Work on the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail 1) at Pudding Lane, Stratford, has been completed. It involved track work allowing trains to enter and exit new tunnels from the existing railway. Upgraded overhead lines, signals and track have been completed at Gidea Park to enable the 200m-long Elizabeth Line trains to use sidings. There are talks being held to extend the line to Bexley and north Kent. There is still no news of discussions on getting a station to serve London City Airport.