Category: Business

B&Q axe 220 local posts

A year after B&Q opened their new 300,000 square feet head office in Chandler’s Ford they have announced they will be sacking 220 staff. Today’s announcement follows the news that profits at the DIY retailer had fallen by £30 million after another typical British summer had caused sales of hosepipes to plummet by 25 %…

Lauren makes final cut

A  Chandler’s Ford hairdressing apprentice, Lauren Hill, 17 has been selected as one of only eight UK finalists for the 2012 title of Hairdressing Student of the Year. Chosen to represent the South region from hundreds of entries by a judging panel boasting celebrity hairdressers Patrick Cameron, Andrew Barton, and Lisa Shepherd, Lauren has been…

Report: One in seven use community websites

Research published by communications regulator OFCOM into the size of the UK ‘hyperlocal’ sector reveals that around one in seven (14%) UK adults say they use local community websites at least monthly. OFCOM’s 2012 Communications Market Report says that local community websites are very important to those that use them, with 37% of users rating…

Fleming Park Hairdressers Celebrate first anniversary

Ventura Hair design – the hairdressing salon that is based in Fleming Park – will be celebrating its first successful year of trading at the sports and leisure centre by throwing a party and hiring more staff! Salon owner Heidi is looking for more qualified and experienced hairdressers to join the team and is offering…

A Great Place to Be

A .co.uk domain is a great place to be for UK businesses who want to grow their online presence. Johnathan Jones, the Commercial Director of Cornish company Tregothnan.co.uk, says the distinctive ‘British’ branding a .co.uk domain name brings to his business has seen his small part-time horticultural company blossom into a  £1.2 million a year…

Local dentists sponsor paddling pool

A Local dental practice  – Genix Healthcare – is sponsoring the popular local paddling pool in Fleming Park, Eastleigh as part of its investment in the local community. The Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Rupert Kyrle was also on hand to help promote the paddling pool that is so popular with thousands of local families with…

Saints shoot local coach firm into Premier League

colisium coaches

Coliseum Coaches, the award winning Eastleigh based firm, has just won a contract to take fans to all of the teams away matches during the 2012/2013 season. That means supporters looking to head to Manchester City on August 19  can now use the same company the club already chooses for it’s first team players and academy…

Flybe celebrate ten years with 10% off!

Flybe – the largest scheduled airline flying out of Southampton Airport is marking its tenth anniversary by offering a 10% discount off tickets booked before midnight on July 25 for travel through to October 25 on a selection of popular routes that include some key destinations to and from Southampton where, over the past decade…

Sainsbury appeals opening hours

The new Sainsbury’s Megastore in Portswood is launching a second attempt to extend its opening hours to 11pm the local website Portswood.info has reported. Sainsbury’s – which only opened the superstore in March – originally wanted to remain open till 11pm with the car park shutting at midnight but Southampton City Council heeded the concerns…

Sex club claims ‘Nonsense’

The owners of a popular Fair Oak pub have dismissed claims that it could be reopening as a members only swinger club as ‘nonsense’. Mystery had surrounded the fate of the family friendly Fox pub – formerly the Fox and Hounds – after it shut its doors unexpectedly and strange messages began to appear on…

Rent quarter day test for struggling Eastleigh businesses

  Eastleigh businesses have until this Sunday to hit the next deadline for quarterly rent payments, where three months’ rent is paid in advance for commercial properties. This hefty bill comes as British high streets have already cut over 21,000 jobs since the start of last year, due to difficult economic conditions and the rise…

Local printer beats recession

Fair oak print and design

Despite the recession, business looks rosy for Eastleigh based Fair Oak  Design & Print Ltd. As part of their expansion into high quality digital printing, they have recently invested in a state of the art Xerox. Printer Charles Prewitt, with his wife Joy as financial manager, started the  family business in 2006 using a single…

Could cruise ship war sink Rose Bowl plans?

Cruise liner

Hopes that Eastleigh Council’s planned hotel resort at the Aegeas Bowl would be able to cash in on Southampton’s lucrative cruise ship trade took a blow today after Shipping Minister Mike Penning said Liverpool could become a turnaround port for cruise ships provided if they handed back part of a multi million pound taxpayer backed…

Flybe’s latest route takes off from Eastleigh

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline and the UK’s Number One Domestic carrier, has today started operating its brand new twice-weekly summer route from Southampton Airport in Eastleigh to Tours, France with Wednesday and Saturday flights available through to September 12th. Passengers checking in for the inaugural flight were welcomed by Southampton Airport MD, Dave Lees…

New budget hotel attracts bookings

A new budget hotel, in the heart of Eastleigh town centre has been officially opened by the outgoing Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Wayne Irish. The 60 room Travelodge which has created 15 new jobs, cost £3.4 million and is part of the Councils plan to redevelop the degenerating town centre into a popular shopping and…