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  • Equities equate to a worthwhile bet - Shropshire Business Today
    the close of business on September 20 those investors owned 215bn of shares the equivalent of 11 3 per cent of the market and an increase of 17 6bn since May It wasn t just capital appreciation either these investors had quite literally reaped dividends In the first half of the year private investors scooped a record 4 7bn of dividends and can expect a total for 2012 of 8 8bn 10pc more than in 2011 Similar Composite funds display similar returns The corporate bond sector has returned around 5 per cent since June but those who took a punt on a European equities fund would have seen average returns of 10 per cent It is not just in the capital growth race that equities are pulling ahead If you compare the yields available from each asset equities are a clear winner Lock cash away for five years and the most you can muster is 3 75 per cent A five year gilt is now offering around 2 per cent compared with 6 per cent five years ago A 13 year Vodafone corporate bond is yielding a slightly more impressive 5 6 per cent But buy a Vodafone share and you can benefit from a yield of nearly 8 per cent In short cash is bad bonds are flat and equities offer growth income and income growth As Capita Registrars commented Capital growth may have been hard to come by in recent years but private shareholders will have earned 38bn in dividends by the end of 2012 since the crisis began in 2008 With interest rates perpetually at rock bottom equities are generating by far the best income among the main asset classes But equities are not without risk Volatility we are told is here to stay As the US

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  • training Archives - Shropshire Business Today
    firm on small screen SBT Oct 28 2012 0 Raising the training bar SBT Sep 21 2012 0 Investment pays dividends SBT Sep 21 2012 0 Recent tweets Follow us ShropsBizToday Latest The Shropshire shopping centre in line for a facelift https t co gRQ9DMX23A Latest Skoda UK boss in the driving seat care firm quits its franchise to fly solo new motoring website launched https t co gRQ9DMX23A Revealed

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  • Good hobbits die hard - Shropshire Business Today
    reach our 30th anniversary as Mr Underhill s we d been named the UK s Best Restaurant in the prestigious Hardens Guide and we thought we might go out on a high But even though we received offers for the restaurant we decided we weren t ready to leave Instead of retiring we decided to reinvent ourselves The couple invested heavily in the creation of luxurious new spa suites for guests modernised the exterior of the building and restyled the restaurant No expense was spared Judy added In a mad moment we also committed to producing our first book Numerous hours were spent adapting some of our most popular recipes to make them user friendly The couple worked with a small Shropshire based creative team to publish The Cat The Cook and The Cook s Assistant which was launched at Ludlow Food Festival and has proved extremely popular with guests Judy added The name of the book and the name of the restaurant came from our talisman Frodo who was a much loved pet cat Frodo s name came from the Lord of the Rings in which the hero Frodo took the travelling name Mr Underhill Frodo Frodo lived with us until the age of 21 and at one point made page three of the Financial Times He was a great character and is still much missed Adapted The Cat The Cook and the Cook s Assistant features Michelin quality recipes that have been adapted for use in home kitchens With stunning photography of Shropshire and the Marches amusing stories from Chris and Judy and step by step guides to cooking at home it makes the perfect Christmas gift or souvenir for those who have eaten at the restaurant Copies of The Cat The Cook And The Cook s Assistant

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  • Welcome, everybody! - Shropshire Business Today
    tourism businesses employ more examples include the Severn Valley Railway the ironbridge Gorge Museum the RAF Museum Cosford and of course hotels A key challenge for the industry is the taxation regime which imposes VAT at 20 per cent compared with much lower rates of VAT in some other European countries where accommodation and restaurants might add just 5 per cent to their bills Thus while the World Economic Forum ranks the UK as the sixth international destination by numbers it also ranks it as 135th out of 139 countries in terms of the negative taxation on tourists The organisation of tourism has changed dramatically in recent years with structures changing from regional tourist boards Shropshire is located in the former Heart of England to regional development agencies Following the 2010 change of government there has been no uniform formal organisational arrangements other than the new VisitEngland body and its encouragement of destination management partnerships or organisations DMPs DMOs based on smaller visitor defined areas From RDA financial largesse in certain regions we are now in a world with hardly any public funding for tourism but we are fortunate in that both Shropshire and Telford Wrekin local authorities have understood the importance of the sector although it is not a statutory service and retained their commitment to the visitor economy Four local tourism development public private partnerships Shropshire Hills Ludlow Destination Shrewsbury The Shropshire Borderlands and Ironbridge Telford are working on improving the visitor experience on the ground Their chairs sit on The Shropshire Telford Tourism Strategy Board itself represented on VisitEngland s Destination Forum The Marches LEP has identified the visitor economy as a key priority and has an emerging growth plan with a view to matching VisitEngland s ambition of 5 per cent growth per annum The latter achieved 7 per cent growth in the last year Treasures such as Attingham Park form an important part of Shropshire s tourist trail So what does this mean for our whole county We are fortunate in catering for both business and leisure visitors having the sixth biggest conference centre in the country at the Telford International Centre the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and some fabulous well known festivals and events including the Ludlow Food Festival that has grown from a small local event to an internationally known celebration In this Olympic year extraordinary PR coverage has been generated by the historic story of Dr William Penny Brookes and his original Wenlock Olympian Games Retail in market towns guest accommodation festivals and activities in rural communities are of massive significance to the future sustainability of main services However we are still struggling to compete when the long lobbied for direct train service to London is still far off The precious Shropshire countryside beloved by poets walkers and naturalists faces threats from pylons windfarms inappropriate mass housing or other developments but this must be balanced with the need to encourage entrepreneurs and inward investment Lack of mobile signal and broadband also

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  • Be seen to be green - Shropshire Business Today
    Change Group in June 2011 found that employers closely involved in reducing their carbon emissions gained significant knock on benefits including building organisational reputation and brand as a source of competitive advantage improving sales and customer retention recruiting and retaining high quality staff reducing operating costs and meeting regulatory requirements But how can a small business get started and how can it avoid the greenwash trap Green Achiever is a national scheme assisting some 1 100 businesses ranging from accountancy practices to lift and escalator manufacturers one man bands to large national and multinational companies such as the Puma Hotel Collection Many businesses come to us because they want to demonstrate that they are a legally compliant and caring company and either need to know how to start tackling their environmental impacts improve on actions they are already taking or communicate about the things they do said Deb Cairns Green Achiever s operations manager Shrewsbury based construction firm Saxonby has signed up to the Green Achiever scheme Levels of membership There are four levels of membership to the scheme registered self assessed silver and gold At the entry level of registration free for a three month period organisations show an intent to address their environmental impacts and at this level each member is provided with a free Environmental Regulatory Healthcheck Report so as a minimum they are aware of the obligatory regulations affecting them They also receive supportive technical and good practice newsletters and can display the Green Achiever logo on their websites and other marketing materials Crucial environmental improvements are made through day to day operations the scheme supports members either through a star rated self assessment process or through a more in depth on site visit enabling members to achieve silver or gold status Rather than having a

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  • Small business, big world - Shropshire Business Today
    deposits and easy access to the river meant that industrial activity grew up relatively quickly It is important to remember that in the early years industrial didn t mean factories and cities Early industries were often small operations that existed side by side with farming animal husbandry and other activities such as brewing By the very early 1600s some small business had developed enough to require serious investment There are records from 1605 which show that one local coalmaster James Clifford had a wooden railway that ran down to the River Severn from his coal pits in Broseley This makes it the second oldest railway in the world and indicates that business for Clifford at least was very good indeed Shrewd In 1708 Abraham Darby arrived at Coalbrookdale and took over a much older furnace He was a shrewd businessman who had chosen to relocate to an area rich in resources and with good transport links via the Severn He had also identified a ready market for cheap iron household goods With the founding of the Coalbrookdale Company Darby transformed the manufacturing process by implementing one of the first commercially viable forms of mass production He patented a method of casting pots using sand moulds and successfully managed to use coke instead of charcoal as fuel in the process All this meant that he could produce good quality cheap iron products and could get them out to customers quickly and easily Around the same time there were several other iron and coalmasters in the Severn Gorge such as Iron Mad John Wilkinson All of them were working on ways to develop their businesses by streamlining their processes and clearly identifying their markets Sometimes these people came together to produce something of huge significance and in 1779 the Iron Bridge was

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/features/1398/ (2016-02-16)
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  • jewellery Archives - Shropshire Business Today
    cut above SBT Jul 6 2012 0 Recent tweets Follow us ShropsBizToday Latest The Shropshire shopping centre in line for a facelift https t co gRQ9DMX23A Latest Skoda UK boss in the driving seat care firm quits its franchise to fly solo new motoring website launched https t co gRQ9DMX23A Revealed The secrets of writing a winning business awards entry https t co cfmGp6ttQT Search SBT 2015 SBT Web Design

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  • Let with confidence - Shropshire Business Today
    scheme protected deposits and tailored landlord packages Mr Hall said Tailored landlord packages means a property owner looking to rent out a property can opt for straightforward introductions to tenants a full management service including the operation of a sophisticated inventory system or anything in between This means a client can have as much support as required when it comes to renting out a property they own Born and bred in Shropshire Mr Hall who lives in Shrewsbury has seen many changes in the property market He added Residential lettings are currently a busy area of the property market as young people find it hard to get on the property ladder experiencing difficulty saving for a deposit and obtaining a mortgage for example Those with income to spend on residential property realise the potential this creates but obviously have different levels of knowledge and time to invest in finding suitable tenants which is why the tailored packages we offer are so important Samuel Wood Co was founded in 1995 by partners Gareth Samuel and Anthony Wood The company currently has four offices Shrewsbury Oswestry Ludlow and Craven Arms www samuelwood co uk TAGS Estate Agents lettings property SHARE Facebook Twitter

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