New report confirms consumers cut back on restaurants and pubs spend over TV

As the recession bites, consumers in the West Midlands would rather cut back on costly evenings out than reduce their spend on television, according to a new report published by Deloitte/YouGov on behalf of the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. Continue reading

Businesses should look to consumer branding strategies to win the war for talent

Research by business advisory firm Deloitte found that retaining potential talent and leadership in the year after the recession ends is one of the main concerns for executives.

Sixty-five per cent of senior business leaders surveyed as part of the study said they have a high or very high concern about keeping their rising stars and future leaders, while an identical number are either highly or very highly concerned about losing critical talent.

The survey also found that just over half (52 per cent) of executives predict an increase in voluntary turnover at their companies at the end of the current recession.

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Life sciences and health care companies unprepared for IT security risks

Life sciences and healthcare companies are unprepared for IT security risks, with inadequate security budgets, lack of a strong reporting structure and increasingly sophisticated security threats posing the greatest challenge, according to a new report by business advisory firm Deloitte.

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Coventry factory to make way for new homes and jobs

L-R: Wayne Currie, project director for APL; Mike Stoddart and Ian Wharton of RVA Consulting Engineers at the Little Heath Works site in Coventry.

L-R: Wayne Currie, project director for APL; Mike Stoddart and Ian Wharton of RVA Consulting Engineers at the Little Heath Works site in Coventry.

A familiar Coventry City landmark is set to disappear with the demolition of the former Courtaulds factory in Little Heath.

The 40-acre Little Heath Works in Old Church Road is to be cleared for regeneration, which will potentially see new homes and jobs coming to the locality, as well as a new public open space.

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Report reveals online TV viewing won’t be driven by faster broadband

The prospect of faster broadband connections will not be the catalyst for increased TV viewing online, according to a new survey by Deloitte and YouGov.

More than half (53 per cent) of the viewers polled said they would not watch more online video content or TV programmes even with a faster and more reliable internet connection. Furthermore, 29 per cent felt there was little importance in being able to watch television using an online service.

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Demolition underway at St Georges

 

Diggin' it: Tim Hurdiss (left), Chord Deeley, and Nick Barker, DSM, at the St Georges site.

Diggin' it: Tim Hurdiss (left), Chord Deeley, and Nick Barker, DSM, at the St Georges site.

Property developer Chord Deeley has appointed Birmingham-based demolition contractor DSM to carry out clearance works at its St Georges’ site in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

The contract, which will be completed in early September, includes the demolition of the former PCG glass works. The derelict two-storey factory, built in the 1970s, abuts Pope Street, Carver Street and Moreton Street, and has been empty for more than five years.

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Mills & Reeve advises on college merger

A team of lawyers from law firm Mills & Reeve has helped broker a ground-breaking merger between two London colleges of further education.

The new College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London will serve the whole of the Upper Lea Valley, with a significant capital investment to rebuild and develop both centres.

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