Businesses ‘must be transparent’ on use of workplace technology

Transparency is “vital” in balancing new data-gathering workplace technology with employee rights, according to a North West human resources expert.According to Lee Jefcott, employment partner at Brabners, companies are increasingly seeking advice on the use of innovations which monitor staff performance and use of facilities and locations within office buildings.Speaking ... Read More...

Budget 2017’s business rates relief ‘too little, too late’

The business rates relief outlined in the government's 2017 Spring Budget is not extensive enough, according to North West commercial property leaders.Adam Burke of Colliers International's North West division describes Chancellor Philip Hammond's olive branch to affected firms as "too little, too late".He says: "The Chancellor’s Budget announcement on business ... Read More...

Warrington secures £300k infrastructure boost

Warrington Borough Council has secured £300,000 of government capital to invest in a smart transport scheme which promises to reduce traffic congestion.The Department of Transport funding is being distributed to boost infrastructure through the use of data, connectivity and the internet to improve safety, efficiency and emissions.Warrington council's successful bid, ... Read More...

Northern Powerhouse Conference: Digital infrastructure key to Northern prosperity

Leading figures from the North’s tech sector have called for greater investment in the region’s digital infrastructure.Panel members at the UK Northern Powerhouse International Exhibition & Conference debate also questioned the wisdom of government spending on physical infrastructure projects such as HS2.Richard Potter, CEO of Peak Data Analytics, believes the ... Read More...

Business leaders back Northern Powerhouse recommendations

North West business leaders have welcomed recommendations outlined in the first official Northern Powerhouse Partnership report.The plan highlights improvements to skills training, infrastructure and broadband provision as key areas the region must address to fulfil its economic potential.The partnership, chaired by former chancellor George Osborne, concludes that the North stands to ... Read More...