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A clear plan for the next five years, focused on security,...

1st February 2024

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IT GIVES me enormous pleasure to be CEO of Brackmills Business Improvement District and, as we approach the end of our third five-year term, I am proud to look back at the projects, events and initiatives that have made such a positive, transformative difference to our estate.

Our current five-year BID...

Contract talks: How to avoid  the ‘battle of the forms’
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Contract talks: How to avoid the ‘battle of the forms...

1st February 2024

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TERMS and conditions are legal contracts that govern the use of a service or product. They establish the terms of the relationship between the parties and mitigate against potential disputes.

Terms and conditions are important to outline the rules and regulations around the use of a...

Obligations, risk, liability… Why a guarantee is a serious business
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Obligations, risk, liability… Why a guarantee is a...

1st February 2024

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BEFORE a landlord grants a lease to a tenant, they may require that a guarantor is provided writes Mohammed Rahman, partner at Borneo Martell Turner Coulston Solicitors in Northampton.

A guarantor may represent the security, comfort and assurance for a landlord, however it also means obligations...

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1st February 2024

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NORTHAMPTON Science Park has been in operation since 2005 in a new purpose-built business park located on Moulton Park.

Over the last 19 years we have seen more than 200 companies reside in the park. Many have expanded and moved into larger premises, some have stopped trading and we have others that...

Coming soon… Northamptonshire’s business event of the...

12th January 2024

THE DATE: February 7. The venue: Sywell Aerodrome. The occasion: Your Business Expo Northamptonshire, hosted by Pulse Group Media - publisher of the county’s leading business publication Business Times - with full-service marketing agency qoob as the expo’s headline sponsor.

Your Business Expo aims to create opportunities for businesses...

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Retail brands back campaign for codes of conduct...

21st February 2024

URGENT and more widespread adoption of industry Codes of Conduct is the aim of a new campaign led by the UK industry body for direct-to-consumer retail.

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15th February 2024

HIGH-SPEED broadband is set to benefit the Northampton economy by up to £1 billion, says the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform CityFibre.

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14th February 2024

FORMER star of the BBC series The Apprentice and Countdown presenter Nick Hewer has shown his support for the Franklins £50 Challenge in a social media video.

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Retail brands back campaign for codes of conduct...

URGENT and more widespread adoption of industry Codes of Conduct is the aim of a new campaign led by the UK industry body for direct-to-consumer retail.

D2C brands have united behind the calls from the Direct Selling Association to action to prevent rogue operators from taking advantage of the cost of living crisis.

The campaign follows a significant growth in earnings by people working as independent consultants for direct to consumer retail brands in recent months. Monthly earnings increased by 73% to £833 last year - thought to be the biggest annual increase in earnings in over a decade.

The DSA’s director general Susannah Schofield (main picture) said: “This form of earning is an increasingly attractive way for people to boost their income as the cost of living crisis continues to be felt acutely across the UK.

“While this is a hugely positive development for retailers in an otherwise somewhat gloomy economic outlook, it also presents the potential for disreputable brands and rogue operators to take advantage of the situation and cause huge reputational damage to the wider industry, and we are keen to do everything we can to prevent this.”

Direct selling is a £1 billion-a-year channel of retail where products are sold directly to consumers outside of a fixed retail environment. This could be via ‘Tupperware-style’ parties face-to-face, online or through catalogue distribution. Individuals act as independent salespeople and earn through commission paid on product sales. In the UK approximately 500,000 people earn this way, usually on a part-time basis, to supplement household income.

Membership of the DSA, whose head office is in Northampton, is only granted to companies that have satisfactorily undergone a full audit process that can take up to a year. A rigorous examination of an organisation’s business practices, policies and processes are undertaken to check compliance with industry Codes of Conduct.

Well-known D2C brands such as Avon, The Body Shop, Usborne Books and Ann Summers are signed up to Codes of Conduct which go above and beyond UK consumer law to offer higher levels of protection to both customer and independent sales representatives, Ms Schofield said.

“However, there still remain a large number of companies in the UK that have not done so and it is these companies that we are targeting to encourage them to do so as a matter of urgency,” Ms Schofield added. “It is therefore vital that there is far greater - and urgent - adoption of Codes of Conduct by the many reputable and innovative brands who are selling direct to consumer who are yet to sign up to these Codes.”

The DSA is also lobbying the government on the issue.

New broadband in Northampton set to boost town’s productivity, innovation and economy by up to £1bn, says report

15th February 2024

HIGH-SPEED broadband is set to benefit the Northampton economy by up to £1 billion, says the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform CityFibre.

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‘A brilliant initiative’: The Apprentice star Nick Hewer backs Franklins £50 Challenge

14th February 2024

FORMER star of the BBC series The Apprentice and Countdown presenter Nick Hewer has shown his support for the Franklins £50 Challenge in a social media video.

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Business will have its say as councils prepare to take on SEMLEP’s work

13th February 2024

FINAL preparations are being made for the transfer of the functions of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership into the hands of the sub-region’s local...

Degree course aims to answer logistics sector’s call for talent

13th February 2024

A NEW degree course at the University of Northampton aims to provide qualified workers to meet the logistics sector’s booming demand for talent. The BSc in...

Contractual security will provide a solid base for the further development of the venue, says owner BRDC, as Silverstone secures F1’s British Grand Prix until 2034

9th February 2024

THE DECISION to keep the British Grand Prix at Silverstone for a further ten years has been welcomed by West Northamptonshire Council leaders. The announcement yesterday...

SMEs to focus on workforce stability in 2024 amid ongoing economic pressures, barometer survey reveals

8th February 2024

WORKFORCE STABILITY is the main focus for SMEs in 2024, despite ongoing economic pressures and an uncertain climate, according to the latest barometer from people experts...

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Weetabix: Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards provide...

3rd November 2023

OVER 100 finalists… 500 hours of judging… winners galore in each of 19 categories at this year’s Weetabix Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards.

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‘Everyone sees the sector as an asset to their...

26th October 2023

FOOD AND DRINK producers across Northamptonshire are showing their resilience and stomach for the fight as the sector continues to battle on multiple fronts...

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Contract talks: How to avoid the ‘battle of the forms...

1st February 2024

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TERMS and conditions are legal contracts that govern the use of a service or product. They establish the terms of the...

Obligations, risk, liability… Why a guarantee is a...

1st February 2024

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BEFORE a landlord grants a lease to a tenant, they may require that a guarantor is provided writes Mohammed Rahman, partner at Borneo...

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‘A brilliant initiative’: The Apprentice star...

14th February 2024

FORMER star of the BBC series The Apprentice and Countdown presenter Nick Hewer has shown his support for the Franklins £50 Challenge in a social media video.

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‘Incredible results and a long-term impact’: Law...

9th January 2024

LAW FIRM Franklins Solicitors is seeking teams to take part in its annual Franklins £50 Challenge.

A total eight charities from Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes...

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Be a winner… Entries open for the SME Northamptonshire...

11th January 2024

BUSINESSES across the county are being encouraged to celebrate their business achievements at the prestigious SME Northamptonshire Business Awards.

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‘Amazing’: Entrepreneur vows to continue her...

11th January 2024

“THIS AMAZING recognition continues to fuel my entrepreneurial journey,” says executive coach and HR consultant Rachel Collar after she was named among the UK’s...