Opinion PUBLISHED: 14:37 23 November 2018 Paul Geater The new-look Cornhill should give Ipswich town centre a huge boost Picture: RACHEL EDGE Archant Ipswich Cornhill has been reopened after its nine-month reconstruction – but where does this leave the centre of the town, and what future does retailing have in Suffolk’s county town? Paul Geater looks at the future of Ipswich as a regional centre. As a large county town, Ipswich has many of the same problems faced by cities and towns of a similar size across the country – it is not unique and many of the issues are commons with other places.However almost every large town and city in the country has some unique selling points, and so does Suffolk’s county town – the Waterfront and one of the finest urban parks in the country bookend the town centre.And the issues facing retailers, restaurants, and leisure operators in the town are no different to those anywhere else in … [Read more...] about What does the future hold for Ipswich town centre?
I like to support small businesses and today on my blog I am interviewing Jill White the owner of Distinctively Me, a fashion business that makes made to measure clothes combining elegance, comfort and style. Over to you Jill! Have you always worked in the fashion business? No, I haven’t! It’s interesting because I have always loved clothes and throughout my life, be that as a student, at work or in my social life, people have always commented on how I dress and that I must have spent a fortune on my clothes as they looked so good. I had never spent crazy amounts on clothes as I like to feel I am getting value for money, rather than paying for a brand name for the sake of it. It’s only recently that I realised a comment made by my art teacher in my teens had a major impact on how I felt about my creative abilities. Let’s just say she was less than flattering! So, given that I was good with numbers, I went on and trained as an … [Read more...] about Interview With Distinctively Me Fashion Owner Jill White
PUBLISHED: 06:00 03 November 2018 Jessica Hill Jill Barton, Careers Enterprise Co-ordinator for Suffolk County Council and Stoke High student Veronika Marinova Archant Veronika Marinova, a 15 year-old Stoke High School student who works as a waitress at Bella Napoli on Saturdays, says her job is a fun way to meet new people and makes her think harder about the sort of career path she wants to take when she finishes her schooling. But it turns out that she’s in a shrinking minority. The traditional Saturday job is no longer a rite of passage for today’s teenagers, as a new survey has found that around half the proportion now do this type of work compared with their parents’ generation.Just over a fifth (23%) of teenagers report having this type of part-time work - compared with 43% of parents who had such a job when they were younger, financial services provider OneFamily found.Jill Barton, Careers Enterprise Co-ordinator for Suffolk … [Read more...] about Why are young people not taking up Saturday jobs like they used to?
October 30, 2018 By Tamlyn Ryan Leave a Comment Yet one such cause, testament to the powerfulness of everyday acts of generosity and forward-thinking mindfulness, is the MyPlanet Rhino Fund. Since its establishment in 2011, the MyPlanet Rhino Fund – which forms part of South Africa’s MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet loyalty programme – has raised over R9.7 million for much-needed rhino conservation – and all because South African shoppers chose to swipe an extra card at the till. And, thanks to further incredible efforts of these ordinary people, the donation tally for 2018 is currently sitting at roughly R2.9 million. MyPlanet Rhino Fund Ambassador and conservationist, Braam Malherbe’s words provide more food for thought: “…For me, this is the proof that each person’s seemingly small contribution to conservation can result in a big impact. I am proud to see how my partnership with MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet makes a real difference, not … [Read more...] about SANParks reaches new heights with MyPlanet Rhino Fund
SUIT seller AUSTIN REED will shut 120 stores and axe 1,000 jobs in one of the biggest High Street failures since WOOLWORTHS’ collapse. The 116-year-old chain, which fell into administration in April, will be “wound down” by the end of this month. EDINBURGH WOOLLEN MILL (EWM), headed by tycoon Philip Day, has bought the brand and will take on five outlets. But administrators ALIXPARTNERS revealed yesterday “no viable offers” were received for the whole business. The 120 stores will now be sold off to pay creditors. BHS is a bigger business than Austin Reed, with 164 stores and 11,000 staff, but hopes remain it can still be saved. The suit seller’s owners ALTERI INVESTORS gave up on it on April 26, the day after BHS said it was collapsing into administration. AlixPartners’ Peter Saville said it “explored all options” regarding Austin Reed. Rupert Eastell, of business advisers RSM, said of the clothes firm: “The company’s … [Read more...] about Austin Reed to cut 1,000 jobs as 116-yr-old men’s store shuts up shop on high street