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Lex
05-11-2014, 07:05 PM
Good news for Rugby:

http://www.therugbyobserver.co.uk/2014/11/05/news-Expansion-of-Lutterworth-logistics-park-could-create-thousands-of-jobs-120193.html


Some bad, and some potentially bed news, for Coventry:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-29918499

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-mp-voices-concerns-over-8055937

rebbonk
05-11-2014, 11:20 PM
That one about Walkers has tickled me. For the past few months I've been berating them because of their lousy packaging. It's cost them a small fortune in vouchers to me. I can't actually remember the last time I paid full price for Walkers crisps. The silly thing is, they're no nearer to solving their problems and they're actively obstructing me talking to their quality director. Even sillier, I think I know what's causing their issue!

Lex
13-12-2014, 09:32 AM
140 jobs to go at Rolls Royce in antsy: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-30439219

rebbonk
13-12-2014, 10:04 AM
Ansty has been on borrowed time for years. I suspect that this latest blow will be its final call.

There are some very skilled people and a lot of expert knowledge within the Rolls Royce workforce and I sincerely hope Rolls Royce won't regret taking a short term view. Once the skills and knowledge are gone, you can't easily replace them, as the motor industry found to its cost.

Lex
21-12-2014, 09:32 AM
Employment's definitely heading in the right direction: http://www.warwickcourier.co.uk/news/regional/unemployment-falls-by-14-000-1-6477961

rebbonk
21-12-2014, 11:16 AM
I think we need to be careful here. Those figures relate to people currently claiming job seekers allowance. That will exclude those currently on sanctions, on zero hours contracts, and only employed part-time. It will also exclude those that have transferred to self employed status, whether they are making a living wage or not.

When it comes to unemployment I tend to rely more on my own eyes rather than government massaged figures. I will bet the true figure for unemployment is far higher, but no government will dare to tell the truth.

Lex
19-02-2015, 09:17 PM
Unemployment in C&W went up last month - hopefully just a blip: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-warwickshire-sees-rise-number-8676781

rebbonk
19-02-2015, 10:59 PM
The real underlying trend isn't good. Remember that these figures are based on those claiming Job Seekers Allowance. Many have been 'sanctioned' or forced off claiming JSA over recent months (zero hour contracts, job fayre etc.) the fact that locally we're seeing an increase really isn't good news to my mind.

Lex
09-06-2015, 04:05 PM
Less unemployment in C&W, but, as you say Rebbonk, the figures don't show the increases in employment.http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/unemployment-coventry-warwickshire-lowest-30-9410646

Lex
13-08-2015, 08:04 PM
More neutral, than good or bad news: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/unemployment-figures-fall-coventry-warwickshire-9840486

rebbonk
13-08-2015, 08:16 PM
I really don't believe it Lex. These figures are based on people claiming JSA.

People are deliberately sanctioned, forced into going self employed or pushed onto zero hour contracts to make things look better than they are.

Sad when you can't trust government statistics!

Lex
13-08-2015, 08:25 PM
Yeah, these statistics are often touted as good, but there's a lot of bad news lurking in the background.

Lex
16-12-2015, 09:36 PM
Unemployment falls again. What this report doesn't mention (but the BBC does) is that 320,000-odd of new jobs in the economy are taken up by prople from the EU.

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/unemployment-falls-again-coventry-warwickshire-10609835

rebbonk
16-12-2015, 09:54 PM
It's all smoke and mirrors.

I know people who just can't get a job, despite wanting one.

Lex
14-02-2016, 01:21 PM
Very low unemployment in Stratford: http://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/unemployment-rates-stratford-lowest-uk/

However, I have a niggling worry in the back of my head that the economy's in for a rough patch.

rebbonk
14-02-2016, 01:28 PM
Looking at the last quarter's figures across a range of industries I'd hazard a guess that you're right Lex.

I think we might also see a house price collapse and everything that goes with it before much longer. - Gidiot has changed tax rules on buy to let, landlords are selling: a glut of properties on the market leads to a downward spiral. How steep that spiral will be I don't know, but all the signs are there.

Lex
24-02-2016, 08:41 PM
Some jobs to go in Nuneaton. The rent rise proposed by the landlord has lost him his tenant: http://www.nuneaton-news.co.uk/Jobs-risk-warehouse-Nuneaton/story-28798623-detail/story.html

rebbonk
24-02-2016, 09:48 PM
Unless he has another lined up, it's rather short-sighted.

Lex
20-04-2016, 08:16 PM
Miked news on the jobs front; 1 set of numbers doesn't make a trend, though: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/number-unemployed-coventry-falls-first-11214756

rebbonk
21-04-2016, 09:44 AM
As I've said before, we need to be so very careful taking these figures at face value. There are contrary indications in other figures that have been recently presented.

My own view is to believe my own eyes, and I'm not seeing any improvement in either employment or future prospects.

Lex
18-05-2016, 09:40 PM
Good news, but I've been hearing on a lot of news reports that the economy's starting to look a bit shakey: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/unemployment-falls-again-coventry-warwickshire-11353021

rebbonk
19-05-2016, 09:13 AM
There is no doubt that the economy is weakening. How much is due to uncertainty over the coming referendum is unclear. But the underlying trend (construction, manufacturing, etc.) according to recent Reuters reports is downwards as are household finances.

I think we may be in for a tough time, whichever way the vote goes.

Lex
19-05-2016, 07:57 PM
I've been starting to think the same - the UK's economy will go through a rough patch whatever happens. I'm leaning towards leaving the EU partly (there's other reasons too) because leaving might be slightly less painful than staying.

rebbonk
20-05-2016, 08:27 AM
I'm in the out camp, but recognise it's a step into uncertainty. Staying is a 'safer' option in as much as we know what we'll get. However, if we do vote to stay, I believe the EU will find ways of punishing us because we had the audacity to challenge its supreme authority.

Germany has a massive problem with migrants at the moment (self made thanks to Merkel) and they are rapidly running out of money. That in turn will mean other states sharing the burden, both by way of finances and taking bodies. So far the Eastern Countries have told Brussels to 'do one' but they are now being threatened with sanctions.

Merkel went out on a limb and invited all these migrants, Merkel tore up the Dublin agreement as regards migrant registration, Merkel is now ordering other EU states to do as they are told or face punishment. - Sounds rather familiar to me, and that is one of the reasons I shall be voting out. All previous attempts at uniting Europe have failed, the present one will too.

Lex
12-07-2016, 05:47 PM
Part of DCS Europe is on the move; at least it's somewhere fairly local: http://www.stratford-herald.com/55412-stratford-firm-partly-relocates-into-banbury.html

Lex
20-09-2016, 06:42 PM
Barclays Bank is laying people off in Coventry. I've heard "strategic decision" to improve "customer service" and "efficiency" before, and the exact opposite has happened: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-37421508

rebbonk
20-09-2016, 08:04 PM
Companies rarely improve customer service by laying staff off! Hopefully, they will feel a customer backlash very quickly.

Lex
21-09-2016, 07:41 PM
There'll probably be the usual grumbling, then the whole thing will be forgotten about. Sadly, I doubt Barclays will give 2 hoots - too busy making money.

rebbonk
21-09-2016, 07:46 PM
I worked with a major UK bank on customer service. At first they thought I was barking mad, but once they saw the results of my teachings they became quite appreciative. The biggest issue is getting through the middle management dross.

Lex
24-11-2016, 10:28 PM
A controversial development: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-38093032

rebbonk
25-11-2016, 10:08 AM
Now that's ruffled a few feathers!

I really don't think it's the right place for a 24/7 operation with as many lorry movements as being predicted.

Lex
14-12-2016, 05:12 PM
More good jobs news, but I'm starting to wonder how long it's going to last; business confidence has been a bit dicey for a while now: http://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/business/unemployment-rate-at-lowest-level-in-over-a-decade-figures-out-today-show-1-7733061

rebbonk
14-12-2016, 10:00 PM
I really don't believe it. I have two friends that have been forced off 'benefits' and pushed into being self employed. Neither are making any real money and both are still claiming supplementary benefits. But, they no longer appear on the headline, unemployed figures. I really think it time the government (of whatever colour) came clean on the true figures.

Lex
21-04-2017, 05:44 PM
350 jobs under threat; hope a buyer is found: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-39667403

rebbonk
21-04-2017, 09:00 PM
My theory on this is that the Chinese only staved off bankruptcy last time in order to gain trade secrets and expertise. It was a cheap way of bringing them up to date with technology. It's a trick I've seen employed many times. BMW with Rover for example!

Lex
01-06-2017, 07:20 PM
A bit of good news for Coventry. Shame the council's partially put itself out of a new home though: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/friargate-attracts-major-new-tenant-13121708

rebbonk
02-06-2017, 08:26 AM
I think I'll wait and see on this one. There are more questions than answers at the moment.

Lex
27-06-2017, 06:27 PM
Another blow for the local car industry: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-40415371

Lex
29-08-2017, 04:43 PM
More jobs to go in the car industry: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-41081387

rebbonk
29-08-2017, 06:19 PM
Sadly, this was one of the more predictable failures. BUT, there will be more...

Lex
30-08-2017, 05:19 PM
A bit of good news to balance it out: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-41093121

rebbonk
30-08-2017, 06:11 PM
I really can't see Japan being that big a market, especially when the flip side is that they're buying 70m worth of components.

I know that Rover (and its special products division) had real difficulties selling vehicles in Japan. So much so that they ended up re-importing many of them unused after about 3 years. MG RV8 anyone?

Lex
21-09-2017, 08:25 PM
Hopefully not too much to worry about: http://www.stratford-herald.com/75960-unemployment-up-in-warwickshire.html

Lex
27-10-2017, 05:35 PM
Lloyds Pharmacies are closing 200 branches. That'll be a lost of lost jobs: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/lloyds-pharmacy-closing-down-jobs-13816004

rebbonk
27-10-2017, 06:46 PM
I have more than a little inside information on Lloyds. Shall we just say that I've been expecting this for a while?

Lex
25-01-2018, 09:07 PM
Maybe just a blip in the jobs figures, but I have an inkling the economy is on the verge of another downturn: http://www.stratford-herald.com/81323-figures-show-rise-in-unemployment.html

rebbonk
26-01-2018, 10:03 AM
I don't think we've ever gotten out of the last hole. People have talked things up, but I can't say I've noticed things getting noticeably better. - I'm one for trusting my own eyes.

I see that JLR (the golden boys of the area) are not having the best of times either.

Now all we need is the education market to shrink and we're right in the proverbial.

rebbonk
26-01-2018, 11:54 AM
And as if by magic...


English company insolvencies rise to four-year high in 2017

The number of company insolvencies in England and Wales rose to their highest since 2013 last year, while personal insolvencies hit a three-year high, government figures showed on Friday.

Some 17,243 companies entered insolvency last year, the highest number since 2013 and 4 percent more than in 2016.

The government agency which published the data said numbers were boosted by two bulk insolvencies caused by a change to tax rules, and that on an underlying basis the total number last year was 15,112, the highest number since 2014.

Individual insolvencies rose by 9 percent on the year to a three-year high of 99,196.

source: Reuters (https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-economy-bankruptcy/english-company-insolvencies-rise-to-four-year-high-in-2017-idUKKBN1FF16U?il=0)

Lex
29-01-2018, 05:36 PM
Mostly low skilled/paid jobs, but at least they're jobs: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-42857343

rebbonk
29-01-2018, 07:42 PM
Any jobs into the area are welcome, but I worry about recent Amazon centre revelations

cathidaw
30-01-2018, 09:54 PM
Mostly low skilled/paid jobs, but at least they're jobs: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-42857343
At least they are jobs How could you ! !

It makes me so angry when I hear of these new jobs--and the peanuts paid.
We hear people grumbling about people on 'benefits'- without knowing what it is like. In the 80s,in the crash,decent hard workers couldn't keep up payments on their mortgages,through no fault of their own were made homeless--and have never picked up their lives again. The number of suicides have not yet been published.
I notice that the critics of benefits are those with money, of pensionable age or politicians.
We all know of those who abuse the system, or those with super large families who expect the earth, but it is wrong to lump them with the others who are working and scraping to keep their lives together
Everyone under a certain wage should get benefits, and large companies should be compelled to pay decent wages.Governments are here to look after its citizens, but look at what they do, sitting up there pontificating about things they no nothing about. Not many are ordinary like us so what do they know.
A leaf from Trumps book would be an idea for them 'Britain First.'.
Benefits paid are pitiful-hardly covering food.So these wages paid by the Amazon project will cause more problems, especially if they pay the insulting minimum wage .Even getting to work costs money, and benefits -- if authorized -- will be swallowed, so they'll be worse off.
I've got that off my chest now. I shall go and look at the special moon and go to bed.

rebbonk
31-01-2018, 11:03 AM
You know Cathi, whilst in many ways I applaud the idea of a minimum wage, I can't help but feel it's backfired somewhat. So many companies now only pay the minimum wage whereas before they might have paid more.

I like the idea of Britain First, but we have far too many self interested politicians and PC correct wimps for that to ever happen. The Britain that you and I know is sadly finished.

cathidaw
31-01-2018, 03:04 PM
THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE BLUE MOON. today in fact

Once in a blue moon-we all know the expression.
Our politics are shaky, but I'm optimistic.
This may be the 'once in a blue moon' when things turn for the best. Our mess of a government cannot last forever.
Mother Teresa can't keep everything to her chest forever either,whatever she believes.
Up 'til now , the only definite announcement she's ever made is, 'I'm no quitter'.
The rest is secret.
She has her own definition of Prime.
'Prime' is defined as 'chief' , not 'sole' as she appears to believe.
So , for the moment she should be our 'Sole minister'.

Crossing my fingers this magic moon works! ! I had cowslips out in January, didn't I?

Lex
20-11-2018, 06:00 PM
250 jobs for the Coventry area, and a company with an ethical business model: https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/bookseller-will-bring-up-to-250-new-jobs-to-warwick-district-1-8712657

rebbonk
20-11-2018, 06:44 PM
250 jobs for the Coventry area, and a company with an ethical business model: https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/bookseller-will-bring-up-to-250-new-jobs-to-warwick-district-1-8712657

That looks good