The signs are still positive.
At the start of the year, the news was filled with positive reports about the UK economy. The recovery now appears to be taking hold and more companies are starting to benefit from this. The signs have remained positive throughout the first half of 2014 and there has been continuous media coverage about the UK economy.
According the the Office for National Statistics the economy expanded by 0.8% in the first quarter. This follows growth of 0.7% in the final quarter of 2013. The Federation for small businesses reported that UK small businesses show a sustained recovery and “confidence among small businesses rose to its highest recorded levels in the first quarter of 2014”.
Britain’s economy will return to its pre-recession peak this summer, according to revised economic figures from the British Chambers of Commerce which upgraded its growth forecast from 2.8% to 3.1% for 2014.
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printing.com have today announced they are close to reaching agreement on a historic deal to move the printing.com hub on to the set of Coronation Street, Salford.
The soap opera – on air for over half a century – completed it’s move to Media City, Salford Quays, in November 2013. The entire set exteriors and interiors were painstakingly rebuilt and all episodes are now filmed in Salford:
printing.com will move their Trafford Park factory to a new purpose-built 50,000sqft facility located to the left of The Rovers Return:
The new location is less than a mile from the current facility:
In what is believed to be a first in TV history, the factory will become part of future storylines as well as producing live print work. Although The Street has championed local manufacturing with a Mike Baldwin-owned knicker factory for many years, the printing.com hub will be on a much larger scale. Frequent viewers will know that the current printing.com hub has been used by an exterior location many times, but cameras have never been allowed inside until now.
ITV bosses are believed to be in talks to return old favourites Reg Holdsworth and Curly Watts to the cast, as Factory Manager and Prepress Supervisor. The hapless duo will be reunited for the first time in 17 years:
To fit with Coronation Street’s gruelling filming schedule, printing.com production team members will be trained as TV extras, although ITV casting have requested that rotas are changed for team members who are not photogenic.
Last year, Corrie bosses announced they’d allow product placement on screen for the first time. Nationwide Building Society have used this opportunity for marketing purposes:
As part of the deal, printing.com will be included in future storylines such as “Roy Cropper gets new StarMarque menus” and “Kevin Webster designs 5000 MOT flyers for £99“. Scenes already filmed see Rover’s Return landlady Liz McDonald erecting a Pacific banner stand with ease and Audrey Roberts being guided to an uncoated reverse for her salon appointment cards:
We’ll keep you updated of our progress. If you have any queries about this move, please contact:
April First, Head of Dramatic Posts
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In our recent survey, customers told us that business confidence is on the up.
Here’s what some of them had to say about their outlook for 2014.
Breckland Orchard, Cambridge
Claire Martinsen founded Breckland Orchard in Spring 2009 after the birth of her children. Epitomising the business confidence for 2014 Claire said “We’re still small, but growing fast. We expect to take on another full-time member of staff this summer. We feel very upbeat about our prospects in 2014. As a result, we’re increasing our already wide range of Posh Pop flavours from 8 to 10.”
1-80 Training, Leith
Adam White started 1-80 training at the start of 2013 in the height of the recession. Like many of the businesses that took part in the survey, Adam is looking to expand the services he offers “This year I’ll be launching my nutrition mission course and a new bootcamp class twice a week. I am now moving my business to a bigger and better gym to be able to grow to twice the size by the end of this year!”
Experience Liverpool, Liverpool
Harriet Gilmour of Experience Liverpool
characterised the type of optimism that seems to be growing across the North West: “Tourism in Liverpool has been identified as a growth sector; this year it has been listed as Rough Guide’s third best place to visit in the world.”
In 2013 she took a leap of faith and became self-employed – feeling that the time was right and that the economy was at a crucial turning point. Experience Liverpool has also invested in a website launch in 2014, and plan to increase city tours.
View the full results of our Positive Outlook Survey here.
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