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Ageas Bowl Business Event Hopes to Break £2.3m Record

March 28, 2012 by J Wade

Last year the Meet the Buyers business event held at the Ageas Bowl (was The Rose Bowl) in Southampton resulted new business deals across Hampshire worth around £2.3 million.

The Hobbit Pub in Southampton - Trademark Law Gone Mad?

March 16, 2012 by J Wade

For 20 years The Hobbit has been a popular Southampton music venue and public house. Named after the famous Tolkien book by the same name, it has a Tolkien theme running throughout. The pub sign shows the famous characters from the Lord of the Rings book and films, with Gandalf in the centre and Frodo, Sam, Legolas and Gimli either site.

Closed Southampton Music Venue Could Re-Open Soon

February 10, 2012 by Tim Schofield

Campaigners fighting to stop the Talking Heads in Southampton closing down for good believe a new investor could have the venue open again as early as next month.

The news comes after the established live music venue and public house closed its doors to punters at the start of 2012, with then-owner Mark Hughes stating the economic slump being responsible for ceasing trade.

Costa Concordia Disaster Could Cost Southampton Company $95m

January 16, 2012 by D Callis

Part-Southampton based company Carnival Plc could expect to lose near to one hundred million dollars after this weekend’s Costa Concordia tragedy.

The incident occurred on Friday night when the ship ran aground just off the coast of Italy, causing 6 known fatalities and 16 people still unaccounted for at the present time.

Flybe Woes May Affect Southampton Airport

January 10, 2012 by J Wade

Today Flybe issued a profits warning and this is likely to impact on Southampton Airport and the businesses that support it. Flybe suffered an 8% decline in UK domestic air travel in the 3rd quarter of 2011. This followed a 6% drop in profits in the first half of 2011. 

John Lewis reports a boost to Christmas retail sales

December 5, 2011 by J Wade

There is some hopeful news for retailers this winter as John Lewis has reported an increase in sales in the run up to Christmas. The John Lewis store in Southampton’s WestQuay is one of the stores that have seen in increase in demand in recent weeks.

Ilika Plc. - Born in Southampton, Growing Internationally

November 23, 2011 by J Wade

Ilika Plc. has reported a that it has had a good trading year with a 37% increase in turnover. Illika develops innovative advanced cleantech materials for industry and has some major clients such as Toyota, Shell and NXP (a microchip manufacturer).

Best Buy to Close Down all Stores

November 7, 2011 by J Wade

Carphone Warehouse has announced that it will be closing down all of its 11 Best Buy UK stores, including the Southampton store at the Hedge End Retail Park.

Chapel Auto Repair and Convert-E-Lite Destroyed by Fire at Rushington Business Park in Totton

November 3, 2011 by J Wade

Two business units were destroyed by fire yesterday.

The first started at around 2.30am at the Rushington Business Park in Totton, near Southampton. The roof of the business unit collapsed and some of the walls have melted. The contents of the units have been totally destroyed.

Oceana Shuts its Doors as Luminar Suspends Trading

October 27, 2011 by J Wade

Oceana, Southampton’s largest night club, in fact one of the largest night clubs in Europe, is set to close down after its parent company Luminar Entertainment has been unable to resolve its financial problems. Luminar’s investors have decided that it is no longer a viable business and are withdrawing their capital.

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