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Transformation of Tesco Extra has won industry award

Watford Observer:

3:30pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

The overhaul of the 80,000 sq ft superstore in Lower High Street has won The IGD Innovation Store of the Year Award.

Average one-way commute in Watford has increased by six minutes

Watford Observer:

12:02pm Friday 26th September 2014

Commuters now face a 32 minute journey to work - six minutes longer than two years ago.

Watford's Phones4u stores axed - nine jobs lost

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Both of Watford’s Phones4u stores have been permanently axed – costing nine people their jobs.

Watford Royal Mail delivery office to open on Sundays

Watford Observer:

12:23pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

The Caxton Way office will be open between noon and 4pm from Sunday in an initiative designed to make it easier for online shoppers not at home during weekdays to collect their parcels.

Refurbished Golden Lion set to open this week

Watford Observer:

11:10am Monday 1st September 2014

The pub, formerly Druids, was closed for four weeks while the work was carried out. It was last called the Golden lion more than 20 years ago.

Watford has highest employment rate among people aged 50 to 64 in the country

Watford Observer:

9:50am Friday 29th August 2014

The stats from the Department of Work and Pensions, for April 2013 to March 2014, show Watford recorded 89.5 per cent of this age group in work. The Shetlands followed closely on 88.3 per cent and North Dorset on 87.2 per cent.

Kings Langley businesses hit out at traffic 'chaos' caused by roadworks error

Watford Observer:

12:01pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Eye witnesses in the High Street described seeing tailbacks as far back as the M25 on Monday, August 18 and said that it was "hell" due to roadworks in the village.

Businesses to compete for the Chamber Challenge Cup at Moor Park Golf Club

Watford Observer:

10:16am Friday 15th August 2014

To enter a team of four contact Lorraine Marshall at Watford Chamber of Commerce on 01923 442442.

Watford mechanics to move to Aldenham Green Belt barn, despite objections

Watford Observer:

4:40pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Mechanics who face being thrown out of their Watford site to make way for the Watford General Hospital development have been told they can relocate to an agricultural barn in Aldenham Green Belt land, despite objections from residents.

Morrisons supermarket extends opening hours

Watford Observer:

10:59am Tuesday 12th August 2014

From this week the store has opened at 7am and traded through until 11pm ,instead of 8am until 10pm, to meet the demand of shoppers.

Housing trust trials new 'Coffee Stop' in Clarendon Road

Watford Observer:

10:10am Friday 8th August 2014

Piaggio van, equipped with a coffee machine, will be serving cappuccinos, espressos, lattes and frappes daily commuters and workers of Watford’s business street.

Possible Crossrail stop in Watford 'will not compete with Croxley Rail Link'

Watford Observer:

12:13pm Thursday 7th August 2014

A study will take place over the next few months with the aim of gaining a clear picture of potential construction, how the link could work, and how viable the link is.

Rickmansworth Post Office hours extension given stamp of approval

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

A Rickmansworth post office has received the stamp of approval to open seven days a week.

Watford Market: first 14 shipping containers arrive

Watford Observer:

3:20pm Monday 4th August 2014

Watford's new market is taking shape with the arrival of the first 14 shipping containers that will be used to build it now on site.

Watford Homebase to close, premises set to become The Range

Watford Observer:

3:40pm Monday 28th July 2014

The Homebase store in Watford is closing down, with the premises set to become The Range.

Business expert to host networking event tomorrow

Watford Observer:

4:40pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

An "international expert" in business networking will be giving advice to Bushey Heath businesses tomorrow via Skype at a specially arranged event.

Long standing business to move out of Watford

Watford Observer:

3:10pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

One of the longest standing businesses on The Wenta Business Centre in Watford is leaving after boosting its £200,000 turnover into £15million in the past 12 years.

Queens Road Summer Market officially opened by Mayor Dorothy Thornhill

Watford Observer:

3:04pm Monday 14th July 2014

Watford's Queens Road Summer Market was officially opened by elected mayor Dorothy Thornhill on Saturday.

Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios to expand with three new sound stages

Watford Observer:

5:25pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios is set to expand with three new sound stages.

Central Primary School students take part in 'Story Time' session for John Lewis anniversary

Watford Observer: Central Primary School students take part in 'Story Time' session for John Lewis anniversary

2:10pm Friday 27th June 2014

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of John Lewis, the Watford department store launched a "Story Time" session with with 30 children from Central Primary School dressed as their favourite literary characters.

More than 1,000 people through the doors of MP Richard Harrington's job fair already

Watford Observer: Farm Terrace Allotment plans 'absolutely crucial' says MP

10:45am Thursday 26th June 2014

More than 1,000 people have come through the doors of the Watford Jobs Fair this morning, according to the town’s MP.

Belgian football team fansite proves a big hit for Bushey webmaster

Watford Observer: Belgian football team fansite proves a big hit for Bushey webmaster

4:50pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

While England football fans are kicking themselves at the team’s early exit, two friends have created their own fan site about the Belgian international team which is receiving more than 5,000 hits on match days.

Watford Credit Union reaches £1m loan mark

Watford Observer: Watford Credit Union reached £1m mark

12:40pm Monday 23rd June 2014

Watford Credit Union has given out £1 million in small loans to people in the area.

Pub management told Watford 'is not Spain' after bid for later opening hours

Watford Observer: Pub mangement told Watford 'is not spain' after bid for later opening hours

10:00am Monday 23rd June 2014

A pub’s management were told Watford "is not Spain" after a bid to extend its hours provoked angry opposition from people living nearby.

Day 1 supermarket improves food hygiene score after thousands of pounds of investment

Watford Observer: Day 1 supermarket improves food hygiene score after thousands of pounds of investment

5:50pm Friday 20th June 2014

A convenience store’s hygiene rating has been upgraded after the owners spent thousands of pounds refurbishing the shop.

High Street cordoned off after masonry falls from building

Watford Observer: Picture from stock

10:42am Thursday 19th June 2014

A section of Watford High Street has been closed after a chunk of massonary fell off a building.

Three Horseshoes expansion plans dismissed

Watford Observer: Three Horseshoes expansion plans dismissed

2:40pm Thursday 12th June 2014

An appeal lodged by the Three Horseshoes against Hertsmere Borough Council’s decision to deny planning permission in Letchmore Heath has been dismissed.

Law firm makes awards shortlist

10:30am Tuesday 13th November 2012

Solicitors Matthew Arnold & Baldwin of Station Road, Watford, was shortlisted for Corporate Law Firm of the Year at last week’s Dealmakers Awards for the Central & East of England region.

Warner Bros purchase new facility

3:19pm Wednesday 7th November 2012

Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden has strengthened its commitment to the UK film industry with the purchase of a post-production house in London.

Chamber of Commerce forms new partnership

4:16pm Monday 5th November 2012

Watford Chamber of Commerce has formed a partnership with Dacorum Borough Council to create the wider-ranging "South West Herts Chamber of Commerce".

Wetherspoon hits corporate responsibility standards

9:20am Friday 1st April 2011

Watford-based pub company JD Wetherspoon has been applauded for meeting globally recognised corporate responsibility standards.

CBI: 'Make carbon reduction commitment work for business'

10:30am Thursday 31st March 2011

The CBI has warned that the Government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme is untenable in its current form, as it reiterated its call for the incentive behind the Carbon Reduction Commitment to be restored.

JD Wetherspoon reports good growth and resilient sales

10:00am Wednesday 30th March 2011

Interim results for Watford-based pub operator JD Wetherspoon show good sales growth coupled with increased investment in its estate of pubs.

VocaLink strikes support deal with Watford Mencap

9:57am Tuesday 29th March 2011

VocaLink, international payments provider with offices in Rickmansworth, has signed a two-year partnership agreement with the charity Watford Mencap.

Majestic Wine scoops the honours at "High Street Oscars"

9:52am Tuesday 29th March 2011

Majestic Wine, whose head office is in Otterspool Way, Watford, has been crowned “Speciality Retailer of the Year”, and its Wine Course has been awarded “Customer Service Initiative of the Year” at High Street Oscars, the Oracle Retail Week Awards 2011.

Small firms' fears over April business rate changes

9:55am Tuesday 29th March 2011

THE Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is concerned about small firms that have empty properties could pay thousands extra in business rates with changes to the exemption from empty property rates due to come into force in April.

Bushey beauty clinic clinches award

10:08am Wednesday 19th January 2011

The owner of a Bushey health and beauty clinic says she is “thrilled” after winning a national business award.

Government must fulfil promise of fuel duty stabiliser

9:20am Tuesday 11th January 2011

Government must deliver on its manifesto pledge for a fuel duty stabiliser, as record high fuel duty rates put small businesses on a knife-edge, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said.

Business as usual for regional Business Link service until November 2011

Watford Observer: Chris Parkhouse: "In business until November 25".

9:10am Monday 10th January 2011

Chris Parkhouse, Chairman of Business Link in the East of England, has urged businesses to take advantage of the dedicated regional Business Link service, before it closes on November 25.

Wenta pioneers innovative support for start-ups

8:50am Friday 7th January 2011

The innovative business support service My Incubator has marked its first anniversary by scooping a national award for its successful mentoring of start-ups and small firms.

Law firm MAB warns about rise in Stamp Duty Land Tax

11:00am Thursday 6th January 2011

Law firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP is warning home buyers of properties valued at more than £1m to beware a forthcoming rise in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). The rise, from four to five per cent is due to take effect on April 6 and could increase the SDLT tax liability of a £1m property by at least £10,000.

Sigma Pharmaceuticals secures Ascot Road warehousing

10:57am Wednesday 5th January 2011

Acting on behalf of VALAD Property Group, the St Albans office of national commercial property consultancy, Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), has secured a new tenant for The Ascot Centre, Watford, in a significant warehouse deal.

Three quarters of Watford’s workforce “unhappy”

9:01am Tuesday 4th January 2011

As many people return to work this morning after the festive break a survey has revealed that three quarters of Watford’s workforce feel unhappy in their jobs several times a week.

University of Hertfordshire leading Europe in research staff career development

12:07pm Thursday 16th December 2010

The University of Hertfordshire is recognised by the European Commission this week for providing excellent career development opportunities for research staff so that they can carry out world-leading research.

Business recruitment expected to pick up in 2011 according to CBI and KPMG

9:28am Monday 13th December 2010

Recruitment freezes in London caused by the recession are expected to thaw over the coming six months, and firms are cautiously optimistic about prospects for the economy, according to the latest CBI / KPMG London Business Survey.

MAB warns: don’t get caught by stamp duty rise

10:05am Thursday 9th December 2010

Watford law firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP has warned home buyers of properties valued over £1m to beware a forthcoming rise in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).

FSB's snow advice for business

10:40am Friday 3rd December 2010

The FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) has compiled a ticklist for small firms to use when they are affected by external forces such as severe weather and heavy snowfall. The FSB also campaigned in early 2010 for a civil contingencies plan to be put in place to stop the country from grinding to a halt when circumstances are difficult, including mandatory salt level recommendations for local authorities, and further increases its own private salt levels to supplement shortfalls where necessary.

Camelot raises jackpot for children's centre

8:50am Thursday 2nd December 2010

Camelot, the National Lottery operator based in Watford, hopes to make Christmas a little brighter this year for some of the town's disabled children.

Business Link offers extended advice for small firms

Watford Observer: The Business Link team offering extended business advice.

9:50am Wednesday 1st December 2010

Small businesses in Hertfordshire can now benefit from an extended specialist advice service launched by Business Link in the East of England.

FSB victory on small business rate relief

8:20am Tuesday 30th November 2010

The FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) has welcomed the Government's pledge to help make small business rate relief automatic.


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