What are you doing this weekend? Will you be glued to your TV like much of the nation to cheer on Team GB to more glory in Rio?
Reigning Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill starts the defence of her crown today. She is joined by rising Team GB star Katarina Johnson-Thompson as they tackle the first four of the heptathlon's seven events.
There are also Gold medal finals in archery, the women’s 10,000m, men’s team pursuit on the track as well as judo, dressage, rowing, swimming and many more…

Interest rates were finally cut yesterday – down from 0.5% to a new historic low 0.25%.
It’s the first cut since 2009 and it was accompanied by a package of additional measures to stimulate the UK economy, including a £100bn scheme to force banks to pass on the low interest rate to households and businesses.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has also signalled the possibility of a further cut later in the year.
Of course, it’s good news for anyone on a mortgage which tracks the base rate but another blow for savers.

An influential public sector body has issued a call for new measures to boost house building.
The Local Government Association (LGA) has urged the government to allow councils to resume their ‘historic role’ as housebuilders to supply desperately needed homes.
It wants the Government to let councils borrow money to invest in housing, keep all the money received from the sale of homes through the Right to Buy scheme and to use this and other funding to build through spin-off housing companies.

Good luck to Sir Ben and team Land Rover BAR in the America’s Cup World Series off Southsea this weekend.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to head down to watch the thrilling racing and join in the fun from today to Sunday.
Olympic legend Sir Ben will be vying to take the British team to the sailing competition’s elite finals in Bermuda in 2017.
Land Rover BAR are going up against Emirates Team New Zealand, Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing of Sweden for the right to race in the finals.

After a superb first half to the year, we’re holding a grand Summer Garden Party this weekend.
It’s our way of saying thank you to our clients, suppliers and business associates – and, importantly, to all of our staff and their families.
Our success is due to the hard work and commitment of our expert and friendly team who have created such an excellent reputation for the firm across the South.
So, it’s a chance for us to all let our hair down and catch up in a relaxed atmosphere – and look forward to a great second half of the year too.

We've adopted a 'business as usual' approach at McAndrew Martin in the wake of the EU Referendum decision. The vote was always going to be close although it still came as a shock when the decision was announced.
Although there has been some political and economic volatility so far, we have to look forward with a positive attitude.
There have been concerns about the impact of the Brexit vote on house prices and the property market in general as well as the wider economy.

The people have spoken after a night of drama with the UK – and Portsmouth – voting to leave the EU.
Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport and Fareham all backed Brexit on a historic day for the country, Europe and the World.
With some volatility already hitting Sterling and the markets, the priority has to be economic stability.
PM David Cameron has given a timeline for his own exit by October with no major action on a political and legal severing of ties until then although many would have hoped for a faster pace of departure from the EU.

Our new Director of Operations Sam Rix is in the Property section of the Portsmouth News today.
The page two article, with a picture, tells of Sam’s new appointment to help us move into the next phase of our growth.
It follows similar features in the media about Sam’s new specially-created role with us.
Many thanks to the Portsmouth News for the story.

New figures have shown a drop in unemployment in Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham and Gosport.
The latest Labour Market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) placed the number of people claiming JobSeeker’s Allowance in Portsmouth at 1,945 – down by 455 from 2,060.
In Gosport, this number fell to 535 from 565 last month, in Havant it fell to 990 from 1,070 last month and in Fareham the figure dropped to 420 from 455.
Nationally, unemployment rates across the UK fell to their lowest in over a decade – to 5%. There are nearly 31.6m people in work.

Our new director of operations Sam Rix has appeared in two of the region's most influential business titles.
News of his appointment has featured on Commercial News Media and The Business Magazine.
Both tell of Sam's new role to put the building blocks in place to allow us to enter the next phase of development as a company.


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