BACK ON THE TRAINING TRAIL…

Last weekend saw the Worcester City 10k run, and as usual, our resident road runner Fiona Mellor donned her trainers to take to the streets. One of 2,200 people taking part in the event, Fiona completed the course in 55 minutes. [caption id="attachment_21506" align="aligncenter" width="445"] L-R, Fiona, Jayne and Katie[/caption] Running with her training partners Jayne Shaw and Katie Tomk...

BATS AND BUILDINGS: SURVEY SEASON IS DRAWING TO A CLOSE

With just one month left of the core bat activity season, developers have just a matter of weeks to seek surveys ahead of submitting planning applications requiring the demolition of buildings this year. As a European protected species, local authorities can require bat surveys to be completed prior to granting planning permission for any development which could cause harm to bats. As...

FANCY (ISH) FOOTWORK HELPS RAISE £1,200 FOR DUDLEY MIND

Okay, so the England Roses probably don’t have much to worry about YET, but this week saw Team HL make its netball debut in the Higgs & Sons mixed charity tournament.  Our eight-strong squad (L-R: Simon, Tom, Olivia, Fiona, John, Alex, Holly and Suzi) was one of 16 teams who played a series of matches at Stourbridge’s Redhill School to help raise funds for Higgs & Sons’ nominated...

FANCY FOOTWORK FOR A GREAT CAUSE

This week saw Harris Lamb compete in the Higgs & Sons charity football tournament in aid of Dudley Mind. The event raised a massive £10,000 and saw 43 teams take part. Captain Tom Morley (or Tomaldo as we’re calling him this week) reports: We were in a tough qualifying group which included Lloyds Bank; the previous tournament winners and hot favorites. It also included BDO, Legal ...

SPRING STATEMENT 18: IS THE 2021 REVALUATION PLEDGE JUST ANOTHER PIECE TO FIT INTO THE RATING JIGSAW?

By Andrew Hulbert, Director The Spring Statement announcement by the Chancellor that the next business rates revaluation will be brought forward by one year to 2021 has been met with some cynicism by businesses who feel that issues arising from the last review are far from resolved. The latest twist in the revaluation tale was unlikely to be welcomed as long as problems with the current Chec...