UK BUSINESSES AND THE BUDGET: WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

There had been a huge amount of hype in the run up to the Chancellor’s Budget this week, with business owners being very keen to see those contentious business rates being reduced. But what are the salient points to focus on? Nigel Fletcher of our Rating team sheds some light... Major Government announcements often promise much but, with the devil being in the detail, real benefits can be les...

A crash course in crayfish

Our Principal Ecologist Rob Harrison attended the SureScreen Scientifics Ltd Crayfish Conference last week. The conference included technical talks on a technique using environmental DNA to test whether crayfish are present in a watercourse. Presentations were provided on sample collection, method development and other eDNA market developments, along with tours of the laboratories. ...

Three Jump Into The Saddle for Pledge 150

Eat your heart our Bradley Wiggins: While most of us are putting on more layers and deciding that it’s time to put on the heating and stay indoors, three of Harris Lamb’s more sporting team players donned their cycle gear and helmets this week to hit the road in an epic charity bike ride. Neil Harris, Fiona Mellor and Andy Smith leapt into the saddle to cycle from Birmingham to Manchester o...

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...