Stansted Airport College was officially opened at a ceremony on Thursday, led by Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee.

The results of a survey which could shape the future of Dunmow market will be released in January, it has been announced.

This week, Peter Sharkey looks at why thousands of people are using lifetime mortgages to buy a home in the sun.

Opinion Unlocking the value of content marketing

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Content has become one of those buzz wordy sounding things that it is trendy to bash, marketers can be very quick to channel their inner hipster in this way. Content marketing could be cast as crusty and old fashioned in the light of more technical, data driven ‘new age’ marketing techniques, but maybe all it needs is a bit of a polish.

Two mums from Saffron Walden - Tori May and Ana Hayter - have started a company which brings women together to relax by eating waffles and drinking wine.

A popular Christmas song inspires finance columnist, Peter Sharkey, to look at what investment has been like in 2018.

A company in Great Chesterford who make Christmas puddings will be making an appearance on ITV4’s Made in Britain: At Christmas next week.

The owners of Wylde Sky Brewing in Linton were “bowled over” by the turnout to the launch of their new brewery.

Ad Feature Do you want to save more and work less?

Friday, November 30, 2018

Living for today doesn’t pay the bills, says Peter Sharkey – but you can make your money work for you.

The winners of this year’s Christmas shop windows competition were announced by the mayor of Saffron Walden, Councillor Paul Fairhurst, on Sunday.

Even if you don’t realise it, you have come across display advertising. You have seen it on web pages, in newspapers and in magazines. It’s everywhere, once you start to look, and there are plenty of companies out there who are already doing it well. So how do you get display advertising to work for your business?

Actor Cliff Parisi has launched the Christmas vintage bus service from Audley End to Saffron Walden.

Ad Feature How to keep hold of more of your money

Friday, November 23, 2018

In this week’s financial column, Peter Sharkey explains why it’s so easy to spend too much on fees when you’re investing – and how to reduce these costs.

The official opening of Wylde Sky Brewing in Linton will take place on Saturday, complete with a food truck and local band performing.

Campaign group Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) has expressed “dismay and disappointment” in response to Uttlesford District Council’s decision to approve Stansted Airport’s expansion plans.

Stansted Airport’s expansion plans have been approved by Uttlesford District Council’s planning committee.

Over the last few weeks this column has looked at the various stages of a marketing strategy from building awareness with your prospects to being found at the research or comparison stages through to the actual point of all this marketing effort the conversion… or sale. We have looked briefly at some really big subjects and mentioned products in passing that really do need explaining more thoroughly.

Strong support for the expansion of Stansted Airport as a major employment generator has come from Unite the Union, which represents more than 2,000 workers at the airport.

The television company who produce MasterChef, Hunted and The Island are developing a new programme idea and they are looking for people from Saffron Walden to take part.

A pub in Saffron Walden has won acclaim for the quality of its toilets – in the Loo of the Year Awards 2018.

Ken O’Toole, CEO of Stansted Airport, says they have been “overwhelmed by support” for their plans to increase passenger numbers.

Saffron Grange, a family-run vineyard on the outskirts of Saffron Walden, harvested more than 20 tonnes of grapes this season, as part of what the UK wine industry is calling “the harvest of the century”.

The administrator acting on behalf of Walden School has confirmed that creditors have been paid - but the closure of the administration might not be until next summer and the future of the charity has not yet been decided.

Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE), a campaign group aiming to stop the expansion of Stansted Airport, says a report by Uttlesford District Council (UDC) officers recommending approval of an airport planning application is “superficial, inadequate and inaccurate”.

The Yew Tree in Manuden has re-opened after management made a decision earlier in the year to temporarily close and recruit a new team.

A performing arts company based in Saffron Walden has won a national award recognising its work with children and families.

Ad Feature How pension raids make ISAs more appealing

Friday, October 26, 2018

Raiding pensions provide Chancellors with easy money, says Peter Sharkey, but it’s much more difficult for them to pilfer from your ISA.

Students from Saffron Walden County High School (SWCHS) visited Stansted Airport last Tuesday and met a Ryanair engineer, a dog handler from Essex Police and discovered more about the airport’s college.

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