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In video: My recession

'I NEED TO GET A JOB URGENTLY'

24-year-old Jamie Rigby lost his job this summer when the Vestas wind turbine factory where he was a technician closed down.

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'Things are getting pretty desperate'

He was among workers who occupied the factory in protest, so he hasn't received any redundancy pay. Things are now getting really tight. There are few opportunities in manufacturing on the Isle of Wight where he lives and although he wants to retrain, he doesn't know how he will be able to afford it.

MANUFACTURER BLAMES THE BANKS

Stourbridge-based manufacturer Neil Shorthouse says the banks have to take some of the blame for the car industry's problems.

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'We should start to get new orders again by the end of the year'

Worryingly, orders have dropped over the last two months. But he hopes new money going into Land Rover will help factories like his which supply parts to the carmaker, and will see things pick up again by Christmas.

HOTELIER: 'HOLIDAYING AT HOME HAS HELPED'

Hotelier Dave Groocock says the recession has had a positive effect on his business as people have holidayed in the UK rather than going abroad.

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'The recession has had a positive effect... visitors numbers are up 10%

And it is not just tourism that benefits. Restaurant and hotel-owners will spend some of their extra cash doing up their properties, helping local painters, decorators and plumbers, he says.

BUILDER: 'LIKE STARTING AGAIN'

For Newbury-based builder Stuart Abraham, the recession has been "like starting again".

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'It has been a challenge... to keep the company going'

The housing market slump and the credit crisis caused many projects to be halted. But Mr Abraham now expects the construction industry to start recovering early next year - later than other parts of the economy.



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