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Study shows price comparison sector benefits from memorable adverts

September 09 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Study shows price comparison sector benefits from memorable adverts

New YouGov BrandIndex data has revealed that memorable ad campaigns really work when it comes to companies operating in the price comparison sector of the UK.

The study found that ad campaigns that built momentum and become part of popular culture have distinct effects on the success of a business.

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Northern Powerhouse plans hailed as biggest growth opportunity since Victorian era

September 07 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Northern Powerhouse plans hailed as biggest growth opportunity since Victorian era

The 'Northern Powerhouse' could be the most substantial growth opportunity for England's Northern regions since Victorian times, according to a leading research institute.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is the UK's leading progressive think tank, and IPPR North is its dedicated arm dealing with the north of England, with bases in both Manchester and Newcastle.

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£6.6bn added to UK coffers by non-doms in 12 months

September 04 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

£6.6bn added to UK coffers by non-doms in 12 months

Although the issue of tax evasion by non-domiciled persons was a feature of the last election in the UK, the amount of tax revenue collected from them actually rose by 7%, according to city-based law firm Pinsent Masons.

In the firm's report, 2013/14 saw non-doms contribute £6.6bn in tax, an increase from £6.18bn on the previous year.

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Spending limit for UK contactless payments goes up to £30

September 03 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Spending limit for UK contactless payments goes up to £30

Consumers in the UK can now make transactions of up to £30 by using contactless payment methods.

Replacing the previous limit of £20, card providers expect the change to see a sharp increase in the number of purchases using the system.

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Virgin Money’s chief financial officer to leave company

September 02 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Virgin Money’s chief financial officer to leave company

After only two years in the job, Virgin Money's Chief Financial Officer Lee Rochford is leaving the company.

Rochford, who joined Virgin Money in October 2013, will serve out his notice period, although he is effectively standing down as CFO and executive director with immediate effect.

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Big energy firm Total sells UK gas assets worth £585mn

August 31 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Big energy firm Total sells UK gas assets worth £585mn

Total, the French firm that is one of the biggest energy operators in the North Sea, has sold$900m (£585m) of its UK gas assets.

Two pipelines and the St Fergus terminal in Scotland are included in the sell-off, which has been blamed on the worldwide collapse of oil prices.

 

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Finance plays a central role in fast-growing SMEs’ business planning

August 28 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Finance plays a central role in fast-growing SMEs’ business planning

A report by ACCA has found that there is a clear correlation for high-growth businesses with finance functions, extending beyond pure funding functions to being a strategic business partner.

Rather than playing an auxiliary role, the report found the finance function "played a central role" in the business planning of most of these successful SMEs.

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New ONS figures reveal how much UK workers are worth

August 26 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

New ONS figures reveal how much UK workers are worth

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released figures for 'employed human capital' in the UK, which is the total estimated future earnings of everyone in jobs in the country.

The data shows that the value of employed human capital increased in 2014 to reach £18.22tn.

 

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UK GDP forecast to grow by 2.6%

August 25 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

UK GDP forecast to grow by 2.6%

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has claimed that increases in productivity, household spending, and business investment means UK GDP will see stronger growth than previously anticipated.

This has led the business lobby group to upgrade its forecast to 2.6% for the year.

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ICAEW appoints non-chartered accountant board members for first time

August 21 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

ICAEW appoints non-chartered accountant board members for first time

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales has appointed its first non-chartered accountant board members.

This historic move aims to widen the scope of diversity of thinking and experience at the organisation's highest levels.

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UK interest rates to rise "pretty soon" says outgoing BoE official

August 20 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

UK interest rates to rise "pretty soon" says outgoing BoE official

David Miles, the outgoing member of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC), has said that a rise in UK interest rates will happen sooner rather later.

During an interview on BBC's Newsnight programme, Miles said that rates would rise "pretty soon."

 

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Blue-chip bosses in UK earn 183 times more than other employees

August 19 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Blue-chip bosses in UK earn 183 times more than other employees

Britain’s top companies have a widening pay gap between bosses and average workers, according to a new report.

The High Pay Centre pressure group has revealed that the average FTSE 100 chief executive earns 183 times more than employees lower down the scale. What's more, although the FTSE 100 shrank by 3% in 2014 average executive remuneration increased.

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Japan's economic growth plan fails

August 18 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Japan's economic growth plan fails

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to reverse years of poor growth with a big stimulus programme have proven disappointing as output contracted by 0.4% in the second quarter.

Official data revealed the shrinkage and underlined the so-called “Abenomics” growth policy's failure to make a difference so far.

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Industrial commodities drag global markets down

August 17 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Industrial commodities drag global markets down

Industrial commodity values have taken a hit thanks to the continued uncertainty surrounding China’s economy, and the possibility of further devaluations of the yuan.

The price of crude oil has been particularly effective, with the cost per barrel dipping to a six-year low in the US.

As a result of this, European and American stock markets have dropped slightly. The FTSE Eurofirst 300 has fallen by 0.5 per cent, and the American Standard & Poor 500 was down seven points on opening to 2084.5.

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Audit market sees surge in aggressive headhunting

August 14 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Audit market sees surge in aggressive headhunting

Recruitment tactics used by the high end accounting firms in the UK are becoming increasingly aggressive, a senior partner in one of the Big 4 recently went on record as saying.

A limited pool of talent, when it comes to experienced senior auditors, means that poaching has become the norm amongst competing companies.

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UK wage growth and employment slows

August 13 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

UK wage growth and employment slows

In news that has surprised economists, the UK’s wage growth has slowed, while the levels of unemployment have risen.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that wage growth was at 2.4 per cent for the three months to June, compared to 3.2 per cent in the three months to May. While experts had predicted a slight levelling-off in the rate of increase, their prediction had been for 2.8 per cent.

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Alphabet: Google stuns markets with restructuring

August 11 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Alphabet: Google stuns markets with restructuring

Internet search giant Google has surprised economists around the world by announcing that it will become part of a holding company called Alphabet, shared in a blog post by co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

As part of the changes, Google will be rebranded as Alphabet. Control of the company’s search engine services will be handed over to Sundar Pichai, who will become the CEO of Google.

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Battle ahead for businesses as Sunday trading law changes look likely

August 07 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Battle ahead for businesses as Sunday trading law changes look likely

For the past twenty years, trading laws in the UK have meant that larger stores can only open during restricted hours on Sundays for a maximum of 6 hours.

The measures were introduced to safeguard shop workers' leisure time, but now new changes look likely to change the face of weekend shopping for many Britons.

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US GDP growth prompts Fed interest rate hike speculation

July 31 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

US GDP growth prompts Fed interest rate hike speculation

Strong gross domestic product figures have prompted suggestions that the US Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this year.

The likelihood of interest rates in the US rising later this year has increased following the release of upbeat economic data.

Figures released by the Commerce Department revealed gross domestic product expanded at 2.3 per cent annual rate, with weak business spending on equipment offset by strong consumer spending.

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Amazon overtakes Walmart to become biggest in US retail market

July 24 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Amazon overtakes Walmart to become biggest in US retail market

Walmart lags behind Amazon in the US retail market after the online retailer posted surprising financial results for the second quarter.

An unexpected rise in profit means Amazon has overtaken Walmart to become the largest retailer by market capitalisation in the US.

Shares in the online retailer jumped in aftermarket trading on Wall Street yesterday (July 23rd) after it posted quarterly results that surpassed analysts' expectations.

Revenue for the second quarter rose 20 per cent year-on-year to $23.2 billion (£14.9 billion) - exceeding the $22.4 billion average forecast that has been predicted by analysts, the Financial Times reports.

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UK company dividends surge to £28bn, hit highest levels since 2007

July 20 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

UK company dividends surge to £28bn, hit highest levels since 2007

Banks have helped drive dividends paid by UK companies in the second quarter of 2015 to £28.3 billion.

Dividends paid out by UK companies have reached a high not seen since before the financial crisis, with banks leading the way.

New figures from Capita Asset Services show around £28.3 billion was paid out by firms during the second quarter of 2015, rising to £29.2 billion when factoring in special dividends.

The figure is the highest recorded by Capita since it began the process in 2007 and Justin Cooper, chief executive of Shareholder Solutions - a part of Capita - said it would be an "understatement" to say that income investors had enjoyed a "bumper month".

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Chinese banks issue £134bn loans to lift stock market

July 17 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Chinese banks issue £134bn loans to lift stock market

Some of China's biggest state-owned banks have contributed to a £134 billion fund being used to boost the country's ailing stock market.

State-owned banks in China have lent over a trillion yuan to a government-owned finance agency to help stem falls on the country's stock market.

China Securities Finance Corp (CSFC) has received 1.3 trillion yuan (£134 billion) over the past few weeks, funds that have been passed on to brokerage firms to help finance share investment.

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New national living wage tops Osborne's Budget announcement

July 08 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

New national living wage tops Osborne's Budget announcement

UK chancellor George Osborne has announced a new national living wage and outlined £17 billion in cuts in this year's Budget.

A new national living wage and further spending cuts over the next five years are two of the key points announced in today's Budget 2015.

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a host of changes in what is the first Budget from a majority Conservative government in nearly two decades.

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What to expect from Osborne's emergency budget this week

July 07 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

What to expect from Osborne's emergency budget this week

All eyes will be on British chancellor George Osborne this week as he unveils the first Budget of the new Conservative administration.

Although this will be Mr Osborne's seventh Budget as chancellor since succeeding Alistair Darling in 2010, it will be the first delivered under a Conservative majority government, with the departure of former coalition partners the Liberal Democrats expected to have an impact on the strategic direction of government policy.

The announcement on Wednesday (8 July) will therefore be seen as a barometer of what to expect from David Cameron's new administration, with the Budget proposals widely expected to be led by a fresh raft of cuts to public spending.

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Venture capital investment in UK tech hits record high

July 03 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Venture capital investment in UK tech hits record high

Venture capital investment in technology companies across Britain hit $1.5 billion in the six months to June, with London leading the way.

A record high of almost $1.5 billion (£963 million) was invested by venture capital firms in Britain's technology companies during the first half of 2015. 

This is according to new figures released by London & Partners, the promotional company for the capital set up by mayor Boris Johnson.

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