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#Budget2016 – A budget for small business and savers

#Budget2016 – A budget for small business and savers

This year’s Budget is one that small companies should be excited about, the chancellor not only announced his intention to lower corporation tax to 17% by 2020 but also a raft of measures to shift support towards smaller businesses and savings. Many will ask, why is such a shift important? SMEs make up a significant […]

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#Budget2016: time to dust off the ‘march of the makers’

#Budget2016: time to dust off the ‘march of the makers’

With next week’s budget on the horizon, there does not seem to be much cheer in the air. The British Chambers of Commerce has cut its UK 2016 economic growth forecast from 2.5% to 2.2%, citing ‘storm clouds’ over the global economy. This snapshot of an ever increasingly difficult economic picture highlights the need to […]

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Once upon a time in a mobile… Is this the end of mobile tech’s wild-west?

Once upon a time in a mobile… Is this the end of mobile tech’s wild-west?

It may seem strange to reference an old film when blogging about the industry of the future that is mobile tech –the reference is to ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ from 1968 for those who love their classic westerns. But with tech industry giants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter backing Apple decision’s this […]

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Lower fuel prices; Xmas present with a bite

Lower fuel prices; Xmas present with a bite

Early Christmas cheer today as the RAC announced that petrol prices are to fall below £1 at the pump this Christmas. But although likely to put a smile on consumers faces, could the reason for this petrol price drop, falling oil prices, mean that this Christmas present could be an unwanted gift into 2016. An […]

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Comprehensive Spending Review – summary

Comprehensive Spending Review – summary

Today the Chancellor outlined in the Autumn Statement and Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) projections for government expenditure in the next five years. The biggest surprise announcement was that the proposed changes to the tax credit regime which were rejected by the House of Lords were scrapped in their entirety. Whilst this will be of great […]

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Fintech disruption needs to open door for UK underserved

Fintech disruption needs to open door for UK underserved

This week saw the release of a report from the Fintech innovation Lab and Accenture called ‘The Future of Fintech and Banking: Digitally disrupted or reimagined?’ which showed the massive ongoing shift in financial services towards fintech. Investment in financial-technology (fintech) companies grew by 201% globally in 2014, compared to 63% growth in overall venture-capital […]

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Let’s celebrate the UK car industry; bellwether for growth

Let’s celebrate the UK car industry; bellwether for growth

Fantastic news today that Jaguar Land Rover has hit a sales record for September, selling 47,634 cars globally. The sales boosted by the new Jaguar XE saloon, which has its engine built in the i54 site near Telford, Wolverhampton, show the continuing strength of the UK car industry, which should be celebrated. In a period […]

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A tale of two subsidies; has the government given up on renewables?

A tale of two subsidies; has the government given up on renewables?

Today (October 8) saw news that a second solar firm, Climate Energy, has gone bust in the last two days following the news that the Mark Group was forced into administration yesterday. With over 1100 jobs lost (in two days, only 1000 down on Redcar Steel plant which has received national attention), both firms claimed […]

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Smarter trumps harder – can less hours reduce UK’s productivity gap?

Smarter trumps harder – can less hours reduce UK’s productivity gap?

Work smarter not harder. This is a well-known saying, but when it comes to UK business culture hard work is synonymous with long hours. But could findings from Sweden show the truth in the maxim of smarter vs harder and more importantly, show the UK the way to improve its productivity gap? An interesting article […]

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Ongoing economic shocks show UK cannot stand alone

Ongoing economic shocks show UK cannot stand alone

Quick blog today outlining some concerns about UK inflation which it has been reported today by the @ONS has gone back to 0 in August.  This is down from the 0.1% in June, which came off the back of negative inflation starting in April – the 1st time the UK had been in negative inflation […]

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