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About Lauren Howells

After completing her law degree, Lauren decided to follow her passion for writing. She regularly contributes articles to CLNews on personal finance and general consumer topics.

Employer plans to recruit hit by “worsening skills and labour shortages”

By | 2018-11-13T15:46:14+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Business, Personal Finance|

By Lauren Howells. Companies who are planning to employ more staff are being hit by worsening skills and labour shortages, partly due to a “sudden reversal” in the growth in the number of both non-EU and EU migrants in employment in the UK, research by the CIPD has revealed. The professional HR body has said [...]

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Brittany Ferries sees drop in bookings due to Brexit uncertainty

By | 2018-11-06T09:34:46+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Business, Politics|

By Lauren Howells. Brittany Ferries has told the BBC’s Wake Up to Money that it is seeing a drop in bookings for next summer, as customers are concerned about what impact Brexit will have on travel. After the ferry company saw a 2% rise in passenger traffic from July to September this year compared to [...]

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Asda could cut up to 2,500 jobs

By | 2018-10-30T10:59:12+00:00 October 30th, 2018|Business|

By Lauren Howells. Supermarket giant Asda has issued potential redundancy notices to just under 2,500 of its staff. Workers across various different areas of work could be affected, including George, petrol and bakery departments.  Back-office workers and hosting could also be affected by the potential cuts. According to the GMB Union, which represents Asda workers, [...]

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Almost 1 in 5 UK businesses say ‘point of no return’ already passed

By | 2018-10-23T10:30:16+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|Business|

By Lauren Howells. Almost 1 in 5 UK firms say that the point of no return for triggering their Brexit contingency plans has already passed, according to new research by CBI on business preparations. If there is no greater certainty on Brexit by December this year, the majority of the businesses surveyed said they will [...]

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UK Could Experience Period of Low Growth for at Least Three Years

By | 2018-10-16T07:49:57+00:00 October 16th, 2018|Economy|

By Lauren Howells. The UK economy will experience low economic growth for at least the next three years, according to the latest UK economic forecast by economic forecasting group the EY Item Club. EY Item Club has “trimmed” its GDP growth forecast for 2018 and 2019 In its autumn 2018 forecast, the EY Item Club [...]

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Facebook UK tax bill rises to £15.8 million

By | 2018-10-09T08:37:00+00:00 October 9th, 2018|Business|

By Lauren Howells. Facebook's UK tax bill totalled £15.8 million last year, up from £5.1 million in 2016. Profits, meanwhile, only increased by 7.45% year-on-year, with £58 million reported in 2016 and £63 million in 2017. Facebook’s UK revenue last year hit £1.26 billion, compared to £842.2 million in 2016. According to the Telegraph, Facebook [...]

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Tesco Bank fined £16.4 million over 2016 cyber attack

By | 2018-10-02T08:42:44+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|Banking, Business, Personal Finance|

By Lauren Howells. Tesco Bank has been fined £16.4 million by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), following a “largely avoidable” cyber attack which took place in November 2016. The financial regulator said that the bank had failed to exercise due skill, care and diligence in protecting its current account holders against an attack. The cyber [...]

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Porsche to Cease Making Diesel Cars

By | 2018-09-25T08:19:41+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Business, Technology|

By Lauren Howells. German car manufacturer Porsche has announced that it will stop making diesel cars. Volkswagen, the parent company of Porsche, was at the heart of the scandal dubbed the “diesel dupe” back in 2015, after admitting that it had cheated on emissions tests in the United States. In June of this year, Volkswagen [...]

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UK growth forecasts downgraded

By | 2018-09-18T09:01:56+00:00 September 18th, 2018|Business, Economy|

By Lauren Howells. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has decreased its UK growth forecasts for 2018 and 2019 and warned that the UK economy will have experienced its second-weakest decade by 2020. GDP growth 2018 forecast at 1.1%, down from 1.3% In an announcement made on Monday, the BCC reported that it was forecasting [...]

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Co-op joins funeral price war

By | 2018-09-11T08:28:47+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Business, Personal Finance|

By Lauren Howells. The Co-op has promised to beat any like for like competitor quotes on funeral cost after its survey revealed that up to 4 million people in the UK suffered financial hardship after a bereavement. Co-op guarantees to beat like for like competitor quotes for funerals As well as its “guarantee to beat” [...]

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