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About Mark Richards

A previous financial services business owner, Mark is an experienced Journalist Speaker, Speechwriter and Coach. He has written for a number of websites related to the financial sector and won numerous awards. Mark has also published a number of books.

The Great Shop-Off: Black Friday vs. Singles Day

By | 2018-11-16T11:38:12+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Business, Economy, Personal Finance|

By Mark Richards. Today is the start of the ‘Black Friday’ shopping bonanza. But how does Black Friday in the West compare to Singles’ Day in China? And what products are likely to be at the top of our shopping list over the next 11 days? Like millions of other people in the UK, I [...]

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Is a Work Life Balance just a Fantasy?

By | 2018-11-12T11:18:33+00:00 November 12th, 2018|Economy|

By Mark Richards. We are constantly told that we should aim for ‘work-life balance:’ success at work and a happy, healthy home life. But for most of us work-life balance is an impossible goal. And aiming for it is making us unhappy. So what should we do? Tap the words ‘work-life balance’ into Google and [...]

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The Bean Bag or the Bottom Line?

By | 2018-11-09T11:00:24+00:00 November 9th, 2018|Business|

By Mark Richards. By the middle of the next decade, millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce. They are the generation who demand ‘free food and bean bags.’ But there is a growing employer backlash against the millennials’ sense of entitlement. How will the conflict be resolved? I am not often allowed out [...]

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Will it be a Bleak Mid-Winter for the High Street?

By | 2018-11-05T09:54:05+00:00 November 5th, 2018|Business, Economy, Personal Finance|

By Mark Richards. In his Budget speech, last week Chancellor Philip Hammond set out his strategy to save the UK high street. Will it work? Or is it too little, too late? Or has Philip Hammond simply got his strategy completely wrong? Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered his Budget speech last week, describing [...]

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October Economic Round Up : Budgets, Brexit and a Bumper Wine Crop

By | 2018-11-02T09:40:51+00:00 November 2nd, 2018|Economy|

By Mark Richards. As we do at the end of every month, CLNews looks back over the month just ended. October brought us the Budget in the UK, political upheaval in Germany, Italy and Brazil and the dog that did not bark in the night. But Tesla finally made a profit and Royal Bank of [...]

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What are the Nations Most Loved and Loathed Brands?

By | 2018-10-29T10:50:02+00:00 October 29th, 2018|Business, Technology|

By Mark Richards. We all have our favourite brands and our favourite shops. But just because a brand is popular now does not mean that it will stay popular in the future. The UK has lost some iconic names and brands. And now the Chinese brands are on the march. The next ten years could [...]

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Number of UK Takeaways Increased by 34% in 8 Years

By | 2018-11-12T13:06:16+00:00 October 26th, 2018|Business, Economy|

By Mark Richards. There are more and more takeaways in the UK – and they are bad news for our waistlines, our health and – ultimately – the NHS. Is there anything that the government can do? And will we one day see a ‘takeaway tax?’ Earlier this week the BBC reported that ‘takeaways are [...]

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Is Artificial Intelligence the Answer for our Beleaguered High Street?

By | 2018-10-22T09:31:04+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Business, Technology|

By Mark Richards ‘Fast fashion’ start-up Thread has just raised nearly £17m in funding. Asos is linking up with Google Assistant as the days of just the super-rich having a personal shopper come to an end. But as Debenhams threatens widespread store closures, what does it mean for our beleaguered high street? On Friday we [...]

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How Driverless Cars will Change your World

By | 2018-10-19T09:57:05+00:00 October 19th, 2018|Economy, Technology|

By Mark Richards. At the beginning of last week, we wrote about driverless (or self-driving or autonomous) cars: what they were, how they worked and which companies were investing the money. But the big questions for most people are much more basic: ‘what does it mean for me?’ ‘How will they affect my future?’ Well, [...]

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Are Standing Desks a Fad or the Future for our Health?

By | 2018-10-15T10:27:42+00:00 October 15th, 2018|Business|

Sitting down for long periods of time is supposed to be the worst thing we can do for our health. So standing desks have been much in the news of late. Do they make us healthier, happier and more productive? Or are they just a fad that could actually damage our health in the long [...]

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