European Union growing at the fastest rate in 10 years

By | 2018-02-15T13:54:36+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Business, Economy|

By Mark Fairlie Last year, the European Union economy experienced its fastest growth in over a decade, according to figures from the EU statistics office Eurostat. Registering an increase of 2.5% from the year before, this is the highest annual growth since the 2.7% economic expansion of 2007. In the EU executive’s 2017 Autumn Report, [...]

The Government plans improved rights for gig economy workers

By | 2018-02-08T13:50:59+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Business, Economy|

By Felicity Anderson Millions of flexible workers will be eligible for sick and holiday pay under Government plans to improve the rights of those employed in the ‘gig economy.’ Devised in response to last year’s Taylor Review into working practices, the proposals build on the recommendation that all work in the UK should be "fair [...]

Personal Finance Optimism Grows But There Could Be Storm Clouds Ahead

By | 2018-02-02T15:12:48+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Economy, Personal Finance|

By Trevor Clawson Britons are becoming more optimistic about their personal finances, according to an extensive new survey from Vouchercodes, but separate research suggests that, for some at least, 2018 might be a troubled year. Buoyant consumer confidence is a precious commodity. When individuals are feeling positive about the state of their finances, they are [...]

Marks & Spencer Announce Multiple Store Closures

By | 2018-02-02T10:14:29+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Business, Economy|

By Mark Richards After disappointing Christmas trading Marks & Spencer has announced the closure of six stores – with a further eight under ‘consultation.’ What does it mean for a town when a major store like this closes? And does the town centre ever recover? At the beginning of this week, we took a look [...]

Government forced to publish leaked Brexit study

By | 2018-02-02T10:16:02+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Economy, Politics|

By Mark Fairlie The Government has been forced into a U-turn on an earlier decision not to publish a leaked Brexit study which predicted negative economic consequences no matter what the final status of the negotiations over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Reported by BBC News Online on 30th January, Brexit Minister Steve Baker [...]

Free water across country to cut plastic waste

By | 2018-01-26T10:07:50+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Business, Economy|

By Mark Richards We are gradually becoming aware of the harmful effects of plastic on both the environment and our own health – but around the world sales of bottled water continue to increase. Now Water UK is doing its best to reverse the trend as it leads the fight for more water fountains and [...]