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November Economic Roundup: May, Macron and Mid-terms

By | 2018-12-03T11:33:32+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|Economy|

As we do at the end of every month, CL News looks back over the month just ended. In some ways, November is the ‘calm before the storm,’ with the UK’s crucial Brexit vote due on Tuesday, December 11th. But there was plenty of news as well, as Paris burned, the mid-term elections were held [...]

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Banter Claus – what can you say at the office Christmas party?

By | 2018-11-23T09:56:18+00:00 November 23rd, 2018|Business, Economy|

By Mark Richards. The office party season is fast approaching. What can you say at the party? Your witty banter might be deeply offensive to some of your work colleagues. Unsurprisingly, employers are getting worried – and starting to take action. It is November 23rd this morning. If you have any energy left after the [...]

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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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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 to expect from the Autumn Budget

By | 2018-10-29T09:24:04+00:00 October 30th, 2018|Economy|

By Mark Fairlie. Chancellor Phillip Hammond will deliver the very last Autumn Budget before Brexit later today at 15.30. The pressure continues to rise for the UK government as Britain prepares to leave the European Union, and many are wondering what the Chancellor’s plan will include for the coming months. What can we expect from [...]

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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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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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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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