October rise in retail sales with fastest growth for three years

Retail sales continue to enjoy monthly growth, despite an overall yearly slump hampering sales in particular sub-sectors. 

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New deal signed to put an end to tax evasion

The UK has signed an agreement to crack down on tax evasion, along with 50 other countries.  The agreement, which was made in Berlin, involves a pledge to pass on financial data freely, limiting the remaining loop holes available to

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Funding freeze for SMEs

Concerns for a shortage of funding for SMEs amidst a stagnated lending market are growing, despite European syndicated loan volumes running at their highest level since 2007.

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Level of available funding condemned by businesses

New research conducted by an independent commercial finance broker, Hilton-Baird Financial Solution, has revealed that exactly half of the UK’s businesses believe that the level of funding available is inadequate, with only 27% saying that the backing from lenders and

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Fears of housing bubble abated as market starts to plateau

A lenders’ group has revealed that the housing market is now steadying, despite growing competition between providers on mortgage rates. 

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UK SME s urged to prepare for VAT rule change

Businesses in the electronic services, broadcasting and telecoms sectors are being told to prepare for changes to EU VAT rules, which come into effect at the start of next year.

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ONS Says UK Continues to be a Manufacturing Nation

The manufacturing sector has provided some disappointing figures lately, suggesting a downturn in the industry impacted by poor economic growth throughout the Eurozone.  But according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), perceptions that manufacturing may be disappearing from the

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Stronger supply chains could boost UK economy by £30bn

A new report by the Confederation of British industry (CBI) has suggested that major investment in domestic supply chains could inject £30bn into the economy by 2025 – creating an additional 500,000 jobs.

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Lending to SMEs Falls by £400m

The amount of lending given to small businesses has dropped by £400m throughout the second quarter of this year, according to the latest Trends in Lending report from the Bank of England. 

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Consumer Confidence Hits Highest Level in Three Years

According to the latest from the Deloitte Consumer Tracker, consumer confidence has hit its highest level in three years, brought on by falling prices in mainstream household items. 

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