Business & Finance

Wales offers businesses the best of everything

With a skilled workforce, low property prices, and great links to other major financial hubs, Wales is proving to be an attractive location for many big name companies. However, with the addition of unbeatable financial incentives for companies

Zero-hours workers earn nearly £300 a week less than permanent employees

Zero-hours workers earn nearly £300 a week less, on average, than permanent employees, according to a new report published on Monday to mark the beginning of the TUC’s Decent Jobs Week.

The route to reviving professional standards in banking

A new CSFI report (with financial support from the CISI)

Professional bodies can lead the banking industry’s efforts to reclaim professional standards – but only if they have greater employer recognition and credible teeth, according to a new report from the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI).

85% of UK property investors planning for expansion

• 85% of UK investors plan to increase the size of their property portfolio in the next 5 years, with only 4% planning to scale back.

• The average property investor owns just under 5 properties.

• The average property investor owns 5 properties and makes a net income of £17,434 from their portfolio.

Do you qualify for the insulation grant?

Insulation in the roof or walls of your property can save you hundreds of pounds a year by keeping heat inside the home, and reducing the need to keep your radiators pumping away. Loft insulation alone can slash a home’s heating costs by 15%.

Number of calls from the public to HMRC’s tax evasion hotline jumps 24% in a year

• Almost 90,000 calls received in the last year

• Average 350 calls per day

HMRC’s tax evasion hotline received almost 90,000 calls in the last year

Five key ways employees find privacy in the office

Office workers have five key ways to get some peace and quiet at work, research shows.

According to a new international study carried out by market researchers IPSOS

Oil- the Saudi Says Why Should I Cut Production?!

It was a week with massive volatility with unexpected fundamental developments. The US dollar index broke its own records making a high of 89.56 however failed to push towards much anticipated 90.000 level and closed the week at 88.30 level.

Overseas Buyers Warned to Watch UK Market Conditions in 2015

Cooling house price growth and tighter mortgage regulation should be a warning signal for anyone depending on capital tied up in UK property to fund an overseas purchase in 2015, said online resource in December.

UK Businesses Should Be Careful When Trading with the Eurozone in 2015

Ernst & Young (EY)’s annual Eurozone Economic Growth Forecast predicts that Lithuania will be the fastest-growing economy within the single-currency bloc in 2015. The country, which enters the Eurozone on 1st January 2015, is expected to expand by 4.5% and outstrip Latvia as the bloc’s fastest-growing economy.

Solid outlook for UK’s manufacturers – CBI

Activity in the manufacturing sector remained steady in December, and production is expected to continue rising in the next three months, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

Comment on Sri Lanka’s Dim Sum Issuance

By Dr. Sean Chang, Head of Asian Debt Investment – Baring Asset Management (Hong Kong)

The Dim Sum bond market – bonds issued outside of China but denominated in Renminbi (RMB) – will become a global trend.