Business & Finance

How to prepare your business for the unexpected

The recent events in Holborn, where an underground fire caused days of disruption, raises an important question for businesses: what plans do you have in place

New degree-level apprenticeship scheme for professional managers

Proposals to develop a new degree-level apprenticeship in Chartered Management, which will boost the number of professional managers and drive up business performance across the UK, have been approved.

Homeowner confidence grows in February as remortgage customers seek better deals

• Two in three homeowners remortgaged their properties in February to access lower rates currently on offer

• One in three homeowners used the opportunity to increase the size of their loan and free up cash

New recruits aren’t opting out of pensions – but they’ll lose money if they don’t opt up

New research into FTSE350 companies’ defined contribution pension plans shows that opt-out rates have remained very low amongst employees recruited after large firms began complying with automatic enrolment.

Want to Escape to the Country? Try Rutland

Residents of Rutland enjoy the best quality of life of any rural area in Great Britain, according to the 2015 Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey.

Legislation needed to prevent hostile takeovers

Whitehall must wake up to the dangers of asset-stripping. The government need not intervene directly, but should give public companies the chance to defend themselves

Waitrose trading update for week ending 21 March 2015

Waitrose trade update for week ending 21 March 2015 from Marketing Director, Rupert Thomas

CHART OF THE WEEK UK: Essentials Inflation

Summary:

For the first time since they started recording the CPI measure of inflation, the rate of price growth has fallen to 0% (for February).

A Resi ISA for Second Steppers

How to buy a property with your ISA, if you are not a First Time Buyer

LCA II approved for ISA Wrappers

Power-Less of Attorney?

Financial institutions not recognising LPAs, consumers warned

Banks are among the financial institutions that are sometimes failing to recognise Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).

IPSE announces flexible benefits for the self-employed

IPSE, The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, has today launched IPSE Futures – the organisation’s very own member benefit scheme

Chinese investors help boost Crowd2Fund valuation to £10M

Crowd2Fund, the world’s only directly FCA regulated five-model crowdfunding platform, has raised £2m from a range of UK and international investors, placing a notional market value of £10m on the business which launched in August 2014.