Business & Finance

Avoid a Scrooge-like Christmas in retirement

When Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, Victorians did not have to worry about saving for their later years. Life expectancy at birth in the UK was 40.50 years for males and 42.62 years for females (Source: ONS).

Use the Seasons to Fuel Your Business Strategy

When it comes to sales, few people would question that timing matters. After all, you won’t have much luck trying to sell a house to a couple that just signed on the dotted line for the home of their dreams.

Looking for Xmas & New Year finance challenges for 15-19 yr olds this holiday?

• What is an ISA?

• What is the hourly wage for an 18 year old?

• What is the difference between APR and EAR?

UK Businesses Taking On Energy Saving Challenge

SME’s across the UK are jumping on an initiative launched by an impartial energy comparison service based in Bolton. Latching onto the fact that small to medium sized businesses are looking to improve their profitability,

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.