UK Finance

The Lost Billions: The Massive Cost Of Small Business Debt

Andrew Brown | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Andrew Brown

Access to justice shouldn't just be for those who can afford it. The FSB's findings show that - with a little help and a focus on driving innovative solutions - small businesses in the UK could unlock a wealth of debt, helping them to grow exponentially.

Six Lessons I Learnt From Leaving A Career In The City

Gee Elliott | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Gee Elliott

This first week back at work after the Christmas break is supposedly the biggest of the year for resignations. It's no surprise really - new year, new...

The Changing Face Of Currency

Jess Melia | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK
Jess Melia

The new £1 coin comes into circulation in March this year and it is a striking example of how money is evolving and changing. The new coin is dubbed one of the most secure in the world due to a string of security features which are aimed at reducing the risk of counterfeit coins being produced.

Taking Control Of Finance - Five Resolutions For 2017

Kerim Derhalli | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kerim Derhalli

Making your way through the initial stages of a career or taking first steps onto the housing ladder can be tricky, so what can you do to make life a bit easier in 2017? Here are five areas that could help you take control of your finances and make your money work harder for you.

Leeds City Region 2017: The Undisputed Fintech Capital Of The North

Roger Marsh | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Tech
Roger Marsh

Fintech is undoubtedly one of the major growth sectors for Leeds City Region. Indeed, as an existing centre of excellence for both finance (as the UK's second centre for banking, home to over 30 national and international banks) and technology, we are primed and ready to capitalise on the opportunity.

Come What May: The Autumn Statement And Beyond

Dan Corry | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

With the dust having settled a bit, what should we make of the inaugural fiscal event of the May premiership, the Autumn Statement? From one level it...

Climate Risk: What Gets Measured

Barry Gardiner | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

Our call today to the stock exchanges of the world is to make it clear to their members that they must embrace proper disclosure and transparency of these climate related and sustainability risks. If they do not; they should know that we as politicians will be waiting with regulation.

Better Financial Education And Budgeting Skills Best Way To Escape The 'Jams' Jar

Mutaz Qubbaj | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK
Mutaz Qubbaj

"No Jam today", "pump up the Jams", Chancellor in a Jam": an initially staid acronym for 'Just About Managing' families coined by the new Chancellor of the Exchequer has morphed into a major political buzzword in just a matter of days. At its current growth rate, it's got all the ingredients of a meme.

Theresa May's Brexit Plan Could Leave Firms In 'No Man's Land', CBI Boss Warns

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Politics

Theresa May is damaging business by leaving employers “uncertain” over their access to talented European workers, the head of the CBI warned today...

How The Information Revolution Delivered Trump To The World

Kerim Derhalli | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics
Kerim Derhalli

In the long run, the prospect of higher global debt levels, a more imbalanced global economy led by the US and the potential for the inflation genie finally to be leaking out its bottle after eight years of unprecedented monetary stimulus is alarming. The coming bust will be the biggest in human history.

Finance Modernised By Bitcoin - Part 1

Paul McNeil | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Tech
Paul McNeil

Economies have controlled almost all aspects of human life ever since money was introduced to society. Money makes the world go around and money is power, and power is money. Any escaping of this principle is nearly an impossible effort, unless of course, you have chosen to live in the wild.

London's Landmarks Should Be For Everyone, So Why Do They Cost So Much?

Sam Lewis-Hargreave | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK
Sam Lewis-Hargreave

Ah, London. With its Bridge, Tower, Dungeon, parks, palaces and M&M's World, it just might be the most culturally rich city on the planet. The problem is that people have to actually be rich to visit any of these great landmarks.

How Consumers Quake In The Face Of Credit Issues

Jacqueline Dewey | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Jacqueline Dewey

What is it that you think makes Brits worry when it comes to their cash? Is it concerns over the rise and fall of sterling? Issues about house prices ...

The Pound Is Now 'Toxic' Amidst Hard Brexit Fears And Is Set To Get Worse

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK

Any hopes of the pound recovering after Friday’s “flash crash” were smashed at the opening of markets on Monday morning as trade-weighted Sterli...

The Pound Is Doing So Badly It's Now The 'Official Opposition To UK Government' Says Analyst

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK

The pound has suffered a mysterious sudden collapse, causing one expert to say the foreign exchange market bears an “uncanny resemblance to the five...

Fix Appliances With Internet Guides To Save A Fortune

By Ruth D'Alessandro, commercial writer | Phillip Othen | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Calling out a professional to fix an appliance is expensive, which is why many of us feel it’s not worth it and simply buy a new one. What if we cou...

Apps And Gadgets That Are Revolutionising Online Banking

PROMOTED BY CLYDESDALE, by Ruth D'Alessandro, commercial writer | Phillip Othen | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Do you bank online? If so, you’re among the 60% of UK adults who do. When internet banking was first introduced by Nationwide in 1997, it was hailed...

The Tories Are Prepared To Let Tax Evasion Run Rampant - Only A Corbyn-Led Government Will Tackle Dodgers

Rebecca Long-Bailey | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Rebecca Long-Bailey

Instead of playing this tax avoidance game, we have to call tax avoidance what it is: tax dodging. It is wrong. At a time of deep economic insecurity after years of austerity economics, ensuring that enough tax is raised is a matter of national security. A Corbyn-led Labour government will make the changes that are necessary to make a difference.

Why August Is Still The Best Month For Buying A New Car

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

You can’t put it off any longer. You need a new car, and soonish. A record 1.42 million new cars were sold in the UK in the first six months of 2016...

When Do We Broach The Difficult Topic Of 'The Future'?

Dr Mark Winwood | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mark Winwood

We all know the old adage 'a problem shared is a problem halved' but can having an open and honest conversation really make you feel better? Can it in fact make you healthier or bring you greater wellbeing?

Making The Most Of The Good Weather Without Spending A Fortune

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Let’s face it, we don’t see much sunshine in Britain. With the UK averaging 1,500 hours of annual sunshine against 2,875 for southern Spain, it’...

Exercise For Free: Recreate Your Gym At Home

By Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Your gym membership is up for renewal. Be honest, now – how many times have you used it in the last year? According to research by thinkmoney, nearl...

How to Choose the Best Student Bank Account

Hannah Maundrell | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Maundrell

Banks will do everything they can to entice you into taking out a student account with them. They'll offer of railcards, gift vouchers and even cold hard cash to win you over. It might seem tempting but you should weigh up whether or not those things will save you more money in the long run vs a better overdraft deal.

Why Brexit May Actually Be Good News For Small Businesses

Liz Johnson | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Liz Johnson

I started my business at the onset of the recession in 2008; I'm no stranger to managing uncertainty. But the UK's recent decision to leave the EU is a curve ball, particularly for an importing company like mine.

How UK Businesses Can Flourish In A Post-Brexit World

Written by Shihab S Joi, commercial writer | Phillip Othen | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK

If you run a small or medium sized enterprise (SME), then these are uncertain times. With the sterling dropping and the national minimum wage rising, ...