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  • UK manufacturing sector remains solid

    The UK manufacturing sector remained solid at the end of the first quarter of 2017, with the Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index. recording 54.2 in March (54.5 in February) having remained above the neutral mark of 50.0 for the eighth successive month.   The latest PMI reading compared favourably to its long-run trend (51.6) although sector data suggested ...

    Posted at April 3, 2017 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | 0 Comment
  • Household pessimism on Brexit impact widespread

    New data from IHS Markit suggests that British households have become increasingly pessimistic regarding the long-term economic prospects following last year’s vote to leave the EU.   The March poll, conducted by Ipsos MORI, showed the proportion of people expecting the UK economy to fare better over the next ten years falling to 29%, down from 39% last July. The proportion seeing ...

    Posted at March 27, 2017 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | 0 Comment
  • Ofcom – automatic compensation for landline and broadband customers

    Landline and broadband customers who suffer slow repairs, or missed deadlines or appointments, should receive money back from their provider, without having to ask. This is the proposal put forward by Ofcom which wants providers to pay automatic compensation – either a cash payment, or a credit on a bill – when, for example: ·

    Posted at March 25, 2017 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | 0 Comment
  • Small businesses to cut investment

    Britain’s smallest companies have scaled back plans to invest in their businesses, according to the latest Lloyds Bank Business in Britain research. Companies with a turnover of less than £1 million expect to invest an average of £21,690 in their businesses in the next six months – a fall of 74% since July, when firms said they expected ...

    Posted at March 6, 2017 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • Apply for hedgerows, boundaries, and woodland management grants online

    Applicants for hedgerows and boundaries and woodland management grants can now be made online via the Rural Payments service. The service can ensure only eligible fields are included - instant confirmation is provided once an application is submitted. The woodland management plan grant is open all year round but this year the hedgerow and boundaries grant, which opened on 1st February, closes on 28th April. While applicants are encouraged to use the online service, paper applications will still ...

    Posted at March 2, 2017 | By : | Categories : Farming,News | 0 Comment
  • Asda launches free-range milk

    Asda has declared that it has become the first UK retailer to sell free-range milk – where it's guaranteed that dairy cows have grazed outdoors for at least six months of the year. Both semi-skimmed and whole milk are now for sale in 109 Asda stores, in one and two litre bottles, priced at 90p and £1.50 respectively.

    Posted at March 1, 2017 | By : | Categories : Farming,News | 0 Comment
  • Rates shock to small business growth

    A significant proportion of small businesses across the UK are preparing to reduce investment and staff costs once business rates rise next month, according to a new survey from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The research finds that more than a third of small firms expect to see their business rates increase from 1st April. Of those facing a rate rise, 44% of FSB respondents say their business rates will eventually increase by over £1,000 per ...

    Posted at February 27, 2017 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • Boost for UK artificial intelligence sector

    New measures to support Britain’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector are set to be announced by the Government, with proposals expected to include: A major AI review to identify the critical elements for the technology to thrive and grow in the ...

    Posted at February 26, 2017 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • FRC to review the UK corporate governance code

    The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is to undertake a fundamental review of the UK Corporate Governance Code. The review will take account of work done by the FRC on corporate culture and succession planning. It will also take into account the issues raised in a recent Government Green Paper which proposes linking executive remuneration with performance, and extending the FRC’s enforcement powers to ensure that disciplinary action can be taken against all directors where there ...

    Posted at February 16, 2017 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • Leicester and Loughborough Enterprise Zone confirmed

    Plans for a new Enterprise Zone to support the UK’s space science industry have been confirmed. The project will cover three sites across Leicester and Loughborough, and aims to deliver 6,500 new jobs by building on the local area’s expertise in the sector. Leicester is already home to the National Space Centre and the new Zone will offer specialist research and development facilities to bring innovative ideas and products to market. New and expanded businesses located there are ...

    Posted at February 13, 2017 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
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