Rural Business Category

  • 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 business commissioner to address late payment

    The Government is about to appoint the UK’s first Small Business Commissioner in a move aimed at supporting small businesses in payment disputes with their larger customers. The role includes giving general advice and information, handling complaints about payment issues and directing small businesses to existing dispute resolution services.

    Posted at February 12, 2017 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | 0 Comment
  • Fall in sterling double-edged sword

    The recent fall in the value of sterling is squeezing domestic sales margins, and increasing the cost base of UK businesses, according to the results of the British Chambers of Commerce’s (BCC) latest International Trade Survey. The results, which are based on the responses of nearly 1,500 businesses, indicate that the recent devaluation of pound is having a negative ...

    Posted at February 8, 2017 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | 0 Comment
  • Call for urgent infrastructure investment

    British business leaders fear that UK infrastructure is lagging behind the rest of the world and feel less confident about global economic conditions over the next 12 months, according to new research from Lloyds Bank. The study, which canvassed the views of boardroom-level executives from leading UK companies and global corporates, shows that two thirds of respondents believe that UK national ...

    Posted at February 6, 2017 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | 0 Comment
  • Manufacturing makes strong start to 2017

    The UK manufacturing sector made a strong start to 2017 with output rising at the fastest rate since May 2014. New order intakes expanded at a robust pace and, according to the Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), price pressures intensified - input cost inflation surged to a survey record high and output charges also increased at one of the steepest rates in the series' history.

    Posted at February 2, 2017 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | 0 Comment
  • UK economy set for a “hard rebalancing”

    The recent slump in sterling should prompt a significant readjustment of the UK economy away from consumer spending towards exports, according to the EY ITEM Club winter forecast. But while economic growth will be better balanced it is also likely to be slower.   The respected economic forecaster says that the impact of sterling in increasing import costs will see inflation ...

    Posted at January 26, 2017 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | 0 Comment
  • Start-up number suffer five year fall

    Business start-up numbers have fallen significantly in the last five years, according to Lloyds Bank analysis - 19% fewer new businesses were launched in the UK in November 2016 compared to November 2011. Regionally, the data from BankSearch shows that Wales has seen the largest decline in start-ups, falling by over a quarter (26%).

    Posted at January 12, 2017 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | 0 Comment
  • Private sector growth picks up

    Private sector growth picked up pace in the three months to December, according to the CBI’s latest Growth Indicator, the final one of 2016. The survey of 788 respondents across the manufacturing, distribution and service sectors showed that growth climbed to a balance of +17%, its highest in a year.

    Posted at December 22, 2016 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | 0 Comment
  • CMA demands greater transparency from legal service providers

    Having undertaken a year-long study into the legal services sector, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded that competition in legal services for both small businesses and individual consumers is not working well. In particular, there is not enough information available on price, quality and service to help choose the best option. The CMA has set out a package of measures which challenges providers and regulators to help customers better navigate the market and get ...

    Posted at December 15, 2016 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | 0 Comment
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