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%).
Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments for England are set in Euros and then converted into sterling. The rate for 2016 has now been published (based on an average of the European Central Bank exchange rates in September) at €1 = £0.85228. The previous year’s exchange rate for BPS was €1 = £0.73129. The Rural Payments ...