Only one in 10 said the news about the UK coming out of recession made them feel more positive about the UK economy. Two thirds predict it will get worse still in 2013
Economic conditions continue to prove challenging for the country’s small businesses with any fluctuations in investment, inflation or confidence hitting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) the hardest. It’s clear that businesses have had to become savvier in how they operate, generate revenue and protect the bottom line. That’s why many of the UK’s SMEs are turning to innovative trading alternatives as they look to boost revenue.
If some of the more hysterical right wing papers are to be believed there is only one type of young person; the angry, feckless yob that graces the front of the tabloids carrying various electronic goods looted from Argos.
Unparalleled levels of imprudent lending; corrupt banking practices; soaring inflation and rising unemployment; government bank bailouts and an economy dependent on increasing levels of debt to sustain growth. Sound familiar? It would have done to Briton’s in the 1830s.
Children need to understand the value of money, where it comes from and where it goes when they have spent it.
There it was again. The assumption that I have seen from so many politicians and media commentators that almost no-one outside the political world cares about what is happening at the Leveson inquiry. I think that this assumption is wrong. Worse than that, it is staggeringly, appallingly, dangerously wrong.
Charity shops could be the answer our high streets are looking for – but only with a little innovation
Everyone loves a boom story. The art boom of the Nineties galvanized British culture. The mobile technology boom over the last decade transformed the way we live and work. So why is there so little enthusiasm for the charity shop boom on the high street?
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I read with a great deal of dismay last week that a House of Lords committee proposed an overall hike on water prices without calling for a greater number of water meters in homes. It was even more disconcerting that the findings of the committee were echoed in today’s Queen’s Speech, when the announcement of the government’s new Draft Water Bill shied away from mentioning water meters.
Two years ago, the coalition set out its programme for government. Today, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister reaffirm their commitment to the central element of that programme – cutting the deficit quickly. This is despite the dismal results this strategy has delivered, despite the fact that even the IMF is arguing that there are more sensible alternatives, and despite the growing realisation in the eurozone that austerity is a dead end.
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