Current Affairs

BCC downgrades economic growth forecast

‘Lacklustre outlook’ for consumer spending and business investment.

SMEs in Carillion supply chain could be left unpaid

Thousands of firms left uncertain of payment.

Interest rates climb to 0.5%

Bank of England raises interest rates for first time in more than a decade.

Inflation at highest rate since 2012

Food and transport prices cause inflation to rise to 3%.

Most SME owners believe business is booming

85% of business owners had viewed their start-up as a success.

Working carers seek further support

4 in 5 working carers leave work early to care for loved ones.

Gender pay gap widens for managers

The average male manager earns £11,606 a year more than their female counterparts.

Fraudsters turn to anti-scam messages

New generation of scam sites target vulnerable savers.

Employers fret over future of economy

Businesses are growing more concerned about the state of the UK economy.

Home Office to assess EU workers

Home secretary moves to allay fears over skilled foreign worker shortage after Brexit.

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