Current Affairs

Buyout activity for SMEs at 5 year high

Investment for SMEs is at its highest level for 5 years, according to research from Lyceum Capital and Cass Business School.

Businesses underestimating risks of cyber crime

More than a third of businesses have fallen victim of cyber crime such as hacking, phishing and pharming.

Money worries impact workforce productivity

1 in 8 (13%) workers say that money worries have affected their productivity in the workplace.

Public sector borrowing drops

Public sector borrowing, excluding public sector banks, closed 2015 £4.3 billion lower than in December 2014.

Time-poor workers find work/life balance problematic

A Scottish Widows report has found that people find it difficult to maintain a healthy work/life balance in the face of long working days and significant commutes.

Wage growth slowed in late 2015

Wage growth has slowed down while unemployment has fallen to 5.1%, the lowest on record.

Blue Monday could cost 93 billion

Monday 18 January, or ‘Blue Monday’, has been dubbed the most depressing day of the year and could cost the economy £93 billion, according to employment law experts ELAS.

Buy-to-let continues to rise

Buy-to-let lending decreased towards the end of last year, but overall was substantially higher than the previous year, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

Businesses still unclear on auto-enrolment

45% of business owners without a workplace pension scheme are still unclear about their responsibilities.

Trade deficit falls

UK’s trade deficit fell to £3.2 billion in November 2015, a narrowing of £0.3 billion from October 2015.

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