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    1. November 14, 2014

      Mortgage brokers grab market share from cost-conscious banks

      Brokers are taking a bigger slice of the mortgage market as new affordability regulations raise the costs of direct lending...

    2. October 14, 2014

      Business loses out by neglecting dementia pound

      When drivers at Mainline Sevens, a Salford taxi company, received pick-up requests from an elderly customer in the early...

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    1. September 19, 2014

      Technology spells the end for banks’ heyday

      Do you own shares in a bank? You might want to look away. The halcyon days of banks and bankers are over. Returns on capital...

    2. July 18, 2014

      ‘Massive’ delays on Co-op mortgage applications ‘massively’ delayed

      Borrowers seeking a fixed-rate mortgage from the Co-operative Bank face waiting times of up to four weeks as the lender...

    3. July 8, 2014

      UK Post Office to enter mobile services market

      Post Office will enter the British mobile services market with low-cost, easily understood offers that it hopes will...

    4. February 21, 2014

      RBS to piggyback on to Post Office branches

      Royal Bank of Scotland has said it will increase its high street presence tenfold by piggybacking on the UK’s vast network...

    5. February 14, 2014

      Lenders step up buy-to-let offers as demand rises

      Lenders are offering more buy-to-let mortgages – with better rates on smaller deposits – in response to soaring demand from...

    6. January 24, 2014

      Challenger banks face uphill struggle against ‘big four’ lenders

      The arrival of new “challenger” banks in the UK has been met with scepticism ever since the financial crisis. While consumer...

    7. January 13, 2014

      Post Office extends bank services

      The Post Office has tripled the number of branches offering current accounts as it moves to the next phase of its plan to...

    8. November 27, 2013

      Post Office given £640m to complete modernisation of branches

      The Post Office is to get an extra £640m for the three years up to 2018 to complete modernisation of post office branches,...

    9. October 7, 2013

      A sense of déjà vu on Royal Mail

      A big state-owned company is controversially floated on the stock market by a Conservative-led government. A rising Labour...

    10. September 12, 2013

      UK Royal Mail privatisation has been on the cards for 20 years

      Ministers have been eyeing privatisation of Royal Mail for more than two decades. If the latest attempt is successful, Vince...

    11. September 9, 2013

      Royal Mail float set to heighten postal competition

      The impending privatisation of Royal Mail, the world’s oldest postal service, is set to sharpen competition in the UK’s...

    12. July 8, 2013

      Campaign aims to protect consumers’ right to receive paper bills

      A campaign has been launched to protect consumers’ right to choose to receive paper copies of bills and statements in the...

    13. June 21, 2013

      March of maple leaf quickens as Canadian investment grows

      As Mark Carney steps into the Bank of England for the first time as governor on July 1, tens of thousands of his countrymen...

    14. June 13, 2013

      Royal Mail eyes Sunday deliveries as internet boosts prospects

      Royal Mail is preparing a move to seven-day-a-week deliveries after privatisation, driven by customer demand for convenient...

    15. June 6, 2013

      Filtrona faces rebranding test

      One can only speculate whether Google would have achieved its rise to the top of the corporate tree had it kept its original...

    16. May 27, 2013

      Brutal treatment for the Brutalists

      There is something fitting, you might say, in the brutality with which some of Britain’s prime modernist buildings are being...

    17. May 20, 2013

      Sub-postmasters seek delay to Royal Mail sell-off

      Sub-postmasters have called for Royal Mail privatisation to be delayed, despite an attempt by the head of the Post Office to...

    18. May 13, 2013

      Royal Mail: instructions in the post

      The instructions are in the post. Well, not quite. But Royal Mail is inching towards privatisation, with the appointment of...

    19. May 13, 2013

      Post Office to charge fees for two of three new current accounts

      The Post Office will charge a fee for two of the three current accounts it will launch this year. The accounts, which are...

    20. April 29, 2013

      Police ‘should open up in supermarkets’, says report

      Police should open counters in supermarkets and set up “Tardis” boxes for the public to reach officers via video link,...

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      April 19, 2013

      India: M-Pesa is rolled out - at last

      M-Pesa, the mobile money transfer tool set up in Kenya back in 2007, has now launched in large areas of India. Vodafone...

    22. April 10, 2013

      Post Office to offer current accounts

      Britain’s high street banks are set to face a new competitor – and one with no shortage of trust or well-located outlets....

    23. April 10, 2013

      Lombard: ENRC cleanup at risk

      Project Cleanup appears to be going badly for Mehmet Dalman, chairman of Kazakh miner Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. The...

    24. March 14, 2013

      Asset sales seen as way to raise billions

      Senior coalition figures have discussed privatisation as a way to raise billions of pounds to help alleviate the need for...

    25. February 28, 2013

      Bank of Ireland raises mortgage rates

      Thousands of buy-to-let landlords will be hit by a doubling of their mortgage interest rates after Bank of Ireland said it...

    26. February 1, 2013

      Where should I park my cash?

      I am due to receive about £200,000 from a property sale, and although I plan to purchase another property for myself, I will...

    27. February 1, 2013

      Fixed-rate mortgages drop below 2%

      The cost of fixing a mortgage has fallen significantly over the past two years, with two-year fixed rates now available from...

    28. January 11, 2013

      Police in joint venture talks with Post Office

      The Post Office is in early talks with Scotland Yard and at least 10 other police forces on joint ventures which would see...

    29. January 11, 2013

      Post Office sent on path to profitability

      The coalition is pumping investment into the 370-year-old Post Office network in the hope that it can be converted into a...

    30. November 23, 2012

      Post Office chief outlines profit hopes

      The head of the Post Office has warned that the 370-year-old network must become sustainably profitable before it can be...

    31. November 12, 2012

      Post Office bags £450m DVLA contract

      The Post Office will be thrown a lifeline on Tuesday when the government awards it a £450m contract to continue to provide...

    32. August 17, 2012

      NS&I tightens penalties

      There was more bad news for savers this week as National Savings & Investments announced changes to its range of fixed-rate...

    33. August 8, 2012

      Post Office to sell mortgages in branches

      The Post Office is to rival high street banks by offering mortgages from its branches, as consumer confidence in the UK’s...

    34. August 6, 2012

      Shops struggle to rise from riot ashes

      An acrid scent lingers on the ground floor of 639 High Road, a grand red-brick Edwardian building in Tottenham. Soot...

    35. June 29, 2012

      Royal Mail increases overall profits

      Royal Mail has further to go to be ready for privatisation despite an improvement in its financial position, its chief...

    36. May 25, 2012

      Weakening euro hits savings protection

      A weakening euro has reduced the deposit protection for savers in European banks by £5,000, giving them less cover than the...

    37. March 25, 2012

      Royal Mail to deliver IPO in 2013

      The coalition government aims to begin the privatisation of Royal Mail by selling or floating at least part of it in autumn...

    38. March 25, 2012

      Red-letter day for once revered institution

      Privatising Royal Mail will be one of the stiffest tasks in the 500-year history of the world’s oldest postal service. In...

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