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    UK cruise industry on course for record year

    From Portsmouth to the Orkneys, UK ports are seeing their ships come in as the British cruising industry charts a course for...

  2. April 18, 2014

    Hard work failing to solve UK’s productivity woes

    Employees are working harder, but a “fundamental rethink” of skills strategy is needed to improve the UK’s productivity...

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  1. April 18, 2014

    Employment disputes keep City lawyers busy

    Employment disputes are on the rise in the City, as companies attempt to poach rival teams to capitalise on improving market...

  2. April 17, 2014

    Pound hits four-year high on rate outlook

    Sterling rose on Thursday to its highest against the dollar for more than four years, as traders bet on a UK interest rate...

  3. April 17, 2014

    UK marketing budgets increase at record rate, says survey

    UK companies are ramping up marketing budgets at the fastest pace in at least 14 years, a survey shows. The latest IPA...

  4. April 16, 2014

    Misery index drops but don’t throw caution to the wind

    Major news in British politics: Britons’ earnings after inflation did not fall in the three months to February. Real...

  5. April 16, 2014

    UK wages rise above inflation after six-year squeeze

    The UK appears set for gradual increases in wages above inflation in the coming months, after the ending of a six-year...

  6. April 16, 2014

    UK chancellor takes care not to rest on economic laurels

    George Osborne ordered that there should be no triumphalism, but an air of vindication was in the air on Wednesday, as the...

  7. April 16, 2014

    UK wage growth rises to match inflation for first time since 2010

    Earnings growth in Britain has risen to match inflation for the first time since 2010, ending a wage squeeze, as the...

  8. April 15, 2014

    PageGroup benefits from recruitment pick-up

    International recruitment consultant PageGroup moved into profit growth in constant currency terms for the first time in two...

  9. April 15, 2014

    Economic experiments are fraught with danger

    It always seemed likely the UK’s elevated inflation rate in recent years would prove to be a temporary phenomenon. With...

  10. April 15, 2014

    UK fixed investment set to grow at double its pre-recession rate

    UK fixed investment is likely to grow at nearly double its pre-recession rate this year, according to HSBC, which says the...

  11. April 14, 2014

    Housing bubble fears are overblown, says forecaster

    Fears of a UK housing bubble are exaggerated, according to the Ernst & Young Item Club, a forecasting group. It says the...

  12. April 14, 2014

    Wales tops regional growth table as confidence rises

    Wales achieved the fastest growth in business activity last month, while London regained its place as the best-performing...

  13. April 14, 2014

    Salaries rise as City shows ‘early signs’ of skills scarcity

    Starting salaries in the City are rising as London’s financial services sector sees “early signs” of skills shortages...

  14. April 13, 2014

    Law firms more willing to wield axe and switch to new lines

    A growing number of the biggest UK law firms are ready to cut unprofitable work and move into new business areas with better...

  15. April 11, 2014

    George Osborne warns of risks ahead for economy

    George Osborne says increased geopolitical risks, particularly in Ukraine, and the likelihood that the US Federal Reserve...

  16. April 11, 2014

    UK construction suffers as wet weather affects building sites

    UK construction suffered in February as the wet weather took its toll on building sites around the country. Overall, output...

  17. April 11, 2014

    IMF ‘proved wrong’ by UK recovery, says George Osborne

    George Osborne will on Friday round on detractors who said Britain’s economy could not grow amid austerity and set out a...

  18. April 10, 2014

    Businesses rush to snap up scarce London office space

    London’s economic success is driving fierce competition for office space among the capital’s businesses, according to new...

  19. April 9, 2014

    A rhetorical victory lap over the UK economy is justified

    I told you so” is what he thinks. With Britain’s economy forecast to be the fastest growing advanced economy in the world,...

  20. April 8, 2014

    Saudis pay over £1bn to enrol British further education expertise

    UK skills providers have won contracts worth more than £1bn to run 16 further education colleges in Saudi Arabia, helped by...

  21. April 8, 2014

    IMF gives Osborne a growth boost

    George Osborne was given a significant boost on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund retreated from its criticism...

  22. April 8, 2014

    Businesses more optimistic about economic recovery

    Britain’s businesses are upbeat about the economic recovery, according to a survey from the British Chambers of Commerce....

  23. April 7, 2014

    Data shake-up turns UK into nation of savers

    A radical overhaul of the national accounts this autumn will double the official measure of household savings, presenting...

  24. April 7, 2014

    UK business to step up capital spending and hiring in coming year

    Companies plan to step up capital spending and hiring over the coming year, reinforcing hopes that business investment will...

  25. April 6, 2014

    Global economic recovery ‘hinges on reforms’

    The recovery in the world’s leading economies is strengthening but concerted action by governments is needed to rebuild lost...

  26. April 6, 2014

    Mini set to multiply its UK models

    BMW is aiming to bring new models of its Mini to the British brand’s Oxford plant over the next few years, as the company’s...

  27. April 4, 2014

    A lesson in fiddling the student numbers

    “Overseas student numbers in England fall for the first time in 30 years.” Financial Times, April 2 Good. I’m sick of all...

  28. April 4, 2014

    UK car sales accelerate to decade high

    UK car sales hit a 10-year high in March, as breakneck demand in the fastest-growing major market in Europe showed no signs...

  29. April 3, 2014

    Osborne criticises FCA’s ‘egregious error’ over insurance probe

    Officials from the Financial Conduct Authority briefed the insurance trade body about plans for a review of life policies...

  30. April 3, 2014

    UK corporate credit flows begin to improve

    Business demand for credit jumped in the first quarter as companies looked for funding for mergers and acquisitions and...

  31. April 3, 2014

    UK services sector activity slows in March

    Activity in the UK services sector softened slightly in March, but remained firmly in expansionary territory, boosting hopes...

  32. April 2, 2014

    Oilmen, bankers and utilities blamed for fall in UK productivity

    Britain has struggled for five years to understand its deepening productivity crisis that has seen the efficiency of its...

  33. April 2, 2014

    House price gap between London and rest of UK widest on record

    The surging property market in London has produced the widest price gap on record between the capital and the rest of the...

  34. April 2, 2014

    UK chancellor’s enterprise zones slow to take off

    George Osborne’s enterprise zones are set to deliver only a fifth of the jobs and companies that were originally...

  35. April 1, 2014

    UK productivity shows ‘signs of life’

    Meagre growth in workers’ hourly output has highlighted Britain’s dire productivity and fuelled debate over how long...

  36. March 31, 2014

    Sir Terry Farrell urges planning revamp to boost UK architecture

    Sir Terry Farrell has called for a fundamental rethink of the planning system, arguing that the UK’s success as an exporter...

  37. March 31, 2014

    George Osborne shifts Tory focus to ‘full employment’ in UK

    George Osborne has targeted “full employment” as the goal of a future Conservative government, as he attempts to redirect...

  38. March 31, 2014

    UK businesses tap reserves and bond market to fund growth

    Banks are playing a smaller role in the UK’s economic recovery than expected as companies turn to their own reserves and the...

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