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    UK industry hit by fall in export orders

    Manufacturers’ export orders have deteriorated suddenly this month in a sign the UK is starting to feel the effects of the...

  2. September 9, 2014

    UK trade deficit widens again in July

    The UK’s trade deficit widened again in July, highlighting just how much the recovery remains reliant on strong domestic...

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  1. August 26, 2014

    Regus hit by strength of sterling

    Regus, the UK-listed serviced office provider, has seen half-year profits from its growing network of international business...

  2. August 25, 2014

    Mid-sized UK companies ignore exports, says survey

    More than half the UK’s midsized companies neither export nor plan to start in the next five years, according to a survey....

  3. August 5, 2014

    Bank lending at root of UK’s economic ‘puzzles’

    The performance of the UK economy from the start of the financial crisis until early 2013 was unusual in a number of...

  4. August 1, 2014

    Strong pound wipes more than £1bn off profits of big UK companies

    When the International Monetary Fund warned this week that the pound was overvalued, a chorus of agreement would have been...

  5. July 29, 2014

    Ben Broadbent: UK trade deficit is not a threat to growth

    The UK does not need to worry about an “existential threat to UK growth” from Britain’s historically weak trading position,...

  6. July 28, 2014

    IMF says ‘overvalued’ pound preventing rebalancing

    The International Monetary Fund warned on Monday that the pound was “overvalued” and preventing the rebalancing of the...

  7. July 22, 2014

    Britain accused of hypocrisy in Russia sanctions debate

    The head of France’s ruling Socialist party accused Britain’s David Cameron on Tuesday of hypocrisy for urging Paris to...

  8. July 20, 2014

    Britain risks a ‘supply chain crisis’

    British businesses have poor knowledge of where their products were sourced from and how they were made, making it likely...

  9. July 20, 2014

    UK exports to Chile, China and UAE surge

    UK exports to Chile, China and the United Arab Emirates grew faster than those to any other countries last year as companies...

  10. July 10, 2014

    UK continues to run large trade deficit

    Britain continued to run a large trade deficit in May but with little sign that the economic recovery over the past year has...

  11. July 7, 2014

    George Osborne praises new Indian PM Narendra Modi

    George Osborne has welcomed the “ambition, drive and pace” of Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister, as the chancellor...

  12. July 3, 2014

    William Hague and George Osborne to visit new Indian PM

    William Hague and George Osborne will head to India next week to meet Narendra Modi, the country’s recently elected prime...

  13. July 3, 2014

    Liverpool will repeat business festival in 2016

    The International Festival for Business in Liverpool will be repeated in two years’ time after George Osborne said it was...

  14. June 29, 2014

    UK in line for ‘robust growth’ in services exports

    Britain’s services exports will rise more swiftly than those of almost every other big economy over the next five years,...

  15. June 27, 2014

    UK business investment bounces back

    UK business investment has risen to its highest level since the financial crisis, in a further sign the economic recovery is...

  16. June 23, 2014

    Ukip’s trade policy would leave Britain isolated and vulnerable

    Say what you like about the UK Independence party, but do not call them economic isolationists. Ukip is mustard-keen on free...

  17. June 18, 2014

    Trade, the pound and the recovery

    The speed and strength of Britain’s economic recovery has taken many experts by surprise, not least Mark Carney, the...

  18. June 18, 2014

    UK trade with China still lags behind competitors

    Britain still has some way to go before reaping the full benefit in exports from China’s rapid growth but there are hopes...

  19. June 17, 2014

    China trade deals at centre of Li Keqiang visit to UK

    BP and Royal Dutch Shell will sign deals with Chinese state energy giant Cnooc on Tuesday as the centrepiece of trade...

  20. June 12, 2014

    Chinese premier to meet Queen Elizabeth during UK visit

    The Chinese premier will be given a rare meeting with Queen Elizabeth when he visits the UK next week, according to...

  21. June 11, 2014

    MPs warn over ship emissions rules

    Tighter international controls next year on sulphur emissions from ships will increase the price of diesel, cost 2,000 jobs...

  22. June 11, 2014

    UK car exports double in past decade to £25bn

    British car exports have doubled in value during the past decade, as UK factories increased production and shifted to...

  23. June 11, 2014

    We must do more to help British businesses go global

    A customer who runs an engineering company recently told me how, when he visited his business partners in Switzerland and...

  24. June 9, 2014

    Liverpool kicks off International Festival for Business

    Britain’s biggest business event since the 2012 London Olympics begins in Liverpool on Monday as part of a government...

  25. June 6, 2014

    UK trade deficit widens in April

    The UK’s trade deficit widened in April, with a fall in manufacturing exports reawakening concerns about the impact of the...

  26. May 22, 2014

    Business investment hits highest level since 2008

    UK business investment hit its highest level since 2008 in the first quarter of the year in a sign the economic recovery is...

  27. May 12, 2014

    US tax clampdown cuts profits for Savile Row’s London tailors

    Tax clampdown trims Savile Row profits Huntsman, a Savile Row tailor renowned for its luxury bespoke suits, has made trips...

  28. May 1, 2014

    Abe’s visit spurs signing of deal to build nuclear plant

    Britain’s nuclear power industry was given a boost on Thursday as one of Japan’s largest companies took a step closer to...

  29. April 22, 2014

    Peel Ports signs £100m deal with Zhenhua for Liverpool crane

    Peel Ports has signed a £100m contract for Shanghai-based Zhenhua Heavy Industries to supply cranes for its planned £300m...

  30. April 22, 2014

    Colt profits warning renews sale speculation

    Colt has warned profits this year will be hit by lower prices and customer losses, renewing speculation that the British...

  31. April 21, 2014

    UK industry divided on impact of pound’s strength

    Fresh evidence of the UK’s accelerating recovery propelled the pound to a five-year high against the dollar last week – just...

  32. April 21, 2014

    Queen’s Awards: Tissue Solutions exploits gap in market

    A list of the wares available from Tissue Solutions, Glasgow-based winner of a Queen’s Award for International Trade, is...

  33. April 21, 2014

    Queen’s Awards: UK shows its strengths in trade and innovation

    Exports may so far have been one of the disappointing elements in the UK’s economic recovery, but this year’s winners of the...

  34. April 11, 2014

    Stalling sales in big foreign markets dim hopes for Scotch whisky

    Plunging sales of Scotch to China and Venezuela helped stall growth in Scottish whisky exports last year, raising questions...

  35. April 10, 2014

    Contract sanctions plan seen as threat to £25bn legal market

    Proposals by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to introduce new contract sanctions have sent a chill through the UK’s...

  36. April 9, 2014

    UK trade deficit shrinks

    The UK’s trade deficit decreased slightly in the three months to February, because falling imports have outpaced a drop in...

  37. The World

    April 9, 2014

    The pasta theory: the snags to Britain going solo in global trade

    Could the UK go it alone in the cut-throat world of global trade? Iain Mansfield, the 30-year-old British diplomat awarded...

  38. 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...

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