Business

Huawei: helping the UK or Spying on the UK?

By |2019-02-25T10:46:32+00:00February 25th, 2019|Business, Technology|

By Mark Richards. Should the Chinese telecoms company Huawei be allowed to supply equipment for the UK’s 5G network? There are mixed messages coming from the UK Government – while other countries around the world decide that the answer is an emphatic ‘no.’ Whoop! Whoop! From February 25th to the 28th it is the Mobile [...]

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Honda and the High Street have More in Common than you Think

By |2019-02-22T10:25:18+00:00February 22nd, 2019|Business, Economy|

By Mark Richards. Honda is closing its factory in Swindon. The high street could become a ‘ghost town’ – and the two are more closely linked than you might think. Is there anything we can do to stop events like this happening? Or do we simply accept that change is inevitable? Let us start off [...]

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Will Driverless Cars lead to Carmageddon?

By |2019-02-08T10:11:12+00:00February 8th, 2019|Business, Technology|

By Mark Richards. The car industry is changing rapidly as both the big manufacturers and the internal combustion engine come under threat. Will the big names survive? How much impact will driverless technology have? And will our children ever own a car? Cars have been much in the news this week. The big story, of [...]

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Majority of UK’s best-selling cars “susceptible to keyless theft”

By |2019-01-29T09:46:47+00:00January 29th, 2019|Business, Technology|

By Lauren Howells. Hundreds of popular cars – including 4 out of the UK’s 5 best-selling models – are “susceptible to keyless theft”, according to consumer body Which?. After analysing research from the General German Automobile Club (ADAC) in order to discover the impact of what are known as “keyless attacks” (where criminals enter modern [...]

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Declining Smartphone Sales lead to Race into Space

By |2019-01-28T10:58:20+00:00January 28th, 2019|Business, Technology|

By Mark Richards. Mobile phone sales are in decline: we are no longer upgrading like we once did. In a bid to counter this, smartphone manufacturers will shortly be bringing out all sorts of innovations. But does it matter if you still cannot get a signal? Cue the race into space – but no-one knows [...]

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Will Travel Agents move from the High Street into your Lounge?

By |2019-01-25T10:14:23+00:00January 25th, 2019|Business, Personal Finance|

By Mark Richards. Figures from WH Smith over Christmas clearly showed the continuing decline of the high street. But the company enjoyed considerable success with its travel division, highlighting the buoyant UK holiday market. But are we booking with the traditional high street travel agent? Or have the travel agents moved much closer to home? [...]

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1% of UK products cost the same but got smaller in size, says ONS

By |2019-01-22T10:33:16+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Business, Personal Finance|

By Mark Fairlie. The Office of National Statistics has released a report showing that, out of 17,000 items for sale, 206 had shrunk in size while 79 had increased. The practice of keeping the price of the product the same but reducing it in size is referred to as “shrinkflation.” Bread and cereals, personal care [...]

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Small firms come out top in Which? energy survey

By |2019-01-22T09:30:06+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Business, Personal Finance|

By Lauren Howells. Small energy suppliers have beaten the Big Six in Which?’s annual customer satisfaction survey. The consumer champion carried out a UK-wide survey, asking 8,000 people what they thought of their energy provider. Respondents answered questions regarding areas including value for money, customer service and billing. The survey revealed that it was the [...]

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Demand for UK financial services drops

By |2019-01-18T10:39:11+00:00January 17th, 2019|Business, Personal Finance|

By Mark Fairlie. One of the UK’s most important business sectors, financial services, has seen a contraction in demand during the last three months of 2018, according to the latest CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey. While 24% of the 84 firms which responded to the survey saw an increase in the level of business, 32% reported [...]

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Regulator Signals New Deal for Mortgage Prisoners

By |2019-01-15T12:45:23+00:00January 16th, 2019|Banking, Business, Personal Finance|

By Trevor Clawson. Imagine for a moment that you’re shopping for shoes. You see a pair costing £100 and a swift glance at your bank account confirms that you can afford to make the purchase. Just then a cheaper pair catches your eye, so you decide to buy them instead. This time around, there’s no [...]

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