The Great Shop-Off: Black Friday vs. Singles Day

By |2020-01-06T09:01:49+00:00November 16th, 2018|Business, Economy, Personal Finance|

By Mark Richards. Today is the start of the ‘Black Friday’ shopping bonanza. But how does Black Friday in the West compare to Singles’ Day in China? And what products are likely to be at the top of our shopping list over the next 11 days? Like millions of other people in the UK, I [...]

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Bank of Mum and Dad feeling the squeeze

By |2019-10-09T08:07:03+00:00May 29th, 2018|Economy, Personal Finance|

By Mark Fairlie Parents helping their children get on the property ladder are beginning to “feel the pinch” financially, says a new study from Legal and General (L&G) and economics consultancy Cebr. According to the research, these purchases will make up 27% of all property transactions in the UK market, which is up from 25% [...]

Future trends for 2018

By |2019-10-09T08:07:00+00:00December 12th, 2017|Business, Economy|

Author Gina Clarke It is often difficult to predict the future but for Lucie Greene, WorldWide Director at The Innovation Group, that is exactly her job. Each year the Institute releases a report known as the Future 100 which explores upcoming trends across all sectors based on brands and marketing updates and consumer feedback. So, [...]

Will Moving Towards Contactless Payments Leave Our Vulnerable Behind?

By |2019-10-09T08:06:51+00:00April 27th, 2018|Banking, Economy, Personal Finance|

17m journeys across London every week are made without cash, as we increasingly move towards contactless payments. Is the UK going the same way as countries like Sweden, where cash is all but dying out? And what does this mean for vulnerable groups like the elderly? By Mark Richards Figures came out from Transport for [...]

GDPR arrives next month. What difference will it make?

By |2019-10-09T08:06:49+00:00April 16th, 2018|Economy|

Next month GDPR comes into force. It is a piece of European legislation that the UK will retain after Brexit. It is intended to give people much more control over who has access to their personal data – and, ultimately, to give the “right to be forgotten.” But will it really make a difference? Or [...]