Crawford Falconer takes up post as UK’s top trade negotiator

August 21st, 2017 (No Comments)

Crawford Falconer takes up post as UK’s top trade negotiator. The man in charge of negotiating the UK’s trade deals once Brexit is finalised, starts his job this week. Crawford Falconer will take up the post of chief trade negotiation adviser at the Department for International Trade. Leaving the single market would mean the UK […]

Yet another bank branch earmarked for the chop

August 16th, 2017 (No Comments)

The axe is set to fall on yet another Wigan bank branch. The latest victim of the remorseless march of technology will be the Barclays outlet within the Asda hypermarket at Newtown. It is one of another 54 branches it is planning to close down in the coming weeks and Newtown will cash its final […]

World’s biggest banks face £264bn bill for poor conduct

August 16th, 2017 (No Comments)

Costs for 20 financial institutions for the five years to 2016 are higher than in the previous period, with RBS and Lloyds in top five Fines, legal bills and the cost of compensating mistreated customers reached £264bn for 20 of the world’s biggest banks over the five years to 2016, according to new research that […]

Commuters braced for rises in regulated rail fares

August 15th, 2017 (No Comments)

Millions of rail users in the UK are bracing themselves for news of an increase in regulated rail fares from January 2018. Train operators are allowed to raise fares by as much as the Retail Prices Index (RPI) figure for July, expected to be in the region of 3.5%. The exact figure will be published […]

How close is Japanese knotweed getting to my home?

August 12th, 2017 (No Comments)

Two centuries ago, when Victorian engineers were designing the latest in transport technology, Japanese knotweed sounded like a very clever idea. A plant that typically colonised volcanoes in Japan was imported to Britain to help hide, or possibly even stabilise, railway embankments. Since then its spread has caused much unhappiness amongst home-owners and prospective house […]

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