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Market Overview Mid December 2017

Market Overview Mid December 2017 UK Government agree ‘divorce’ deal  The UK Government managed to negotiate a ‘divorce’ deal with the European Union allowing trade talks to be the next topic of debate. Over in Europe, Merkel’s coalition discussions stumbled which could cause the need for a...

December Market Overview

Brexit Breakthrough Falls Through The UK Government have attempted to pay back their EU budget commitments by offering up to €50bn in an attempt to overcome the first hurdle leading to trade talks and a potential transition deal. However, the ‘divorce’ deal has now been temporarily...

November Market Overview

Central banks tighten? UK interest rates hiked – The Bank of England has increased interest rates for the first time in a decade, raising its benchmark by a quarter of a percentage point to 0.5 per cent and signalling the start of a gradual increase in...

Watch Your Back – The Price Of Poor Ergonomics For Electrical Contractors

The onslaught of conditions which fall under Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) is not pretty, but pretty painful to say the least. Injuries brought on by poor ergonomics can affect your muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons. Due to confined spaces and the use of manual and power...

Watch Your Step – The Thrills And Spills Of Running A Cleaning Company

Cleaning contractors face everyday risks to their wellbeing due to their occupation, including slips, falls from heights, handling of hazardous substances, dermatitis, and back injuries. But of course, the risk of slipping extends to those in the building, as these three case studies from the Health...

Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) increases to 12% today

Announced in last year’s Autumn Statement, Britain’s Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will be charged at the new rate on policies taken out or renewed from 1st June 2017 onwards. This will represent the third increase in IPT in less than two years. In July 2015 it...

Is your Business Still Receiving Old-Style £5 Notes?

The Bank of England estimates that there are 165 million old-style £5 notes in circulation – that’s nearly three for every person in the UK. However the outdated notes will cease to be legal tender from the 5thMay 2017 – causing headaches for consumers and...