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September 19, 2016

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The best way to protect against hackers? Bet on them

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It seems that prevention rather than cure is no longer a savvy saying for business minded moguls. Although it is obvious that protecting a company’s technological infrastructure from hackers will ultimately pay-off in profits (or, at least, in the prevention of loss), there is now more money to be made by making sure you are [...]

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September 5, 2016

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OFT to investigate the price of petrol

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  Motorists around the country groaned as the price of petrol rose once again as they went to fill up. But motorists could potentially have something to shout about. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has announced it will investigate whether motorists are getting a fair deal from the fuel industry. When there is a [...]

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September 3, 2016

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Manufacturing slump feeds financial woes

  Economic growth is what people are hoping for; the smallest sign that the economic woes that have been affecting the world  are starting to recede would make many jump for joy. However, sadly this in not the case. This can be seen if you look at the manufacturing activity of countries and recent news [...]

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August 29, 2016

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FSA Calls Time on Wine Investments

Recently hyped as an ‘alternative investment’ wine based financial products have grown in popularity. Now, however, the Financial Services Authority have decided to intervene. The problem that the FSA has with many wine investments is that they fall into the category of what have been dubbed “Unregulated Collective Investment Schemes”, UCIS for short. Investments of [...]

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August 24, 2016

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Breaking News: UK recession less deep than feared

  It has just been announced by the ONS that the UK is not as deep into recession as initially thought. The figures released by the Office for National Statistics report that the economy contracted 0.5% rather than the 0.7% previously announced. The increase in figures as come from the construction sector which has weathered [...]

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August 22, 2016

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Back with Mum and Dad

  Do you remember the first time you flew the nest? For most it happens not long after they leave school for university, finding a full-time job, or taking the ever popular gap year. When I was growing up I lived in a household of nine people (not including the cat and the dog) covering [...]

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August 8, 2016

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RBS banking on McEwan magic

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Ross McEwan, the Royal Bank of Scotland’s recently appointed head of UK retail banking, will take up his post at the beginning of September after Brain Hartzer’s departure from the company in June. Native New Zealander McEwan formally ran the retail banking operation of Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the country’s largest retail lender with over [...]

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August 6, 2016

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Top 5 Places to Retire in England

Honestly, I’ve got a while to go before I can start thinking about retiring so the thought doesn’t really cross my mind. Still, it’s nice to know that when I do eventually retire I can take my pick of the best places to do so. The Guardian recently posted an article about the best places for [...]

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August 6, 2016

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Hot Desking for Freelancers

‘Hot desking’ is a good alternative to working from home for any freelancer.  One of my friends, unhappy with her boss and tired of working long hours, recently quit her big agency job and started freelancing as a graphic designer. We’ve sat together over some coffee and thought about all the pros and cons of [...]

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July 27, 2016

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Got a Degree? Leave it off your CV!

  Amazingly, this is the advice given to Scottish graduates by Jobcentres. A survey by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) found that Jobcentre staff were encouraging new graduates to leave their qualifications off CVs. The idea behind this was to enable them to get low paid, unskilled employment more easily, known as ‘survival’ jobs. There has [...]

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