News archive from 27 January 2013

Nicola Sturgeon: No more ‘what ifs’

Nicola Sturgeon: No more ‘what ifs’

Next year, Scots have a chance to chart a new and exciting course. Nicola Sturgeon explains why Yes has to be the way forward AS SCOTLAND looks forward to a hard-fought referendum campaign that will shape our nation’s future, it is inevitable that the...

Scotsman, 23:59 in Politics
 

'I know the loan will not increase in size': Pensioners forced to release cash in their homes to pay the...

Pensioners are increasingly cashing in on the wealth tied up in their home to make ends meet. The value of new equity release plans jumped 17 per cent in 2012, with older homeowners drawing £926million from their property, according to the latest...

 
Euan McColm: When polls begin to pall, SNP must regain feelgood factor

Euan McColm: When polls begin to pall, SNP must regain feelgood factor

POLLS are polls... there's still all to play for... what matters is how people vote on the day... this is actually really positive news... I'm so, so happy. Politicians' reactions to disappointing opinion polls are well rehearsed - and sometimes you...

Scotsman, 23:59 in Politics
 

A 60% rise in the FTSE All-Share in only two years? Optimism over equities gathers pace

When a herd of investors all say the same thing or behave in the same way, it is usually a sign that the opposite will happen. But at the start of 2013, with a number of potentially calamitous global events safely behind us, one message is emerging...

 
CROWDS MARCH FOR US GUN CONTROL

CROWDS MARCH FOR US GUN CONTROL

Participants were led from the Capitol to the Washington Monument by the city's mayor Vincent Gray and other officials, and the crowd stretched for about two blocks along Constitution Avenue. Police blocked off half the road. Participants held signs...

 

Bank's figures set to show signs of life in mortgage market

Early signs that the £80billion Funding for Lending Scheme is giving the moribund property market the kiss of life are expected on Wednesday. Although the market remains sluggish, last week's figures from the British Bankers' Association showed an...

 

Vince Cable orders fresh review of business rates

Vince Cable has ordered a fresh review of business rates after receiving evidence that shop owners did not expect to benefit from a planned delay in revaluation. The Business Secretary's decision is the first sign that the Government is responding to...

 

Reiss thanks Duchess for boosting sales as it opens stores abroad

The Duchess of Cambridge has been praised by fashion chain Reiss for boosting its sales as it embarks on a wave of international store openings. The family-owned chain said that sales increased five per cent to £100million in 2011, according to...

 

Osborne faces MPs fury as he 'shrugs off' recession fear

George Osborne faces a rough ride from MPs on Tuesday as fears mount that Britain is heading into a triple-dip recession. With the economy having shrunk in the final quarter of 2012, odds are shortening that it will do so again in the first three...

 

LISA BUCKINGHAM: Admiral sinks to new low in crash racket

What is it about business that - just as it should be on its very best behaviour - it manages to pull the stinkiest rabbit out of an increasingly putrid hat? Admiral, which provides insurance for three million cars - or one in ten - is about to take...

 

Libor link in Guardian Care Homes legal case against Barclays could open floodgates for claims

The two scandals of interest rate swap mis-selling and Libor-rigging have been brought together in what may prove a landmark legal case brought by Graiseley Properties, owner of Guardian Care Homes, against Barclays. The trial has been set for...

 

'We weren't told about the £450,000 exit fee': Thousands of firms are gearing up to fight the banks over...

Tens of thousands of small firms across Britain that claim they were mis-sold millions of pounds of complex financial products will see their battle for compensation come to a head this week as the City watchdog makes a long-awaited statement into the...

 

MADE IN BRITAIN AWARDS: Harvard Engineering named the Judges' Choice winner

Harvard Engineering was last week named the Judges' Choice winner of Financial Mail's ground-breaking Made in Britain Awards. The firm, based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, provides low-cost, energy-efficient lighting to public and private businesses...

 

HMV rescue firm Hilco to begin talks with global music giants

HMV rescue firm Hilco is set to begin negotiations with global entertainment suppliers and the chain's landlords as soon as this week as it implements a blueprint to salvage the business. The restructuring firm wants to rescue about half of the 220...

 

'Big Four' accountants expected to defy MPs in interrogation over tax avoidance

The Big Four accountancy firms will this week disclose for the first time how many tax avoidance schemes they have devised. But in the aftermath of criticism of firms such as Amazon and Google and following David Cameron's call for companies to pay...

 


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