Retailers and landlords collaborate to tackle climate change

The Retailer/Landlord Net Zero Building Protocol has been launched to reduce carbon emissions from retail properties. The protocol outlines the principles required for net-zero retail sites and is designed to set high sustainability standards between retailers and property owners. It is designed to support commitments from businesses to reduce carbon emissions and align with the Government’s requirements for better energy …

Financial Well Being decreased during 2020

How did your personal wellbeing hold up during the first twelve months of the pandemic? The Office for National Statistics (ONS) track a range of indicators designed to measure personal wellbeing. In their latest release, the ONS reports that personal wellbeing in the UK declined in the year to March 2021. It was the most significant decline since the survey …

The economy is ‘going gangbusters’ but inflation is a concern

The UK economy is staging a strong recovery following the challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane, the economy is “going gangbusters”, but that raises the concern of price inflation. Haldane said that the UK needs a pay rise if the economic recovery continues going in the right direction. Speaking to LBC …

Shall we all move to Cornwall?

Our property preferences appear to be changing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. New research has shown that Cornwall is now more popular than London as people search online for new homes to buy or rent. Property website Rightmove says that the South West has replaced the capital as the most searched location, with more than 5 million searches for homes …

Mini Budget Summary Summer 2020

(announced on 8th July 2020) Key Headline Announcements On Wednesday, 8 July 2020, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, pledged to protect, support and create jobs and get pubs and restaurants going again as he unveiled a package to kickstart the economy’s recovery. While updates to the associated Treasury Direction and HMRC’s Guidance are awaited, the key updates are as follows: Job …

Where’s the best place to live in Britain?

Before you consider purchasing a property or renting a house, deciding where to live could be one of the most important decisions you make. Get it wrong and you will either be unhappy with where you live, or face the costs associated with moving home again.  Thankfully, the annual Halifax Quality of Life survey can give some guidance in making …

Who runs the world?

There is an old adage that says “if you want a job done, ask someone who is busy”.

In the world of insects, most of the work is done by the females; all daughters of the Queen of the colony. In the animal kingdom the lionesses do the hunting but when it comes to human beings the burden is generally shared with both men and women carrying out the work.

Recent statistics show that more and more women are entering the workplace, pushing employment levels to a new high.

The World In A Week 50 – Planes, Trains And Automobiles

It was media heaven last week as the headlines screamed about the worst week for investors since the global financial crisis in 2008

The Coronavirus has encapsulated the fears of investors; like the disease, they fear the spread and fallout in markets will ultimately lead to the next recession.

Policymakers around the world look to grapple with the consequences of transport and supply chain disruptions resulting from efforts to contain the outbreak.

A degree of forbearance is needed for companies who have been affected the most from the global supply chain disruption.

It is important that any policy response needs to be granular and specific, as the previous blunt tool of interest rates cuts will arguably not be sufficient in this instance.

Investment company assets reach £200bn milestone

Assets managed by investment companies have surpassed £200 billion for the first time. An investment company often referred to as an investment trust, is a form of a collective investment fund. It has a closed-end structure, which differs from unit trusts or open-ended investment companies OEICS), where new units are created and cancelled based on investor demand.

Fix the roof when the sun is shining!

Nobody knows for sure when the UK economy might next enter a period of recession. Based on historical economic cycles, we do appear to be long overdue a recession; various technical indicators and some commentators have suggested that the process has already begun.