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Business 'uncertainty' hits manufacturing orders

Concerns have been raised about confidence among UK firms as a report highlighted the biggest slowdown in new manufacturing orders for almost a year. The closely-watched Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for June showed output at a three-month low as the country went to the polls for …

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Terror watchdog warns against 'criminalising' web

The Government’s plans to sanction internet businesses for hosting extremist material is not how “our democratic society” should be treated, according to the counter-terrorism watchdog. Max Hill QC warned that proposals to “criminalise” internet companies, as advocated by Theresa May and Amber Rudd, would not only alienate those companies …

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City of London 'to press EU' amid Brexit fears

Business leaders are preparing to send a delegation to Brussels with a proposal for a post-Brexit free trade deal for financial services, the Financial Times has reported. The City of London group fears the fallout from Brexit negotiations if access to EU markets is curtailed. According to the newspaper, …

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Blackstone lines up £6bn swoop on B&B loans

Blackstone, the New York-based private equity giant, is preparing to swallow another multibillion-pound portfolio of loans owned by bailed-out British banks with an offer for a portfolio issued by Bradford & Bingley. Sky News has learnt that Blackstone has expressed an interest in a £6bn mortgage book that the …

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Cleaning Franchise Celebrates 20th Maid in 20th Year!

One of East Yorkshire’s largest domestic cleaning franchise businesses is celebrating 20 years’ in business with the appointment of its 20th member of staff as the business continues to expand. First launched in 1997, Merry Maids of East Yorkshire currently provides domestic cleaning services to over 161 clients across …

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