Election gamble drove 'uncertainty' in economy

The UK economy is “losing momentum”, according to a closely-watched survey of businesses which found growing uncertainty since Theresa May’s election gamble backfired. The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for the service sector showed business expectations at their lowest level since the month after the Brexit vote last year. …

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Graduates face eye-watering £57k loan debt

Three-quarters of graduates will never clear their student loan debt, according to a report. Most graduates will still be paying off their loans well into their 50s, with the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) report blaming high fees and large maintenance loans. English graduates have the “highest student debts …

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Cleaning franchises, what are the options & what’s available?

The demand for cleaning services continues to grow in the UK, and cleaning franchises are one of the best ways to get into the industry. There are several main types of cleaning franchise ranging from domestic to industrial level, and with much of the work being outsourced, the market …

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Tolkien estate settles £62m lawsuit with Warner

JRR Tolkien’s family have settled a £62m lawsuit with Warner Bros over the rights of Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit. Priscilla Tolkien, daughter of the famed British author, teamed up with her father’s publishers HarperCollins to sue the studio over abuse of merchandising rights. They say Warner …

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Ministers move to calm drug firms' Brexit fears

Two top Cabinet ministers have tried to reassure the pharmaceutical industry that the UK will maintain a “close working relationship” with the EU post-Brexit. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Business Secretary Greg Clark said the UK would “like to find a way” to continue to collaborate with Brussels after …

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