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Contactless payment limit increases to £30 as spending soars
2 September 2015

Contactless payment limit increases to £30 as spending soars

Consumers can now spend a maximum of £30 using contactless payments, a rise from a previous limit of £20.

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SMEs must prepare for pension auto-enrolment
17 August 2015

SMEs must prepare for pension auto-enrolment

Since October 2012, legislation states that every employer must automatically enrol their workers into the workplace pension scheme, if they meet certain criteria.

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UK economy grows 0.7% in second quarter
28 July 2015

UK economy grows 0.7% in second quarter

Between April and June of this year, the UK economy grew by 0.7%, in contrast to first quarter growth of 0.4%.

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North-South divide set to widen in the next ten years
21 July 2015

North-South divide set to widen in the next ten years

Recent research commissioned by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) suggests that the North-South divide is set to widen in the next decade. It indicates that London businesses expect to grow on...

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Apple Pay hits UK stores
16 July 2015

Apple Pay hits UK stores

Apple Pay has officially landed on UK soil and is set to fundamentally change shopping habits as we know it. The contactless iPhone payment system enables shoppers to pay for items using just their iPhone 6, 6 plus...

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#Budget2015 at a glance
8 July 2015

#Budget2015 at a glance

This afternoon, George Osborne delivered his Summer Budget 2015 unveiling his main announcements. We’ve highlighted some of the key-points that will affect small businesses across the UK.

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UK Construction sees confidence thrive
6 July 2015

UK Construction sees confidence thrive

Survey results released this week revealed the UK construction industry has seen a spike in consumer confidence indicating an 11-year high.

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91% of North West businesses intend to invest this year
26 May 2015

91% of North West businesses intend to invest this year

In conjunction with the North West Insider magazine, LDF surveyed a selection of North West businesses to understand whether finance will play a part in their business growth. The results were excellent and indicated...

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UK restaurant industry turnover reaches £21.6bn
19 May 2015

UK restaurant industry turnover reaches £21.6bn

Last year, the turnover of the UK restaurant industry hit £21.6 billion, rising by 39% from £15.5 billion since the recession, according to our latest research.

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Level of employment getting Britain back on track
13 May 2015

Level of employment getting Britain back on track

According to the latest ONS figures, unemployment has fallen to 1.83 million, its lowest in seven years. This figure makes encouraging reading for the UK economy.

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#GE2015 – The Results So Far…
8 May 2015

#GE2015 – The Results So Far…

The UK public turned out in their millions at polling stations the length and breadth of the UK yesterday. Results are emerging thick and fast and it’s looking likely for another Conservative Party win, in what was...

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UK Economic growth slows to 0.3%
28 April 2015

UK Economic growth slows to 0.3%

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, Economic Growth fell to 0.3% in the first quarter of 2015, down from 0.6% in 2014. With the economy being an important policy for many parties this...

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Responsible Business Week 2015
24 April 2015

Responsible Business Week 2015

Hosted from 20th to the 26th April, Responsible Business Week is a great opportunity for businesses, of all sizes, to come together to support their local communities, to help the economy and to protect the...

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Which policy gets your vote?
16 April 2015

Which policy gets your vote?

With the general election taking place in exactly three weeks, the main political parties are campaigning for people's votes and are expressing their party manifestos.

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NRB 2015 tradeshow highlights
27 March 2015

NRB 2015 tradeshow highlights

Powering Northern Hospitality

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