Caroline Flint: Small town Britain suffers as bank branch closures continue

LAST week, residents and businesses in two Doncaster market towns, Bawtry and Thorne, got that early Christmas present they never wanted. RBS let them know their local NatWest Branches would close in 2018.

The Bradford-based group has blamed a combination of macro-economic factors

Safestyle shares tumble amid weak demand

Shares in double glazing firm Safestyle UK slumped 17 per cent after the group said demand has weakened further and it expects market conditions to continue to be very challenging in 2018.

British Gas customer service is in the spotlight.

YP Letters: Fears of being left out in cold by gas engineers

From: Sandra Morris, Highmoor Close, Moortown, Leeds.

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Bank of England Governor Mark Carney

Six of the best PR lessons for 2017

As the year draws to a close it’s a good time to look back on 2017 and, for anyone with an interest in communications, this year has given us some salutary lessons to learn. Here are six of the best:

Dean Turner UK economist at UBS Wealth Management

Brexit breakthrough should partially lift cloud of uncertainty, says economist

THERESA May’s breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations should partially lift a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the UK, according to a leading economist.

Two-thirds of UK businesses, or 4.6 million companies, are family owned. They generate more than a quarter of the UKs gross domestic product and pay roughly 125 billion in tax

Family firms urged to get legal advice

Two-thirds of the UK’s businesses are family run, so how do you stop life and relationships influencing profit and loss?

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DUP leader Arlene Foster addresses the media to effectively veto Theresa May's Brexit deal with the EU.

Bill Carmichael: Thank heavens for DUP’s Brexit stance

THIS week I raised a large dram of Northern Ireland’s finest – an excellent 10-year-old Bushmills distilled in County Antrim, in case you are interested – and offered a heartfelt toast: “Thank heavens for the DUP.”

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HSBC branch closures are being criticised.

YP Letters: Banks need a presence in real world

From: Mile Lacey, Elloughton.

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Tim Ward, chief executive of the QCA

At last, some good news for entrepreneurs in the Budget

Last month I said that I wouldn’t be holding my breath waiting for the Chancellor to adopt any of our​ ​suggested tax changes in the Budget.

Bradford & Bingley was rescued by the taxpayer at the height of the financial crisis

UKAR aims to pay off last of its B&B loan by next summer

UK Asset Resolution (UKAR), which manages Bradford & Bingley and NRAM’s closed loan books on behalf of the taxpayer, said it has reduced its balance sheet by a further £13.2bn.
Software entrepreneur David Richards of Sheffields WANdisco

The Government's big bet on tech

All businesses are bets based on hypotheses. That was the view of software entrepreneur David Richards, of Sheffield’s WANdisco, when I interviewed him for Mission.
An artist's impression of the Vangarde leisure scheme at Vangarde Way, Monks Cross, York.

£35m backing for York cinema complex

INSURANCE firm Legal & General has ploughed £35m into the new leisure and retail scheme at York’s new community stadium development.

Leeds-based Phoenix Dance is heading to China

Leeds-based Phoenix Dance to promote Yorkshire as a cultural powerhouse in China

ONE of the region’s leading dance companies plans to promote Yorkshire as an economic and cultural powerhouse when it tours China next year.

Around 8 per cent of the enquiries dealt with in
Sheffield in the period January to June 2017 were solely or predominantly about employment rights.
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Workers are being ‘short-changed’ by employers, Sheffield researchers have found

ZERO hours contracts and so-called self-employment is short-changing workers who are trying their best to make a living, research by Citizens Advice Sheffield has found.

Ian Beaumont of KPMG

KPMG guide aims to help firms prosper overseas after Brexit

KPMG has launched a guide and online export assessment tool for businesses hoping to boost sales in overseas markets, as the UK prepares for Brexit.

Paragon was involved in the design and build of Titanic Belfast   Photo: Northern Ireland Tourist Board

Paragon plans to rationalise costs

Paragon Entertainment Limited, the attractions design, production and fit-out business, has said that its full year EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation) will be significantly lower than expected.

The concept of 'payday' is alien to many.

Jayne Dowle: Payday delayed? Welcome to the world of the self-employed

I FOUND it hard to have much sympathy for the HSBC customers caught out by the bank’s latest online and mobile banking meltdown. “But it’s payday!” they complained. “I’ve got direct debits and standing orders going out!” they bleated.

Should investors have faith in the stock market?

Can this bull market last or are we in for a crash?

​​In the eight​ ​and​ ​a​ ​half years since March 2009, the S&P 500 – a global equity bellwether – has rallied​ ​by 227​ per cent​, but how much longer can this bull market last?

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Price comparison website aims to help consumers save money on their funeral

A new price comparison website aims to help consumers save money on the cost of their funeral.

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