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Recent Trade - Buy National Grid, Beazley, and Interserve - THERE'S VALUE

Shopping for Stocks – the Best Kind of Shopping!<p>I didn’t really know where to begin this month. There were so many stocks I wanted to buy! This is …

Interserve gets go-ahead for new regional headquarters in Solihull

Global construction and support services firm Interserve is set to consolidate all its Midland operations on one site after obtaining planning …

IT

Can British banking thrive in the new world?

The industry is finally starting to recover from the financial crisis, but the rules have changed forever<p>Ross McEwan had something of a spring in his step as he took to the stage at a recent banking conference.<p>Almost a year to the day since the New Zealand-born retail banker replaced Stephen Hester …

Secrets Of A Frustration-Free Customer Service Experience

Are you driving your customers crazy with a clunky customer experience and antiquated approach to customer service? Here are three ways to combat this, ideas I suggest as a customer experience and customer service consultant to my clients when they sense growing frustration levels among their …

Bank of England keeps rates at record low | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England kept interest rates at a record low on Thursday as the risk of a new recession in the euro zone and caution from the U.S. Federal Reserve suggested a first increase in British borrowing costs might be delayed.<p>Pedestrians walk past the Bank of England in the …

Shoppers have 'lost trust' in supermarket pricing says new Morrisons chairman

Morrisons new chairman Andy Higginson says shoppers have turned to Aldi and Lidl after losing faith in the "big four"<p>British shoppers have "lost trust" in the pricing of the "big four" supermarkets, the incoming chairman of Wm Morrison has warned.<p>Andy Higginson, who joined the board of Morrisons …

eCommerce

The 5 Most Powerful Economic Empires of All Time

This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine<p>You hear quite a lot these days about America’s decline.<p>It’s perhaps inevitable that Americans are worried about their place in the world, after suffering through a massive financial crisis, a tepid recovery, two decades of no wage growth, and a …

Economics

Shares In Britain's Three Biggest Supermarkets Are Getting Demolished

Tesco's share price is down 2.55%, adding to the seemingly endless drop for the world's second biggest retailer. It's now down by more than 50% in the last year. Meanwhile, Morrison's shares are down 4.46%, and Sainsbury's shares are down 3.81% after some dreary results Wednesday morning. Though …

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Tesco issues new profit warning, slashes dividend

In reaction to the dire trading update, Tesco shares plunged 8.0 percent to 226.6 pence in early deals on London's FTSE 100 index, which was up 0.23 percent.<p>Britain's biggest retailer added that new chief executive Dave Lewis will start on Monday -- one month earlier than planned -- in order to …

Tesco

Tasks Startup CEOs Should Always Outsource

<i>Mikita Mikado is the co-­founder and CEO of electronic signing software PandaDoc. This article was co-written by Christy Delehanty, the Content Manager at PandaDoc.</i><p>“There isn’t enough time.”<p>It’s a common complaint. A familiar refrain reverberating through the startup world, picking up volume as it …

Plants in offices increase happiness and productivity

Offices devoid of pictures, souvenirs or any other distractions are "the most toxic space" you can put a human into, say psychologists in a paper published on Monday, which says workers perform better when household plants are added to workplaces.<p>Dr Chris Knight from Exeter University and his …

8 Books Every New Entrepreneur Should Read

In this, perhaps, Golden Age of technology entrepreneurship, Peter Thiel can rest assured he will find an eager audience for his new book, <i>ZERO TO ONE: Notes on startups, Or How to Build the Future</i> (apparently he couldn’t decide).<p>Thiel, who turns 47 next month, was a co-founder of PayPal, and a …

Economics

Greene King's takeover offer for Spirit is rejected

<b>Greene King's takeover offer for pub and restaurant owner Spirit has been rejected.</b><p>Spirit said the offer, which values the firm at 100p per share, "undervalues" the company and its "attractive prospects".<p>Greene King, which owns the Loch Fyne and Hungry Horse chains, said it would announce a firm …

Restaurants

Return of the daytrader: can you earn a living by copying other investors?

Clever new websites let you mimic the strategies of successful traders with some claiming a sure-fire route to riches<p>It promises an irresistible combination of wealth and independence. All you need is a computer and an internet connection – and then you can earn a fortune from the comfort of your …

Stock Markets

Children's inheritance threatened by new rules

New rules which come into force on Wednesday mean children of a wealthy parent who dies without a will may lose out on their inheritance<p>Children of a wealthy parent who dies without a will may lose out when new inheritance rules come into force on Wednesday.<p>Changes to the intestacy rules, which are …

Retirement