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English summer of strength for firms, says Lloyds index

It has been a summer of growth, but confidence is flagging<p>Businesses in England last month enjoyed the fastest rate of growth in a quarter, according to the Lloyds Bank Regional Purchasing Managers’ Index.<p>“Business conditions have continued to strengthen throughout the summer, and companies across …

Skills shortage 'holding back business growth’

Entrepreneurs are being forced to curtail growth plans because of a lack of talent<p>Entrepreneurs are struggling to attract the talent they need to grow their businesses, accountancy firm EY has found.<p>In its poll of 226 entrepreneurs, 77pc cited a skills shortage as a considerable barrier to …

Pound falls on fears of Scottish independence

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UK businesses 'want new EU deal', says lobby group

<b>Most British businesses want the UK to renegotiate its relationship with the EU, according to a British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) survey.</b><p>The lobby group said 60% of the 3,200 firms polled believed bringing some powers home would help the UK economy.<p>However, most wanted to stay in the EU - with a …

Donald Tusk

Donald Tusk: Five Things To Know About The New European Council President

Donald Tusk, the prime minister of Poland, was chosen unanimously by European leaders as the next president of the European Council. The president is …

BRIC wall: Brazil's economy slips into a recession

Britain 'better off outside an unreformed EU'

British Chambers of Commerce boss says it would be "crazy" to think that Britain would be shut out if it left the EU, though an exit would be "disruptive" and less preferable than staying in the bloc<p>Britain has a chance to flourish if it leaves the European Union and would be better off outside the …

UK to post strongest growth in G7, says Item Club

<b>The UK economy will grow faster in 2014 than any other G7 economy, while low wage rises will ensure interest rates do not rise until next year, an influential report has forecast.</b><p>UK GDP growth will hit 3.1% this year, spurred by strong capital investment by businesses, the EY Item Club …

Economics

UK graduate vacancies 'recover but posts left unfilled'

<b>There has been a significant increase in the number of graduate vacancies in the UK but many employers are struggling to fill posts, a poll says.</b><p>The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) predicted there would be 17% more graduate posts available in 2013-14.<p>However, its summer survey of 189 top …

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London calling: U.K. pulls in record investments — led by U.S. investors

Never before, since record keeping began in the 1980s, has the U.K. attracted so much investment from abroad.<p>Research by UK Trade & Investment has revealed that 1,773 projects were established using ‘inward investment’ in 2013/14 – a rise of 14% on the previous year.<p>The investment created over …

Here's Your Complete Preview Of This Week's Big Economic Events

However, markets bounced back sharply on Friday.<p>Markets continue to be incredibly resilient despite these shocks that threaten to destabilize the geopolitical status quo.<p>For now, investors seem to be more focused on the major economic themes that are out there. They're paying attention to the …

Geopolitics

How To Play The M&A Boom

On Friday, U.S. drug company AbbVie (ABBV) finalized its purchase of Shire Pharmaceuticals (SHP.L) of the UK and Ireland for $54 billion. The deal is the poster child of both the hot pace of global M&A activity and the somewhat controversial trend of companies leaving the U.S. for friendlier tax …