Business Finance Junction – December 2014

Business Finance Junction – December 2014

The Bank of England stress test results on the British banking system are being issued December 16, alongside its half-yearly financial stability report. The tests focus on the housing market and the Bank’s ‘adverse scenario’ which has a correction factored in. Tenancy checks for private landlords in the West Midlands are liable for a ‘Civil [...]
In Business: Notes To Connect The Dots – May 2014

In Business: Notes To Connect The Dots – May 2014

A Tale of Discrepancy and Discretionary Tarting ‘Ehghaahg uhmajeddth ohtkchgh mghigh emmmhgh’. Nope, I wouldn’t get that either! But my dentist’s brain seems to have adapted to most of his customers, at some point, sounding as though they’re in a cardboard box full of cotton wool.  Open-wide mouths, some filled with metal probes, he knows [...]
Business Finance Junction – December 2014

Business Finance Junction – April 2014

As from 1 April 2014 the Competition Commission is being taken over by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and will assume the consumer functions of the Office of Fair Trading OFT concurrently with Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) who will hold the law powers in relation to financial sector activities  for over 50,000 applicable consumer [...]
Business Finance Junction – April 2013

Business Finance Junction – April 2013

The automatic Escalator Tax (alcohol and cigarettes) which was to be applied this month (by at least 2% over inflation until 2014) was removed for beer in the recent budget.  CAMRA had been vocal in pointing out that beer duty has risen 42% since 2008, the beer industry had cited the tax as reason for [...]
September 2011 Noteworthy News

September 2011 Noteworthy News

Ah! September! Don’t you just love the smell of manure in the morning?  As the not so good and not so great politicians and bankers return from their summer sojourns it’s no surprise that banks and politics once again dominate the headlines. The Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) will report its findings this month; bankers [...]