UK’s mortgage lending has dropped significantly in the first quarter of 2018, with the number of new commitments agreed to by lenders at their lowest level since 2016, according to the latest Bank of England statistics. The value of new mortgage loans was £61.1bn, a 5.9 per cent decrease from the fourth quarter of 2017. Steve…

The Services sector continues to show signs of improvement in business confidence according to the latest results (Q1 2018) from the UK’s Credit Managers’ Index (CMI), the quarterly barometer from the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM). The 1.5-point increase in Services sees the index close at 54.6, a 0.3 percent climb on Q4 2017.…

The Welsh Government has launched a plan to end prison sentences for non-payment of council tax. Regulations will be brought forward in early 2019 to prevent any more people being jailed for council tax debt in Wales, pending the outcome of a 12-week consultation. Unlike other forms of civil debt, courts have the power to…

A new joint report published by Cranfield School of Management and Dun & Bradstreet has found that risk in supply chain differs by industry sectors. The report has investigated the level of supply chain risk faced by European companies with international supplier relationships. The report used four key metrics – supplier criticality, supplier financial risk,…

Less than a quarter (22%) of businesses believe social engineering will be a major threat in the next two to three years, despite the fact that 42% of fraud prevention managers are frequently experiencing phishing attacks, according to research by Callcredit Information Group. The research highlights the anomaly between the growing risk which social engineering…

The number of UK company directors disqualified has increased for the third year running to 1,231 in 2017/18, according to analysis from Moore Stephens. Thre research also shows that bans for disqualified directors are getting longer. The UK has tightened its disciplinary regime for rogue directors, with the number of disqualification orders increasing to 1,231…

Recoveries and Insolvency specialist Wilkin Chapman has announced that it has appointed a new Client Relations Manager. Rob Andrews joins Wilkin Chapman joining Paul Bowden and the dedicated local government team. For the past 20 years, Andrews has worked closely with the public sector in various roles including software implementation and latterly business development for the…

Hampshire Trust Bank has announced that Alex Upton is to join the bank at the beginning of July as Sales Director, Specialist Mortgages. Upton will be working closely with Matthew Wyles, the Bank’s recently appointed Chief Executive in shaping the bank’s push into specialist lending. Matthew Wyles said: “I’ve worked with Alex since 2013 and…

Latest statistic by Recruitment specialist Morgan McKinley suggests that GDPR has created a huge amount of job opportunities for technology and legal experts. Hakan Enver, Managing Director, Morgan McKinley Financial Services. “Hiring in technology, compliance and legal departments was astronomical. The new rules have meant huge changes for companies in the way that data is…