Inflation hits 30-year high

Official figures show that inflation jumped to 5.4% in December, with this the highest rate since the 7.1% recorded in March 1992. The consumer price index (CPI) measure of inflation was up from 5.1% in November, with soaring food costs and energy price increases helping drive the rate up. The Office for National Statistics (ONS)…

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Pay packets shrinking for the third time in decade

20th January 2022 Global | #economy

Real wages officially began to fall in November, and the current period of shrinking pay packets is likely to get worse before it starts to ease in the second half of 2022, the Resolution Foundation said in response to the latest ONS labour market statistics. Real regular average weekly earnings wages fell by 1 per…

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CFOs optimistic about 2022 outlook

A Deloitte survey of CFOs found persistent labour shortages, the pandemic, climate change and higher inflation were seen as the leading risks to their businesses in the year ahead. However, some 37% said that increasing capital expenditure was a priority for 2022. This is the highest figure recorded by Deloitte since it first asked the…

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Government announces £1bn Omnicron business support

22nd December 2021 Commercial Credit Management | #economy

The Government has announced £1 billion in support for businesses most impacted by Omicron across the UK. The new measures will mean businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises, plus more than £100 million discretionary funding will be made available for…

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Almost one in five small businesses won’t survive 2022 without a bumper Christmas

20th December 2021 Business | #economy

A study by insurance provider Simply Business has predicted that one in five small businesses will not survive 2022 unless their Christmas sales are strong. It was also found that 27% of SME staff are “not confident” about their trading fortunes, while one in ten expects to fare worse this month than they did last…

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Bank of England raises interest rate to 0.25% – reaction

17th December 2021 Consumer Lending | #economy

The Bank of England has raised interest rates for the first time in three years amid growing concerns over inflation. The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted by a majority of eight to one to raise rates from the historic low of 0.1%. With inflation at a ten year high, the Bank said this was…

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Inflation hits ten year high

16th December 2021 Arrears and Recoveries | #economy

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that inflation hit 5.1% in the 12 months to November, exceeding forecasts of a 4.7% increase and driving the rate further beyond the Bank of England’s (BoE) 2% target. The rate up on the 4.2% recorded a month earlier and means inflation is now at its…

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One in three small firms planning major staff cuts

14th December 2021 Commercial Credit Management | #economy

A third of UK small businesses are planning to make staff redundant over the next few months, rising to more than four in 10 in London, according to a new survey analysis by Moore UK. The research found that 33% of owner-managed businesses in the UK are planning to make redundancies now the safety net…

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Two thirds of people say the cost of living has risen in the past month

6th December 2021 Arrears and Recoveries | #economy

Two thirds of people (65%) say the cost of living has risen in the past month according to new ONS figures. 87% say the price of food has risen, 77% that the cost of energy bills is up, and 76% that fuel prices are higher. The older people are, the more likely they are to…

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Cost of living crisis could slow household recovery

2nd December 2021 Consumer Collections | #economy

Research from PwC suggests the economy will be hit by a triple whammy of a climbing cost of living, higher interest rates and the end of pandemic-related support from the government, with weaker household spending likely to slow the recovery. The analysis says more affluent households will be able to shake off the impact of…

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SMEs post-pandemic business confidence grows

Despite lingering anxieties about the pandemic and a variety of economic and commercial issues, the majority of SMEs believe it is now imperative to begin building back from the crisis. They are ready to step up their business investment, with ambitious plans for recruitment, renewal of equipment and machinery, and both domestic and international expansion…

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Business confidence dips in November

1st December 2021 Business Lending | #economy

New analysis from Lloyds Bank has indicated that business confidence dipped by three points to 40% in November, although it remains above the annual average. Nine out of the 12 UK regions and nations saw confidence decline, with Wales, the South East and East of England the only places to register an increase in confidence.  The…

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Inflation rises to ten year high at 4.2%

17th November 2021 Consumer Lending | #economy

The cost of living surged by 4.2% in October, the highest rate in almost 10 years, due to rising fuel and energy costs, according to ONS data. Commenting on the figures, Shachar Bialick, CEO and founder of Curve, a financial super-app, said “If Andrew Bailey is uneasy about rising inflation then Brits have every right…

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