January 2011 Archive

Business plans

Barclays Bank

So you have a great idea for your business and you're ready to get going. But your idea is rarely enough; a successful business requires you to get to grips with all areas of a company's responsibilities.

Shock GDP figures send sterling value down

UK's 2010 GDP falls short of expectations by 0.5 per cent

Preliminary estimates of the UK's gross domestic product (GDP) for 2010 have shocked economists.

Fourth quarter GDP figures show negative growth

GDP figures show the UK economy is shrinking

GDP figures just released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the UK economy shrank by 0.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2010.

UK banks could be broken up

Major reforms are expected in the UK banking sector

Sir John Vickers, chairman of the Independent Commission on Banking, said that he is likely to recommend that UK banks investment arms are split up from their retail banking operations.

Barclays forced to pay £7.7m over advice failings

Barclays failed to train staff, it was found

Barclays has been fined £7.7 million for investment advice shortcomings, with customers potentially able to claim back a portion of £60 million in compensation.

Asia 'offers income potential'

Asia 'offers income potential'

Investors have been offered advice about how they can benefit from seeking income through Asia.

UK economy 'boosted by AAA rating'

UK's economic strategies for dealing with deficit were praised

Moody's has confirmed an AAA rating for the UK economy, suggesting the country's efforts to reduce its budget deficit are "decisive".

Mince pies boost Greggs' Christmas sales

Greggs' Christmas performance was helped by mince pie sales

Mince pies helped Greggs bakery stores outperform other high-street retailers during Christmas, one expert has claimed.

Bankers will receive billions in bonuses in 2011

RBS bankers will receive large bonuses

Despite government attempts to curb the culture of bank bonuses it is expected that UK banks will pay out billions of pounds in bonuses in 2011.

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