A new era for UK pensions

  What all retirees need to know before they make use of new pension flexibility rules. Unless you’ve been living on a desert island for the past year, you’ll be aware that from 6th April the rules on how benefits can be taken from money purchase/defined contribution pension plans, changed...

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Client focus drives Thrings’ growth

Thrings, a Top 100 law firm, recently announced its double-digit rise in turnover. This, according to their managing partner, is down to their provision of award-winning service and modern and transparent pricing models. The firm continues to place clients at the core of its strategy, despite an economic downturn making...

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Campaign groups face Election threat.

Online campaign group 38 Degrees uses the Internet to bring together widely dispersed campaigners to lend critical mass in petitioning the Government. John Furse looks at how the Government is fighting back. “There’s so much tiptoeing going on around it,” one source close to ‘Save The NHS’ campaign group told...

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Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends

The recent winner of the Unbiased.co.uk Responsible Investment Adviser of the Year 2014, John Ditchfield of Barchester Green, shares his thoughts on what lies ahead for sustainable and responsible investing. The move towards a more sustainable investment industry continued during 2014 and we fully expect that 2015 will be another...

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Bill Gates misses Intelligence

Recently in conversation on Reddit, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and the world’s richest man was asked what he would have got into if Microsoft hadn’t worked out. “I would probably be a researcher on AI,” Gates said, “When I started Microsoft I was worried I would miss the chance...

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We Built This City London – The London Planning Awards

The capital’s most innovative urban designers and town planners stepped into the spotlight this February 3rd for the London Planning Awards. Hosted by London Mayor Boris Johnson, the awards highlight the work of the people who have contributed to and engineered the city’s urban regeneration making London a better city...

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New wave of affordable housing reaches Kensington and Chelsea

London housing charity and leading developer Peabody, has recently announced that over 65% of the first phase of private sale homes at its More West development have now sold. The buyers ranged from first-time buyers, to families, young couples and professionals. The 12 remaining one, two and three bedroom private...

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The Harrods Effect

Report finds property price plateau centred on Harrods, underlining its role in making knightsbridge a premium address.    Harrods Estates highlights that for many years property experts have observed that wealthy purchasers and tenants from around the world have wanted to live as close as possible to the world famous...

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Who on earth can afford to be an intern?

Working an internship in London costs interns, on average, nearly £1000  a month. According to education charity, The Sutton Trust analysis of government data, 31% of all interns, or around 22,000 people, are unpaid. Unpaid internships can cost an individual £804 a month in Manchester and £926 a month in...

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A city of two tales: London boroughs rank at the very top and bottom of average business turnover in Britain

Research released today on business hotspots in the UK shows that two London constituencies ranked 1st and 632nd in a British league table of business performance.   The ‘BAS Business Heat Map’ analyses average annual turnover of businesses according to the constituency in which they are based.   The findings,...

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