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RBS warned in bank stress test

RBS and Standard Chartered weakest in bank stress test 1 December 2015 From the section Business Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Chartered were the weakest of Britain’s seven largest lenders in a Bank of England stress test. For the second year, the central bank has subjected the lenders to economic tests to measure whether […]

The woman who built a coffee empire

The woman who built a coffee empire from a small town By Rob Boffard Business reporter, Vancouver 30 November 2015 From the section Business Image copyright Kicking Horse Coffee Image caption Elana Rosenfeld has built a coffee empire from a small town in rural British Columbia Elana Rosenfeld was not even remotely prepared for her […]

David Cameron brings festive cheer to Scotland

Of all the places across the United Kingdom where David Cameron can expect a lukewarm welcome, north of the border must… The post David Cameron brings festive cheer to Scotland appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

2016 Kia Niro hybrid – latest spy pictures

The upcoming Kia Niro hybrid has been spotted testing ahead of its planned launch next autumn. The new Toyota Prius rival will kick-start Kia’s plans to near-triple the number of electrified vehicles it has on sale from four to 11 by 2020. This latest prototype, although not giving away anything new in terms of design, was […]

Win the definitive book of the 2015 General Election in the PB Oldham by-election competition

Will the collective view of PBers once again get the outcome right? Using the bespoke NoJam template you will need to enter vote shares down to 1 decimal point for the parties. The prize will go to the person with the smallest overall error. With previous PB by-election competitions the collective view of PBers has […]

Steep Learning Curve

I enjoyed the comment of the Labour MP who spotted the obvious flaw in Jeremy Corbyn's plans to 'whip' his colleagues in the House of Commons into following his leadership line: "In fairness, Jeremy is on a bit of a learning curve when...Show More Summary

Money Talks

I've yet to come across a strike or industrial action that is about anything other than money, directly or indirectly, and the present tussle with junior doctors is no exception, as far as I can see. The strikes planned by the BMA have...Show More Summary

Chancellor sets date for next Budget

Chancellor George Osborne sets date for next Budget 1 December 2015 From the section Business Image copyright AP The 2016 Budget will be held on Wednesday 16 March, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has told MPs. A week after unveiling his Autumn Statement, Mr Osborne must now prepare for this annual speech outlining fiscal […]

New Lamborghini Urus: V8 twin-turbo engine confirmed

The Lamborghini Urus SUV will be powered by the company’s first turbocharged V8 powerplant when it goes on sale in 2018. Chief executive Stephan Winkelmann and R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani have confirmed to Autocar that the Italian company’s first 4×4 will eschew the naturally aspirated V10 and V12 units which power the current Huracan and […]

Brazil’s recession deepens in third quarter

Brazil’s recession deepens in third quarter 1 December 2015 From the section Business Image copyright AP Brazil’s economy shrank by 1.7% in the third quarter of the year compared with the second quarter, deepening the country’s worst recession in 25 years. Compared with a year ago, the economy is 4.5% smaller. The country’s unpopular President, […]

UK taxman cracks down on property tax avoidance schemes

The UK taxman has collected £301.8 million in unpaid property tax due to what is described as an aggressive clampdown on stamp duty avoidance. HMRC’s new Counter Avoidance Directorate collected the amount in the last year as part of a policy to crackdown on Stamp Duty and Land Tax (SDLT) avoidance schemes. According to private […]

Government publishes Syria motion

In the past few minutes, the government has published the following motion on action in Syria, which you can read… The post Government publishes Syria motion appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Eden Motor Group buys Wokingham Motors

Berkshire based Eden Motor Group has bought Wokingham Motors for an undisclosed sum. Eden Motor Group is rated 75 in the Motor Trader Top 200 with annual turnover of £171.6m, representing Vauxhall, Mazda, Fiat and Hyundai. It is headed up by Graeme Potts, the ex-CEO of Reg Vardy and Inchcape and group managing director of […]

Manufacturing growth slows in November

UK manufacturing growth slowed in November 1 December 2015 From the section Business Image copyright PA UK manufacturing growth slowed last month from the rapid pace seen in October, according to the latest Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI). The index fell to 52.7 in November from a 16-month high of 55.2 in October. Any reading […]

Another record-breaking Fleet Show planned for Silverstone 2016

The organisers of the 2016 Fleet World Fleet Show, at the iconic Silverstone circuit on Wednesday, 11th May 2016, are expecting the event to break all the records it set earlier this year. More vehicle manufacturers, greater numbers of exhibitors and increased visitor levels are all predicted for the 2016 event – with the largest […]

Kia Optima pricing and specs announced

Kia has announced pricing and specification details for its new Optima, which brings bolder exterior styling, a more luxurious cabin and improved fuel efficiency. On sale now priced from £21,495, the new Optima is initially offered in three trims, with GT and GT-Line versions to be added later in 2016. Just one engine is offered: […]

It’s backstabbing that’s destroying Labour – not Jeremy Corbyn

First things first: there is no force in Heaven or on Earth that could induce me to vote for Jeremy… The post It’s backstabbing that’s destroying Labour – not Jeremy Corbyn appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Christmas drink drive campaign to highlight dangers of having second drink

The Department for Transport has launched its Christmas THINK! drink driving campaign, which this year will target those who still think it’s okay to have a couple of drinks before they get behind the wheel. The campaign highlights how: A second drink can double your chance of being in a fatal collision 1 in 10 […]

US giant CarGurus launches UK online classified site

CarGurus, one of America’s biggest online classified sites, has launched in the UK. The business is led by CEO Langley Steinert, co-founder of TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website. CarGurus is offering dealers free postings...Show More Summary

Vauxhall Corsa now available with R4.0 IntelliLink and OnStar

Vauxhall has updated its Corsa with the addition of its IntelliLink and OnStar systems. Just weeks after debuting in the Astra, the latest generation IntelliLink infotainment system is now available on the Corsa as standard (excluding Sting and Sting R models). R4.0 IntelliLink easily integrates smartphone functions via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and is […]

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