Retail sector sales continue to rise

July 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Figures released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics show 27 months of increasing sales in the UK’s retail sector. A PDF of the full report is available here. and an ONS media release summarises the main points of its [...]

Rise in contactless payment demand

July 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Almost half of consumers (47 per cent) expect or prefer businesses to offer contactless payment facilities for making purchases valued below £20, according to new research from Lloyds Bank Cardnet.  Over a tenth (12 per cent) of [...]

SHEFFEX Podcast

June 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

SHEFFEX is an annual trade fair in Sheffield where local businesses take opportunities to network and give presentations. Of all the exhibitors present, only one was an actual manufacturer, the rest being service providers and a few [...]

Food festivals gaining popularity

May 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sheffield Food festival started today and it’s clear consumers want good quality produce from artisan businesses. Around 100 artisan food and drink producers have set their stalls out at the festival which is spread in and [...]

Retail’s online future

January 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Is our retail industry looking at a predominantly online future? Department store John Lewis said today that it relied on internet purchases over Christmas as trade at its shop counters dipped. According to an article in the Evening [...]

Credit and debt statistics

January 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Money Charity provides insightful updates on the UK’s credit and debt statistics. Household indebtedness is up on the previous year’s figures and, probably no coincidence, so is spending on utilities. The charity’s [...]

Usual gloomy January?

January 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Will it be the usual gloomy January for retailers this year? With the festive spend over, consumers are looking to manage their money more carefully throughout January and beyond. Many people are paid early in December and, as we all [...]

HMRC helpline numbers cheaper

December 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

HMRC helpline numbers are set to become cheaper as 0845 is abandoned. A press release from HMRC today reads: By 11 December 2014 all HMRC 0845 helpline telephone numbers will be taken out of service. As announced in August 2014, we are [...]

Debt-based economy

December 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

We live in a debt-based economy, one fuelled by cheap consumer credit, and it’s growing. Lessons from the 2008 credit crunch go largely unheeded, it seems. Although better regulation of consumer credit companies arrived with the [...]
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