‘As transparent as a brick wall’: British firms fight back against ‘Business Improvement Districts’

A s councils tighten their purse strings and strip services back to the basics amid a worsening local authority financial crisis, it is things such as flowerbeds, street cleaning, events and signs that go on the budget chopping block first. That’s where Business Improve­ment Districts (Bids) step in – schemes funded by a levy on local […]
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England could produce 13 times more renewable energy, using less than 3% of land – analysis

England could produce 13 times more renewable energy than it does now, while using less than 3% of its land, analysis has found. According to the Guardian’s report that onshore wind and solar projects could provide enough electricity to power all the households in England two and a half times over, the research by Exeter University, commissioned […]
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UK manufacturing returns to growth for first time in 20 months

The UK’s manufacturing industry has returned to growth and is showing “tentative signs of recovery”, according to a closely-watched survey. Sky says. Both output and new orders increased in March, while business optimism also hit an 11-month high, S&P Global/CIPS UK found. The firms’ manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) score rose to a better-than-expected 50.3 […]
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Nationwide challenges UK’s big banks with $3.7 bln Virgin Money bid

Britain’s Nationwide Building Society (NBS.L), opens new tab has agreed to buy Virgin Money UK (VMUK.L), opens new tab in a potential 2.9 billion pound ($3.7 billion) all-cash deal to create the country’s second-largest savings and mortgage provider. Reuters reports The proposed deal is the latest example of a bounce in merger and acquisition activity among British lenders, […]
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