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....This forceful reflection on the state of the nation comes from Sir Brian Unwin, former president of the European Investment Bank, one of the many EU institutions from whose work the British economy has benefited through our membership. Sir Brian was involved in the occasional negotiation with Brussels, not least on behalf of Mrs Thatcher during the EEC budget-rebate squabble during the early 1980s. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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We helped save Europe: now Europe could save us from Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 06:00:06 AM
....This forceful reflection on the state of the nation comes from Sir Brian Unwin, former president of the European Investment Bank, one of the many EU institutions from whose work the British economy has benefited through our membership. Sir Brian was involved in the occasional negotiation with Brussels, not least on behalf of Mrs Thatcher during the EEC budget-rebate squabble during the early 1980s. ...
Interest rates: Winners and losers revealed following a year of record low interest rates image
....The danger is that with markets riding at record highs, your capital could be at risk from a sudden correction. DEEP IN DEBT . ...
End Brexit squabbles and nail down transitional deal, IoD urges ministers image
....Along with other cabinet “gradualists” such as Amber Rudd and Damian Green, Hammond believes that for some time after Brexit day in March 2019 the UK should continue to accept free movement, be part of the single market and sign no external trade deals. The former Conservative foreign secretary William Hague said this week Hammond’s plan, possibly adopting an existing model such as staying in the European Economic Area (EEA), had “immense attractions” as a means of avoiding potentially “the greatest economic, diplomatic and constitutional muddle in the modern history of the UK”. ...
No 10 contradicts Hammond over 'off the shelf' Brexit transition deal image
.... “We cannot expend limited negotiating time trying to sort out some new kind of transitional deal,” he tweeted. Chapman also suggested that the UK would have to formally leave the EEA separately from the EU, as all European Union countries are automatically members of the EEA. ...
BT profits dive by 40% after £225m payout over Italian scandal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of July 2017 06:49:04 AM
....Deutsche Telekom and Orange became shareholders in BT after the company struck a £12. 5bn cash and shares deal to buy mobile company EE in 2015. ...
How credit score agencies have the power to make or break lives image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of July 2017 06:00:43 AM
.... Often consumers only discover this when they are turned down for a loan. Hannah Garrity, for example, was unable to secure a mortgage and was stunned, she says, “to discover this was due to a £10 default recorded by EE in 2011. ...
Election euphoria won’t last if Labour doesn’t foil Brexit folly image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 05:59:13 AM
.... This role would involve the burial of an awful lot of hatchets, and a revision of long-standing far-left beliefs. Thus: much is being made of comparisons between the Corbyn/McDonnell Labour party and the 1983 Labour manifesto, the notorious “longest suicide note in history”, which included a commitment to leave the EEC. ...
Retiring abroad: How can I cut the costs of moving away in later life? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of July 2017 11:18:00 AM
....Fixing a rate means you can protect your funds from a sudden negative shift in the currency market and budget more effectively. Something else you need to be aware of is that while the Department for Work & Pensions will pay a UK State Pension worldwide, you will only benefit from an annual increase if you live in certain nations, including those in the European Economic Area (EEA) or a country with a relevant social security agreement. ...
People want a 'sensible Brexit', says Philip Hammond image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 7th of July 2017 04:26:44 PM
....Business leaders reported that the meeting had gone “better than expected” and hinted at a thawing of the government position. Terry Scuoler, chief executive of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said: “This meeting has been a good first step and it’s clear ministers are listening to business concerns, which we welcome. ...
UK business leaders to call for indefinite delay in leaving single market image
....Other attendees, including the Engineering Employers Federation and British Chambers of Commerce, are known to be determined to use the event to highlight their members’ concerns about the pitfalls of the government’s current strategy. Terry Scuoler, chief executive of the EEF, said: “The brinkmanship involved in taking Brexit negotiations to the line, while leaving businesses guessing about the likely outcome, risks causing serious economic damage. ...
What impact is Brexit having on foreign property prices? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of July 2017 04:49:00 PM
....For instance the minimum deposit for a mortgage in France is 20 per cent for EU citizens, but can be as high as 50 per cent for those from outside the union. Meanwhile those who already own property may find themselves losing their perks of belonging to the EU, especially if the UK leaves the single market and therefore is no longer part of the European Economic Area (EEA). ...
Brexit: British officials drop 'cake and eat it' approach to negotiations image
.... Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn sacked three shadow ministers on Thursday for departing from a similar position. Yet UK civil servants are now said to be presenting ministers with a more binary choice: accept political compromises similar to aspects of the European Economic Area (EEA), or settle for a much more limited trade deal such as the recent EU-Canada free trade agreement (Ceta). ...
Tesco and Booker call for fast-track competition probe image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of June 2017 07:11:24 AM
....The statutory timetable for a Phase 2 inquiry would be 24 weeks, the CMA said. The fast-track process has been used in a number of CMA merger investigations previously, including that of telecoms firms BT-EE and also during the tie-up of bookmaking firms Ladbrokes and Coral. ...
BT tops complaints league for broadband and pay-TV users image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of June 2017 12:12:21 PM
....In March, Ofcom fined BT £42m and is forcing it to pay £300m in compensation to rivals over delays in subsidiary Openreach, which controls the UK broadband infrastructure network, installing high-speed internet connections to their customers. BT’s subsidiaries Plusnet and EE were the third and fourth most-complained about broadband suppliers, with 25 and 24 complaints per 100,000 subscribers respectively. ...
UK business groups plead for economy to be put first in Brexit talks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of June 2017 04:38:33 PM
....“The business community fully accepts the decision of voters last June that the UK will leave the European Union. We have come together to urge the government to put the economy first as it prepares to start formal negotiations on the UK’s departure from the EU,” says the statement from the BCC, CBI, manufacturers’ group EEF, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors. ...
 Five minute guide to making mobile calls in the UK image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 18th of June 2017 12:01:00 AM
....UK operators have different fair usage allowances. For example, Three sets a 12GB limit for pay monthly users, or 9GB on pay-as-you-go, while EE caps EU data at 15GB a month. ...
Moody's warns election result will complicate Brexit talks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of June 2017 11:01:40 PM
.... But it has slowed sharply this year and there are signs companies are growing more worried about imminent Brexit talks between a weakened UK government and the rest of the EU. The manufacturers’ organisation EEF will issue a plea on Tuesday for the government to rethink its Brexit strategy and put access to the single market and a form of customs union, along with a suitable transition period, at the heart of its negotiating strategy. ...
Bad EU trade deal 'disastrous' for UK jobs, investment and growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of June 2017 01:07:11 PM
....A survey for the Resolution Foundation found many employers were unprepared for a new era of lower migration. Of 500 employers with staff from the EU or EEA, almost half had “totally unrealistic expectations of what the post-Brexit immigration regime might be”, the thinktank said. ...
Pound recovers after sharp falls as political turmoil hits markets image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 04:46:50 PM
....”. Terry Scuoler, chief executive of manufacturers’ organisation the EEF, said business had got used to political uncertainty in recent years but warned it was now essential that politicians “put industry first”. ...
Business leaders demand answers over Brexit strategy image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 02:03:46 PM
....". Terry Scuoler, chief executive of EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, said: "The Brexit negotiating strategy requires a careful rethink. ...
Business and City leaders call for reassurance image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 08:06:32 AM
....The Institute of Directors demanded a focus on preparing for Brexit talks and to move away from political "rhetoric". And the manufacturing organisation, the EEF, said it wanted a "careful rethink" on Britain's Brexit negotiation strategy. ...
Manufacturing 'buoyant' but services slow, surveys find image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 4th of June 2017 11:05:12 PM
....But a separate report found that companies were increasingly positive about the prospects for manufacturing. The EEF manufacturers' body raised its 2017 and 2018 growth forecasts, saying demand from Europe was "buoyant". ...
Is deep sea mining vital for a greener future – even if it destroys ecosystems? image
....” He says recycling is worthwhile, but insufficient. There is also a geopolitical dimension, with some important resources currently monopolised by single nations, such as the rare earth elements (REEs), which have widespread uses in communications, computing and weaponry. ...
Sandbanks is priciest seaside town in UK, plus the worst mobile providers image
....UK house prices fall for third month in a row for first time since financial crisis. EE and Vodafone are UK’s worst mobile providers, says Which?. ...
EE and Vodafone are UK’s worst mobile providers, says Which? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 27th of May 2017 06:01:20 AM
. EE and Vodafone have been named as the UK’s two worst mobile phone providers by the consumer group Which?. ...
Nokia 3310 sparks wave of nostalgia as it goes on sale image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 12:30:26 PM
....And a spokesperson for Vodafone told the BBC: "We are delighted to be stocking the phone as demand has been really high". EE is registering levels of interest in the device, but O2 and Three said they had no plans to sell the handset. ...
Thank you EU for banning rip-off mobile roaming charges from 15 June image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 20th of May 2017 06:00:17 AM
....But fears remain that once Brexit takes place the gains could be reversed. And holidaymakers will still need to be careful about getting caught out in some non-EU countries such as Switzerland, Andorra and even the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, which are not formally part of the EU or even the European Economic Area (EEA). ...
Sterling's fall buoys UK manufacturers as export orders rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 19th of May 2017 01:17:38 PM
....Manufacturers have reported factories working at full capacity in recent months to meet demand from overseas customers benefiting from the low pound. The EEF, which represents manufacturing firms, said last week that orders were improving as UK exporters enjoyed an improved competitive position “vis-a-vis the pound depreciation” and global growth picked up strongly from a dip last year. ...
Greeks walk out in general strike over cuts image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 08:32:45 AM
.... Further rallies were held elsewhere in the capital, including one organised by the communist-affiliated PAME union. A large number of professions were involved in the strike, including the biggest trade unions, the GSEE and ADEDY:. ...
BT deserves credit – clawing back boss's bonus is common sense | Nils Pratley image
.... It shouldn’t happen at a large FTSE 100 company. The smack of firm governance will give BT’s shareholders some comfort as they assess a year in which almost the only bright spot was the clean integration of mobile operator EE. ...
O2 to scrap Europe roaming fees image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 09:55:17 AM
....From 15 June, O2's Pay Monthly and Business customers will be able to use their UK plans abroad - in 47 European countries - at no extra cost. The move echoes the scrapping of roaming charges in similar destinations by EE, Three and Vodafone. ...
The secret history of inflation, from Black Wednesday to Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 7th of May 2017 05:59:25 AM
....John Major was prime minister, and he took the rap. Now, although some fanatics had been trying to reverse the result of the 1975 referendum (a two-to-one verdict in favour of remaining in the EEC we had joined in 1973) from the start, we can really date the onset of the cancerous growth of Euroscepticism in the Conservative party to the early 1990s. ...
4G mobile: UK urban areas with best and worst coverage revealed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 06:33:27 AM
....”. In a report publish in December, the telecoms regulator Ofcom said 4G coverage where the signal was available from all four of the big four mobile operators – EE, Vodafone, O2 and EE – reached just 40% of the UK. ...
Pensioners’ election REBELLION: Demands for May to look at pension issue for UK's 5MILLION image
....And more shockingly after the UK Government admitted they were worried about serious fraud with British funds being sent to the European Union. The adoption of Council Directive 79/7/EEC, which addresses equal treatment in relation to statutory social security matters was introduced at the end of 1984. ...
Which? survey reveals best and worst UK broadband providers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 06:00:11 AM
....The biggest broadband providers are failing on basic customer service, speed and reliability – with TalkTalk and BT named as the worst suppliers – according to a survey by consumer group Which?. TalkTalk, BT, Sky and EE – which collectively have a 72% share of the market – all scored poorly in the broadband customer satisfaction survey. ...
TalkTalk and BT rated worst for broadband in Which? survey image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 11:02:09 PM
....TalkTalk and BT have received the worst customer satisfaction scores in a survey of 12 broadband providers. They scored 38% and 45% respectively with their customers, while Sky (48%) and EE (49%) came close behind them in the Which? survey of 1,800 people. ...
How much uncertainty can business take? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 01:57:40 PM
...." . Terry Scuoler, chief executive of the EEF manufacturers' organisation, said Mrs May's decision to seek a "clear mandate" was sensible after a year of "considerable uncertainty" for businesses. ...
EE sent me to Coventry when I told them I was moving to Russia image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 06:00:18 AM
. I’ve run out of ideas to prevent EE debiting money from my bank account. ...
Lifetime ISA providers: Which banks offer a Lifetime ISA? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 7th of April 2017 04:51:00 PM
....Major banks are still reviewing the new rules and regulations and there are only three providers that offer the new accounts at the moment – Hargreaves Lansdown, Nutmeg and the Share Centre. LIFETIE ISA: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW – CLICK HERE TO READ. ...
Gender pay gap image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 11:50:56 AM
.... . The industry body for engineering and manufacturing, EEF, says its partners - which include Tata Steel and Rolls-Royce - are bracing themselves. ...
Inheritance tax rules changes 2017: Don’t get caught out – what it means for YOU image
....  . EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW LIFETIME ISA. ...
Should we legislate against the gender pay gap? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 01:25:35 PM
....". Verity O'Keefe, senior employment and skills policy adviser at EEF, which represents manufacturers, said flaws in the UK's new rules also needed to be addressed. ...
Five-minute guide to 'National Price Hike Day' image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of April 2017 12:01:00 AM
....BT roll out planned price hikes today, with its basic broadband package rising by £2. 50 per month, and landline calls also rising, while mobile phone operators EE, O2 and Vodafone are introducing inflationary uplifts. ...
Lloyd's of London plans to open Brussels office by middle of 2018 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 30th of March 2017 07:04:46 AM
....Lloyd’s of London aims to have a new Brussels office up and running by the middle of next year, after the insurance market failed in its efforts to secure “passporting” rights for financial companies to conduct business across the EU after Brexit. The world’s biggest insurance market confirmed on Thursday it would set up a subsidiary in the Belgian capital, which would allow it to continue underwriting insurance policies from all 27 EU and three EEA states after the UK leaves the union. ...
UK businesses welcome May's free trade call but warn of no-deal Brexit disaster image
....Concerns have been rising among businesses in recent weeks that the UK could be heading towards a hard Brexit that would mean paying World Trade Organisation tariffs of about 5% on imports and exports with Europe. The EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said on Wednesday that leaving the EU without a deal and falling back on WTO rules “cannot be an option” while carmakers said Brexit could be the most significant threat to competitiveness of the UK automotive sector for a generation. ...
UK manufacturers tell May no EU deal is 'simply unacceptable' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 05:01:00 AM
....Failing to secure a Brexit trading deal with the EU would be disastrous for Britain’s manufacturers and Theresa May’s claim that no deal would be better than a bad deal is “simply unacceptable”, industry leaders have warned. As the prime minister prepares to trigger article 50 on Wednesday, the EEF, the trade body for manufacturers, has warned a decision to walk away from the negotiating table would be a “lose-lose” outcome for both the UK and the EU. ...
Brexit: Food chiefs warn on EU tariffs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 08:55:57 PM
....The National Farmers Union (NFU), the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) made the call in a joint letter. Separately, the EEF engineering group said a deal needed to be struck. ...
Brexit talks will fail without compromise: José Manuel Barroso image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 07:00:09 PM
....”. Barroso spoke ahead of the publication of a report on Monday from the organisation that represents British manufacturers, the EEF, saying it would be unacceptable for the British government to come away without a deal. ...
Coal in 'freefall' as new power plants dive by two-thirds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 12:01:20 AM
....One of the reasons for the fall in new plants was that too much capacity had been built in recent years, particularly in China. Tim Buckley, director of energy finance studies at the IEEFA, a pro-green energy thinktank, said the falling demand for coal power in China and India and plans to curtail new power stations shows that the world has overestimated the need for the fossil fuel. ...
Low carbon drive 'cuts household bills' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 12:13:08 AM
....The government welcomed the report and said new policies on insulating homes would emerge before long. Claire Jakobsson from the manufacturers' organization EEF said: "While the Committee is right to say low-carbon policies may not be the only factor reducing industrial output in some sectors, we believe it is a significant one - and one where government can act, especially in respect of costs which our competitors don't face. ...
Martin Lewis: ALL Big 6 standard energy bills are RIP OFF after SSE hike image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 09:16:00 AM
....4 per cent. The SEE increase now means all households buying gas and electricity from one of the giant energy providers are faced with a 'grim picture', according to the founder of MoneySavingExpert. ...
The Falklands war hero fighting for his state pension image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 06:59:27 AM
.... Some of the oldest expat pensioners have payouts frozen at just a few pounds a week. The Department for Work & Pensions says overseas recipients will only get a yearly increase if they live in the EEA, Gibraltar or Switzerland, or in a country with a reciprocal agreement with the UK that allows this to happen. ...
BT denies squeezing customers after paying £1.2bn for Champions League image
....“We are truly exclusive now,” said Petter. “Viewing on social media has seen the biggest growth in audiences, especially since we gave access to BT Sport to EE customers. ...
Business wish list image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 5th of March 2017 01:37:19 AM
....The rules for the Enterprise Investment Scheme, Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme and Venture Capital Trusts are too restrictive and unnecessarily complex for entrepreneurs seeking equity funding, says the IoD. The manufacturers' organisation wants Mr Hammond to maintain his focus on boosting productivity and pressing ahead with infrastructure investment to ensure businesses are ready for "for post-Brexit success", says the EEF. ...
City watchdog sounds alarm bells over hard Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of February 2017 03:06:00 PM
....He also highlighted the risks associated with the sudden loss of the “passport” that firms based in the EU use to operate freely within the 28 member states. Bailey has previously told the committee that 5,476 UK-registered firms hold at least one passport to do business in another EU or EEA member state while just over 8,000 companies authorised in other EU states use these rules to do business in the UK. ...
The Crusader: How to keep travel insurance fit for your purpose image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 07:43:00 PM
....”  . THE BEST TRAVEL POLICIES IF YOU ARE OLDER OR BEEN SERIOUSLY ILL . ...
EE balloons and drones to help fix mobile blackspots image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 12:54:47 PM
....A fleet of blimps is bringing mobile phone and wireless broadband coverage to rural communities in the UK. Mobile network operator EE says the fleet will enable remote communities to maintain voice and data services when coverage is lost due to natural disasters such as flooding. ...
Energy bills to rise up to 28% for thousands in UK as fixed contracts end image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of February 2017 02:23:09 PM
....Mobile phone users are also facing more expensive bills in the coming months, following the rise in inflation. Vodafone, EE and O2 have said millions of mobile phone customers will face inflationary mid-contract price rises in the next couple of months. ...
Game over! How to beat the 10% rise in the cost of your TV, phone and broadband image
.... The Post Office also pushed through increases last September. EE’s line rental charges increased last week by an average £1. ...
UK manufacturing's strong January is dented by spike in import costs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 01:49:03 PM
.... “Domestic demand faltered the last time producers increased prices this quickly in 2011, and we doubt that this time will be different,” he said. Lee Hopley, chief economist at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said the survey told “a positive story about the sector”, with the all the important output and orders components remaining firmly in positive territory. ...
BT insists Italian scandal is under control as profits plunge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of January 2017 09:54:01 AM
....The third-quarter results showed a 37% fall in pre-tax profits to £526m, with the fallout of the scandal and a slowdown in UK public sector work and international corporate business overshadowing better results elsewhere. The figures included record revenue growth for EE, the mobile company it acquired for £12. ...
BT loses almost £8bn in value as Italy accounting scandal deepens image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of January 2017 11:20:33 AM
....Following these problems, BT said it now expected a double-digit fall in fourth quarter earnings, adjusting for the recent £12. 5bn acquisition of mobile group EE. ...
EE fined £2.7m for overcharging customers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of January 2017 07:45:08 AM
. Mobile phone company EE has been fined £2. ...
UK firms brace for further Brexit price rises, surveys show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 9th of January 2017 12:01:02 AM
....Reports from the manufacturing and construction sectors on Monday point to a sharp rise in the prices paid for materials by firms in Britain and worries that their profit margins will be squeezed as they decide how much of those higher costs they can pass on to customers. Manufacturers’ organisation EEF flagged up higher costs in its latest survey of 281 senior executives although it found companies were generally upbeat about their own prospects in 2017, with hopes for improved sales. ...

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