February 28, 2013

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Can Interactive Technology Save Retailer Stores?

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Are high street retailers doomed? We’re only two months into the New Year and established businesses such as Jessops, HMV and Republic have been claimed victims of administration – will high streets become ghost towns? The internet has had a profound effect on brick and mortar retailers. In fact, shoppers spent 12% more online in [...]

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February 21, 2013

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2013 Global Economic Predictions – What The Experts Say

Making predictions about the economy is notoriously difficult and a challenge that is best met by looking at all the sources – somewhere in the middle the truth might yet be glimpsed. This post is a curation of what has been said online over the last couple of months with regards to the Economic outlook [...]

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January 31, 2013

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Are We Heading For ‘Brexit’?

For the first time the prospect of Great Britain leaving the European Union is on the table. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a referendum after the next election. A bit of the old ‘in-out’ The promised referendum will only have one question – should Britain be in the EU or not? There is no [...]

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January 15, 2013

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Ulster Bank to Close 20 Branches – UPDATED 17/1/13

In some more bad news for the banking industry on the Emerald Isle, Ulster Bank have announced they are to close around 20 (correction – the number is now 22) branches/sub-offices island wide.   As the 3rd largest bank in Ireland, Ulster Bank currently operate 146 branches south of the border and 90 in Northern [...]

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January 14, 2013

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Double Check That Gym Contract

It is the start of the new year and many of us will have made resolutions to make this one a more healthy affair. Gym memberships sky rocket in January with people looking to get back in shape and get over their overindulgence over the festive period. However, there have been concerns raised that some [...]

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January 7, 2013

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My first time – buying a house

Recent reports from the Guardian state that house prices in the UK remained at the same level throughout 2012. It is also predicted that there won’t be much change in 2013. One change however, is that home buyers should find it much easier to be approved for a mortgage this year, as many banks reportedly [...]

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November 29, 2012

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The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards 2012 are Open for Entries

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Now in its 19th year, the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards has become one of the most highly anticipated events in Ireland’s business calendar. Earlier this month, the bank started taking entries for the 2012 awards. The awards recognise the business successes of companies from all over Ireland irrespective of their offering, size or sector. [...]

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November 26, 2012

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Former RBS Banking Boss Joins Raddison Ranks

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Peter Anscomb, the former head of hotel finance at RBS, has been hired as a senior corporate director by Raddison Blu’s Edwardian London. The travel and hospitality specialist has been brought in to the hotel chain to aid with overseeing the financial management of the Manchester and London branches of the Raddison Blu Edwardian portfolio. [...]

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November 26, 2012

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Black Friday And Cyber Monday

  It is the time of year when people in America go a little loopy with their shopping habits and see no problem with queuing overnight to make sure that they get the best deals possible heading into the festive period. Black Friday has already taken place and it looks like it was an interesting [...]

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November 22, 2012

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Can Secession Succeed?

The issue of regions looking for independence from their current nation states is in the news at the moment. From certain US states to Scotland and Catalonia the case is being made that they would be better to go it alone, but just how would this work out in practice, and how likely is it [...]

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