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House prices near top state schools come at a premium

10:10am Wednesday 27th August 2014

PARENTS in the postal district of the Beaconsfield High School in Buckinghamshire face paying a premium of £483,031 (154%) compared to the average house price in neighbouring areas, according to new research by Lloyds Bank.

RBS fined £14m over mortgage advice

8:07am Wednesday 27th August 2014

STATE-backed Royal Bank of Scotland was today fined £14.5 million after the City regulator found "serious failings" in its advice to mortgage customers.

TNT ad banned over post claims

8:05am Wednesday 27th August 2014

AN ad in which TNT Post compared itself to Royal Mail has been banned for implying that it offered the same service and similar prices as its competitor.

Redditch industrial estate fully let

Redditch Advertiser:

6:40am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A REDDITCH industrial estate is again fully let following the completion of deals involving four units, national commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has announced.

Hartlebury communications agency's staff hits 150 mark

Redditch Advertiser:

6:20am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A HARTLEBURY-based communications agency's recruitment drive during 2014 has seen its staff numbers reach 150.

Worcestershire firm gets lift in global market

6:10am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A MANUFACTURER and supplier of specialist equipment for lifts, based at Hallow, near Worcester, is targeting a significant increase in new global clients as well as further penetration in its domestic UK market following £600,000 in funding from Santander Corporate and Commercial.

Concern over taxman accounts access

1:44pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

PEOPLE may revert to hiding their cash "under the mattress" amid fears that their money is not safe if controversial plans enabling the taxman to seize money directly from accounts are implemented, the Building Societies Association (BSA) has warned.

WHO call for curb on e-cigarettes

1:41pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

ELECTRONIC cigarettes should be banned from indoor spaces and face curbs on their sale over health fears, the World Health Organisation has said.

Facebook to cut 'click-bait' links

1:38pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

FACEBOOK has announced plans to cut down on "click-bait" articles that appear on user news feeds, as the company says it wants to tackle spam on the site.

Super Isa launch sees savings surge

1:36pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

CONSUMERSstrongly ramped up their cash savings in July as the new "super Isa", which allows more money to be put away tax-free, was launched, banks have reported.

Amazon pays £585m for game website

1:34pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

AMAZON has splashed out nearly a billion dollars to buy game streaming website Twitch just three years after it was founded.

160k join property millionaire club

8:29am Tuesday 26th August 2014

MORE than 160,000 new property millionaires have been created over the last year in Britain as the housing market recovery has taken off, according to a website.

Bus passengers 'have been let down'

8:28am Tuesday 26th August 2014

BUS passengers have been let down by a lack of competition and a failure of deregulation, a report by a think-tank has said.

West Midlands firms urged to tap into bioenergy opportunities

6:40am Tuesday 26th August 2014

WEST Midlands businesses and entrepreneurs are being urged to tap into the growth opportunities around bioenergy - forecast to generate in excess of £12 billion of new business in the UK in the next decade - following the launch of a new suite of "innovation services" from an Aston University research and business engagement team.

Redditch accountant warns over insolvencies surge

Redditch Advertiser:

6:20am Tuesday 26th August 2014

A SURGE in the number of people becoming insolvent has prompted a fresh warning from a Redditch-based finance specialist about the need for individuals and business owners to manage their finances "closer than ever".

New cycle storage causes hubbub at Stourbridge station

Redditch Advertiser:

6:10am Tuesday 26th August 2014

NEW cycle storage facilities have been unveiled at a Black Country railway station.

'Retry' system to avoid 'bounced' payments extending next month

6:40am Monday 25th August 2014

FROM Monday, September 1 a retry process will be extended within the banking industry to help customers avoid late payment charges on their account.

Jobs around house skills could be 'DIY-ing out'

6:20am Monday 25th August 2014

BANK holidays are traditionally the time when homeowners catch up on DIY jobs but recent figures suggest the skills are DIY-ing out.

The Law of Summer - humorous holiday-time scenarios explored with QualitySolicitors

6:10am Monday 25th August 2014

A HIGH street law network has applied its legal expertise to a series of summertime questions, with a humorous twist.

New mapping tool for Government property and land

6:40am Sunday 24th August 2014

A NEW tool mapping Government property and land is available for the first time.

People set to live average of 20 years in retirement says Pru

6:20am Sunday 24th August 2014

PEOPLE turning 65 this year can expect to average nearly 20 years in retirement, according to new analysis published by Prudential.

'Property rights must be respected in fracking' says rural watchdog

6:10am Sunday 24th August 2014

THE CLA (Country Land and Business Association) has accused the Government of having too little regard for property rights and long-term liabilities in its enthusiasm to realise shale gas extraction.

Rural watchdog warns of potential legal pitfalls over sky lanterns

7:10am Saturday 23rd August 2014

THE CLA (Country Land and Business Association) says that a new code of practice intended to ensure the responsible sale and safe use of sky lanterns fails to address the fact that lanterns carrying naked flames cannot be controlled.

Air con gets arguing car passengers hot under the collar

6:40am Saturday 23rd August 2014

THE fluctuating weather Britain is experiencing this summer is likely to lead to more in car arguments, according to new research from automotive servicing and repair company Kwik Fit.

'Students spend £485 a year travelling to and from uni'

6:20am Saturday 23rd August 2014

UNIVERSITY students are spending £485 a year travelling to and from university, equivalent to a collective £667 million, reveals new research from the 1l2l3 Student Current Account.

Vets' clients' behaviour 'influenced by what they see online'

6:10am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A SURVEY of vets by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) reveals that 97% of respondents in the Midlands believe their clients’ behaviour is influenced by what they find online.

Hot dogs - or cats - can lead to costly bills insurer warns

2:10pm Friday 22nd August 2014

DOGS and cats love basking in the sunshine but Direct Line Pet Insurance warns that summer can also be hazardous for our furry friends.

Land Registry completes almost 1.5m applications in month

12:40pm Friday 22nd August 2014

TRANSACTION Data shows Land Registry completed more than 1,479,490 applications from its customers in July.

Wool marketing board members set to meet producers at auction markets

12:20pm Friday 22nd August 2014

AS the major sheep sales season gets in to full swing the British Wool Marketing Board is looking forward to meeting wool producers at a number of auction markets over the coming months.

Unsung heroes of social care sought

11:20am Friday 22nd August 2014

THE sixth annual Great British Care Awards have been launched, marking the start of the search for unsung heroes across the UK who dedicate themselves to excellence in social care.

Arts store to occupy listed Pershore building

10:10am Friday 22nd August 2014

FOLLOWING significant investment by a businesswoman, work being undertaken to restore a long-term vacant Grade II listed property on Pershore High Street is nearing completion.

Canal bridge restored in Kidderminster

Redditch Advertiser:

9:40am Friday 22nd August 2014

WORK to restore a Kidderminster canal bridge has been completed.

Bridging industry 'accelerates rapidly' since new rules imposed on mortgage lenders

9:20am Friday 22nd August 2014

SINCE the enforcement of new rules on mainstream mortgage lenders, the bridging industry has witnessed a rapid acceleration in its pace of growth, according to the latest West One Bridging Index.

Rising fare costs cause commuters train pain

7:10am Friday 22nd August 2014

ESCALATING rail fares are to continue hitting commuters in the pocket according to the product director at Scottish Friendly.

West Midlands claims for R&D tax relief up a third

6:40am Friday 22nd August 2014

LATEST Government figures show that the number of claims for Research and Development tax relief by SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in the West Midlands region rose by 33% in 2012-13 compared to the previous year.

Black Country accountant opens second office

Redditch Advertiser:

6:20am Friday 22nd August 2014

ALMOST two years after setting up TaxAssist Accountants in Kingswinford to provide specialist tax and accountancy services to the small business community, local accountant Lloyd Evans is expanding, opening a second office at Cradley Enterprise Centre in Halesowen.

New marketing and communications director for Birmingham Royal Ballet

6:10am Friday 22nd August 2014

BIRMINGHAM Royal Ballet has a new director of marketing and communications.

Figures reveal costs to commuters

4:37pm Thursday 21st August 2014

COMMUTERS' contributions to the cost of the rail system have been laid bare in new figures.

First food spending drop recorded

4:35pm Thursday 21st August 2014

SPENDING in food stores dropped in July for the first time in at least 25 years as the supermarket price war took effect, official figures showed today.

Petrol prices at three-year low

3:48pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THE price of fuel at the pumps has fallen to a three-year low, according to AA figures.

Borrowing down by half in July

3:47pm Thursday 21st August 2014

GEORGE Osborne's battle to bring down the annual deficit was given a small boost today as figures showed underlying Government borrowing for July fell by half.

Number of Neets falls by 20,000

3:45pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THE number of young people not in education, employment or training fell by 20,000 in the quarter to June to 955,000, new figures have shown.

John Lewis to cut down on free cake

3:44pm Thursday 21st August 2014

JOHN Lewis customers are to see the number of free cakes and hot drinks they receive as part of a loyalty scheme reduced in the run-up to Christmas.

Engineers' institution warns over GCSE removal proposals

1:30pm Thursday 21st August 2014

AS thousands of young people today receive their GCSE results, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is warning that the Government proposal to remove GCSE engineering could make the skills crisis an even bigger cause of concern for UK employers.

Report backs 'sterlingisation' plan

12:37pm Thursday 21st August 2014

USING the pound without a formal currency union could give an independent Scotland a more stable economy than the rest of the UK, a leading think tank has suggested.

Volcano travel impact played down

12:35pm Thursday 21st August 2014

UK aviation chiefs are confident air travellers will not face the severe ash cloud disruption of 2010 should Iceland's current at-risk volcano Bardarbunga erupt.

Payouts damaged BBC, says Bowen

10:28am Thursday 21st August 2014

BUMPER pay packets handed out to BBC executives have caused "massive damage" to the corporation, according to its Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen.

Soaring demand set to boost West Midlands automotive jobs

Redditch Advertiser:

6:40am Thursday 21st August 2014

SOARING demand for cars and components manufactured in the West Midlands will see a surge in jobs as more than half of employers revealed they were planning to take on new staff - and up their pay, it has been claimed.

'Problem solving skills shortage' a career progress stumbling block

6:20am Thursday 21st August 2014

A "SHORTAGE" of problem-solving skills in the construction industry is said to be preventing professionals from advancing within their careers, prompting a new initiative between Birmingham City University and Mott MacDonald Ltd.

Kidderminster shopping centre's property managers trained to customer service standard

Redditch Advertiser:

6:10am Thursday 21st August 2014

PROPERTY management staff, including those for Kidderminster's Swan Centre, have all been trained in the principles of customer service following the achievement of an industry standard.






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