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Business News Wales – Openreach Invests £1.7 Million in New Learning Centre for Engineers in Wales
September 16, 2021

View this article here. Openreach and First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford, today unveiled a brand new ‘National Learning Centre for Wales’ that will teach the country’s next generation of telecoms engineers how to build and maintain vital broadband services for communities across the country. Based in Newport, the new £1.7 million centre will give

The Daily Express – Our plan for jobs is working as unemployment continues to fall, says Rishi
September 16, 2021

View this article here. The number of people with jobs rebounded to pre-pandemic levels after the biggest jump in employment since 2014, new figures show. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said workers on payrolls rose by 241,000 between July and August. It also said the rate of unemployment dropped again, to 4.6 percent. The

Daily Express – Our plan for jobs is working as unemployment continues to fall, says Rishi
September 15, 2021

View this article here. The number of people with jobs rebounded to pre-pandemic levels after the biggest jump in employment since 2014, new figures show. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said workers on payrolls rose by 241,000 between July and August. It also said the rate of unemployment dropped again, to 4.6 percent. The

Business World – Aspiring for high-income status
September 15, 2021

View this article here. Despite the continuing weaknesses of our still fragile democracy, the Philippines is no longer known in international circles as the “sick man of Asia.” Since the beginning of the Third Millennium, as we saw in previous articles in this series, the Philippines has been constantly in the list of the most

Dhaka Tribune – OP-ED: Bangladesh and its emerging economy
September 15, 2021

View this article here. In the CEBR report, Bangladesh ranks 40th among 193 nations this year and would ascend to 25th in 2034, a place presently held by Belgium According to the World Economic League Table 2020, Bangladesh’s economy would grow at one of the fastest rates between 2020 and 2034, thanks to a demographic

FT Advisor – Policy changes needed to fix pension gap
September 15, 2021

View this article here. Decisive policy action is needed by government to fix the gender pensions crisis, senior industry professionals have stated. Sean Christian, managing director and executive director of the wealth management division at Canada Life, called the gender pension gap between men and women a serious “inequality” which “can only be addressed through

Politico – UK job vacancies top one million in new record
September 14, 2021

View this article here. Vacancy numbers in the U.K. soared by 249,000 to more than one million for the first time since records began, amid staff shortages worsened by the pandemic and post-Brexit immigration curbs. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Tuesday the rate of unemployment dropped to 4.6 percent, with the number of U.K. workers

Reaction – Baby boomers are not robbing the young
September 14, 2021

Douglas McWilliams View this article here. The debate about the funding of social care has reopened the arguments about the inequality of wealth distribution in the UK between the old and the young. The generally accepted narrative, aggressively promoted in Lord Willetts’ book, The Pinch – How the baby boomers took their children’s future – and why

The Telegraph – Growth plummets amid warning that tax raid risks derailing recovery
September 10, 2021

View this article here. Alarming figures showed Britain’s post-Covid recovery grinding to a virtual halt in July just days after Boris Johnson unveiled plans for a £36bn tax raid. The anaemic growth of just 0.1pc leaves the economy 2.1pc below its pre-pandemic peak during a month when the surging delta variant triggered a ‘pingdemic’ of absent

The Telegraph – Pingdemic’s economic cost revealed as growth slumps to just 0.1pc
September 10, 2021

View this article here. The UK’s economic growth ground to a virtual halt in July amid the pingdemic, as economists and Tory MPs warned that Boris Johnson’s £36bn tax raid threatens to further stifle the recovery.  Growth of just 0.1 per cent leaves the economy 2.1 per cent below its pre-pandemic peak during a month when the

Arab News – Afghanistan may seek more business with China, CEBR says
September 10, 2021

View this article here. A leading London-based think tank has warned the Taliban will be forced to seek cooperation with China to resuscitate the country’s war-torn economy following US withdrawal and the freezing of Western aid. A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research said China was best placed to fill the vacuum

Insider UK – Rural Scotland sees significant decline in new businesses during 2020
September 8, 2021

View this article here. Coastal and rural areas in Scotland have seen a significant decline in trading companies over the first 12 months of the pandemic, when compared to the previous 12 months. The average monthly number of new businesses starting up has declined across the UK during the coronavirus crisis, but the decline in

The Daily Express – ‘Significant cultural shift’ Over 50s avoiding retirement due to state pension age changes
September 6, 2021

View this article here. The new report from L&G and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) found that 47 percent of all over 50s are predicted to be part of the UK’s workforce. In 2020, the number of people over the age 50 in work rose to 42 percent, a sharp rise from

The National, Business – Supply chain challenges constrain UK manufacturing growth in August
September 6, 2021

View this article here. British factory output in August grew at the weakest rate for six months as supply chain challenges affect manufacturers’ recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, according to IHS Markit. The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 60.3 last month from 60.4 in July. While the figure was still above the 50

The National, Business – Annual inflation in OECD countries up to 4.2% amid rising energy and food prices
September 6, 2021

View this article here. Annual inflation across some of the world’s biggest economies increased to 4.2 per cent in July, driven by soaring energy and good prices, according to the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development. The rise in prices in July, up 0.2 per cent on June, came as energy prices across the 37-member

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