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Yorkshire Bank agrees Arck investor support scheme

Yorkshire Bank has set up a scheme to support 700 investors who lost money in failed property investment vehicle Arck LLP. In an announcement published today, the FCA says Yorkshire Bank – which provided banking facilities to Arck investors – has agreed to establish a support scheme to return money to investors. The FCA says […]

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Are exotic Sipp investments an endangered species?

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Absence management systems gone AWOL from UK’s SMEs, reports Jelf

A quarter (23 per cent)* of the UK’s small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not have an absence management system in place, according to new research from Jelf Employee Benefits. Despite 69 per cent* of organisations having a system in place, three-quarters (75 per cent) report that it is not providing them with sufficiently empowering absence or health data to inform an effective wellbeing programme.

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