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Help to Buy 2 ‘operating at just 13% of capacity’

Help to Buy 2 is operating at just over a tenth of its capacity, according to new research by mortgage insurer Genworth. Chancellor George Osborne pledged the scheme could enable up to £130bn of lending over three years, equal to £43.3bn a year. However, Genworth’s analysis shows the scheme supported £5.7bn in 2014, just 13 […]

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Octopus to offer VCTs through Transact

Octopus Investments is to allow investors to buy and hold shares in its Venture Capital Trusts through adviser-facing platform Transact for the first time.  The launch of the service follows a change announced in the Finance Bill 2014 which allows investors to buy VCTs directly via a platform. Previously, investors could only transfer their holding to […]

SimplyBiz ditches sale and IPO plans

Support services and compliance firm SimplyBiz has shelved plans to sell the business or launch an IPO and is instead exploring alternative funding options to remain independent. In January, SimplyBiz confirmed it was considering floating the business on the Alternative Investment Market or selling a stake in the firm to a trade buyer or private […]

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Labour leader Ed Miliband resigns

Ed Miliband has resigned as Labour leader, effective following today’s VE day commemorations, after the party was hammered in the general election. Miliband’s party lost out heavily last night, retaining just a single seat in Scotland, while shadow chancellor Ed Balls lost his seat in Morley and Outwood. In a speech today, Miliband said Labour deputy […]

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