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Record employment at heart of poverty fight – Smith

The government&#39s fifth annual poverty report shows employment has increased by 1.5m since 1997 to almost 28m workers.


A run for their money

Bitter acrimony surrounds events chronicled in last week&#39s Diary page, in which Ben “Biffer” Yearsley of Hargreaves Lansdown mocked colleague Tom “Flailing” McPhail for finishing behind him in the Bristol half-marathon.Always a man to take defeat square on the chin, McPhail decided to contact the Diary this week to suggest that, as his pregnant girl-friend […]

Insight presents the right attitude

Insight Investments has designed the Insight investment growth plan, which has two options catering for different attitudes to risk. The accelerated growth option gives investors ten times the growth in the index up to a maximum of 50 per cent. For example, if the index rises by 5 per cent, investors will come away with […]

MBO for Berkeley Berry Birch&#39s nursery Network

Berkeley Berry Birch&#39s nursery network Alpha to Omega has been bought from its parent group in a management buyout deal.The directors of the Alpha to Omega network have purchased shares from the Berkeley Berry Birch group as an initial consideration for an undisclosed sum.The 18-firm network becomes an associated partner of BBB which will continue […]

Outside edge

While the actions of the FSA tend to concentrate the minds of IFAs and legislators alike, there is a far wider source of potential regulation sitting in Brussels. The danger for IFAs is the chasm between the way financial services are retailed in continental Europe and the current UK market.Typically, the wholesalers control the retailing […]

Partied out and penniless

December has left me destitute. My piggy bank lies broken and empty, my lunchtime meal deal feels like an extravagant expense and I’m down to the Bountys in my box of Celebrations. But I won’t mourn my dearly departed pennies. Between buying gifts for loved ones (then deciding to keep them for myself) to treating […]


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