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April 2011 Blog Posts (14)

August rate rise predicted

A number of economists predict the Monetary Policy Committee will raise interest rates in August this year, to curb rising inflation.

In a poll conducted by the BBC, 14 out of 22 economists said they expect the MPC to boost interest rates from historic lows of 0.5% in August, when an inflation report is due out.

Four of the economists predicted there would be a…


Added by Mark Williams on April 26, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

Internal Branding within SME retailers

Hello guys, I wonder if anyone could help me! I continue to have my own fancy dress business with four retail stores however recently I returned to University to study a Masters in Design & Branding Strategy to further my skills.

My research focuses upon internal branding within SMEs. Franchised operations are of particular interest due to the core need for a replicatable concept and system. Ideally I…


Added by Kylie Arthur on April 23, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

The Feelgood Festival - discover new ways to be well

As a Shiatsu practitioner one of the things I enjoy most is introducing people to the treatment for the first time.

Giving 15 minute seated treatments at special events is a great way for people to try Shiatsu, and people are often surprised at how deeply they can relax in that short time, or how much relief they can experience from the neck, shoulder or back pain that prompted them to give it a go. Even if…


Added by Liz Kendall on April 20, 2011 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Surrey’s first Open Energy free event - learn how to green your business

With energy prices predicted to rise by 60% over the next decade Surrey’s first 'Open Energy' event will show businesses  how to save money, generate  income and improve their environmental credentials, simply by introducing renewable energy measures.


Organised by Surrey County Council, this free event will support Surrey’s own ambition to combat climate… Continue

Added by Felicity Stanbridge on April 19, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments

Wisdom, Experience and Starting Over

Last week I watched a program on television about 3 people in their fifties looking for work. The story was a familiar one, I’ve been there. Despite age legislation most people in this situation find themselves struggling to even get past the first hurdle (usually the recruitment agencies)!

So many people in their late forties and fifties are finding themselves in a position where they suddenly have to start…


Added by Linda Pope on April 19, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments

'Success Before Start Up' - Supports Surrey Start-Ups

'Success Before Start Up' - The Antidote to First Year Failure

Yesterday Surrey small businesses were in the spotlight with the start of my new book's prelaunch activity on Amazon.  

The concept behind the book is to try and help non-business people prepare for starting a business, avoid mistakes and succeed.  Nineteen…


Added by Steve Bridger on April 19, 2011 at 8:00 — 2 Comments

Networking in Surrey News - week beginning 18 April

Oh boy! There’s so much going on out there in Networkland at the moment, I hardly know where to start... Thank goodness we have a raft of Bank Holidays in store, so I’ll have a chance to catch up with myself.

You may have noticed there’s been no edition of NiS News for the past couple of weeks (no cheering at the back, please :0) I’ve just been too darn busy…


Added by Keith Grover, NiS Founder on April 19, 2011 at 0:00 — No Comments

Bank bans interest only mortgages without written proof of how it is to be repaid

Halifax has announced that it now requires borrowers to provide written proof of how the loan will be repaid before a mortgage offer is made. Until April 6, it only asked borrowers to say that they had a repayment vehicle in place before the mortgage offer.

It is the latest example of banks and building societies tightening their lending criteria amid growing fears that home owners…


Added by Mark Williams on April 16, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments

Competition exclusively for Surrey Chamber Members - Win a Free Website

Competition - Win a Free Website…


Added by David Simpson on April 14, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments

"The State will pay for me"...78% who think that will be wrong

Ill health or injury can affect anybody at any time and state support is often insufficient to cover bills, mortgage repayments and maintain individual or family lifestyles.

In January the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) released figures for those eligible for the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Only 22% of those assessed were deemed suitable for welfare…


Added by Mark Williams on April 13, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

Arrange life cover?...Id rather change a nappy

Recent research has found that a remarkable 48% of mums don't have any life insurance cover at all. The main excuses behind their lack of protection were not understanding it (30%), not having time to sort it out (30%) and believing it was an unnecessary…


Added by Mark Williams on April 12, 2011 at 15:00 — No Comments

22% of homeowners don't know what effect a Base Rate rise would have on their mortgage

Research has found that 22% of homeowners, amounting to 3.5m people, are unaware of how an increase in base rate would affect their monthly mortgage payments.

Despite increasing speculation that the base rate will soon rise, the survey showed that 16% of borrowers on their lender's standard variable rate and 13% of those on a tracker rate do not know what an increase would do to their mortgage…


Added by Mark Williams on April 11, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments

Mortgage application fees rise 15% in the last 18 months

The application fees charged by lenders for their mortgage products have risen by just over 15% in the last 18 months.

Data reveals the average application fee ( the fee that is paid by the applicant for a given interest rate) has increased by around £100 between September 2009 and March 2011.

Over the period, fixed product application fees rose by £97 on average, an…


Added by Mark Williams on April 5, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments

Computer says....this is why

Lenders will be forced to disclose their reasons for refusing a customer a mortgage under proposed plans announced by the European Commission today.
In its Directive it says where an application has been rejected the lender must inform the consumer immediately and without charge as to the reasons for the refusal.
It says: “Where…

Added by Mark Williams on April 1, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments

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