UK manufacturing growth was stronger in October, says PMI survey – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images British manufacturers reported stronger growth in October, driven by higher domestic demand and export orders. The IHS Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rose to 56.3 last month, from 56 in September. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. It was the fifteenth consecutive month of expansion for the sector, and will fuel [...]

‘In the UK, it’s about survival’: Why UK publishers aren’t going all-in on video – Digiday

While publishers in the U.S. have “pivoted to video” in droves, those in the U.K. haven’t done so to the same degree, due to a smaller market, fewer VC-backed publishers and comparatively less reliance on Facebook. The much-mocked term “pivot to video” has become a catch-all phrase for replacing text-based journalists with video specialists. Since [...]

Most of UK’s fruit and veg is from other EU nations ‘so Brexit impact may be dramatic’ – The Guardian

The UK faces serious health implications if the government fails to agree a Brexit deal, finds a report that says of 35 portions of fruit and vegetables, a figure relating to the five-a-day recommendation for individuals, just one “portion” is grown in the UK and picked by British or non-EU workers. The report, to mark [...]

Brexit fails to dent UK as a top place to do business –

Britain has maintained its place as one of the top 10 countries in the world for ease of doing business despite worries that political turmoil and the Brexit negotiations could dent the country’s appeal to companies. The UK is the seventh best place to do business, according to the World Bank’s annual report on competitiveness. [...]

UK house prices pick up but still under pressure, says Nationwide – The Guardian

UK house price growth edged up to a three-month high in October, but pressure on household budgets is weighing on the market according to Nationwide. Annual growth in house prices picked up to 2.5% from 2.3% in September, as a shortage of homes on the market and low mortgage rates propped up prices, the lender [...]

UK Hints at Compromises on Brexit Bill as Date Set for Talks – Bloomberg

The U.K. signaled it’s preparing to compromise over money in its stand-off with the European Union, as a new round of Brexit talks offered the chance to break the deadlock. The deal on the divorce terms will probably be better for the remaining 27 EU countries than for Britain on the financial settlement, Brexit Secretary [...]

Airbnb paid £188000 in UK tax last year – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Airbnb links property owners with travellers looking for a room or entrie home Airbnb, the accommodation website, paid less than £200,000 in UK corporation tax last year despite collecting £657m of rental payments for property owners. The commissions the company earns in the UK are booked by its Irish [...]

Gender-neutral activist takes UK passports case to high court – The Guardian

The Home Office is to be challenged to provide gender-neutral, or “X”, passports to UK citizens at a high court hearing this week. The application for a judicial review is being made by lawyers on behalf of Christie Elan-Cane, who has campaigned on the issue for 25 years and given evidence to parliament about transgender [...]

More than 60% of Monarch passengers back in the UK – BBC News

Media captionThe chief executive of failed airline Monarch tells Today projected losses were too great to stay operating More than 60% of holidaymakers left overseas when Monarch Airlines collapsed have now flown back to the UK, the Civil Aviation Authority says. The CAA stepped in after all of Monarch’s flights and holidays were cancelled, leasing [...]

The UK housing market’s perfect storm, and five steps to avoid it – The Guardian

Britain’s housing market is dysfunctional. The rate of home ownership is plummeting, and the average age at which people become owner-occupiers is rising. In London and other property hotspots, the rents are unaffordable for those working at the sharp end of the service sector. Homelessness is on the up. William Beveridge identified housing as a [...]

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