With mortgages becoming easier to get through the success of the Government’s Funding for Lending Scheme, more and more people are investing in property to let.
A new online equity fundraising platform called FundTheGap was launched last week, with the aim of connecting start-ups and small businesses with experienced investors.
New research has shown that the average Isa rate has dropped to the record low of just 1.74 per cent from 2.55 per cent a year ago and the choice of Isa has dwindled by a fifth year-on-year.
On the first of February, the first pop-up store to be opened outside London was launched in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire.
The Financial Services Authority has ordered an investigation into the £11bn annuity market amid concerns that British pensioners are getting a poor deal in exchange for their retirement savings.
Last year the value of deals in emerging markets executed by UK firms fell to $10.7bn, a fall of 50 per cent on 2011, leaving them at number five in global rankings.
Interest in the Government’s Start-Up Loans Scheme reached an unprecedented high this month, with the number of applications reaching 7,000 in a matter of weeks after the entry requirements were broadened.
The retail distribution review (RDR) has been welcomed by the pensions industry but there is concern that its implementation could lead to a lack of advice in the industry as a whole.
According to an annual M&A review, major companies could be about to start spending the cash they hoarded in 2012, which was a record year for divestments.
Following the recent sad demise of high street chains Jessops and HMV, three UK business campaigns have joined forces to urge the businesses’ administrators to allow them to turn the empty branches of the stores into pop-up shops for entrepreneurs.