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I cover entrepreneurs and people who create and forge their own living from creating an idea and seeing it through to implementation. Having an idea is the simple part. I started my own clothing enterprise in 2005 and have witnessed the importance of social media in the evolution of business –although I do think the value of Facebook in growing a business is perhaps over played in some quarters. I am constantly looking at new investment opportunities and schemes being introduced to help start-ups get off the ground. I don’t have lots of spare time, but I am partial to cooking and reading, although never at the same time.

Watch Out For Phishing Scammers Posing As The Tax Man

Online crooks have put thousands of fake web sites online to scam millions of pounds from taxpayers on both sides of the Atlantic. HM Revenue & Customs warns fraudsters are forever coming up with ways...

Bitcoin Surge Spread Like An Infection, Claim Economists

The massive surge in the price of Bitcoin from $900 to nearly $20,000 last year was like the spread of an infectious disease, says an economist. The 900% increase in Bitcoin value was driven by...

Directors Banned As £24m Teak Forestry Scheme Fails

A pair of directors skimmed millions of pounds from investor cash raised to buy stakes in Brazilian teak plantations. Junie Bowers,41, and Andrew Skeene, 40, were directors of Global Forestry Investments (GFI), and their business...

One In Four Have No Rainy Day Savings To Fall Back On

Most of us worry about having enough to pay the bills while putting some money away to pay for a comfortable retirement. But a shocking survey reveals the real state of the nation when it...
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MPs Set Deadline For Pension Cold Callers To Hang Up

Unwanted telephone calls from pension scammers are one of the most despicable marketing tactics that rob innocent savers of their retirement income. Lawmakers are determined to see a cold-call ban on pension scammers in place...

OPEC Production Pledges Drives Up Oil Prices

Oil prices have hit a two-year high on the expectation that a self-enforced OPEC production curb will continue into 2018. The price per barrel passed the $62 mark for the first time since July 2015...

English Are Happier Than The Rest Of The UK

If you live in England, you are marginally happier this year than last, but the rest of the country is more miserable, according to new research. Wellbeing is tracked by the Office of National Statistics...

Living Abroad Did Not Make A British Couple Expats

A British couple who moved overseas but made regular visits to the UK of fewer than 90 days a year were still resident in the UK because they had not made a clean break...

Million Fliers Can Claim Airline Delay Compensation

A million passengers who missed connecting flights starting in the EU to non-EU destinations due to airport delays can claim compensation following a landmark court ruling. The passengers all missed flights during in the past...

How Much Money Do You Need To Be Happy?

Money can’t buy love or happiness, but having enough to spend can make you happier, according to new research. The revealing study has found that cash and happiness are closely related, but people do not...

Expat Investors Cash In On Exchange Rate Discounts On Homes

Expat investors buying homes in Britain are cashing in on massive discounts afforded by the falling value of the Pound. Currency exchange rate fluctuations are piling up cash reductions on the price of property. Investors in...
pensions

It’s Pension Cut-Off Day And You’ve Probably Run Out Of Money

If you are relying on the state pension to fund your retirement, then you have run out of money until the end of the year, according to a financial firm. The state pension offers a...

Do You Qualify For A QROPS Expat Pension?

If you are a British expat, you are bound to have heard of the tax and investment benefits of an offshore QROPS pension. But although they are a great option for many expats and overseas...

Revealed – How Banks And Insurers Trick Customers Into Buying

New research by financial consumer watchdogs rips apart the marketing strategies of banks and insurers to reveal the tricks they use to lure customers. The study by the Financial Services Consumer Panel looks at the...

Central Banks Ready To Release Their Grip On Interest Rates

International fiscal policy is slowly entering a new phase – but you should look carefully for the signs or you might miss them. The messages from central banks are carefully worded and often couched in...

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