Lloyds Bank, Manchester

Lloyds Bank profits nosedived in 2020 … but less than expected

LLOYDS Bank has announced a 70 percent slump in annual profits. CEO Antonio Horta-Osorio said the pandemic had had a profound effect on the bank’s...
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Suited and booted: Dr Martens laces-up for 2021 IPO

ICON of the boot-making universe, Dr Martens, has confirmed an IPO will be floated on the London Stock Exchange in February. Initial notification of the...
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ESG integration boost for Blackrock’s DC strategy

US INVESTMENT company BlackRock’s UK Defined Contribution (DC) default strategy, LifePath, is moving to the next phase of ESG integration. The move will increase LifePath UK’s ESG exposure,...
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2021: Outlook, advice for the UK’s employers

ALEKSANDRA TRACZYK, a solicitor at Winckworth Sherwood, traces a brief trail into the fresh Brexit landscape DECEMBER 31 marked the end of 2020, a year...
Rolls-Royce SMR

Rolling-out nuclear power: Iconic engine-maker heading group to create mini reactors

ROLLS-ROYCE is heading a consortium planning to build 16 small nuclear power stations in the UK — and create 6,000 regional jobs. Up to 80...
CHERRISK in numbers

Focus on goals, communication and a human touch have stood insurance group in good...

CHERRISK, located in Budapest, and its insurance partner, the UNIQA Group,  headquartered in Vienna, have made a splash in the insurance sector with their...
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Northern England in reverse: ‘14 years of growth may be lost’

REGIONS in the North of England could lose up to 14 years of growth in the wake of the pandemic, a study warns. The North...
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Fintech funding key to keeping SMEs strong after end of loans

ONE OF Europe’s largest business lenders says the fintech industry must be strengthened to support SMEs after the Bounce Back Loan scheme closes at...
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Sweet success as Jelly Drops give elderly a necessary hydration hit

LONDON start-up Jelly Drops is helping to boost proper hydration among elderly people and those living with dementia. These groups have been among the hardest-hit...
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Mixed but generally positive responses to Sunak’s revised support package

By HAL WILLIAMS THE UK government’s new package of measures to support businesses through to March 2021 has met with differing responses from the business...