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Your Money: Financial assets drive rise in household wealth

30 June 2015

Financial assets such as pensions and shares is driving a rise in household wealth, research by Lloyds Bank has suggested.

Based on data from the Office for National Statistics, the study found that total household wealth increased by £1.5 trillion during 2014 to reach £9.1 trillion.

Household financial assets accounted for…

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Small businesses unprepared against digital attacks

16 June 2015

More than 4 in 10 small and micro businesses have experienced digital crime, according to a survey by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

The survey of 1,000 business owners with less than 49 employees reveals that 42% have suffered online security issues.

Important figures:

Estate planning (part two of two)

12 June 2015

The second part in the pair of articles on Estate Planning we are looking at what you are trying to achieve and the use of Trusts.

Where you want to get to?

This part of estate planning is less about the numbers, and more about identifying the obstacles. Everyone has different…

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Business planning overlooked by SMEs

9 June 2015

A third of small and medium-sized business owners are operating without a business plan, according to research by Close Brothers Asset Finance.

The survey found that 29% of SMEs do not have a business plan, with 43% of these claiming that they don’t believe they need one.

Furthermore, a fifth say…

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Deregulation tops small firms’ priority list

3 June 2015

More than half of small business owners want the new Conservative government to prioritise reducing regulation, a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed.

The poll of more than 2,300 FSB members found that 53% believe that regulation is the biggest issue to tackle in the next…

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Productivity problems are often linked to poor collaboration

2 June 2015

Anybody that has worked on a project involving managers from different departments knows how quickly the project’s momentum can come to a halt. When employees receive inconsistent requests and tasks from management, work can become complicated and counterproductive. This lack of collaboration can hinder the execution of your project…

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