How to make the most of discount car prices

March 20, 2009

The motoring industry has been hit hard by the recession (as demonstrated by the cancellation of the 2010 British Motor Show) and consumers have struggled to secure the credit they need to buy a new car. But for those in a position to make a move, there has never been a better time to do a deal.

Late payments send small businesses to the wall

March 20, 2009

By clamping down on credit, Britain’s newly cautious banks are making collapse almost inevitable for many small to medium enterprise (SMEs) who need a financial cushion now, more than ever, as suppliers and customers struggle to pay bills as the economic downturn bites.

Stemming the rising tide of jargon

March 19, 2009

Every cloud has a silver lining and maybe one effect of the recession might just be to reduce the ever-rising tide of jargon.

Web round-up: Reaction to FSA’s bank regulation proposals

March 18, 2009

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has published a blueprint for a shake-up of global banking regulations aimed at preventing a repeat of the current financial crisis. The report, authored by FSA Chairman Adair Turner, recommends an increase in banks’ minimum capital requirements, closer regulation of hedge funds as well as proposals to stop banks lending too much during boom years and measures to restrict the ability of banks to take excessive risks.

Web round-up: small changes that save you money

March 12, 2009

With unemployment on the rise and the cost of living also heading in the wrong direction, the days of profligacy are over and many of us are suddenly starting to look at ways in which we can cut back and save a few extra pennies.

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

March 3, 2009

    Alistair Darling may think it’s time for a bit of collective
responsibility, but anyone who thinks Gordon Brown is about to
apologise for Britain’s current economic travails should think

Tumbling markets – where will it end?

March 2, 2009

Stocks went in a tailspin again today as banking stocks tumbled after AIG posted a record loss and HSBC announced Britain’s largest ever rights issue.

Jam tomorrow – will you buy Marks and Spencer’s new sandwich?

February 25, 2009

As fans of Alice in Wonderland will know, it’s jam every other day — jam yesterday or jam tomorrow but never jam today. “All very confusing,” says Alice.

‘We are all to blame for financial crisis’ – archbishop

February 12, 2009

Bankers, auditors, money-market speculators and regulators all came in for criticism at the Church of England’s General Synod during a discussion on the implications of the financial crisis and the recession.

UK job losses: real stories

February 11, 2009

Simon Owen is a strategy and innovation consultant who helps companies identify and implement new business opportunities. He worked at a London based consultancy before being made redundant in January 2009. The opinions expressed are his own.