Negative inflation hits UK Read more

Negative inflation hits UK

Negative inflation hits UK: The UK inflation rate turned negative yesterday, for the first time since Harold Macmillan was prime minister in 1960. It dropped to -0.1% in April: Pennine Business News’ Reuben Cutts looks at the implications this could have. All firms in the north-west can expect to see their margins squeezed, because prices […]

The General Election 2015 Read more

The Budget: further devolved powers for Greater Manchester

The Budget: further devolved powers for Greater Manchester: Greater Manchester are one of only two regions to be given the right to keep 100% of their business growth, in further devolved powers for the Northern region which will come into effect from April. ‘Symbolic’, so believes Pennine Business News’ Reuben Cutts, after a six-month period […]

Tech companies in Manchester confident of growth Read more

Tech companies in Manchester confident of growth

Tech companies in Manchester confident of growth: Businesses in Manchester have predicted growth of 10.4% for this year — that’s according to Barclays’ Fast Growth Tech survey. Impressively, this I’d four times faster than the UK’s GDP forecast. Further research has shown that 41% of businesses are expecting growth of up to 10%, with another 23% […]

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A Labour general election win: the implications

A Labour general election win: the implications… With 86 days to go until the general election, the North’s SMEs are well underway in deploying analysts to try to interpret the consequences that change may cause for them. Pennine Business News’ Reuben Cutts looks at some of the day’s leading news in the race to Number […]