Wealth and Happiness: Striking a Balance for SME Owners

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ?????????> Have you ever scrolled through social media, bombarded by images of sprawling mansions, exotic vacations, and six-figure car collections, and wondered, “Is this the key to Wealth and Happiness?” As a fellow British SME owner, I can tell you – the answer is a resounding no. Don’t get me wrong, financial security […]

UK Government Plans Training ‘Bootcamps’ to Address Worker Shortages Amid Immigration Cuts

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ?????????> The UK government is set to introduce skills “bootcamps” to train unemployed individuals for jobs in sectors such as hospitality, social care, and logistics. This initiative, announced by Mel Stride, the Work and Pensions Secretary, aims to address potential worker shortages resulting from a crackdown on migrant visas. Stride will highlight that, […]

BT Scraps Digital Landline Switch Deadline Amid Vulnerability Concerns

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ?????????> BT has significantly postponed its plans to switch customers from traditional copper-based landlines to internet-based services, following concerns about the impact on vulnerable individuals. Initially set for completion by the end of 2025, the switch is now delayed until the end of January 2027. The decision comes after several incidents where telecare […]

Food Price Rises Returning to Normal, Says Kantar

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ?????????> Research from Kantar indicates that food price rises are returning to more typical rates, with grocery price inflation dropping to 2.4%, the lowest since October 2021. Despite this easing, shoppers continue to favor cheaper own-brand goods, suggesting that the habits formed during the cost-of-living crisis persist. The findings come ahead of official […]

UK Interest Rate Cut Possible This Summer, Says Bank of England Deputy

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ?????????> UK interest rates could see a reduction this summer, according to Ben Broadbent, the Bank of England’s outgoing deputy governor for monetary policy. Broadbent indicated that if the economy evolves as anticipated, borrowing costs might be lowered “sometime over the summer” in response to a significant drop in inflation. The primary inflation […]

Why embracing Industry 5.0 is a game changer for SMEs

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ?????????> Many of the challenges faced by businesses today are complex, multifaceted and interconnected – requiring a combination of human ingenuity and technological capabilities to solve. Professor Chris Harrop OBE, Made in Britain Chairman explains that while Industry 4.0 revolutionised production – with the transformative impact of automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and the […]

ChatGPT Suspends Scarlett Johansson-Like Voice Amid Actor’s Outcry

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ?????????> OpenAI has suspended a voice option in its ChatGPT product that closely resembled Scarlett Johansson’s voice, following the actor’s objections. Johansson expressed her surprise and anger over the use of a voice that was eerily similar to her own without her consent. Johansson revealed in a statement that OpenAI had approached her […]

Trump’s Truth Social Media Company Reports $327 Million First-Quarter Loss

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ?????????> Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG), the company behind Donald Trump’s social networking platform Truth Social, reported a significant loss of $327.6 million for the first quarter of 2024. This figure was revealed in the company’s first earnings report as a publicly traded entity. The substantial loss includes $311 million in non-cash […]

‘Stealth taxes’ dragging 6.5m taxpayers into higher tax bands 

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ?????????> The Liberal Democrats have found that 6.5m UK taxpayers are being dragged into a higher tax band as a result of Conservative party budgets, including 15,000 in Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s own constituency  – a finding described as “damning” for the government with a general election looming. With the personal allowance (£12,570) and the higher rate of […]

Raspberry Pi announces London IPO listing in win for city’s stock exchange

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ?????????> Raspberry Pi has confirmed its intention to pursue an IPO in London in a win for the city’s beleaguered stock exchange. It is London’s first major listing since Air Astana in February, raising investor hopes for a bounce back in the city’s fortunes after high-profile companies, such as Arm and CRH, moved […]