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10 of the best things to see and do in Manchester in September..

Our pick of the best things happening in and around Manchester in September. September in Manchester doesn’t have to be the damp end of summer. The sun could make another appearance and give us a few more days to enjoy a bit of alfresco dining or drinking at one of Manchester’s rooftop bars So before […]

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Pound climbs to highest level since July..

The pound has hit its highest level against the dollar since July amid hopes a no-deal Brexit can be avoided. Sterling jumped more than 1% on Friday to over $1.24 against the dollar, its highest level in seven weeks. The pound was boosted after a report in the Times said the DUP, Northern Ireland’s largest […]

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Is now a good time to buy in the local property market..

It’s not a good time – it’s a great time! The amount of excitement we’re picking up in the office every day is quite something. We’ve got bags of experience between us and have seen the market at its best and its worst, but the way positive sentiment has grown so quickly over such a […]

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Why the Chorlton and Old Trafford market is still a great investment..

Believe it or not, the buy-to-let sector is probably more appealing now than ever. It is true that some have been scared off by having to pay an extra three per cent on stamp duty and the generally less hospitable tax environment. However, there are fantastic deals to be had for the canny investor who […]

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UK ‘at risk of slipping into recession’..

The UK is at risk of slipping into recession, according to a closely watched survey of industry managers. The dominant services sector grew only slightly in August, the purchasing managers’ index (PMI) from IHS Markit/CIPS suggests. “The lack of any meaningful growth… raises the likelihood that the UK economy is slipping into recession,” said IHS […]

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More than £1.5bn of outdated £5 and £10 notes not returned..

More than £1.5bn in old fivers and tenners has still not been cashed in more than a year after the last of them ceased to be legal tender. The Bank of England says 118 million paper £5 notes and 94 million £10 paper notes have still not been returned. The £5 notes were withdrawn in […]

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Bank of mum and dad ‘one of UK’s biggest mortgage lenders’..

Parents spend so much money to get their children onto the housing ladder that they are now among the biggest lenders in the UK, a survey suggests. The average parental contribution for homebuyers this year is £24,100, up by more than £6,000 compared to last year, according to Legal & General (L&G). Collectively parents have […]

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School uniform: Can it be bought more cheaply?

It’s the time of year when many parents are buying their children’s school uniform, which some say can cost more than £200. What can they do to make it cheaper? The cost of school uniform Research by market analysts Mintel suggests British parents spend about £1.2bn on clothing and equipment for school. The Department for […]

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First-time buyers fell in June..

New figures from UK Finance show that the number of first-time house buyers fell in June by 1.5%, compared to the same month in 2018. In June, 32,760 first-time buyer mortgages were completed in June, and 31,000 home mover mortgages were handed out – a 3.6% decrease like-for-like. As for buy-to-let purchase mortgages, there were […]

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Metro top and RBS bottom in banks’ customer ratings..

Customers have provided a ray of sunshine for Metro Bank as the embattled business topped official satisfaction ratings. Metro was joint top with First Direct, with 82% of personal British customers saying they would recommend the banks to their family and friends. Metro has seen its share price nosedive in recent months and is looking […]