Just over four months ago, George Osborne delivered his second Budget of 2015, following the Conservative Party’s outright victory in the May general election. At that moment, the view from 11, Downing Street must have looked remarkably pleasant. Osborne’s handling of the economy was widely credited with playing a large – if not pivotal – part in the election victory. Boris Johnson and Theresa May, the Chancellor’s two main rivals in the race to succeed David Cameron, were both listing badly – albeit they hadn’t quite run aground.
Our first ever investment conference was held recently – and most successful it was, too. The background was a subdued market where the FTSE 100 Share Index had lost a little over 1% in the week before – hardly a game changing experience and nothing that a good day’s trading shouldn’t recover. Oil had recovered a bit, though Brent crude is still trading below $50. And the pound had recovered a little against the euro to stand at around €1.40, to stand at a little over 71p.
National Insurance contributions go towards things like your State Pension but they don’t count towards the costs of social care. This type of care is managed by your local authority and generally comes at a price. That is why you have to apply directly to them if you need help with paying for long-term care. Your local authority (or Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland) will first carry out a Care Needs Assessment to find out what support you need.
Last year we went over and above the call of duty in our Autumn Statement Preview: we combed the Chancellor’s Twitter feed to look for clues as to what might be in his speech. Obviously we have had to do the same this year but, sadly there has been no mention of November 25th’s Autumn Statement in his 140 character life story so far, so it looks like we’ll need to do some rather more in depth research.
Following on from our last article, ‘Learning from these 5 Bristol business successes’, we’ve found 5 more local businesses who we think are worth celebrating. We are proud to be based in the thriving city of Bristol and value the success of all businesses who contribute to our local economy.
(If you are involved in a local business or organisation with a success story then do let us know – we’d love to feature you in a future article!)