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Brexit is pushing Northern Ireland back into division

Brexit is divisive.  That also makes Brexit dangerous.  It represents the most significant UK political faultline in decades – in fact, since the UK joined what was then the European Economic Community in 1973.  Brexit has created what could potentially be a fatal split in both the UK’s major parties – ironically at a time when

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The text of my talk to AGM of Northern Ireland Assembly’s All Party Group on Co-operatives and Mutuals

Co-op Bank   The Co-operative Bank is a Public Limited Company, which is wholly owned by the Co-operative Group.   Until recently it was called Co-operative Financial Services   The Group remains essentially a food retailer and farming business that also does other things – financial services, funerals, pharmacy, until recently travel and has recently

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Accountancy news – August 2011: Accounting & Business

News – UK Companies optimistic on pension inflation [lead] FTSE350 companies use widely differing inflation assumptions in their pensions accounting, with 65% assuming inflation will be less than that implied by the financial markets, according to pension consultants Hymans Robertson in its annual FTSE 350 Accounting Assumptions Survey. The average variation from market assumptions is

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Public sector cuts hit private sector: CFO World

Government spending cuts will lose contractors annual income of about £46bn, according to analysis just published by PwC.  Around half a million private sector jobs will go.   Manufacturing, transport, hospitality and financial services will all feel pain, but the major losers are construction and, especially, business services, including legal advice, consultancy, catering and cleaning.

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