Jennifer Jones

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For those already making European holiday plans for summer 2019, or for those hesitantly waiting to see the results of ‘B’ day on 29 March there are still questions about what might happen to travel plans after this date. The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has issued practical guidance to reassure travellers at this time of uncertainty. If a Brexit deal is agreed, the UK will enter a transition period meaning travel laws and…
In the holiday season many of us jet-set to foreign shores – but do we ever think  about how we might get home if our budget airline goes bust or are we just hunting for the best deals to make the pound stretch further? The last decade has seen a number of airlines collapse or be swallowed up by competitors: Airline Ceased operation Reason Monarch Airlines 2017 Administration Air Berlin 2017 Administration British Midland International…
Estate agents’ fees (which often feel excessive on top of all the other costs of moving house) have been largely accepted as a normal cost of selling your house. Or at least they used to be. However this may not be the case anymore with property owners increasingly using online agents that offer low-cost fixed fees to try and reduce the overall costs of selling a house. The rise of online agents over the years…
In a retail world that is ever changing, could the big four supermarket giants become the big three? Sainsbury’s and Yorkshire-based supermarket Asda (the second and third largest supermarkets in the UK) have announced they are at an ‘advanced’ stage in proposed merger talks. The merger could result in approximately 2,800 stores and represent over 30% of the UK grocery market. (Note that these figures are dependent on the Competition and Markets Authority review and…
There was a magical place that’s now in administration. It’s called ‘Toys R Us’, Toys R Us’, Toys R Us’. This week has seen another two major retail casualties with the aforementioned much-loved toy shop and well-known electrical retailer Maplin going into administration within minutes of each other. As predicted in one of our recent blogs (‘We wish you a profitable Christmas’), retailers should hold on for what looks to be a rough…
Jamie Oliver’s two flagship restaurants have hit the headlines this week, with the upmarket steak restaurant Barbecoa in London’s Piccadilly closing. This comes shortly after last month’s announcement that Jamie’s Italian was closing 12 of its 37 restaurants, following the 6 sites that closed in January 2017. The Guardian reported that the number of UK restaurants “going under” jumped by a fifth in 2017 and it appears that 2018’s tough market will be just as…
The decorations are down, the last of the Quality Street has been consumed and the New Year’s resolutions are a distant (and perhaps failed) memory…….suddenly the dreary weather leads to thoughts of sunshine and distant shores. Travel companies have dubbed the first Saturday in January ‘Sunshine Saturday’ as many holidaymakers plot their escape during the hardest month of the year. It certainly seems to be sunny for travel company TUI Group this year who reported…
With the UK festive season now merrily in swing, credit cards maxed out on Black Friday and Cyber Monday bargains and Christmas shopping well under way, will the lure of the Christmas spirit be enough to tip some people over the edge into unmanageable debt? For many the holiday season is a time to adopt a laissez-faire attitude to spending (and waistlines for that matter). However, come the New Year the financial hangover will still be lingering,…
The Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA) has reported that the amount of invoice finance secured by UK businesses has risen by over a quarter in the last five years and that the total amount of UK lending secured through invoice financing has hit a record and passed the £20 billion mark this year for the first time. Invoice financing is becoming an increasingly mainstream method of finance allowing businesses to raise funds secured against the value…
Unfortunately that is not the question for many young (and even not so young) aspiring UK homeowners who are struggling to get their feet on the property ladder and buy their own home in the current market. It seems that the UK as a nation is obsessed with home ownership and that first rung on the property ladder symbolises stability, success and achievement (with the small matter of a 25 year mortgage). However, across the…