Regions drive 5.7% surge in house prices as Britain’s pandemic property boom continues 

Where is house price inflation hitting hardest? Regions are the driving force behind the surge in values as the pandemic property boom continues Homes in Wales and the North West have led Britain’s pandemic property boom Two regions saw their strongest growth in a decade between March 2020-2021 Typical British house now costs £252,765 after … Read more

Foxtons sees sales surge while stashing away Government support cash

Foxtons sees sales surge and ploughs money into Boomin – but there’s still no hint of the estate agency returning millions borrowed from taxpayers Foxtons received nearly £7m in furlough support and business rate relief Other rival firms like Winkworths have vowed to repay the Government back Foxtons saw sales revenue rocket by 60% in … Read more

Port problems and stockpiling surge costs British businesses thousands in costs

British ports under pressure from Brexit and coronavirus-fuelled stockpiling surges have caused UK businesses to face vastly higher container shipping costs than those on the continent, new data suggests. Figures from the logistics company Freightos found problems affecting some of the nation’s busiest ports has meant the average cost of shipping a 40-foot container rose … Read more

Surge in ‘pothead’ over-60s trying to kick habit as number receiving NHS treatment nearly doubles

Surge in ‘pothead’ over-60s trying to kick the habit as number receiving NHS treatment for cannabis addiction more than doubles in eight years 1,007 in over 60 age group had NHS treatment for cannabis addiction in 2020 The number has more than doubled in eight years when the number was 450 Experts fear many may … Read more

Fauci says Covid cases ‘are at a disturbing level’ and are set to surge

Dr Anthony Fauci warned that the number of new coronavirus cases recorded every day has flattened at a ‘disturbingly high level.’ On Wednesday, the country reported 75,038 infections with a seven-day rolling average of 65,882, marking the 13th day in a row that the average has topped 60,000, according to a analysis of Johns … Read more

House sales surge after stamp duty extension: Property market soared last month

House sales surge after stamp duty extension: Property market soared last month following Rishi Sunak’s decision to extend the tax break Chancellor’s stamp duty holiday was due to end on March 31 but will end in June The extension meant last month house sales saw the biggest surge since August Tax holiday means buyers pay … Read more

Line Of Duty ‘sparks surge in people wanting to join real-life AC-12’

It seems Line Of Duty has boosted the number of those applying to join the MET Police’s anti-corruption teams. The super-popular BBC cop drama – which returned to screens last month for its sixth series – follows AC-12, a fictional department investigating internal police corruption. And the real-life equivalent – the Directorate of Professional Standards – … Read more

‘Surge’ in demand for office space in the City of London

The City of London is seeing a ‘real surge’ in planning applications for office space despite the Government’s work-from-home guidance being set to remain in place for some months, officials revealed today. The Corporation said it has so far received 80 per cent of all the applications submitted last year, although firms are looking at … Read more

MARKET REPORT: Bitcoin’s 7% surge gives blockchain firms a boost

Bitcoin started the week with a bang as the flagship crypto-currency jumped by as much as 7 per cent. Investors piled in after card payment giant Visa said it would allow the use of another digital currency, USD Coin, on its payment network.  USD Coin is a different beast to bitcoin as it is tied … Read more

Stop a sudden surge of inflation devaluing your portfolio

The end of national lockdown is now so close that many of us can already imagine that first taste of freedom. The first sip of a cold pint enjoyed with an old friend, the mouthwatering first bite of a long-missed dish served at a local restaurant.  But William Meadon, portfolio manager at investment trust JPMorgan … Read more