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Trading Places: A Study of UK Importers and Exporters

In our latest blog, Managing Director for Foreign Exchange, Michael McGowan, discusses Bibby Financial Services’ latest research among UK importers and exporters.  In February 2017, Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, abandoned the Conservative Government’s long-standing target of doubling UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020. While opponents…

Without the solid foundations of investment, the UK economy will struggle to create anything of value

The UK’s construction sector is in dire need of investment. While the IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) jumped up by 2.7 points from 48.1 to 50.8 in September, the reading is still the second-weakest since July 2016. High import costs and a lack of investment due to…

What does an interest rate rise mean for businesses?

There hasn’t been an increase in the Bank of England Base Rate for more than ten years, with the last rise taking place in July 2007. The Bank of England’s momentous decision to increase Bank Rate this month from 0.25% to 0.5% may not sound like much of a change,…

Market Overview: France

In the thirty-year period leading up to the mid-1970s, France achieved unprecedented levels of economic growth. Affectionately referred to as “trente glorieuses” (thirty years of glory), this post-war period of prosperity and social change, saw the French economy shift from a rural-based primary sector to urban-led manufacturing and service industries….

Market Overview: Germany

The Germany economy is in a strong position, with the government expecting GDP to grow by 1.7% in 2017 and 2% in 2018.[1] This economic buoyancy has translated into record business confidence which reached its highest level[2] since German reunification in 1990, in July. On a sector basis, growth increased…

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