5th February 2019


Council funding: MPs debate local government settlement

Image caption Councils say a more sustainable funding model is needed to ensure services continue The latest financial pot for councils in England will “pave the way for a more confident, self-sufficient and reinvigorated local…


HMV reveals lists of stores set to close

Image copyright Nick Edser Image caption HMV’s flagship – and original – Oxford Street store in central London has closed Canadian firm Sunrise Records has emerged as the buyer of collapsed music chain HMV, beating…


New HSBC headquarters opens in Birmingham.

HSBC’s new headquarters in Birmingham spans 10 floors and contains the bank’s first ever digital-only branch. More than 2,000 employees can benefit from a gymnasium, dance studio and training centre dubbed the ‘university’. The bank’s…






Kirsty Meakin: Nail artist on YouTube success

When Kirsty Meakin says she’s doing her nails, it’s not just a quick coat of red gloss. The 40-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent creates masterpieces on fingernails – or as she calls them “her canvas”. She started…


China banks on lending to ease slowdown

Image copyright Getty Images Build stuff or buy stuff? China has long been a believer in the former to deal with a slowdown in its economy. Now it’s trying to shift the emphasis to the…