Is the work-from-home revolution a good thing?

Posted by siteadmin on Thursday 4th of February 2021

Saturday 20 March is the International Day of Happiness.

After the challenges of 2020, we could all use something to make us feel a little more cheerful. Yet, despite doom and gloom dominating the headlines, there are reasons to be optimistic about this year and the future. Here are just five reasons to smile.

1. The vaccine programme is rolling out

It might not seem like it now in a third national lockdown, but there is light at the end of the tunnel and it’s getting nearer.

Almost a year since the first lockdown began, the situation ha...


As we continue to be in lockdown, you may find that you have far more time on your hands. It makes it the perfect time to look at how you can improve skills, whether you want to get ahead in your career or simply learn something new.

While traditional classes are not possible at the moment, there’s a whole range of free online courses available to start now. Some even come with a certification that can give your CV a boost in a competitive job market. With the freedom to learn at your own pace and pick something that you’re interested in, o...


International Day of Happiness: 5 reasons to be optimistic

Posted by siteadmin on Thursday 4th of February 2021

Saturday 20 March is the International Day of Happiness.

After the challenges of 2020, we could all use something to make us feel a little more cheerful. Yet, despite doom and gloom dominating the headlines, there are reasons to be optimistic about this year and the future. Here are just five reasons to smile.

1. The vaccine programme is rolling out

It might not seem like it now in a third national lockdown, but there is light at the end of the tunnel and it’s getting nearer.

Almost a year since the first lockdown began, the situation ha...


Top tips for getting your home ready to go on the market

Posted by siteadmin on Thursday 4th of February 2021

Current conditions mean the property market remains uncertain. While some experts predict a small rise in the coming year, others believe prices will start to fall. If you’re hoping to put your home on the market in 2021, taking the time to prepare could make all the difference in generating interest and helping you secure an offer.

Here are seven top tips to get your property ready for listing on the market.

1. Research local sales

Nationally, property values have increased in the last 12 months. According to the Halifax House Price Inde...


Protecting your business: Why business wills are important

Posted by siteadmin on Thursday 4th of February 2021

We all know how important it is to have a will in place to ensure assets are passed on to loved ones in a way that aligns with your wishes. But, if you’re a business owner, have you included your business?

When writing a will, there’s often a focus on your personal life and it can mean that your business is forgotten about. However, having a business will in place is an important part of succession planning for business owners, as well as preparing for the unexpected. It’s a step that can ensure the smooth transition of ownership if an owne...


Why you should review your financial protection when taking out a mortgage

Posted by siteadmin on Thursday 4th of February 2021

Financial protection is often something you’re prompted to think about when buying your first home. It’s an important step to take as you make a large financial commitment. However, it’s just as important to regularly review the level of protection you have. When taking out a new mortgage product, whether it’s your first mortgage, you’re moving home or simply remortgaging, it’s the ideal time to reconsider your financial protection.

A mortgage is one of the largest financial commitments many of us will make, often spanning several decades. ...


2 top reasons why you shouldn’t just follow exciting investment fads

Posted by siteadmin on Thursday 4th of February 2021

How many times have you heard or read about a particular stock that you should invest in? It can be tempting to follow exciting investment fads, but there are reasons why you shouldn’t.

From speaking to a friend that’s made a ‘good’ investment to reading the headline news, it can sometimes seem like you’ve missed an amazing opportunity by not piling all your investable assets into one particular company. It’s something we sometimes hear from clients too.

At the moment, Tesla is one of the companies that falls into the category. But others ...


How the Financial Services Compensation Scheme protects you

Posted by siteadmin on Thursday 4th of February 2021

Following a year of uncertainty, you may be worried about your finances. Covid-19 has had an impact in many ways, from reducing income to affecting investments. Some financial firms have also been affected and this may mean you’re concerned about how secure your assets are. The good news is that there are protective measures in place.

More than 4,000 financial firms are at heightened risk due to the Covid-19 crisis, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA added that nearly a third of these businesses could potentially ha...


How to boost your mood as the nights draw in

Posted by siteadmin on Thursday 12th of November 2020

The nights are drawing in and it can affect our mood. If you’re suffering from the winter blues, there are some things you can do to improve your outlook.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), sometimes known as winter depression, is a type of depression that comes and goes with a seasonal pattern. It’s usually linked to the darker days of winter. Symptoms include feeling lethargic, sleeping for longer and craving carbohydrates. Even if you’re not affected by SAD, it’s common to experience these symptoms more during the colder months.

This ye...


Half of workers planning a career change in the coming months due to Covid-19

Posted by siteadmin on Thursday 12th of November 2020

Covid-19 has prompted many discussions about working environments and the future of employment, such as working from home, from a business perspective. But for millions of workers, the pandemic has led them to think carefully about their employment and the changes they’re able to make.  

According to a survey by Aviva, 53% of UK workers plan to make changes to their careers in the next 12 months as a direct impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the changes that some workers have had to incorporate into their day-to-day role and the economi...


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