Touts threaten UK’s £4.5bn music industry, survey reveals – The Guardian

The UK’s £4.5bn music industry is under threat because fans’ cash is being diverted from their favourite acts, as they fork out for tickets sold by touts at vast mark-ups, according to a survey. The survey, released by anti-tout campaign group FanFair Alliance on Monday, found that two-thirds of respondents who had paid more than […]

Rubik’s Cube: Records broken at UK championships – BBC News

Image copyright PA Image caption Different types of Rubik’s Cubes were tackled during the finals of UK championships A series of national records have been broken by quick-fingered Rubik’s Cube solvers at the UK championships. Competitors tackled the tricky cubes at the annual three-day speed-cubing event in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, hosted by the UK Cube Association. […]

Surge in UK consumer borrowing fuels likely interest rate rise – The Guardian

Consumers maintained their borrowing habit in September, as a near-double-digit increase in lending to households left the Bank of England on track to raise interest rates on Thursday. The pace of annual consumer credit growth was 9.9% last month, according to figures from the central bank, as borrowing on credit cards, overdrafts and unsecured loans […]

UK faces new £20bn budget black hole – business live – The Guardian

The IFS says Mr Hammond is also under “increasingly intense” political pressure to spend more, while the Parliamentary arithmetic makes tax increases look difficult. The chancellor has been dealt a “very tricky hand indeed”, it says. “Does he allow higher borrowing to persist, does he add to that with more spending, or does he try […]

UK must prepare for fourth industrial revolution, says report – BBC News

UK must prepare for fourth industrial revolution, says report – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK must do more to take advantage of technology such as robotics, a report says Advanced digital technology could give UK manufacturing a huge boost and create hundreds of thousands of jobs, a new report claims. The independent review, chaired by the head of Siemens UK, highlights the […]

Where is the slowest housing market in the UK? –

Sunderland has the slowest housing market in Britain, with more than a quarter of homes unsold six months after the “for sale” sign went up. An analysis of the pace of sales nationwide has revealed that one in seven properties in the Wearside city have failed to find a buyer for a full year. The property […]