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The vagaries of our weather cannot have escaped many this year, particularly on the water front. Environmental drought status in March became downpours and flooding in April.

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UK service sector growth slumps to eight-month low in June

Business sentiment in the service sector fell markedly to hit a six-month low, highlighting growing concerns about the UK macroeconomic outlook. Worries over Europe, the uncertainty over the direction of the UK economy and an anticipated post-Olympics lull also had a bearing on UK service providers' future expectations, a survey released today reveals.

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Are you neglecting mobile internet users?

Richard Stevenson from 1&1 Internet examines the growing trend of mobile web browsing on contemporary smartphones.

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By 2020, business electricity bills could rocket by

In a memorandum to the Public Accounts Committee, the National Audit Office has set out the long-term challenges and uncertainties involved in supplying secure, low carbon and affordable electricity. The memorandum describes how the Department of Energy and Climate Change is seeking to address these challenges, through existing measures and reforms to the electricity market.

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The changing face of our libraries

Libraries are merging with GP surgeries, housing police front desks, providing shop space for local entrepreneurs and laying on music gigs and speed dating, a new report into the changing face of library services has revealed.

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Grant Thornton highlights investment growth in the UK business support services market

The business support services industry is set for a strong year, according to the latest Smart Money study from business and financial adviser, Grant Thornton UK LLP.

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School of life – FM in the public sector industry report

The UK's further education institutions are not only revolutionising the way young people achieve vocational qualifications, they are also helping to provide the skilled workforce the country needs as it emerges from recession. To help them do that, they will need groundbreaking facilities such as the new campus of West Cheshire College, reports Freddie Steele.

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Councils call for urgent action to tackle soaring rise in metal thefts

Metal thieves are costing council taxpayers millions of pounds a year, a new survey of local authorities has revealed. Councils are warning that, with theft of metal continuing to rise, the financial burden is only likely to increase until government passes new legislation to better regulate the scrap metal industry.

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The risks of the very small

There are serious gaps in our awareness of the potential risks involved in handling nanomaterials at work, and serious shortcomings in the way that those risks are communicated to workplaces, according to a new literature review from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

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RICS Wales welcomes review of business rates

RICS welcomed the review of business rates in Wales, published by the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science, Edwina Hart AM last week (12 June).

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