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Are interest rates finally going up again?

After a decade of cheap borrowing at a minuscule 0.25%, the BOE (Bank of England) has indicated that if economic conditions remain the same we are in for a rate hike in no time. But only a week ago, policymakers voted 7-2 in favor of maintaining the record low interest rate of 0.25%; however, in the face of the lowest unemployment rate since the 70's and UK pricing on the up - time maybe running ... Read More


The Hamlin Knight Diaries: Karen’s edition

The Hamlin Knight Diaries are back! This month we have an original member of the business taking the lead, someone who has been with us since 1999. A person who has helped shape and build our Southern Hub in Uxbridge while staying true to our founding principles – Karen Balmer, our hands on Operations Director! Karen will be talking about herself, how she has kept our Southern Hub thriving and h... Read More


Investment and employment confidence at lowest level since Brexit

A heady cocktail of immigration, financial and political issues have resulted in businesses being stretched thin to meet demand; 40% of employers surveyed said to have “absolutely no” spare capacity – The Recruitment & Employment Confederation reports "Businesses are continuing to hire to meet demand, but issues like access to labor, Brexit negotiations and political uncertainty are cre... Read More


Brace yourselves! Winter fare hikes are coming

The biggest annual rail fare increase in five years is afoot, thanks to further inflation of the Retail Price Index (RPI) and so-called regulated Government fares - but will this be the last major hike? The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported yesterday that the UK's RPI reached 3.6% in July, higher than the 3.5% expected. Although RPI isn’t an official “national statistic” the Gov... Read More


Love spreadsheets? Probably not as much as this Brit who excelled at The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship – Yes, it’s really a thing.

Do Vlookups get you hot?  Pivot tables put you in a spin?  Well, how about competing against half a million other Microsoft Office wizards? That is exactly what 22 year old Sam Millar from Fife did -  and he only came away with second place in the world! The Microsoft Office World Championship is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Over 500,000... Read More