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Wintry weather costs UK businesses £220 million

Private sector business lost around 18.5 million man hours to snow and wintry conditions during the UK’s recent cold snap, at a cost of £220-£225 million in unproductive wages, a survey by Barclays Business Banking has found.

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Woolwich Accelerated Growth Plan

Woolwich Accelerated growth Plan offers 60% return should FTSE grow by just 12% over the next 6 years. Offer opens: 14 March 2005 Offer closes: 6 May 2005 Last PEP/ISA Transfers: 22 April 2005

Henry smashes 20 goal landmark

Thierry Henry has been presented with a special Barclays award for being the first player this season to reach 20 goals in the Barclays Premiership.

Housing market looking to bloom in spring

With the Bank of England freezing interest rates, consumers’ confidence in the housing market has increased for the second time this year with a jump of five per cent in February, the largest monthly increase recorded for a February since the Woolwich started tracking confidence in 1988.

Online travel bookings continue to increase - Companies expand e-procurement strategies

The internet is the most popular method of booking business travel, according to research by Barclaycard Business. Company policy now dictates that one in three (28%) professionals must use the internet to purchase business travel. This is a significant increase from the previous year’s survey when just 2% were required to book travel in this way.

Online travel bookings continue to increase - Companies expand e-procurement strategies

The internet is the most popular method of booking business travel, according to research by Barclaycard Business. Company policy now dictates that one in three (28%) professionals must use the internet to purchase business travel. This is a significant increase from the previous year’s survey when just 2% were required to book travel in this way.

Thousands falling into Inheritance Tax trap

As speculation mounts about what the Chancellor might do about Inheritance Tax in the budget, research by Barclays reveals that almost three quarters of those questioned were unable to correctly identify the current IHT threshold.