County Finance Supports Rainbows Hospice Charity

Rainbows is a Leicestershire-based charity that run a hospice for children and young people in the East Midlands. For the past two years, our Office Manager Joanne Stonier has been involved in helping to raise money for this charity and in 2015 County Finance Group also got involved in supporting their second annual concert and…

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Creative ‘New Work’ SMEs Leading Growth Across UK Cities

The recent Small Business Outlook 2015 report by Centre for Cities has found that small to medium sized businesses involved in “new work”, such as the creative, professional and digital sectors, are driving growth within the top UK cities. The report found that SMEs within these “new work” industries have been outperforming other industries. From…

SMEs Predict Highest Levels of Business Growth

Small businesses are predicting the highest level of growth over the next five years, according to the latest Santander Corporate & Commercial Business Growth annual survey. The usual definition of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is any business with fewer than 250 employees. There were 5.2 million SMEs in the UK in 2014, accounting…

August sees growth in the UK construction sector

The Markit/Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply’s monthly PMI index increased from 57.1 to 57.3 in August. The latest report identifies strong improvements in both business activity and employment levels, as well as an easing in the availability of raw materials. The latter is credited to increased supplier capacity and lower energy costs, which has…

UK Manufacturing Sector experiences stronger growth in July

The latest data from Markit and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), showed that growth in the sector was 51.9 in July, after hitting a 26-month low in June. The UK Purchasing Managers’ Index measures growth in the sector on a month-by-month basis, where anything under 50 represents contraction, and anything over 50…

Approval received for £1.7b Yorkshire mine

On June 30th 2015 a £1.7b potash mine proposal secured approval from the park authority of the North York Moors National Park. The Sirius Minerals project will create over 1000 jobs and pump billions into the local economy, providing a boost to the area around the port town of Whitby. The mine, known as the…

Competition Winners and Anniversary Update

In June we celebrated our 20 Year Anniversary, and as part of our celebrations we ran a number of competitions for both new and existing customers. You can see the winners below: Winner of the Ipad Mini Leicestershire Haulier, a local businessman introduced to County approximately 5 years ago, he first purchased an asset we…