Confused about pensions? What you need to know

More than three-quarters of employees across the UK were members of a workplace pension scheme last year – a new record high, official figures reveal.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 77% of employees were in a workplace pension scheme in 2019, marking the highest membership rate since comparable records started in 1997.

Automatic enrolment into...

Spring-clean your finances with these seven simple steps

We can all become complacent with our finances, but as with any bad habits, the first step is admitting something needs to change – and spring is an ideal time to give your money habits a deep clean and refresh.

But, once you’ve decided to improve your money habits, where do you start?

Here are some ideas from UK director Adam Bullock, for spring cleaning...

Devonshire Freemasons donate £500 to Rowcroft Hospice South Devon

This year as part of their annual support of Hospices throughout the country the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire W. Bro. Peter Keaty can be seen presenting a certificate denoting the £500 grant given on behalf of the Freemasons of Devonshire and the Masonic Charitable Foundation to Debbi Shotton Community Fundraising Officer for Rowcroft Hospice.

This year the Masonic...

Santander officially opens redesigned branch in Plymouth

On Tuesday 7 January 2020, Santander UK will officially open its newly redesigned branch at 157-159 Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 1JF. The new-look branch has been designed to deliver even better customer service and community-friendly banking.

The branch will be opened by Toby Gorniak MBE and Jo Gorniak, founders and directors of local charity Street Factory CIC, who will cut the ribbon...

Mums forced in to debt after arguments over child support

New research has revealed that when parents split up, mums often find themselves struggling to cover their basic living costs, with 39 per cent taking out loans or relying on their overdrafts to make ends meet.

A staggering quarter of mums said they don’t receive any regular financial help from their child’s father, leaving them to cover the cost of raising their child by themselves...

Social enterprises in Plymouth invited to apply for funds

Social enterprises across Plymouth are being invited to apply for a share of a £300,000 pot of loans and grants to help their business flourish.

Plymouth City Council is launching another round of its innovative Social Enterprise Investment Fund and the successful bidders will be able to join a growing rank of organisations who have received capital investment to turn cracking ideas...

SW firms missing out on “cash mountain” that could help them grow further

South West firms could be missing out on a ‘cash mountain’ that could help them to expand, says Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking after new figures found they were tying up millions of pounds in excess working capital.

The research shows that businesses across the south and the east of England have at least £138.3billion tied up in excess capital, as business growth continues to soar....

Public Bodies and Businesses Talk the Same Langage

Plymouth City Council and Devon County Council strategic transport experts met last week with a group of businesses based at Langage, Plympton to update them on the ongoing and future road and infrastructure schemes around Deep Lane and Sherford and the wider Plymouth area.

The Langage Business Group, led by Matthew Bryant of Kitsons Solicitors, met at the offices of Brewin Dolphin...

Aged 24? Get ready for your life’s greatest financial bottleneck

Plymouth residents face the most financial pressures in life in their 20s, with four of the nine biggest (and most expensive) life moments landing within a matter of years.

From getting engaged at 24 and buying the first family car at 26 married at 27, to having a baby just after this and buying the first family home at 28, our 20s are one of the most stressful, expensive times in our...

Communities raise vital funds for heart research

Hundreds of generous fundraisers across the South of England have joined the fight against heart disease by raising an almost £336,000 for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life saving research through its Do Your Own Thing campaign.

From fun runs and sponsored spin-a-thons, to charity quiz nights and bake sales, dedicated supporters across the region have been showing they’re all...