Tag: boost

Virtual house hunting gets a pandemic boost

Image copyright Matterport Image caption Some systems can work out exact dimensions It’s Saturday evening in London, and I’m house shopping in Dublin, thanks to a virtual-reality headset. Temporarily forgetting she is sitting beside me, I shout to my wife: “I’m in the children’s bedroom.” We can’t go to the Republic of Ireland ourselves to do this. Travellers from Great… Read more →

Will Rishi Sunak cut shop prices to boost the High Street?

Image copyright Reuters “Timely, temporary and targeted” was the advice given to the Treasury Select Committee on stimulating the economy by the former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers in the depths of the 2008 financial crisis. These words found their way into the pre-Budget documents to describe the immediate 13-month VAT cut from 17.5% to 15% announced by then Chancellor… Read more →

Eurozone in fresh emergency action to boost economy

Image copyright AFP The European Central Bank has taken further dramatic measures try to boost the eurozone economies, amid their biggest recession since World War Two. Just months after emergency measures, the central bank said it would increase the size of its bond buying programme by €600bn (£546bn) to €1.35tn. The programme will run until June 2021, six months longer… Read more →

Investment boost for national manufacturing centre

Image caption It is hoped that the centre will make Scotland a world leader in advanced manufacturing The Scottish government has announced an additional £20m of funding for Scotland’s first national manufacturing centre of excellence. The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) aims to make Scotland a world leader in advanced manufacturing. It will include a skills academy and industry-led research… Read more →