Couple with money worries

Have financial worries made you press pause on life goals?

This year has thrown many people’s personal finances, as well as the wider economy and job market, up in the air – which for some has meant being forced to unpick life plans they may have spent years carefully putting together.

For some people, the repercussions could be long-lasting...

Laura Bond

Laura Bond



lady at the hairdressers

Hairdressers are one of the top professions to receive pay increase

Authored by Laura Bond

The latest research by leading recruitment specialist, Rayner Personnel , has found that hairdressers, cleaners and chefs have enjoyed the biggest bump in their pay packet over the last five years.

Rayner Personnel analysed data on the average gross salary across 20 professions to see which has enjoyed the largest increase over the last five years when taking inflation into account...

Saving money during lockdown

Brits save a small fortune during pandemic

Authored by Laura Bond

A survey of 2,002 UK adults, conducted by leading personal insolvency practice, , has revealed that due to the social restrictions that have been in place during lockdown, the average Brit has been able to save £495 per month (an increase of £273 compared to their monthly savings pre-pandemic).

According to the data, during lockdown the average UK adult has saved £178...

Couple on computer

Want your relationship to be more financially balanced?

Authored by Laura Bond

When it comes to managing finances within a relationship or marriage, there are no hard and fast rules – but it is something that’s worth putting some careful consideration into.

According to a survey by Hargreaves Lansdown however, less than half (44%) of people with a partner share responsibility for day-to-day finances with them.

Among the married couples polled, only 37...

Lady at her laptop worried about money

Five money mistakes to avoid right now

Authored by Laura Bond

Spending habits have changed radically since the start of the lockdown, with many people now having to get by on a reduced income – not to mention our usual routines and access to shops and restaurants having altered significantly.

According to figures from trade association UK Finance, credit card spending across the UK shrunk back by more than 12% in the year to March. Meanwhile,...

People in the office

Nine reasons we’re starting to really miss the office

Authored by Laura Bond

When office blocks closed their doors at the beginning of lockdown, we were almost excited to spend Mondays in our living rooms. Fast forward a few months and we’ve realised even Glen from HR was a better co-worker than the cat.

Here’s why we’re missing the much-maligned water cooler culture – for all its many faults…

1. The invigorating effects of the commute


Office staff working

Coronaphobia: Employees are refusing to come back to work

Authored by Laura Bond

Businesses across the UK who are making efforts to get back to business are facing a new uphill struggle - employees claiming stress and anxiety or are simply requesting outright to be furloughed for another 3 months.

Workers who were furloughed back in April are being gradually invited back to work, although some are being asked to work from home. However, many small businesses are...

Couple discussing money

What’s your money personality type and how can you improve it?

Authored by Laura Bond

All of us have habits – and this applies to how we manage our money too. Whether our relationship with money is something we’ve picked up from our parents, or it’s been shaped more by our experiences in adulthood, attitudes to saving and spending differ. has highlighted five different financial personality types. No one is perfect though – and even if you’re...

Successful people

Six daily habits of highly successful people

Authored by Laura Bond

The secrets of ultra-successful people have long been a source of interest to the rest of the population.

While we’re running out the door five minutes late with a globule of toothpaste down our front, have a bunch of emails we haven’t replied to and bags under our eyes from a late-night Netflix marathon, they’re breezing through their day with blissful efficiency.


woman with money worries reviewing finances

Six easy ways to claim back cash and save money

Authored by Laura Bond

Household budgets are going to be very stretched in the coming months, as the financial impact of coronavirus continues to be felt.

While many people are feeling a significant impact on their finances, there may be some small ways to ease some of the pressure.

Even while you’re sitting at home, you may be able to do something to save some cash right now and even get some...

man worried about repossession of his home lockdown

Property repossessions could soar due to pandemic

Authored by Laura Bond

Research by leading peer to peer lending platform Sourced Capital has found that the UK property market could see a double-digit rate of property value decline, with the market taking over five years to recover, while the number of property repossessions could also soar as a result of a COVID-19 induced recession.

Currently, the market has ground to a halt as both buyers and sellers...