Bedford: nicer than you might think – and with hidden depths | Money – Business Article

What’s going for it? You might have thought of Bedford, if you’d thought of Bedford at all, as a perfectly respectable place. Good schools. Lovely parks. Smashing Victorian redbrick houses. Great train links. Surprisingly cosmopolitan (one of the most ethnically diverse towns in the country). Ooh, the Cecil Higgins Gallery, with its Edward Bawdens. That lovely waterfront. Great place to bring up kids. But Mabel Barltrop had other ideas. In 1919 she declared herself “daughter of God”, as you do,…

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Let’s move to Anglesey/Ynys Môn, Wales: ‘A world apart’ | Money – Business Article

What’s going for it? Ynys Môn likes to keep its distance, as well it might. People have long come to these shores to take things. The Romans slogged all the way from the Med, sniffing out Anglesey’s raw materials. Nowadays, second-homers come in search of its views, sandy coves and relative isolation. Thomas Telford’s beautiful Menai suspension bridge may have long leapt over the tricky waters of the strait, and its neighbour, the Britannia Bridge, carries mainline trains chuffing off…

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Italy falls into recession as eurozone economy struggles – business live | Business – Business Article

The Italian economy slipped into recession in the final three months of the year, weighing on the wider eurozone’s growth, official figures showed Thursday. The Italian statistics agency said that Italy, the third-largest economy in the 19-country eurozone, contracted by a quarterly rate of 0.2% in the fourth quarter. Following a 0.1% drop in GDP in the previous three-month period, that means Italy is in a technical recession, defined as two straight quarters of economic contraction. The Italian economy has…

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UK house prices grow fastest in north of England and Midlands | Money – Business Article

House prices have grown fastest since the UK voted to leave the EU in cities in the Midlands, the north of England, Wales and Scotland, according to the property website Zoopla. Birmingham (up 16%), Manchester and Leicester (both up 15%) have seen the fastest growth since the June 2016 referendum, followed by Edinburgh and Nottingham (14%), Leeds and Cardiff (12%), and Liverpool and Sheffield (11%). Zoopla said economic and political uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote was more acutely felt…

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