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24 Mar 2022
UK Government Spring Statement 2022

UK Government Spring Statement 2022

Just before Christmas, the Chancellor asked the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to produce an economic and fiscal forecast for 23 March.  The timing and brief nature of the accompanying Treasury announcement reflected Mr Sunak’s wish to keep the Spring Statement a low-profile event. This was not meant to be a March mini-Budget, despite what…

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28 Oct 2021
UK Government Autumn Budget 2021

UK Government Autumn Budget 2021

The first autumn Budget for three years was a three-part presentation.  The Chancellor’s well-trailed speech was accompanied by the first multi-year Spending Review since 2015 and the latest Economic and Fiscal Outlook (EFO) from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). Mr Sunak’s previous two Budgets had been dominated by the pandemic, which has wreaked havoc…

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4 Mar 2021
UK Government Budget 2021

UK Government Budget 2021

On some counts this Budget was Rishi Sunak’s 15th major announcement since his first Budget, just under a year ago.  During this period, the pandemic has dominated the Chancellor’s actions and this was true of his latest Budget.  To no small degree the framework for Mr Sunak’s latest appearance at the despatch box had been…

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8 Jan 2021
Urgent Notification – Potential Fraudulent Email Correspondence

Urgent Notification – Potential Fraudulent Email Correspondence

We have recently become aware of an attempted fraud being perpetrated against one of our clients. Fortunately, it was brought to our attention quickly and there was no impact to our client.   However, please be aware of any email correspondence coming from anyone claiming to be an employee of Thorntons Investments contacting you with an…

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4 Jan 2021

Condolences

It is with deep and profound regret we must announce the death of our dear friend and colleague, Jeremy Dufton. Jeremy passed away during the afternoon of 1st January 2021 after a period of ill health. He leaves his dear wife Dawn, his beloved son Adam and step son James . Jeremy joined Thorntons Investments…

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10 Dec 2020
Life in 2020

Life in 2020

As the year draws to a close, I thought I would put my thoughts to paper once again. The strange parallel is that the last time I wrote a blog it was a beautiful spring day at the start of the pandemic, and now here we are several months later.  Almost unbelievably, the restrictions are…

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19 Jun 2020
Matt Strachan looks back at the history and success of the Alternative Investment Market, which was launched 25 years ago this week.

Matt Strachan looks back at the history and success of the Alternative Investment Market, which was launched 25 years ago this week.

This week is the 25th anniversary of the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). So, I thought it appropriate to indulge a little in its history and success. I remember its launch well, as I had been responsible for a couple of investments on one of its forebears, the Unlisted Securities Market (USM). Back in 1995 it…

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