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Yorkshire economy tops regions for growth in July

Yorkshire & Humber experienced the fastest expansion in business activity in the UK during July, with firms hiring staff at the quickest rate since March 2015, according to the latest Lloyds Bank Regional PMI report.  The Yorkshire & Humber business activity PMI registered 58.0 in July, up from June’s reading of

Employment and business activity on the rise in Yorkshire

Businesses activity and employment in Yorkshire & Humber increased at a faster rate than the UK average during December, according to the latest Lloyds Bank Regional Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) survey. Employment growth jumped to a 14-month high, with December seeing job creation in Yorkshire higher than the UK average for

New health insurance product from Benenden launches to corporate market

York-based health and wellbeing provider Benenden has strengthened its corporate offering with the launch of Benenden Business Healthcare, which offers a bespoke package of benefits designed to tackle long-term absenteeism. The contractual health insurance product, underwritten by Bupa, is targeted at SMEs who can be particularly vulnerable to the financial impact

Private sector activity growth slows to weakest since January

Latest data signalled a slowdown in business activity growth at private sector firms in the Yorkshire & Humber region. Incoming new orders increased at the weakest rate since January 2015 and one that was slower than the UK average. Despite this, employment levels remained in solid growth territory. Meanwhile, amid the

Private sector activity growth accelerates to seven-month high

Private sector activity in the Yorkshire & Humber region increased at the fastest pace since August 2014 in March. This was supported by a further rise in new orders and employment growth. Meanwhile, input prices declined at a moderate pace, while output charges rose for the fourth month running. At 59.5 in

Private sector activity growth slows to weakest since March 2013

Business activity at Yorkshire & Humber private sector firms rose for the twenty-sixth consecutive month in December. However, the rate of expansion slowed to weakest in 21 months, reflecting subdued new business growth. Meanwhile, input prices declined for the first time since August 2012, while prices charged rose slightly. Falling from 57.4

Robust business activity growth continues in November

The headline Lloyds Bank Yorkshire & Humber Business Activity Index - a seasonally adjusted index that measures the combined output of the region’s manufacturing and service sectors - registered a six-month low of 57.4 in November, down slightly from 58.3 in October but nevertheless signalling strong growth in activity for