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ONS: 0.6% more workers on payroll

184,000 more payrolled employees in December 2021.

UK economy surpasses pre-pandemic level

November 2021 UK GDP estimate up 0.7% on February 2020.

Rising concerns about impact of inflation

Survey suggests 24% of individuals are “very concerned”.

Retail footfall slips amid Omicron concerns

Shoppers limited their in-store trips to avoid COVID variant.

30% of small firms in late-payments struggle

One in ten say late payments threaten their business.

New post-Brexit customs rules come into force

Companies trading with the EU face stricter rules.

Firms want support as customers cancel bookings

Hospitality takings could fall 40% during vital trading period.

Govt. committee calls for household gas tax

"Tax needed to meet UK net-zero targets".

'Most young workers lack savings to buy a first home'

Saving 5% of earnings for 5 years will allow just 11% to buy average home.

Business confidence remains flat in November 2021

Concerns about energy costs and employment taxes increase.