News / UK and world by Press Association April 1, 2019, 12:02 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Britain’s army of small high street firms will be given rare good news on Monday when they share tax cuts worth half a billion pounds as business rates bills are slashed across England. While council tax, prescriptions, utility bills and car tax are all set to rise, thousands of high street shops, pubs and restaurants will be set for a reprieve. In last year’s Autumn Budget, the Government announced a business rates discount scheme for small-sized high street properties in England which have a rateable value below £51,000. Under the plan, small firms will receive a one-third discount on their rates bills from April 1 for the next two years, which Chancellor Philip Hammond said will help “up to 90% of all independent shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes”. According to numbers crunched by real estate adviser Altus Group, the … [Read more...] about Small high street firms breathe sigh of relief as business rates fall
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PUBLISHED: 13:58 22 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:58 22 October 2018 Nathalie Raffray Firefighters are tackling a blaze in Harlesden. Archant A blaze has broken out in a restaurant basement in Harlesden. Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters were called to a fire at a restaurant on High Street at 12.40pm.Part of the basement of a restaurant with flats above it is on fire, London Fire Brigade said.The High Street is closed between Park Parade and the Job Centre, @Brent_Council tweeted.Fire crews from Willesden, Park Royal, North Kensington, Acton and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.The cause of the fire is not known at this stage. … [Read more...] about Restaurant with flats above it ablaze in Harlesden High Street
KENSINGTON Palace has declined to comment on whether Meghan Markle''s father Thomas has been told she is pregnant. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed this morning they are expecting their first child in the Spring. Prince Harry and Meghan broke the news to the Queen, Prince Charles and other senior royals at Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday. Kensington Palace said the Queen is “delighted” by the news. But when the Sun Online asked if Meghan's dad had been informed we were told they were making "no comment." Earlier this year, Thomas Markle revealed his daughter has wanted children “for a long time”. In an interview with Good Morning Britain he predicted the happy news was just around the corner. Thomas Markle, 73, said: “She’s wanted children for a long time and when she met Harry and she spoke how much she loves him, there’s got to be a child in the making, somewhere soon.” “I don’t think the stork has hit the … [Read more...] about Kensington Palace refuses to say whether Meghan Markle’s dad Thomas has been told of pregnancy news
MILLIONS tuned in to witness the Queen's granddaughter and her new husband exchange their vows. But where will Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank return to once the festivities are over? Here's what we know about their lovely new home - and its proximity to the "Fab Four" of royalty. Where does Princess Eugenie live? Eugenie, 28, had been living with her sister Princess Beatrice, 30, in a four-bedroom apartment at St James' Palace. Four months into her engagement to Jack Brooksbank the couple moved in together to Ivy Cottage, Harper's Bazaar reports. And after their wedding on October 12, 2018, they'll continue to settle into their marital home - the first place the besotted pair have lived together in the seven years they've been an item. It may be called a cottage, but their new home boasts three bedrooms - and is apparently twice as big as neighbouring Harry and Meghan's two-bed. Ivy Cottage was previously deputy head of the palace’s property department, … [Read more...] about Where does Princess Eugenie live and where is Kensington Palace’s Ivy Cottage?
News / UK and world by Press Association September 27, 2018, 7:17 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Kensington Palace Gardens in London has retained its crown as Britain’s most expensive street, although average property values there have slipped by £1.3 million over the past year and now stand at £35.6 million. Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall are just a short stroll away for residents of Kensington Palace Gardens, as are Kensington High Street and Notting Hill for a spot of shopping. Property website Zoopla, which ran the study, said that despite feeling the impact of the recent cooldown in London property prices, Kensington Palace Gardens had held first place on its “rich list” since its research started a decade ago. All 10 of Britain’s most expensive streets are in London, although average property values in all of them have declined over the past year, according to … [Read more...] about Rising property values mean Britain now has 17,289 million-pound streets