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Sunday 30 April 2017
 
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Friday May 5 marks the last day that the banknote featuring prison reformer Elizabeth Fry will be legal tender
 
There is just a week left to spend or bank your old paper fivers People have just a week left to spend old paper £5 Bank of England notes in shops before they lose their legal tender status.
 
 
 
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The Prime Minister said she does not want to make specific proposals unless she is sure she can deliver on them   Tories and Labour vow not to raise VAT if they win General Election VAT looks set to stay at 20% or less until 2022 after the Conservatives and Labour promised not to increase the tax on goods and services if they win the General Election.
 
 
Rupert Murdoch's bid to take total control of Sky will be freshly scrutinised when politicians voice their opposition in a meeting with Ofcom   Rupert Murdoch's attempt to take total control of Sky faces fresh scrutiny Rupert Murdoch's bid to take full control of Sky will come under fresh scrutiny this week when an influential group of politicians meets with Ofcom to express their opposition to the tycoon's latest takeover attempt.
 
 
Alitex's work features at Kew Gardens   Greenhouse firm fears Brexit effect on prestigious brands One of Britain's most prestigious bespoke greenhouse firms known for its Kew Garden structures fears its brand could be damaged by the reputation of a "small-minded" Britain in the wake of Brexit.
 
 
The Premium Bonds prize pot is being cut from May 1 (NS&I/PA)   21 million savers affected by cut in Premium Bond prize and NS&I rates Savers will be dealt another blow from Monday as NS&I snips some of its savings rates and slashes the Premium Bond prize pot.
 
 
Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe at a press conference with Theresa May   Japan's premier will 'continue to trust British economy after Brexit' Japan's prime minister has said he will "continue to trust" the UK's economy after Brexit has taken place, as he states that maintaining an open Europe is a matter of concern to the world.
 
 
US stocks ended the day slightly lower   US stocks close lower as phone companies struggle US stocks have closed slightly lower on Wall Street, narrowly missing a fourth record high close this week for the Nasdaq composite index.
 
 
 
 
 
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Influence: Michel Barnier   Republic's loss can be our gain if Northern Ireland has voice in Brexit talks Analysis by John Simpson When the UK Government sits down to negotiate with the European Commission on its relationship with the EU, there is an extensive agenda where Northern Ireland businesses have major interests.
 
 
By Anthony McKibbin: What are the risks faced by your business? Risk can be defined as 'a possibility or threat of damage, injury, liability, loss, or any other negative occurrence that is caused by external or internal vulnerabilities, and that may be avoided or lessened through pre-emptive action'.
 
 
By Bryan Telford, Head of Markets, Danske Bank: You can't just sit back and do nothing if you're managing currencies When the UK Government triggered Article 50 and started the formal Brexit process, I couldn't help but remind myself of a line uttered by Jim Lovell, commander of Apollo 13, as they launched their Saturn V rocket: "That's it guys, a few more bumps and we're hauling the mail."
 
 
 
 
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