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Cash no longer king as contactless payments soar in UK stores

Landmark moment as cards now account for more than half of all purchases, according to British Retail Consortium. Is this the tipping point that signals the beginning of the end for cash? For the first time, notes and coins have been toppled from their position as the UK’s number one payment method. Cards now account […]

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Don’t water plants on sunny days? Three horticultural myths exposed

Some sage old sayings are based on facts – others are not worth the bother. While many age-old gardening practices are now supported by scientific evidence, some of the most common ones have consistently been shown to be either unnecessary or downright counterproductive when put to the test. So simply not bothering with the following […]

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It’s time to prune those woody herbs

Lavender, thyme, rosemary, sage: they all need a trim every now and again. There is a lavender at the bottom of my street that has grown so wild it sprawls through the fence; you can see a line along the flowers where passersby can’t help but caress its fragrant blooms. I’m one of them. I […]

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Mastercard £14bn ‘overcharge’ legal action fails

A £14bn class action lawsuit against Mastercard has been thrown out by the Competition Appeals Tribunal. The former financial ombudsman, Walter Merricks, had claimed that 46 million consumers had been overcharged by Mastercard over a 16-year period. But the court ruled that the case could not proceed through a collective – or class – action. […]

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Tips on how to engage & communicate with a builder.

First of all, ask family and friends for their recommendations on any builders they’ve used in the past. See if your architec can nominate two or three builders they’ve worked with in the past and would like to work with again. Another top tip: Look to engage a local builder. Engaging someone local not only […]

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You can bring a nearly-dead plant back to life with these simple steps.

If you fear you have a plant that has become a victim of harsh conditions (or your not-so-green thumb), before you decide to bin it follow this easy guide to bring it back to life first. To start, you’ll need to determine whether or not the plant is in fact dead. Just because it’s limp […]

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Honda unveils Miimo – a robot that cuts your lawn.

If you’re like most people, the last way you want to spend your weekend is mowing the lawn. The average number of hours dedicated to lawn care a year is a fairly significant 70 plus. Wouldn’t you rather master a new hobby, or take in a movie instead of dealing with the drudgery of lawn […]

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UK house prices rise nearly 5% despite political turmoil

Average UK property price rose 4.7% last year adding about £3,300 to the cost of buying a typical home but London growth slows markedly. Growth in UK house prices has slowed but remains close to 5%, with faster growth seen outside London, according to official data. House prices across the country increased 4.7% in the […]

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We are on Instagram! Chorlton office is live…

Yes, it’s true, we’ve been instagrammed! Living in one of the most beautiful places in South Manchester and dealing with some of the most exclusive properties in the area, it seemed a shame not to share. So, follow us (jpbrimelowchorlton) and keep up with the latest on your Special Estate Agent!

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How to Pick the Perfect Estate Agent..

Summary: Make sure the agent is part of the NAEA Propertymark Protected scheme. Make a shortlist of agents to carry out a valuation on your property. Question their advice and choose an agent who explains their decisions well and has lots of information about comparable sales in your area. Check the price and details of […]

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