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Epic Apart Hotel expands Liverpool portfolio

Liverpool-based Epic Apart Hotel has opened its latest property in the city’s RopeWalks area. Apartment hotels can provide big savings for delegates and business travellers, provided the team is close-knit and doesn’t mind sharing a kitchen and facilities. The new Epic property at 75 Duke Street boasts 17 contemporary apartments, bringing the company’s occupancy in the city centre to 35 apartments and studios. Epic has invested £800k in transforming a former office building, which had been derelict since 1984. There are two mezzanine studios in the new property, one featuring a showcase co

Britain set for productivity boom, says IFB study

Productivity in the UK is set to rise by 10.7%, according to a study commissioned by the International Festival for Business (IFB 2016). Over the last five years the trend has seen slow productivity and disposable income growth – however economists at Oxford Economics, the economic forecasters, are predicting a dramatic turnaround with both indicators improving significantly from 2015 to 2020. Productivity will rise by a total of 10.7%, driving real personal disposable incomes to rise by a total of