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Top Southern European city breaks this summer

As the sun starts to heat up in the south of Europe, we take a look at some of the top city break destinations to take your FairFX Prepaid Mastercard® Euro Card this summer. We’ve picked out some destinations where you can bask in the sunshine and indulge in fantastic food. And to celebrate our sponsorship of Sky Sports F1® this year, you can also watch the season’s hottest motorsport action in some of our top city picks. 🇪🇸 Barcelona, Spain One of the main attractions of any trip to Southern Europe is a dip in the calm blue waters of […]

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Safeguarding staff overseas: How to make sure you are prepared for the unexpected

There is a world of opportunity out there and businesses are taking advantage of it. The most up-to-date travel figures show there was a 6% rise in international business trips in 2015 and a 30% increase in business travel expenses, according to the Office for National Statistics. And even with Brexit on the horizon, many British firms are embracing a ‘business without borders’ approach and exploring new markets. But what does this mean for your staff travelling overseas and how do you ensure you keep them safe and stay on the right side of the law when it comes to […]

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Doing business with China – what do you need to know?

It’s the second biggest economy in the world and continues to grow at a staggering rate. The number of middle-class consumers in China alone is predicted to more than treble to 480 million by 2030. UK-China trade is on the increase too having increased 2.5 times in the past 10 years and worth around £60bn annually. With these statistics, it’s unsurprising that in the wake of Brexit, many companies are turning their attention to the east and what it has to offer. But with huge cultural and structural differences to western countries, there is a lot to consider before making […]

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Win 2 x VIP tickets to Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard®

Order a FairFX Currency Card and win Already have a FairFX Currency Card? Existing customers can enter by referring a friend. Find out more >> To celebrate our sponsorship of Sky Sports F1® this year, one lucky FairFX customer will win 2 VIP tickets to the Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard®. The lucky winner and their plus one will enjoy a day at one of the biggest highlights of the motorsport calendar on 1st July 2017. These tickets don’t just get you into the hottest motorsport festival of the year. You’ll get access to the exquisite Goodwood House, […]

Best value destinations to buy a second home overseas

In the first study of its kind, we’ve revealed the best value destinations to buy a second home overseas. Buying a second home abroad continues to be a popular investment option. It provides a holiday haven when you want to get away from it all and can be a useful second income through lettings. We’ve compared the costs associated with buying a second home, to help you narrow down your search on where you would like to buy. In the FairFX Property Abroad Cost Calculator we compare the average price of a property in over 30 countries, based on the […]

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FairFX Property Abroad Cost Calculator

The FairFX Property Abroad Cost Calculator compares the average price of a property in over 30 countries, based on the average cost of a two-bedroom apartment. The cost calculator also factors in the cost of buying a car overseas and a year’s worth of petrol, utilities and daily essentials such as food and drink. Buying a second home abroad continues to be a popular investment option. It provides a holiday haven when you want to get away from it all and can be a useful second income through lettings. The FairFX Property Abroad Cost Calculator is designed to make it […]

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New financial year, new business opportunities

It’s the beginning of a new financial year – receipts have been furiously gathered and expenses claimed. It is a time to reflect on where your business has taken you over the past 12 months. And a time to look forward with renewed energy. We speak to business owners about the lessons they’ve learned and what they won’t repeat in 2017.   It’s all about the money Royston Guest, founder and CEO of Pti Worldwide, a consultancy dedicated to growing businesses, said firms should look at where every pound is going. “We have got thousands of pounds for legal fees […]

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Opportunities in Asia: The mission to keep creative industries thriving after Brexit

UK creativity will thrive after Brexit – that’s the determined stance of those working in the sector. The industry, which includes film and television, theatre, video games and fashion, is worth £84bn to the British economy. Many of these areas have relied heavily on EU funding and the freedom to move between countries but in light of the EU Referendum, work is underway to ensure the creative sector doesn’t suffer. The creative sector is one of five being prioritised by the government in its Industrial Strategy Green Paper in a bid to address the risks to long-term growth as the […]

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Top European breaks for Easter weekend

Easter is the perfect excuse for a long weekend (or even a week) away. We’ve picked out some of the best European breaks just a short hop away, where you can relive old favourites or try somewhere new. Get your bags packed, order your FairFX Prepaid Mastercard® or Travel Cash, and spring over to the continent for a fantastic break. Sofia, Bulgaria Sofia is Bulgaria’s pleasingly laid-back capital. Sofia isn’t near the coast or Bulgaria’s ski slopes, so is often overlooked by tourists, but that’s a mistake. Sofia has a lot to offer. It isn’t a sprawling metropolis but is […]

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5 tips for getting the best exchange rate for your travel money

Travel money is often an afterthought when it comes to organising a holiday. You book the flight and hotel in advance but leave travel money to the last minute – that’s a mistake. If you don’t plan ahead with your currency, you could end up having considerably less to spend on your travels. With a little forward planning, and our tips on getting the best exchange rate, you can spend more on what you like on your next break.   1. Follow the pound If you’re booking your holiday before you’ve checked exchange rates, you may find yourself booking accommodation […]

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What does an EU divorce mean for small businesses?

It’s the beginning of a new era. Article 50 has been triggered. After much anticipation, Theresa May has started the divorce proceedings from the EU. The process of negotiating that separation will now begin in earnest. But despite some fears the pound would receive a further blow and fall against currencies around the world, it has maintained a steady footing. So, what happens to British SMEs now as they try to ‘keep calm and carry on’? Professor Vikas S. Shah, a member of the UK Industrial Development Advisory Board and an entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience in business, said there […]

Are companies on the line if employees phone & drive?

This month there has been a clampdown on drivers using mobile phones at the wheel – with the number of penalty points now doubling to six, as well as a potential £200 fine and even disqualification. The issue of drivers using phones is widespread and it is hoped the changes will deter people from taking the risk. But what happens if your employee is caught using a phone at the wheel? According to Danny Clarke, operations director for employment law expert ELAS, companies need to be mindful of what guidance they give employees. “Do they allow staff to use Bluetooth […]