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HSBC to close Windermere branch

HSBC will close its Windermere branch. Credit: PA

Banking giant HSBC has announced it will close its Windermere branch.

The doors will shut on 21 October with the bank claiming it is not commercially viable for it to stay open.

Customers will now have to travel to Kendal for the nearest branch, a journey of around 20 minutes by car.

Local MP Tim Farron has urged HSBC to reconsider the planned closure.

When HSBC’s Ambleside branch closed in 2012, we were told customers would be moved to Windermere. Now they will be shunted all the way to Kendal. Elderly residents want to be able to nip in to their local branch, not spend hours on the bus simply to access their savings.

Banks must consider the needs of the local community before cutting ties with the areas they are supposed to serve.

– Tim Farron MP

Cumbrian business leaders hear from economy experts

Business leaders from across Cumbria have been hearing about the state of the global economy at a special lecture organised by the University of Cumbria.

It was part of the university's aim to share knowledge and expertise by bringing business experts to the county.

"It's really important because we're a regional university but we are globally connected and anything we can do to elevate global issues to our business community and to our students is vitally important."

– Sandra Booth, University of Cumbria

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Scottish Borders businesses warned of counterfeit money

Money. Credit: PA

Police are warning businesses in the Scottish Borders to watch out for counterfeit money.

Since the start of this week, there have been three reports of fake bank notes being used at shops throughout East Lothian and the Borders.

On Monday, 23 May, two shops were targeted in Dunbar and North Berwick.

On the following day a store in Coldstream confirmed it had also received counterfeit currency.

On each occasion, the notes were reported to be of a “high-quality”, and appeared legitimate on first sight.

The notes are all Bank of England £20 notes, with either the serial number “AH03 269110” or “HH11 227632”.

It is a criminal offence to hold or pass a note that you know to be counterfeit. I would ask the public to be aware of the recent circulation of counterfeit currency, and to check any paper notes they have received lately to ensure they are legitimate.

If anyone suspects they have been handed or found a fake bank note, they should retain it and contact the police immediately.

– PC Alan Curran, from Haddington Police station

Peter Rabbit 50p coin in circulation in the Lake District

Peter Rabbit 50p coin Credit: The Royal Mint

The World Of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere and National Trust in The Lakes are the first places in country you can receive a special Petter Rabbit 50p circulating coin in your change.

The coin has been created to mark Beatrix Potter's 150th anniversary, and will go into the tills in the Lake District on Easter weekend from Saturday 26 March 2016.

It is the first time a children's book character has appeared on a coin.

Where can you get one?

The coins will be going into the tills at the following attractions;

  • Hill Top
  • Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead
  • Wray Castle in the Lake District
  • The World Of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere

When Beatrix Potter first published Peter Rabbit, back in 1902, the income from the sales of the book allowed her to buy Hill Top, in 1905, so it is fitting that the first coins will only be available in the Lake District.

– Royal Mint spokesperson

Council tax in Cumbria set to rise 2%

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Council tax in Cumbria is set to rise by two percent in the coming financial year.

The County Council is having to find £33m of savings and says the rise is necessary in order to protect frontline services.

In the future the government are going to require councils to fund services locally. So we will not be able to afford funding services locally unless we put Council tax up year on year."

– Patricia Bell, Cumbria County Council
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