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Nicole Garcia Merida

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Personal finance

FCA proposes credit-card payment freeze and £500 overdraft for all

The Financial Conduct Authority has said that loan and credit card repayments could be frozen for three months, while those affected financially by th…
2 Apr 2020
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Small business

Furlough: what does it mean and how does it affect me?

Many companies have “furloughed” employees after they have shut down because of the coronavirus. But what does furlough mean and how does the scheme w…
30 Mar 2020
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UK stockmarkets

Laura Ashley becomes UK's first retail casualty of coronavirus

High street retailer Laura Ashley has collapsed into administration, blaming the coronavirus outbreak which it says has had “an immediate and signifi…
17 Mar 2020
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Travel and holidays

Four great spots for a British staycation

From a luxury hotel in Surrey to a converted townhouse on the Isle of Wight. Nicole Garcia Merida reports.
13 Mar 2020
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Toys and gadgets

Three of the best smartwatches

The latest gadgets not only tell you the time, but also how your workout is going, says Nicole Garcia Merida.
6 Mar 2020
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Cars

Jaguar F-Type: the E-Type lives on

The Jaguar F-Type, spiritual successor to the legendary E-Type, has had a revamp. It’s still as desirable as ever.
28 Feb 2020
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Property

Living on a houseboat: the pros and cons of a floating home

Living on a houseboat sounds romantic and peaceful. But it’s not as straightforward as it looks, says Nicole Garcia Merida
14 Feb 2020
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Toys and gadgets

Sunseeker’s alarmingly rapid superboat

The Sunseeker Hawk 38 is great fun and hard to beat if you want to go fast safely.
14 Feb 2020
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Travel and holidays

Four of the best unusual river cruises

Learn how to paint on a cruise along the River Seine and do yoga at sunrise on the Ganges.
31 Jan 2020
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Travel and holidays

Holidays that won’t pile on the pounds

Going on holiday needn’t mean breaking those New Year resolutions.
24 Jan 2020
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Entrepreneurs

Kai Feller: Bark.com and the "Amazon for services"

Kai Feller set up Bark.com to streamline the tedious process of looking for service providers such as cleaners, accountants or gardeners.
21 Jan 2020
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Entrepreneurs

Alina Morse: the teenager who made a million

Fourteen-year-old Alina Morse created Zollipops, her sugar-free confectionery company, out of her desire for treats that wouldn't rot her teeth.
20 Jan 2020
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Entrepreneurs

Kristian Tapaninaho: bootstrapping his way to success

Kristian Tapaninaho grew Ooni, his pizza-oven business, through "bootstrapping" – quick and successful growth with very little external funding.
17 Jan 2020
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Cars

Aston Martin heads off road with the all-new DBX

Aston Martin, Britain’s supercar maker, is branching out into SUVs. Its new DBX looks a winner, says Nicole Garcia Merida.
10 Jan 2020
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Property

UK property prices are in the doldrums

House prices barely rose in 2019. Good news, says Nicole Garcia Merida.
9 Jan 2020
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Small business

Money makers: a £215m fortune from sarnies

Julian Metcalfe, founder of Pret A Manger, made a fortune from transforming the way the country eats lunch.
28 Dec 2019
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Travel and holidays

The Francis Hotel: an oasis of calm in Bath

Bath's Francis Hotel is a tourist destination in its own right, says Nicole Garcia Merida.
13 Dec 2019
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Cars

Tesla Model 3: the world’s best electric car?

The Tesla Model 3, the most impressive Tesla yet, has arrived on our shores. And it was worth the wait. 
29 Nov 2019
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Travel and holidays

Where to see the Northern Lights

From a dog sledding adventure in Svalbard to a cruise aboard a luxury liner. Nicole Garcia Merida reports on the best places to see the Northern Light…
29 Nov 2019
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Travel and holidays

Islands for soaking up some winter sun

From an unspoilt corner of Thailand to a surfers’ paradise in the Philippines. Nicole Garcia Merida looks at some of the best island getaways for the …
15 Nov 2019
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Art

Honda’s all-new superbike

The Honda Fireblade has been overhauled to deliver even more power and speed. 
15 Nov 2019
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House prices

Affordability improves as house prices continue their slow, sleepy decline

With house prices continuing to climb more slowly than inflation or wages, the latest Halifax house price index is a further encouraging sign that the…
8 Nov 2019
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Alpine A110 – a superlative sports car

The award-winning Alpine A110 is now faster and even more exciting to drive. 
8 Nov 2019
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Art

Apple’s smartwatch is better than ever

The Apple Watch Series 5 improves on previous models and remains the best buy, says Nicole Garcia Merida.
1 Nov 2019
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Travel and holidays

Three adventurous glamping holidays

Banish leaky tents and cold baked beans by bagging a luxury camping spot. Nicole Garcia Merida reports.
25 Oct 2019
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Art

A range-topping Renault Megane

The Renault Megane RS 300 Trophy isn’t just a car. It is an aero-engineered sensory experience.
18 Oct 2019
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Travel and holidays

Skiing holidays: head off the beaten piste

Avoid the crowds and brush up on your skiing at these four resorts. Nicole Garcia Merida reports
18 Oct 2019
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