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Bank Holiday

The term for a public holiday in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. As the term implies, banks are closed on bank holidays, as are many other businesses. Employees who work on bank holidays often are paid extra. Bank holidays may or may not coincide with cultural or religious festivals.
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Many of our customers have busy lives but are off work on a bank holiday.
August Bank Holiday Weekend starts tomorrow, unless you work in the construction industry, when it starts in the pub this afternoon.
A young woman enjoying time off work over the bank holiday weekend, but James Taylor questions the cost of bank holidays to businesses
But with this Monday being our third bank holiday in only a couple of weeks and another one due at the end of the month, you can see why some believe that having so many close together does have a knock-on effect for business productivity.
Yet in the more clement months of June and July there is not a single bank holiday.
When workers in Wales and other parts of Britain have the fewest statutory bank holidays in the EU, it is another reminder that profits are too often put before people.
Like any sane person, the words bank holiday mean only one thing to me - I will not be going anywhere near a motorway, a train station or an airport this weekend.
The company has reported that around twice the number of people have searched for flights to overseas beach resorts for the bank holiday weekend, compared to the same time last year, while around five times more people are searching for flights for the August bank holiday than for the weekend of August 11 to 12, this year.
Ian Steward, local head of Close Invoice Finance, said: "It is not hard to see why so many firms throughout the region are upset by the extra Bank Holiday that is being forced upon them.
While people spend more in service and retail sectors during bank holidays, the Centre's study said these sectors only account for 14 per cent of the economy, while the hardest-hit office, factory and construction sectors account for 47 per cent of the economy.
Government figures show that bank holidays are set to cost the UK economy an extra pounds 2.