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Note2017
£m
2016
£m
Net cash from operating activities24159.9125.9
Investing activities
Purchases of property, plant and equipment(73.3)(64.7)
Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets3.77.6
Purchases of intangible fixed assets(5.2)(6.0)
Acquisition of businesses(14.2)(23.7)
Disposal of sundry investments0.3
Disposal of businesses1.9
Net cash used in investing activities(89.0)(84.6)
Financing activities
Interest received0.1
Interest paid(2.1)(2.3)
Dividends paid(30.6)(48.1)
Repayments of bank loans(5.0)(2.3)
Payments of obligations under finance leases(0.1)(0.1)
New bank loans raised5.0
Net cash used in financing activities(37.7)(47.8)
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents33.2(6.5)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year6.212.4
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes0.20.3
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year2439.66.2