Rural vacuum for getting hold of cash

People living in rural areas are having to travel further to find somewhere to withdraw and deposit cash free of charge, says the City regulator. Almost every urban resident has access to a bank, building society, post office or ATM within 2km of home, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said. This drops to three-quarters […]

Government rules out extending list of workers exempt from self-isolation

Ministers have ruled out extending the list of workers who are exempt from self-isolation rules and warned that the August 16 date for lifting quarantine for double-vaccinated people could be delayed. George Eustice, the environment secretary, said he recognised the “stress” that staff shortages were causing for businesses after a record 618,903 people were […]

Gym King secures multi-million-pound investment from JD Sports Fashion PLC

Gym King, one of the UK’s fastest growing lifestyle performance brands, has secured a multi-million-pound investment from FTSE 100 listed JD Sports. The investment will see JD take a significant minority stake in the business. This strategic partnership is designed to fast track growth and international expansion, specifically into the USA, Europe and Asia […]

Why mentoring does more for your business than you think

The internet is awash with help and advice for business owners. With all this information at your fingertips, is it worth having a dedicated mentor? The short answer is yes, without a doubt. For me, the ultimate Apprentice prize was the opportunity to receive the 1-2-1 guidance and mentorship from Lord Sugar and his […]

Treasury to sell off further NatWest shares worth up to £1.2bn

The Treasury has announced plans to sell off another tranche of NatWest shares over the next 12 months, as part of ongoing efforts to return the taxpayer-owned bank to private ownership. The government, which still holds a 54.7% stake in NatWest, said it was rolling out a “prearranged trading plan” in what could mark […]

Online banking and retailers hit by internet outage

The websites of HSBC, ITV and Waitrose were among those hit by a widespread outage that briefly caused disruption on Thursday afternoon. Major online banking services – including Barclays, TSB, the Bank of Scotland, Tesco Bank and Sainsbury’s Bank – were either entirely or partially inaccessible for a short period. Airbnb, the PlayStation Network […]

Former Autonomy founder Mike Lynch faces extradition to US

The British tech entrepreneur Mike Lynch should be extradited to the US to face criminal fraud charges, a London judge has ruled. Michael Snow, district judge at Westminster magistrates court, on Thursday refused Lynch’s attempt to block his extradition to the US to face 17 counts including wire fraud and securities fraud related to […]

Government allows limited number of critical workers to be allowed to avoid self-isolation

Workers from 16 key sectors including health, transport and energy will not have to isolate after being pinged by the NHS Covid app, as it was revealed that more than 600,000 people in England and Wales were sent self-isolation alerts last week. The raft of changes, after days of frantic talks with industry leaders, […]

Consumer confidence is higher than it was before Covid

Consumer confidence has edged above pre-Covid levels for the first time, a survey suggests. The GfK consumer confidence barometer has delivered a main reading of -7 for July, up from -9 in June and a two-point improvement on the score in March 2020. The market research organisation’s index measures how households feel about their […]

5 ways to boost your online presence

Boosting your online presence helps to elevate your business or even your fame. Whether you’re an individual, brand, or organization, online presence is important for everyone in this digital era. According to surveys and researches, almost more than half (59.5% of the global population) of the world’s population is on the Internet, and it […]