Half of all Londoners aspire to set up own company in 2023

More than half of all Londoners have either started their own business or aspire to do so in 2023, compared to nearly a third of people overall across the UK. Making their own money and being their own boss are top of the agenda for Londoners, nearly one in five stating that they want to […]

Half of all Londoners aspire to set up own company in 2023

More than half of all Londoners have either started their own business or aspire to do so in 2023, compared to nearly a third of people overall across the UK. Making their own money and being their own boss are top of the agenda for Londoners, nearly one in five stating that they want to […]

John Lewis agrees £500m deal with Abrdn to build 1,000 rental homes

The John Lewis Partnership has struck a £500m deal with the investment firm Abrdn to build 1,000 residential rental homes, redeveloping three sites already owned by its Waitrose and eponymous retail store chains. The group intends to redevelop Waitrose shops in Bromley and West Ealing, and a vacant John Lewis warehouse in Reading, as the […]

Home Office finally agrees scale-up visa licenses 3 months after very slow start

The first four scale-up visa licences have been approved by the Home Office three months after the scheme began, prompting lawyers to question the slow take up. Macademia, a children’s educational TV and games producer based in Arkley, north London, was the first to be approved after it applied for the licence to bring an […]

Barclays fined £8.4m after shops lose out on card fees

Barclays has been fined £8.4 million by the payments industry watchdog for failing to be transparent with retailers about the fees they were being charged to use its card services. The Payments Systems Regulator (PSR) said the FTSE 100 bank had breached the so-called interchange fee rules between the end of 2015 and 2018. “During […]

Ministers urge RMT union to halt rail strikes over Christmas and new year

Ministers have called on Britain’s biggest rail union to be “altruistic” and suspend strike action over Christmas and new year amid warnings that it will cost the economy more than £1.7 billion. The RMT union is planning eight days of strikes before Christmas and after the new year as part of the longest and most […]

IGF surpasses half a billion of lending facilities

Independent Growth Finance (IGF), the UK’s leading independent asset-based lender, has reported significant levels of growth for the 7 months to October 2022, surpassing the milestone of half a billion of ‘live’ lending facilities. Following a record year in 2021/22, in which £130m of new lending was provided, IGF has continued to support UK businesses, […]

ToDate, a dating app set to eliminate catfishing and boost dating safety, has launched in the UK

ToDate, a ‘same day’ dating app which prioritises secure online dating, has launched in the UK. All users that sign up for ToDate have to be fully ID verified and approved via AWS photo recognition software, which eliminates catfishing and boosts online safety. ToDate has partnered with Credas to undertake the identity verification, and each […]

Choosing the right car: Top tips for driving instructors

Do you currently own, or are thinking of starting your own driving school? Investing in a vehicle is not only the most fundamental component, but as a driving instructor also involves a few unique considerations. You’ll not only need to think about what suits you as a driver, but you’ll need to choose based on […]

Federation of Small Businesses supports plan to help SMEs with £20bn late payments crisis

Proposed Labour plans to help small businesses get their unpaid invoices paid on time is “exactly what the UK’s 5.5m SMEs need”, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). As it stands, more than £20bn in unpaid invoices are outstanding at any one time, costing small businesses £684m. Labour noted that late payments also […]