<?xml encoding="utf-8" ?????????>India has intensified negotiations with the UK, seeking exemption from the UK’s planned carbon tax as part of efforts to secure a free trade deal before the UK election.The discussions, occurring amidst India’s impending general election campaign, are crucial for Rishi Sunak’s government, which aims to finalize the agreement despite time constraints.The Indian negotiating team, in talks held ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ?????????>A recent survey by NatWest has revealed that SMEs in the UK have enjoyed a strong start to the year, signaling resilience and adaptability in the face of economic challenges.The survey, based on responses from 850 companies across Britain, highlighted a positive trajectory in new business and output growth, particularly within the service sector. Notably, March marked the ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ?????????>Cybersecurity is a “cat-and-mouse” game in which attackers are wise to many of the security measures used by organisations, and are quick to develop strategies to work around them.As part of this, knowing how to identify a phishing email presents a vital step toward safeguarding your organisation against cyberthreats.A phishing attack is a type of cybercrime, in which ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ?????????>Despite hopes of a resurgence in consumer spending fueled by the early Easter holiday, retail sales in the UK unexpectedly stalled in March, painting a mixed picture of the nation’s economic recovery.Official data released by the Office for National Statistics revealed that retail sales volumes remained stagnant over the month, defying analysts’ expectations of a modest increase.The lackluster ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ?????????>Thames Water, facing a deepening financial crisis compounded by shareholder disinvestment, has submitted a revised business plan to the regulator, proposing an unprecedented 56% increase in customer bills over the next five years.The drastic measure comes amid heightened concerns over the company’s mounting debt and its ability to secure necessary recapitalisation. With shareholders withholding further financial support and ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ?????????>In a strategic move to solidify family control over the LVMH luxury conglomerate, Bernard Arnault, the world’s wealthiest individual, has elevated two more of his children to the company’s board of directors.Alexandre and Frédéric Arnault, aged 31 and 29 respectively, now join their elder siblings Delphine and Antoine, marking a significant step in Arnault’s succession planning for Europe’s ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ?????????>In a bid to fortify supply chains and rejuvenate domestic manufacturing, UK firms are poised to inject a staggering £338 billion into re-industrialization initiatives over the next three years.Research conducted by professional services firm Capgemini reveals a substantial uptick in investment, reflecting a strategic shift towards bolstering national resilience and competitiveness.According to the study, which surveyed 200 supply ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ?????????>Hipgnosis, the renowned British music royalties investment fund boasting rights to hit songs by artists ranging from Beyoncé to Neil Young, has greenlit a $1.4bn takeover bid by Concord Chorus, a rival specializing in music and theatrical rights.The deal, offering a 32% premium to Hipgnosis shareholders, holds the potential to quell lingering uncertainty surrounding the company’s structure and ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ?????????>AI-driven business finance comparison site, FundOnion, has announced plans to facilitate over £1 billion in funding to help up to 25,000 SMEs grow over the next four years.The plans come as the small business finance platform continues to work to consolidate what is a historically fragmented market for small business loans.It is estimated that the UK is suffering ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ?????????>The phrase ‘purpose-driven’ is thrown around in business parlance, but what does it mean and can it go hand-in-hand with growth and profitability?The two may sound mutually exclusive, with ‘profit’ in moral conflict with ‘purpose’. But they can, in fact, make a lucrative combination. A profitable business will be able to do more to support a movement or ...