UK & Europe

Markus Braun, ex-CEO Wirecard

Twists and turns of the Wirecard scandal resemble a crime thriller

With the start of the trial of ex-CEO Markus Braun, here is the background story of the Wirecard fraud. This article was first published...
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Bitcoin vs Britcoin: Are CBDCs the future?

GOOGLE searches for central bank digital currencies (CBDC) in the UK and US have exploded. Analysis by cryptocurrency betting review website Cryptobetting.org showed that CBDC...
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UK firms hiring over-50s to plug labour shortage

ALMOST three-quarters of UK employers are turning to retirees to fill vacant job roles. According to research by LinkedIn, companies including easyJet, Halfords and McDonald’s...
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UK’s ATMs disappear as digital cash edges closer

FINTECH firm Intergiro has conducted a study to find which UK regions have seen the biggest decline in cash machines since 2018. Using data from...
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Rising investment in UK climate tech development

INTERNATIONAL investment into UK climate tech companies risen from $4m in 2021 to $7.5bn this year — and the figure could rise to £20bn...
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Mind your language! Rude company names are out

A FREEDOM of information (FOI) request found that 56,640 business names were rejected by Companies House between January 2019 and April 2022. Nearly half (25,400)...
Oleg Tinkov

Russian banker gives up citizenship over war

BILLIONAIRE Russian banker Oleg Tinkov has renounced his Russian citizenship in protest at the war in Ukraine. Tinkov, the founder of online Tinkoff Bank, said...
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Support calls from SMEs in UK and US

UK firm Purbeck’s personal guarantee insurance has seen a sharp rise in small businesses contacting its mentoring and advice service for support. From January to...
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More greenwashing comes to light in HSBC ads

THE UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has taken its first action against a bank for greenwashing. It has banned two HSBC ads for misleading claims...
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ONS data reveals need for better hiring practices

THE OFFICE for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed a decline in UK unemployment levels — but talent out-sourcing and advisory service AMS warns that...