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Payday lending: tougher new rules welcomed by government

UK HM Treasury News Story - 3 October 2013
New payday lending rules put consumers first, explains Economic Secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid.

Tough new payday lending rules put forward by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are a clear signal to the payday lending market that they need to get their houses in order, Treasury minister [...]

Charge for single use carrier bags to be introduced

A five pence mandatory charge for single use carrier bags will be introduced from Autumn 2015, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced today.
Last year, over seven billion carrier bags were issued by supermarkets in England. Far too many ended up in landfill or scattered around our streets and rivers killing wildlife and costing tax-payers [...]

Whoops - I accidentally learnt some German

I was fascinated to hear about a language education web site called Duolingo.com. According to last week’s New Scientist (2nd Feb 2013) magazine, it has been found that “students [using Duolingo.com] needed an average of 34 hours to learn the equivalent of what is covered in the first semester of a university Spanish course”.
Naturally, I was intrigued [...]

O2 launches On & On with unlimited tariffs for UK Small Business

O2, the commercial brand of Telefónica UK Limited, today announced the launch of On & On, its new unlimited tariff created to deliver British small businesses with practical help and value in their day-to-day communications costs.

On & On will be open to existing and new O2 small business customers and lets customers use their phone [...]

Ofcom looks favourably on Orange/T-Mobile application to deliver 4G services

Mainstream 4G mobile services could be available in the UK as early as this year, under proposals outlined today by Ofcom.
Everything Everywhere,  the mobile phone operator running two of the UK’s most famous brands - T-Mobile (UK) and Orange (UK), has submitted an application to Ofcom to use its existing spectrum to deliver 4G services. [...]

Inventor seeks investors to help usher in new ice age that cuts carbon emissions

An Irish inventor has developed a product which can help large supermarket retailers cut carbon emmissions and save money.
Tom Glynn, 55,  from Galway Ireland, first spotted the opportunity when he noticed that the retail of ice, the type used to cool drinks at parties and celebrations, was a major problem for the €30m turnover [...]

Kodak Enters into Agreement for Proposed Sale of Gallery Photo Services Site to Shutterfly

Shutterfly to provide stalking horse bid in court-supervised auction process
ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 01 —

Eastman Kodak Company has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Shutterfly, a leading Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, for the proposed sale of certain assets of its KODAK Gallery on-line photo services business for $23.8 million. [...]

Strategic Partnership formed to Revolutionise Facebook Marketing

360i parent company Dentsu Network West to invest in Expion to catapult social software company’s growth through integration of earned & paid social media

Digital agency 360i and social software firm Expion today announced a strategic partnership to revolutionize the way brands invest in Facebook. The partnership will result in the development of a powerful integrated [...]

Gartner Reveals Top IT Predictions for 2012 and Beyond

Gartner, Inc. has revealed its top predictions for IT organizations and users for 2012 and beyond. Analysts said that the predictions herald changes in control for IT organizations as budgets, technologies and costs become more fluid and distributed.
This year’s selection process included evaluating several criteria that define a top prediction. The issues examined included relevance, [...]

OSCAR Introduces Marketing Initiative for Franchisees

Running her business for five years Clare Muir, from Hampshire, took up a new OSCAR marketing initiative that has helped her to see the bigger picture on how to promote and refocus the image of her business.
“Even after running a successful OSCAR business for five years I still needed to know more and a new [...]

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