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Access to Finance Stalls UK’s Business Competitiveness Score

Problems with getting access to finance has been cited as one of the main reasons that Britain’s position in the list of ‘best countries to do business in’ has fallen this year.
The World Economic Forum’s annual global competitive index was released recently and it documents how various countries around the world fare in terms of [...]

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 [...]

Vodafone seals Kabel Deutschland bid

UK telecoms group Vodafone has agreed with the board of Kabel Deutschland to buy the German cable firm for £7.7bn (£6.6bn).
Vodafone Group Plc today announced its intention to acquire Kabel Deutschland Holding AG. The planned transaction values Kabel Deutschland at €87 per share, valuing the company’s equity at approximately €7.7 billion. The transaction is to [...]

Cameron speech on Britain’s relationship with the EU

BBC iPlayer - Recorded coverage of Prime Minister David Cameron making a keynote speech on Britain’s relationship with the European Union from Wednesday 23 January 2013
Recorded coverage of Prime Minister David Cameron making a keynote speech on Britain’s relationship with the European Union from Wednesday 23 January 2013
Cameron -
…[12.12] So, let me set out my [...]

European Parliament adopts deeply flawed unitary patent

European Parliament adopts deeply flawed unitary patent, gives up power over innovation policy
Today, the European Parliament has adopted a proposal to create a patent with unitary effect for Europe. This decision will leave Europe with a patent system that is both deeply flawed and prone to overreach. It also ends democratic control of Europe’s innovation [...]

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 [...]

Rackspace brings their Cloud to Europe

Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the world leader in the hosting and cloud computing industry, today announced the launch of its cloud infrastructure to provide customers with a European based infrastructure for their cloud-based data footprint.
“Our US-based Rackspace cloud has already been hugely successful, with over 100,000 customers globally now taking advantage of our hosted cloud [...]

New observations of volcanic dust

Met Office scientists have been working with the Universities of Reading and Hertfordshire to gather comprehensive data about the potential danger to aircraft from the volcanic plume that has been emitted from the recent eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland.
The volcanic dust was measured using newly-developed probes that attach to meteorological balloons that can be used [...]

SAP produces a childrens book to help staff explain their job to their kids

SAP AG, one of the World’s leading providers of business software, has worked with the publishing house More Time For Children to create a children’s book, Mummy and Daddy are Working at SAP, to describe what they do at work.

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