Bright future for alternative finance following Osborne’s announcement

  • Posted on 28th August 2014
Bright future for alternative finance following Osborne’s announcement

The American business magazine, Forbes, recently crowned London ‘the world’s most influential city’, paying special attention to the role it plays in leading innovation in technology. The accolade comes on the coattails of Chancellor George Osborne announcing the launch of a major new trade body for the UK FinTech industry, in London’s Canary Wharf.   The new organisation, called Innovate…

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Mobile payments come of age

  • Posted on 21st August 2014
Mobile payments come of age

The concept of mobile payments (“m-payments”) has been around since the late 1990s, but original predictions of rapid growth turned out to be overly optimistic. A lack of interoperability between different services, combined with a lack of consumer trust in these new forms of payment, hindered widespread adoption of m-payment services.   However, developments in the past couple of years…

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UK shale gas: Still a long road to travel

  • Posted on 4th August 2014
UK shale gas: Still a long road to travel

On 28 July, the British Government announced its first licensing round for six years for companies who wish to prospect for onshore oil and gas. The announcement was top of the news agenda, and there was no mistaking the excitement in UK ministerial (and Conservative) voices as they claimed that the speeding-up of exploration for shale could boost jobs, economic…

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