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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London Technology Week puts the spotlight on tech in the capital

  • Posted on 20th June 2014
London Technology Week puts the spotlight on tech in the capital

The inaugural London Technology Week comes to a close today. Featuring over 200 events, the week-long showcase has shone a light on many of the innovative companies who are thriving in London. More broadly it has underlined the growing sense that London is fast becoming one of the leading tech centres in the world. Former Mayor of New York, Michael…

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London protest against Uber symptomatic of global backlash

  • Posted on 10th June 2014
London protest against Uber symptomatic of global backlash

Tomorrow’s protest against Uber, by an estimated 12,000 London taxi drivers, looks set to cause considerable disruption and have a significant negative economic impact too.  Figures suggest that the protest could cost London’s economy as much as £125 million (see tonight’s London Evening Standard).  The controversy centres on an app provided to Uber’s drivers – separate from the one used…

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Short-term rental rules begin to take shape internationally; London announces its plans

  • Posted on 9th June 2014
Short-term rental rules begin to take shape internationally; London announces its plans

The last number of months have seen a swathe of new legislation regulating short-term rental across the globe. There are varying reasons for this and, consequently, many different approaches are being taken by policy-makers.     Europe is in the early stages of defining how it will accommodate short-term rentals and the major cities are taking the lead. New regulation impacting…

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London black taxis plan protest over car service Uber

  • Posted on 8th May 2014
London black taxis plan protest over car service Uber

London black-cab drivers are planning to cause gridlock in the city to protest against car service Uber.   The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association complains that Uber’s drivers are using a smartphone app to calculate fares despite it being illegal for private vehicles to be fitted with taximeters.   Transport for London has declined to intervene, because it disagrees that there…

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