Is your bank ripping your business off with costly foreign exchange mark-ups?

UK businesses which make regular overseas payments are losing out on hundreds of pounds per transaction thanks to inferior foreign exchange rates charged by Britain’s biggest banks. The likes of Barclays, Lloyds and HSBC, which calls itself ‘the world’s local bank’, levy currency conversion mark-ups which effectively act as stealth charges on overseas payments and … Read more

Uphold wants to make crypto and metal investing so easy we can make purchases with a simple swipe 

While investing in cryptocurrency has undoubtedly become more mainstream, it hasn’t been possible to use it to pay for everyday goods and services in the same way you would a debit card. Silicon Valley-based crypto platform Uphold is trying to change that. The firm says it is revolutionising the way in which consumers shop, through the introduction … Read more

Where are the UK’s strongest – and weakest – local economies?

The Gloucestershire town of Tewkesbury is best-placed to recover from Covid-related challenges according to new research from financial services firm Raisin. This is due to a positive mixture of employability and business prosperity, with 80 per cent of residents in work and local businesses having seen a 10 per cent rise in growth since 2015.  … Read more

Female CEO of £100m business launches 12-week course to get more women into tech jobs

Few companies make promises to get people employed after they sign up to their courses, particularly during a pandemic.  But that’s exactly what Amy Golding, chief executive of Opus Talent Solutions and founder of _nology says she’ll do. The straight-talking businesswoman, who became CEO of tech recruitment company Opus Talent Solutions at just 31, says she’s … Read more

Seven Dragons’ Den success stories

The five business titans of the BBC’s Dragons’ Den haven’t always got it right over the past years. Just think of when they turned down a request for £100,000 from Brewdog’s co-founders in 2008 that would now be worth £360million. Or when they refused to give James Nash £250,000 for his Cup-a-wine idea, which was later picked up by … Read more

Seven Dragons’ Den success stories

The five business titans of the BBC’s Dragons’ Den haven’t always got it right over the past years. Just think of when they turned down a request for £100,000 from Brewdog’s co-founders in 2008 that would now be worth £360million. Or when they refused to give James Nash £250,000 for his Cup-a-wine idea, which was later picked up by … Read more