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JP Morgan buys Nutmeg to join Chase digital bank in Britain

JP Morgan has struck a deal worth about £700 million to buy Nutmeg, the digital wealth manager, as America’s biggest bank seeks to kickstart plans to build a consumer business in Britain.

The surprise move by the Wall Street financial services group comes before the launch of its long-awaited online retail bank in the UK this year. Nutmeg will sit alongside the new digital bank, which will start off by offering a current account to customers accessible through a smartphone app in the autumn.

The deal will bring Nutmeg’s customer base of 140,000 investors, and more than £3.5 billion in assets under management, into the New York-based JP Morgan.

The investment platform is a so-called “robo-adviser” that has grown since its was founded in 2012 into one of Britain’s largest digital wealth managers. It is one of a new generation of businesses that offer automated services and ready-made portfolios to … Read the rest

TikTok sees its earnings double in 2020

ByteDance, the Chinese company behind the smash-hit video app TikTok, saw its earnings double last year.

An internal memo released to staff showed that the firm’s total revenue jumped by 111{fd6aea7e6a2888742764af34ead608f2c3373b57bd8a17fe1f4135b900e329d6} to $34.3bn (£25.6bn) for 2020.

The figures underscore TikTok’s continued global popularity.

It comes as ByteDance and several other Chinese technology giants have come under increasing pressure from governments around the world.

ByteDance also saw its annual gross profit rise by 93{fd6aea7e6a2888742764af34ead608f2c3373b57bd8a17fe1f4135b900e329d6} to to $19bn, while it recorded a net loss of $45bn for the same period.

The net loss was attributed to a one-off accounting adjustment and not related to the company’s operations.

The memo also showed that ByteDance had around 1.9bn monthly active users across all of its platforms as of December last year.

White House pressure

The massive popularity of TikTok has meant that ByteDance has been scrutinised by governments around the world, including in the … Read the rest

Flexible working to become ‘default option’ under plan to strengthen employees’ rights

Boris Johnson appears to be at odds with his government as he reiterates there are “significant benefits” to working from the office despite his government pressing ahead with plans to strengthen employees’ rights to stay at home if they wish.

The prime minister has expressed his determination that office life, and in particular city centres, will return closer to normal once the threat of coronavirus recedes. But parts of the government are working on ways to give people new freedoms to set their own working patterns.

The government will launch a consultation later this year on how to improve existing rights for people to request flexible working from their employers.

The plans will consider ways to ensure that people who have moved to a hybrid of home and office working during the pandemic will be able to maintain that pattern.

At present employees can formally ask for changes to their … Read the rest

Yorkshire start-up helps client win back £8k in wrongly charged loan fees

A property developer who took out a bridging loan in 2019 has reclaimed £8,200 in wrongly charged loan interest and fees thanks to Yorkshire start-up Secured Lending Auditing.

The firm, which checks commercial loans and mortgages for any mismanagement that could result in a refund back to the borrower, was instructed to perform a specialist commercial finance audit by the client.

Through the use of bespoke software and a review of the loan documents, several issues were identified with the way the loan was managed by the lender revealing the borrower was overcharged for the fees and interest.

Michael May, founder of Secured Lending Auditing commented: “Being able to get this client the money which they deserve, especially during such a difficult time for businesses, is the whole reason why I set up Secured Lending Auditing.

“There have been too many horror stories over the years of banks who have … Read the rest

It’s time to get back in the office, Morgan Stanley boss tells staff

The boss of Morgan Stanley, one of the biggest banks on Wall Street, has said he will be “very disappointed” if staff are not back in its offices by September.

James Gorman said that employees who want to be paid at “New York rates” need to work in the city. He told a conference yesterday that if people feel safe enough to go out to a restaurant, they can also go into their workplace.

Some of the world’s most powerful investment banks are taking an increasingly firm stance on employees returning to the office after the widespread shift to home-working since March last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JP Morgan, which is America’s biggest bank, said last month that he wanted staff back in the office because remote-working is not good for young people and “doesn’t work for those who want to hustle” or … Read the rest

UK tech leaders team up to fight climate crisis, drive green investment and help 100 million make greener choices

Leading UK tech companies are joining forces to accelerate progress to net zero, support tech companies in making a climate action plan and use tech to help the 100 million customers they serve live more sustainably.

The Tech Zero taskforce officially launches in London today and is targeting 1,000 members by COP26 this November.

The Tech Zero taskforce is led by Bulb co-founder and CEO Hayden Wood, industry body Tech Nation, and includes fast-growing British tech firms allplants, Babylon, Citymapper, Faculty, GoCardless, Habito, Hopin, Moneysupermarket Group, OLIO, Onfido, Revolut, Starling Bank, what3words and Wise.

These companies have transformed industries including banking, energy and healthcare, and are now coming together to boost the UK’s fight against the climate crisis.

Companies who join Tech Zero commit to measure all of their emissions and set an ambitious net zero target by the end of 2021. They’ll also commit to:

  • Annually measure and publish

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McDonald’s are the latest company hit by data breach

McDonald’s is the latest big company to be hit by a data breach that has exposed customers’ details.

The world’s biggest burger chain said cyber attackers had accessed a “small number” of files on customers in South Korea and Taiwan.

The breach included e-mail, delivery addresses and phone numbers – but not payment details.

A spokeswoman for the firm said it would take steps to “notify regulators and customers listed in these files”.

The details of the breach, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, were discovered during an external investigation after unauthorised activity was spotted on the company’s network.

The company said its “substantial investment” in cyber security meant it was identified quickly.

“These tools allowed us to quickly identify and contain recent unauthorised activity on our network. A thorough investigation was conducted, and we worked with experienced third parties to support this investigation,” it said.

Operations at its

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Three quarters of SMEs struggle to innovate due to outdated technology

More than three quarters of SMEs with restrictive budgets are struggling to compete with bigger organisations due to the lack of access to innovative technology, impacting their ability to grow and enlist talent, according to new research.

The survey found some 84 per cent of small businesses say they are unable to keep up with the bigger budgets of larger organisations for technology innovation and digital transformation, with nearly half saying it is restricting growth and nearly the same number saying it has impacted their ability to recruit.

Combined with the impact of COVID-19, a lack of fit-for-purpose technology options and prohibitive costs could lead to many SMEs losing out long-term if they do not take advantage of more flexible and cost-effective solutions.

The research found Technology concerns moved way beyond operational efficiencies, however. A third of businesses surveyed said they felt they were exposed to cyber security risks by … Read the rest

Government spent over £30,000 promoting flop Pick For Britain scheme that failed to recruit British volunteers to save country’s crops

The Government spent more than £30,000 promoting the failed Pick For Britain scheme as farmers could not recruit the 60,000 British volunteers needed to save UK crops when the coronavirus pandemic stopped seasonal foreign workers from entering the last year.

Yet £29,830 was spent between April 2020 and April 2021 on the failed scheme, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) told the Daily Mail in a response to a Freedom of Information request.

The figure includes £1,424 paid to Concordia Ltd, a volunteering and international work placements charity, for a film of UK farm workers ‘used to create promotional recruitment materials for the Pick for Britain campaign’, the department’s response read.

Another £2,500 was then paid to the National Union of Students (NUS) so the Government could find out what went wrong after the scheme was scrapped in April 2021.

Pick for Britain, brought in by the … Read the rest

British Airways puts thousands of workers back on furlough

British Airways is to put thousands of its staff on full-time furlough and thousands more on reduced hours — what it is calling “flexi-furlough” — in the latest setback in the opening up of aviation markets.

BA staff were briefed on the plans today, just hours after Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, was lobbied by British airlines to extend his furlough support for the crippled sector beyond the planned September cut-off date.

The decision to send many of its 30,000-strong workforce home indefinitely from Monday follows the airline’s decision to axe 10,000 workers last year during the height of the pandemic.

It is understood that the final straw for the airline was the government’s decision to take Portugal off the green list of unrestricted air travel.

One industrial source said the timing of BA’s decision would also make political capital and embarrass the government as world leaders meet in Cornwall at … Read the rest