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My name is Joel Bissitt. I have been an entrepreneur for 24 years and have run many small businesses across various sectors. For the last 10 years I have worked mainly within online media, franchising and small business start-ups. I am an author of various websites including Franchise UK https://www.franchise-uk.co.uk

Visa network crash hits customers and retailers

Customers are being left stranded at the tills due to a “service disruption” impacting Visa cards. Some businesses are currently unable to process payments made using Visa cards, impacting potentially millions of customers. “Visa is currently experiencing a service disruption. This incident is preventing some Visa transactions in Europe …

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May 'disappointed' over 'unjustified' US tariffs

Theresa May says she is “deeply disappointed” by America’s decision to slap tariffs on metals imported from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. Donald Trump said the 25% tariff on steel and 10% tariff on aluminium was in the US’s national interest, but EU leaders have described the move …

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Outrage as Lush claims police are 'paid to lie'

A cosmetics company has sparked outrage over an ad campaign that claims police have been “paid to lie”. Lush said it was raising awareness of what it calls the “ongoing undercover policing scandal”. In a provocative press release, it claims undercover officers have “infiltrated the lives, homes and beds …

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'Rip-off' funeral plans in Treasury's sights

Moves are under way to protect vulnerable people from “rip-off” pre-paid funeral plan providers. The Treasury is proposing to bring the sector under the regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority after claims that elderly people are being “pressured, harassed and misled” by some funeral businesses. Demand for funeral plans …

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Carluccio's restructuring could see restaurants close

Carluccio’s will go ahead with a restructuring programme that could see dozens of restaurants closed. Some 91% of creditors approved the Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA), which allows the business to reduce rents while negotiating with landlords. It is thought around 30 restaurants could close, putting 500 jobs at risk. …

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