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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

FCA preparing 'for hardest of hard Brexits'

The chairman of the City watchdog has told financial services chiefs that it is preparing for “the hardest of hard Brexits”, reinforcing industry concerns that thousands of British jobs may be shifted abroad. Sky News has learnt that John Griffith-Jones made the remark about the possibility of a ‘cliff-edge’ …

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AstraZeneca leads FTSE 100 lower

Shares in drugs giant AstraZeneca have fallen following a report that its chief executive, Pascal Soriot, is to leave to company to join Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.The report, on the Calcalist financial news website, pushed AstraZeneca’s share price down 3.7% in early trade.That made it the biggest faller on …

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Southern rail: Government fines owners over delays

The owners of Southern rail have been fined £13.4m for poor performance, the Department for Transport has announced. The government said the fine on Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) would have been higher, but most of the delays had not been Southern’s fault.The DfT said strikes and unprecedented levels of …

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Could a text message or email become your will?

Texts, emails and voicemails could be considered a valid will by courts under a radical overhaul of inheritance laws being proposed by the Law Commission. It believes present rules concerning wills are outdated and need to be brought into the “modern world” because they are “failing to protect the …

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Havaianas flip-flop brand sold in $1bn deal

The maker of Havaianas – perhaps the world’s most famous brand of flip-flops – has been sold for $1.1bn ($850m).The Brazilian label has been highly successful at home and internationally, with about 200 million pairs of the footwear sold every year.Alpargatas, the firm behind the brand, was owned by …

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New customs system may not be ready for Brexit, NAO warns

The UK’s new system for handling customs checks may not be ready by the time it leaves the EU, the public spending watchdog has warned.The National Audit Office said taxes might not be collected properly, international trade could be hampered and the UK’s reputation damaged unless proper contingencies were …

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Will law should be brought into 'modern world'

The law around wills should be updated and brought into the “modern world”, the Law Commission for England and Wales has said.The current rules were “unclear” and could be putting people off from making a will, it added. It is considering whether texts, emails and other electronic communications should …

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Brexit: Irish business leaders warn of 'calamitous divorce'

Irish business leaders have called for a 1bn euro (£890m) EU state aid programme to protect Irish firms in the event of a hard Brexit. The Irish Business and Employers Confederation (Ibec) said that if Britain left the customs union, it would “massively disrupt” trade, leaving Irish firms “exposed”.It …

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