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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

Why spread-betting shares have taken a tumble

It was the early Christmas present nobody in the City’s booming spread-betting industry wanted. The European Securities and Markets Association (ESMA), a European financial regulator, said late on Friday that it was considering banning the sale of so-called ‘binary’ options to retail investors. It may also impose restrictions on …

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Fears grow for Toys R Us future over PPF demands

The future of Toys R Us’s British operations looked increasingly precarious on Monday as the UK’s pensions lifeboat demanded a £9m injection into its pension scheme in exchange for backing a rescue plan this week. Sky News has learnt that the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) and the scheme’s trustees …

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Sri Lanka appeals to Russia to lift temporary tea ban

Sri Lanka is making a special appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin to remove a ban on Ceylon tea.Two ministers are leading a delegation to Moscow to request the suspension on Sri Lankan tea imports is lifted.Imports were halted last week after Russia found an insect known as the …

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Port Talbot steelworkers' pension help 'grossly inadequate'

Action to protect steelworkers’ pensions has been “grossly inadequate”, a committee of MPs has said. The regulator the Financial Conduct Authority has been investigating 17 companies after Tata employees said they got bad advice about moving from the British Steel Pension Scheme.Works and pensions select committee chairman Frank Field …

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Mobile phone and broadband services need 'radical improvement'

The head of the National Infrastructure Commission has called for urgent action to tackle poor mobile phone coverage. Lord Adonis has written to the telecoms regulator Ofcom urging it to take action to deal with the issue. It follows a report that one million homes have poor broadband and …

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Ryanair pilots suspend pre-Christmas strike

Ryanair’s Ireland-based pilots have suspended a strike planned for Wednesday after the airline signalled a climbdown over union recognition. The no-frills carrier had announced on Friday it would, for the first time in its 32-year history, agree to independent representation for its pilots as the Impact union had demanded. …

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Bitcoin trading starts on the huge CME exchange

Bitcoin has moved another step towards mainstream investing with the start of trading on the huge Chicago Mercantile Exchange financial futures market.It comes as the value of the digital currency approached $20,000 on Sunday, before drifting below $19,000.Last week, Chicago’s CBOE exchange began Bitcoin futures trading – bets on …

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Twitter brings in new rules to reduce hate

Twitter is enforcing new rules on abuse from today, aimed at reducing hateful content on the social media platform. The new guidelines covering abuse, hateful conduct, violence and physical harm were announced last month. A new rule regarding violence will also take into account activity offline – forbidding users …

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