Financial services companies appear to have increased their appetite for risk compared to businesses in other sectors, a report has found. The Q3 2018 Global Supply Chain Risk Report, published by Cranfield School of Management and Dun & Bradstreet, investigates the level of perceived supply chain risk faced by European companies with international supplier relationships.…

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation JRF) has released a new report which highlights than Britain are going into Brexit with half a million more children trapped in poverty, this following a relentless rise in the number of working families struggling to make ends meet over the last five years. It means in a typical classroom of 30 children, nine are now living in…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a Decision Notice in respect of Mohammad Ataur Prodhan, the former Chief Executive Officer of Sonali Bank (UK) (SBUK), fining him £76,400. Prodhan has referred this Decision Notice to the Upper Tribunal (the Tribunal) where he and the FCA will each present their cases. The Tribunal will determine…

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has published correspondence with a series of major companies such as WH Smiths, Boots, Thomas Cook and Holland & Barrett on their payment practices, highlighting issues such as long payment terms and late payments. Following up concerns about poor payment practices raised during the current inquiry on Small…

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) Future Space innovation hub, and fintech company Flexys are using advice from Bristol University’s Personal Finance Research Centre (PFRC) and working with UWE Bristol’s Computer Science and Creative Technologies department to research the way customers in debt can manage their arrears. Guidance from the Financial Conduct Authority…

European credit management specialist Intrum and Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo have finalised a strategic agreement to create market-leading servicer of non-performing loans (NPL) in Italy. The agreement creates an establishment of a market leading servicer of non-performing loans (NPLs) in Italy. The servicing platform, Intrum Italy, is majority owned by Intrum with Intesa Sanpaolo retaining…

The Money Advice Service (MAS) has launched new guidance which they say will assist Local Authorities to take a more progressive approach to the recovery of Council Tax, encouraging improved resident engagement, fairer outcomes and sustainable arrears repayments. Across the UK, the number of overindebted people is approximately 8.3 million. Furthermore, a third of people…

The NACFB has teamed up with SmartSearch to provide its members with preferential access to its award-winning anti-money laundering platform. The partnership comes in response to increased demand from NACFB Members for a simple and effective way to conduct due diligence checks on both individuals and businesses. The SmartSearch platform uses data partners Experian, Equifax, Dow Jones…

Zopa has announced that it has been approved for a bank licence with restrictions. This is called the ‘mobilisation’ phase of the process where the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) put some restrictions in place. Zopa will be granted a full licence once it meets the conditions set by the regulators…

Lender, Aldermore, has appointed Jon Cooper as its new Head of Omnichannel within its retail mortgage business. Cooper will be responsible for driving sales through brokers and alternative channels as well as into the direct team. He will continue to build on the great work our intermediary and direct distribution teams have done to drive our…