The Lending Standard Board (LSB) has published its Access to Banking Standard summary report. The Access to Banking Standard aims to help minimise the impact of bank branch closures on customers and local communities. It is designed to ensure that customers affected by branch closures receive sufficient communication and clarity on the reasons for the…

The High Court Enforcement Officers Association (HCEOA) has announced that there have been two detailed meetings and replies to parliamentary written questions, on VAT enforcement fees, The Association understands that the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) hopes to issue the guidance very shortly and that the final version will amend the guidance issued by the VAT…

Dow Schofield Watts has announced that it will launch a debt advisory arm. Phil Tarimo will lead the new service, DSW Debt Advisory, which is aimed at medium-sized companies seeking debt funding of £20 million or above. It will initially operate from the firm’s Northern offices but the aim is to roll it out nationally.…

Half of UK workers say they wouldn’t store sensitive personal and commercial information in the cloud because of their concerns over security, according to a new report by Invu. The report says cloud security remains by far the biggest concern for businesses. Data back-up and the recovery of lost data was the second biggest concern,…

A new report has highlighted the gap in responsible lending, highlighting that affordable credit providers make just £250 million of loans, while over the same period, high-cost short-term credit providers lend £3 billion – more than ten times as much. The report titled ‘Transforming affordable credit in the UK’  identifies affordable lenders who operate with…