A new business coalition that aims to provide emergency COVID-19 support for the digitally and financially excluded has launched. Good Things Foundation, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The APLE Collective, Clean Slate Training & Employment CIC and Mastercard have formed a coalition of partners to offer immediate support to digitally and financially excluded people in the UK,…

New research by Policy in Practice shows that people on low incomes could lose £100’s of pounds if they are asked to self isolate due to Test and Trace. Some households who are asked to self-isolate will struggle to bear the immediate financial costs of relying on Statutory Sick Pay. If their loss of earnings…

The British Business Bank’s annual Small Business Equity Tracker report shows investment in UK tech businesses rose by 27% last year to hit £4 billion – the highest level for eight years. The study found that 52% of deals took place outside of London, with the south west of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland showing…

Families falling out of work during the coronavirus pandemic crisis are on average £1,600 worse off in benefits than they would have done without a decade of austerity according to new analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The IFS says benefits for out-of-work households are worth 10% less than in 2011. The analysis…

Samsung has announced a new partnership between Samsung Pay, the digital banking platform Curve, one of Europe’s leading fintechs, and Mastercard to launch the Samsung Pay Card. The all-new digital payment solution will offer Samsung customers greater flexibility and control when managing their finances by offering a single view of spend, whilst also enabling a simple…

Principality Building Society has announced the appointment of Julie-Ann Haines as Chief Executive Officer, subject to regulatory approval. Haines joined the Society as Head of Strategy and E-Channels in 2007 and is currently the Chief Customer Officer. She has more than 20 years’ corporate experience in retail and financial services. In her current role she…