Locket, the prevention-first insurance provider has opened its crowdfund to the public this week, and already secured £1m against a target of £750k. This round gives the crowdfunding community a chance to own a piece of the $7 trillion global insurance market, from as little as £15. Locket is protection-first insurance that rewards you with a discount if you use ...

Nearly 12 million UK employees would consider leaving their employer in the pursuit of better employee benefits, according to new research. Small businesses are particularly at risk of losing top talent as although 78% of decision makers at SME employers highlight employee benefits as key to recruitment and retention, only 37% have reassessed their benefits since the start of the ...

Un-policed and often unenforceable anti-corruption laws have made the UK the global money-laundering capital for a post-Soviet Union elite, severely damaging Britain’s international reputation and the rule of law, the London-based thinktank Chatham House says in a report. The research calls for new measures to constrain what it described as a near-self-regulated army of professional enablers – accountants, lawyers and ...

The United Arab Emirates, a hub of international commerce, announced Tuesday that it would shift its weekends to bring them more in line with the Western calendar and global markets, once again showing its willingness to part ways with its Arab neighbors. The government declared a four-and-a-half day workweek, moving the weekend from Friday and Saturday to Saturday and Sunday. ...

TOKYO — Japan’s economy shrank slightly faster than initially reported in the third quarter, as a sharp rise in local coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases hit private consumption and a global chip supply shortage hurt corporate sentiment.   The deeper contraction is a setback for policymakers hoping easing supply shortages and loosened pandemic curbs would support a recovery in the world’s ...

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus can partially evade the protection from two doses of Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine, the research head of a laboratory at the Africa Health Research Institute in South Africa said on Tuesday.   Still, the study showed that blood from people who had received two doses of the vaccine and ...

Several Amazon services – including its website, Prime Video and applications that use Amazon Web Services (AWS) – went down for thousands of users on Tuesday. Amazon said the outage was probably due to problems related to application programming interface (API), which is a set of protocols for building and integrating application software, Reuters reported. “We are experiencing API and ...

The destructive impact of the Omicron variant on the country’s inbound tourism industry, the UK’s fifth largest export, has been laid bare in a new survey by travel trade association UKinbound. Over 100-member businesses, including inbound tour operators, accommodation providers and attractions from across the country, provided feedback regarding the impact of the new UK border restrictions imposed due to ...

The metaverse has “major potential” to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Asia Pacific better cope with disruptions such as the pandemic, according to global tech firm Meta.   “[The metaverse] is the next evolution of digital platforms,” said Dan Neary, vice president of Meta in Asia Pacific, at a virtual press conference on Dec. 3. “It’s more pronounced in ...

More than half of UK businesses in a recent survey confirmed that having the right tools or technologies in place is their biggest challenge when considering long-term ‘work from anywhere’ policies. This is in stark contrast to the nearly 80 percent that plan to maintain remote or hybrid working in 2022, with employees expected to spend between one and four ...