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RBS backs programme for female entrepreneurs

A programme backed by Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to help female entrepreneurs take their business to the next level is kicking off next month, aiming to foster prosperity and ultimately create jobs. Business Women Scotland is behind the initiative...

Scotsman, yesterday, 00:09
 
Why the road to full employment is lined with food banks

Why the road to full employment is lined with food banks

Britain’s unemployment rate fell to 3.9% in January, the lowest level in more than 44 years. Is the return to levels of employment last seen in the 1970s a sign that the economy is more robust as Brexit approaches than many feared? We asked three...

Guardian, Saturday, 16:18
 
Austerity forcing arts institutions to accept gifts from billionaires

Austerity forcing arts institutions to accept gifts from billionaires

More than £100m of government cuts to annual arts funding has forced the nation’s top art galleries, theatres and opera houses to accept gifts from billionaires, including the controversial Sackler family, which made a fortune from the deadly opioid...

Guardian, Saturday, 10:32
 
Warner Music signs first ever record deal with an algorithm

Warner Music signs first ever record deal with an algorithm

Warner Music has become the first major label to sign a record deal with an algorithm. The German mood music app Endel has been signed to create 20 albums this year alone with five already released. The app creates personalised soundscapes for users...

Guardian, Saturday, 10:32
 
'‘We built an eco-house for £10,000 and grow our own food'

'‘We built an eco-house for £10,000 and grow our own food'

Name: Cassandra Lishman Age: 49 Income: £20,000 Occupation: Farmer and weaver I live in a pink roundhouse made out of straw bales in Pembrokeshire. It’s very hobbit-like. There’s one big living space with an office, kitchen, living room, and a bedroom...

Guardian, Saturday, 08:41
 
Retirement interest-only mortgages offer lifeline to older borrowers

Retirement interest-only mortgages offer lifeline to older borrowers

A new breed of interest-only mortgage for older people is starting to take off. These deals could throw a lifeline to thousands of people who have an interest-only home loan that’s coming to an end, but don’t know how they are going to pay back what...

Guardian, Saturday, 07:40
 
Is it worth getting a coach rather than the train to save money?

Is it worth getting a coach rather than the train to save money?

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper. I have to travel from London to Durham on Good Friday and am so broke I’m...

Guardian, Saturday, 07:26
 
Cashless Britain: over-55s and low earners at risk of being left behind

Cashless Britain: over-55s and low earners at risk of being left behind

With Britons increasingly turning to digital payments, consumers aged over 55 and those on low incomes “risk being left behind” by banks, according to new research. The findings come in the wake of a major report earlier this month that says more than...

Guardian, Saturday, 07:26
 
Cancelling services: why is leaving so hard to do?

Cancelling services: why is leaving so hard to do?

Fans of the TV series Friends will remember when Chandler wants to quit the gym. He goes to the health club to cancel his membership, but they bring out “Lycra/Spandex-covered gym treat, Maria”. Chandler then agrees to the gym taking $50 from his...

Guardian, Saturday, 07:26
 
RBS to wind down £1bn worth of contentious local council loans

RBS to wind down £1bn worth of contentious local council loans

Royal Bank of Scotland is aiming to wind down the remainder of about £1bn in controversial bank loans held by local authorities across the country, after criticisms that high payments have diverted cash from council services. Campaigners have welcomed...

Guardian, Saturday, 06:25
 

Funding boost for new Scottish stock exchange

Plans to launch Scotland’s first stock exchange since the early 1970s have taken a major step forward with the securing of a seven-figure investment package. Earlier this month, Tomas Carruthers, the entrepreneur who first unveiled plans for the...

Scotsman, Friday, 23:51
 
Boom or bust: What culture tells us about money

Boom or bust: What culture tells us about money

Over the years, one financial crisis after another has ruined - or profited - those caught in the middle of it. The pay and benefits of UK residents is still being affected by the latest crisis of a decade ago. So when has financial advice eased,...

BBC, Friday, 22:17
 
Is this America's most hated family?

Is this America's most hated family?

You might never have heard of the Sackler family but you may well have enjoyed their money. The Anglo-American billionaire dynasty are prolific philanthropists and some of Britain's best-known art galleries, museums, theatres and universities have...

BBC, Friday, 22:17
 
Is Apple about to expand its TV business?

Is Apple about to expand its TV business?

Could Apple be about to unveil a move into subscription TV? Invitations to an event at its Cupertino campus on Monday simply saying "It's show time" have sparked speculation that the tech giant could be about to announce its next TV steps....

BBC, Friday, 22:03
 
Disney tops Hollywood hierarchy closing 21st Century Fox deal

Disney tops Hollywood hierarchy closing 21st Century Fox deal

Disney closed its $71bn (£54bn) acquisition of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox film and entertainment assets this week, bringing The Simpsons, Star Wars and The Avengers under one roof. The deal combines Disney’s film studios, ABC broadcasting...

Guardian, Friday, 20:08
 


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