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FLA comment on Industrial Strategy White Paper
Tuesday, 28 November 2017
Commenting on the publication of the Industrial Strategy White Paper, Simon Goldie, Head of Asset Finance at the Finance & Leasing Association, said:   “We welcome the Government’s commitment to continued funding for the UK’s Growth Hubs, and the expansion of their role to help ensure that all businesses have access to these essential services. We are also keen to see that Growth Hubs and the British Business Bank will be working together more closely – as the FLA has suggested.”
 
Euler Hermes: Global protectionism and Brexit could dent UK trade prospects
Monday, 27 November 2017
The impact of protectionism on global trade and uncertainty about Brexit could reduce the volume growth in UK exports in 2018, according to Euler Hermes, the world’s leading trade credit insurance company.
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Simplified cash tender offer for Euler Hermes shares
Monday, 27 November 2017
The Supervisory Board of Euler Hermes convened on November 26, 2017 to review the simplified cash tender offer (the "Offer") that Allianz, the controlling shareholder, intends to file at a price of 122 euros per Euler Hermes share. 
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British Standard for information security risk revised
Friday, 24 November 2017
BSI, the business standards company, has revised its guidance standard for information security management systems, BS 7799-3 Guidelines for information security risk management.  
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African Bank accelerates market responsiveness with centralised decisioning
Thursday, 23 November 2017
African Bank can now launch new credit strategies 30 percent faster, at 25 percent lower cost, and can make changes to credit strategies in two days instead of two months. The new African Bank, which underwent a restructuring and reopened in 2016, uses FICO decision management software as the central decision-making hub of the bank. This new technology from FICO is said to bring more efficiency, governance and collaboration to the way the bank makes decisions.  
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Missed opportunities blight a prudent Budget, says CPS
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Daniel Mahoney, Head of Economic Research at the CPS, said:  “The headline story from this Budget was the dramatic downgrading of Britain’s productivity forecasts – a minute-long section of Philip Hammond’s speech that will add as much to the deficit as the rest of it put together. In 2019, for example, productivity growth will be 0.7 percentage points lower than was predicted earlier this year. Overall, these revisions to productivity will knock nearly 3 percentage points off nominal GDP growth over the next five years.
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Comment: Brexit uncertainty wreaking havoc for GDP growth and budget deficit
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Commenting on today’s Budget and its immediate impact on markets, Shilen Shah, Bond Strategist at Investec Wealth & Investment, said: “Brexit remains the key area of uncertainty for both GDP growth and the budget deficit, with the key unknown being whether a comprehensive deal can be achieved in both the goods and service sectors. In anticipation of costs associated with new a relationship with the EU, the government confirmed that it had already spent £750m on Brexit preparations, with a further £3bn set aside. The key risk for the economy however remains whether a service sector agreement can be reached, given that it makes up more than 80% of the economy and its one area of trade where the UK has a surplus with the EU –in contrast to the manufacturing sector.” 
 
ASTL comments on today's Autumn Budget statement
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Benson Hersch, CEO of the Association of Short Term Lenders (ASTL), comments today on the Autumn Budget statement: “The Chancellor’s announcement that the Government will facilitate the building of 300,000 new homes a year, is welcome but ultimately we have heard promise after promise from successive Governments on house building, to little effect. Without a significant increase in social housing this is a pipe dream, especially as current figures include permitted development (offices to flats for example) rather than 'ground up' building. 
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Euler Hermes: UK economy set for slowest EU growth rate in 2018
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
The UK economy is set to become the worst performer in the European Union next year, as the Brexit-induced slowdown becomes increasingly more pronounced, according to Euler Hermes, the world’s largest trade credit insurer. 
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Comment: An economists' view ahead of the UK Autumn Budget
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
“There are a number of measures rumoured in the Autumn Budget that are likely to impact UK businesses, including changes to how business rates are calculated and investment in technology such as 5G connectivity and driverless cars. Following the Bank of England’s interest rate increase, there has been a widespread call for business rates to be frozen. Many businesses are keen to see supportive measures from the government to help them weather the challenges of our current environment, increase productivity and stimulate economic growth. 
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Six in ten senior decision makers predict greater business efficiency from MiFID II
Thursday, 16 November 2017
Financial firms and their senior management teams currently face an uphill battle to be ready for the vast overhaul of European market rules that come into force on January 3rd with MiFID II.
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