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NOMINATE A LOCAL HERO THIS CHRISTMAS

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Giftmas

ByPeter Navin, MD of Branch and Business Banking

I hope you are looking forward to Christmas.  It’s a great time of year to spend with friends, family and the local community – and of course receiving presents!

Giftmas

Giftmas

But what has this got to do with TSB I hear you say? Well next week, in 20 of our branches*, we’ll be inviting local people to come in and nominate their local unsung heroes – people who deservean extra special ‘thank you’.

Agift tag for the nominated person can be hung on our TSB ‘Giftmas’ tree, a blue Christmas tree in the branch. Each local hero then is in with a chance to win a special gift of a Red Letter Day experience.  Once all the nominations have been received, the local TSB bank manager will randomly pick and reveal the winner.

Why are we doing this?

Our research shows that the average person says thanks 23 times a day, but six-out-of-10 do so fewer than 11 times a day as a result of their busy lives or simply forgetting.

What our research also shows is that people think Christmas is an ideal time of year to thank someone in their local community.  Our TSB Giftmas trees are therefore an ideal way for people to do just this.  We want to give some neighbourly support to the local communities we’re based in and give people the opportunity to thank those around them.

Peter Navin

Peter Navin

So, if you’re local to one of our 20 participating TSB branches, come in, say hi and nominate a local hero to be in with a chance of winning a gift.  We very much like the idea of the TSB Giftmas tree and we hope you do too!

We would also love to hear from you and see your pictures on social media; Tweet us at @TSB using #TSBgiftmas.

Peter

*Branches where Giftmas trees will be located.

Branch Branch Address
Bath 10 Quiet Street, BA1 1JU
Bedford 65 Midland Road, MK40 1PR
Birmingham 13 Temple Street, B2 5BN
Bristol Broadmead 36-38 Merchant Street, BS1 1YG
Bromley 58 High Street, BR1 1EG
Cardiff 2-3 Working Street, CF10 1GN
Cheltenham 153 High Street, GL50 1DQ
Coventry 15 High Street, CV1 5RD
Crawley The Pavillion, Queens Square, RH10 1DE
Hammersmith 9 King Street, W6 9HR
Ilford 82 High Road, IG1 1 DL
Kingston Upon Thames 82a Eden Street, KT1 1DJ
Maidstone 16 High Street, ME14 1HT
Norwich 9 Guidlhall Hill, NR2 1SN
Plymouth 162 Armada Way, PL1 `1LB
Reading 200 Broad Street, RG1 7QJ
Romford 3 Stewards Walk, RM1 3RJ
Solihull 58 Poplar Road, B91 3AB
Taunton 34 North Street, TA1 1LT
Watford 40 High Street, WD17 2BS

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Sunak to use budget to expand apprenticeships in England

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LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce more funding for apprenticeships in England when he unveils his budget next week, the government said on Friday.

Employers taking part in the Apprenticeship Initiative Scheme will from April 1 receive 3,000 pounds ($4,179) for each apprentice hired, regardless of age – an increase on current grants of between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds depending on age.

The scheme will extended by six months until the end of September, the finance ministry said.

Sunak will also announce an extra 126 million pounds for traineeships for up to 43,000 placements.

Sunak’s March 3 budget will likely include a new round of spending to prop up the economy during what he hopes will be the last phase of lockdown, but he will also probably signal tax rises ahead to plug the huge hole in the public finances.

Sunak is also expected to announce a “flexi-job” apprenticeship scheme, whereby apprentices can join an agency and work for multiple employers in one sector, the finance ministry said.

“We know there’s more to do and it’s vital this continues throughout the next stage of our recovery, which is why I’m boosting support for these programmes, helping jobseekers and employers alike,” Sunak said in a statement.

(Reporting by Andy Bruce, editing by David Milliken)

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UK seeks G7 consensus on digital competition after Facebook blackout

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is seeking to build a consensus among G7 nations on how to stop large technology companies exploiting their dominance, warning that there can be no repeat of Facebook’s one-week media blackout in Australia.

Facebook’s row with the Australian government over payment for local news, although now resolved, has increased international focus on the power wielded by tech corporations.

“We will hold these companies to account and bridge the gap between what they say they do and what happens in practice,” Britain’s digital minister Oliver Dowden said on Friday.

“We will prevent these firms from exploiting their dominance to the detriment of people and the businesses that rely on them.”

Dowden said recent events had strengthened his view that digital markets did not currently function properly.

He spoke after a meeting with Facebook’s Vice-President for Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, a former British deputy prime minister.

“I put these concerns to Facebook and set out our interest in levelling the playing field to enable proper commercial relationships to be formed. We must avoid such nuclear options being taken again,” Dowden said in a statement.

Facebook said in a statement that the call had been constructive, and that it had already struck commercial deals with most major publishers in Britain.

“Nick strongly agreed with the Secretary of State’s (Dowden’s) assertion that the government’s general preference is for companies to enter freely into proper commercial relationships with each other,” a Facebook spokesman said.

Britain will host a meeting of G7 leaders in June.

It is seeking to build consensus there for coordinated action toward “promoting competitive, innovative digital markets while protecting the free speech and journalism that underpin our democracy and precious liberties,” Dowden said.

The G7 comprises the United States, Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Canada, but Australia has also been invited.

Britain is working on a new competition regime aimed at giving consumers more control over their data, and introducing legislation that could regulate social media platforms to prevent the spread of illegal or extremist content and bullying.

(Reporting by William James; Editing by Gareth Jones and John Stonestreet)

 

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Britain to offer fast-track visas to bolster fintechs after Brexit

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By Huw Jones

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it would offer a fast-track visa scheme for jobs at high-growth companies after a government-backed review warned that financial technology firms will struggle with Brexit and tougher competition for global talent.

Finance minister Rishi Sunak said that now Britain has left the European Union, it wants to make sure its immigration system helps businesses attract the best hires.

“This new fast-track scale-up stream will make it easier for fintech firms to recruit innovators and job creators, who will help them grow,” Sunak said in a statement.

Over 40% of fintech staff in Britain come from overseas, and the new visa scheme, open to migrants with job offers at high-growth firms that are scaling up, will start in March 2022.

Brexit cut fintechs’ access to the EU single market and made it far harder to employ staff from the bloc, leaving Britain less attractive for the industry.

The review published on Friday and headed by Ron Kalifa, former CEO of payments fintech Worldpay, set out a “strategy and delivery model” that also includes a new 1 billion pound ($1.39 billion) start-up fund.

“It’s about underpinning financial services and our place in the world, and bringing innovation into mainstream banking,” Kalifa told Reuters.

Britain has a 10% share of the global fintech market, generating 11 billion pounds ($15.6 billion) in revenue.

The review said Brexit, heavy investment in fintech by Australia, Canada and Singapore, and the need to be nimbler as COVID-19 accelerates digitalisation of finance, all mean the sector’s future in Britain is not assured.

It also recommends more flexible listing rules for fintechs to catch up with New York.

“We recognise the need to make the UK attractive a more attractive location for IPOs,” said Britain’s financial services minister John Glen, adding that a separate review on listings rules would be published shortly.

“Those findings, along with Ron’s report today, should provide an excellent evidence base for further reform.”

SCALING UP

Britain pioneered “sandboxes” to allow fintechs to test products on real consumers under supervision, and the review says regulators should move to the next stage and set up “scale-boxes” to help fintechs navigate red tape to grow.

“It’s a question of knowing who to call when there’s a problem,” said Kay Swinburne, vice chair of financial services at consultants KPMG and a contributor to the review.

A UK fintech wanting to serve EU clients would have to open a hub in the bloc, an expensive undertaking for a start-up.

“Leaving the EU and access to the single market going away is a big deal, so the UK has to do something significant to make fintechs stay here,” Swinburne said.

The review seeks to join the dots on fintech policy across government departments and regulators, and marshal private sector efforts under a new Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (CFIT).

“There is no framework but bits of individual policies, and nowhere does it come together,” said Rachel Kent, a lawyer at Hogan Lovells and contributor to the review.

($1 = 0.7064 pounds)

(Reporting by Huw Jones; editing by Jane Merriman and John Stonestreet)

 

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