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Fintech or bust: can banks catch up?

Following the news that Lloyds Banking Group will close more than 200 branches, with 3000 workers set to lose their jobs, the future for high street banking is clearly digital. Is it too late for banks to compete with fintech firms on the digital front?

Crowdfunding deals in decline: is this a sign of things to come?

A recent report from data company Beauhurst reveals a slowdown in crowdfunding deals for the first time since the birth of the sector, with 22 per cent fewer completed deals in the first half of 2016 than the year before. Critics may foresee a burst bubble, but proponents of the space expect this to be a passing pre-Brexit hiccup 

Total dividend payments made by UK SMEs increased to 28.3 billion in 2015-16, up from 17.5 billion the year before.

RESEARCH: SMEs less inclined to reinvest post-Brexit

UK corporate SMEs reportedly paid out 94 per cent of their profits as dividends, up from 63 per cent the year before, suggesting a dip in confidence 

BREAKING: Didi Chuxing set to acquire Uber China

After years of fierce competition, Chinese transport behemoth, Didi Chuxing has bought Uber China for $35 billion, potentially opening 95 per cent of the cab hailing market to the merged entity

Investor confidence still strong: deal volumes defy pre-Brexit predictions

UK's lower middle market sees 40 private equity investments of £1.63 billion in the first half of the year, challenging pre-Brexit predictions of a slowdown

Rumblings of a post-Brexit brain-drain emerge

A study of hiring practices in professional services reveals a record dip in job roles within the IT and engineering roles. Despite this, there has been an overall 1 per cent year-on-year growth in permanent vacancies, and a 26 per cent jump in contract roles in financial services

BREAKING: Margot James appointed small business minister

Margot James bring decades of entrepreneurial experience to her role as minister for small business, consumers and corporate responsibility in PM Theresa May's new cabinet 

Company insolvencies down this quarter despite Brexit uncertainty

The total number of company insolvencies fell in Q2, but research reveals that the SMEs are struggling to stay afloat

Potential payments reform: a goldmine for fintech?

The Payment System Regulator's call for reform could create new opportunities for fintech firms

Time is money: Do SMEs have quick access to finance?

When it comes to securing a small loan or gearing up with growth finance, does a quick response from lenders matter?

The link between sleep and productivity has been studied for decades.

Big Health raises $12m to expand into mental healthcare

Big Health's programmes have helped numerous businesses boost productivity by improving employees' sleep. With its recent fundraise, the company aims to take digital medicine further, tackling other mental health issues affecting the workforce

US payments-as-a-service firm eyes UK market

WePay, payments partner to the 'platform economy' across the Atlantic, expands to the UK to link multi-party payments overseas

UK M&A activity post-Brexit: what's the verdict?

According to Thomson Reuters' scorecard for Q2 2016 looking at trends in deal making, UK M&A activity totals $95 billion (£72 billion), down 53 per cent compared to year-to-date 2015. However, industry figures contradict the assertion that deal making may slow post-Brexit

Three ways the "on-the-go" economy has disrupted UK's workforce

A new report reveals a growing nexus between the sharing economy and the on-demand economy, the on-the-go economy, as the engine driving the UK's workforce. Here's why SMEs need to adapt and respond now

The popular BBC show invites entrepreneurs from all sectors to pitch their business in front of five wealthy investors.

Dragons' Den favourites revealed

Ahead of the new series of BBC 2's Dragons' Den, business data site Company Check analysed all 187 businesses that have appeared on the show. Here are the top trends

Sports Direct's draconian work practices reveal the need for NED

Financial commentator, author Gerry Brown, suggests a quick cost-effective solution for Sports Direct, considering the impending investigative report due out tomorrow from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills

Fuss Free Phones raises seed investment to expand reach across ageing population

Dedicated mobile service for elderly users, Fuss Free Phones secured seed funding from European impact investment bank ClearlySo to launch far and wide

Consuming digital content isn't enough: UK fourth among ten 'digital tiger economies'

A study by Barclays reveals that productivity, innovation and growth may be at risk as UK comes just fourth in digital development. How can we bridge the gap?

Airports await expansion takeoff

The much anticipated decision on airport expansion at Heathrow or Gatwick has now been put on hold in the wake of the EU referendum result, and will now be left to the next UK Prime Minister to announce plans sometime in October.

Can London remain a fintech hub post-Brexit?

The UK may still be reeling from the most divisive vote to rock the country in a generation. Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, the nation has plunged into a period of uncertainty. GrowthBusiness checks in on the fintech sector, speaking to experts in peer-to-peer lending, foreign exchange and invoice finance

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