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Most UK independent retailers and brands selling through the pandemic based outside of London

According to data from Ankorstore, a curated marketplace connecting independent brands with local retailers, the economic disruption caused by the pandemic has inspired a wave of entrepreneurial independent retail businesses. Over the last six months, more than 10,000 independent retailers were...


GCC consumers will opt for digital banking services over visiting a physical branch

Consumer appetite for digital banking services continues to grow in the countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), accelerated further by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey conducted by Backbase with YouGov. Eighty-nine percent of respondents to the survey said that they are...


Taking on the UK’s ‘big four’ broadband providers with a people-first approach

Broadband provider, Zen Internet, aims to take on the UK’s ‘big four’ providers. Chairman and Founder, Richard Tang, started the UK company with the philosophy of a people-first approach and aims to think long-term over short-term profits. He talks about the company’s...


Batelco latest retail shop is one-of-its-kind in Bahrain

Batelco has opened a one-of-its-kind retail shop for Bahrain’s telecom sector in Zallaq. The new outlet features not only a walk-in shop but also a drive-thru, and is completely cashless, in line with modern international retail trends. The shop will be open 24/7, the first telco retail...


Coca-Cola North America steps up spending with minority-owned media companies

Coca-Cola North America has announced plans to nearly double its spending with minority-owned media companies over the next three years. Black, Hispanic, and Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI)-owned and led media companies and partners will account for 8% of the company’s total...


Comcast business helps Sabey bring high-speed connectivity to Washington area data centres

Comcast Business has announced it is investing in Washington data centres in partnership with the Sabey Data Centres to bring better IT continuity and connectivity to businesses. Specifically, Comcast Business will integrate its connectivity into data centres located in Tukwila and...


BofA ranks number one in Nilson Report’s US Commercial Credit Card Rankings

In an extraordinary year for payment trends, Bank of America once more retained its ranking as the top issuer of Visa and Mastercard commercial credit card solutions in the US. The 2020 rankings, published by the financial industry publication, The Nilson Report, represent the seventh...


Callsign warns half of MENA consumers trust organisations less after receiving scams messages

Callsign, a digital identity pioneer, revealed that the rise of scams is harming organisations’ reputations across the world. The global study of consumers revealed that just receiving a scam message purporting to be from any brand is enough for 49.8% of them to lose trust in the...


Oracle commits to powering its global operations with renewable energy by 2025

Oracle expanded its commitment to sustainability by pledging to power its global operations, both its facilities and its cloud, with 100% renewable energy by 2025. “Relying on renewable energy is an important step toward a more sustainable future,” said Oracle Chief Executive...


FinTech, Ofin, tackles behavioural changes needed to address financial inclusion

It is a common belief that financial access should lead to financial prosperity. According to the World Bank, financial inclusion is defined as all people and businesses having access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs. Sakhile Mabena, CEO, Ofin, a...


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