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Budget 2019: Tech Giants face digital service tax

Technology giants will be forced to pay tax on the sales they generate in the UK, under new plans announced in the Budget. Chancellor Philip Hammond plans to introduce a digital services tax from April 2020 following a consultation. He said “established tech giants” will be targeted rather than start-ups. Companies such as Amazon and […]

Wagamama sold to Frankie & Benny’s owner

The Restaurant Group, the owners of the Frankie & Benny and Garfunkel’s restaurant chains, has struck a deal to buy Asian-themed chain Wagamama. The deal values the business, which opened its first restaurant in central London in 1992, at £559m. The Restaurant Group said Wagamama had “consistently and significantly outperformed its core UK market.” It plans […]

Twitter earnings boosted by major sports broadcasts

Coverage of major football and baseball games in the US helped Twitter generate better-than-expected sales and profits in the third quarter. The social network said revenue jumped 29% to $758m in the period, beating analyst estimates. But its total number of users declined as it closed “spammy and suspicious” accounts, and it forecast further falls. […]

More large organisations join plastic waste elimination pledge by 2025

Some 250 big organisations have now pledged to eradicate plastic waste by 2025, including Coca Cola, H&M and L’Oreal, up from 40 in April. All promised that 100% of their plastic packaging would be reused, recycled or composted within seven years. The aim is to combat plastic waste pollution, which is harming the seas. The […]

Future chooses Selligent Marketing Cloud to straighten Customer Engagement

Selligent Marketing Cloud, the B2C Marketing Automation company, today announced Future plc as a client. Future is a global multi-platform media company, creating over 200 print publications, apps, websites and events, in fields such as video games, technology, film, music and home. Selligent Marketing Cloud will enable Future to consolidate multiple data sources to create […]

Consumers turn to smartphones to avoid Black Friday battles

A guide released by leading SMS platform Textlocal shows that retailers must adapt to a mobile marketplace if they are to effectively compete in this year’s Black Friday sales.  The guide shows how retail sales have fundamentally changed with as many as 80% of consumers now engaging with retailers via their smartphones. Last year, more […]

Marlboro axes flavoured E-Cigarettes over concerns vaping is becoming popular with children

Altria, the tobacco firm which owns Marlboro, will stop selling several of its e-cigarette products. The decision follows concerns that “vaping” is becoming increasingly popular with children. The US Food and Drug Administration has launched a campaign against firms marketing e-cigarettes in a way that appeals to under-age users. Altria also said it would support […]