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UK businesses struggling to cope with spike in GDPR data requests

UK businesses have struggled to handle an upswing in personal data access requests since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, new research from business process outsourcer Parseq reveals. The research, conducted following the first anniversary of the GDPR, showed that two thirds of UK businesses (63%) saw an increase in data access […]

Over half of consumers looking for UK businesses to be more optimistic

Salesforce commissioned a survey of consumers and business leaders in the UK to gauge attitudes towards the role businesses should play to drive UK prosperity. The research found that almost three-quarters (72%) of UK consumers agree that business leaders need to step up and help create a successful global Britain. In the same study, business […]

UK Watchdog plans to fine Marriott £99m over GDPR breach

The UK’s data privacy regulator has said it plans to fine the US hotel group Marriott International £99.2m. The penalty relates to a data breach that resulted in about 339 million guests having had their personal details exposed. The incident is thought to date back to 2014 but was only discovered in 2018. It comes a day […]

Lady Gaga in exclusive Amazon deal to launch beauty range

As an unconventional artist, Lady Gaga is taking the same approach to her new make-up line – by launching it exclusively through Amazon. The Oscar-winning songwriter’s Haus Laboratories will become the first major cosmetics brand to be launched by the online retail giant. The deal means Lady Gaga’s first business venture will have a global […]

More than seven in ten consumers plan to participate in Amazon Prime day

Periscope® By McKinsey has announced the results of its Amazon Prime Day 2019 pre-event consumer survey. The report, entitled “The Amazon Prime Day Effect: Consumer Anticipation and Excitement Grows in 2019”, found that, this year, consumers in the US, UK, France and Germany plan to spend in more categories and will embrace technologies such as […]

Tourism businesses forecast scorching Summer sales as Brits plan staycations

Research from Square reveals it’s not just the weather heating up this summer, but domestic tourism too, as half of Brits plan staycations in the UK this year. The report reveals that the weaker pound and the uncertainty of Brexit are luring holiday-makers to destinations across the UK, presenting an opportunity for Britain’s small businesses […]

GDPR bites as British Airways faces record fine for data breach

British Airways says it is facing a record fine of £183m for last year’s breach of its security systems. The airline, owned by IAG, says it was “surprised and disappointed” by the penalty from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). At the time, BA said hackers had carried out a “sophisticated, malicious criminal attack” on its […]

Nike ‘Pulls Betsy Ross flag trainer after Kaepernick complaint’

US sportswear giant Nike has pulled trainers emblazoned with an early version of the US flag after a complaint from former NFL star Colin Kaepernick, according to reports. The Betsy Ross flag was used by the American Nazi Party as a symbol. Mr Kaepernick sparked a furore by kneeling at American football games to protest […]

Gift cards increasingly popular employee incentive

The volume of businesses using gift cards as part of their reward, incentive and loyalty schemes has seen a significant uplift year-on-year, according to the latest research published by the UK Gift Card & Voucher Association (UKGCVA). The State of the Nation report, compiled by GlobalData and sponsored by First Data, found that the B2B gift […]