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Growing A More Green And Sustainable Business

The 21st century has been somewhat troubled so far, and along with global pandemics, has been faced with pressing environmental issues. There is a growing pandemic with plastic, pollution, and a warming planet. Many businesses are choosing to ‘go green’ which is something that will have a positive impact on the environment, as well as on their business reputation.

If you are looking for more to do for your business, or are in the early days of growing a business, then starting off with being green in mind is a good way to go. Consumers are letting us all know what they want more and more, so if you’re taking positive steps to be sustainable as a business, you won’t be able to keep up. Here are some of the things that you can do.

Improve the company culture.

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Farage attacks IFAs as he launches ‘financial freedom’ newsletter

Brexit champion Nigel Farage has attacked brokers and IFAs for feeding clients “the same tired old lines” as he launches a new daily financial ‘wealth builder’ newsletter.

His new project – Fortune & Freedom – offers a daily email newsletter to followers providing tips and guidance on building wealth to seek ‘financial freedom.’

In his promotion for the new project he says: “I’ll never try to bamboozle you with jargon, like so many financial professionals try to do – usually to justify their huge salaries and fees.”

He promises: “I’ll show you the opportunities and ideas to help grow your wealth in a New Britain, unleashed after Brexit.”

The service is not regulated but is being produced in tandem with an FCA-regulated business called Southbank Investment Research Limited.

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Southbank Investment Research is a financial newsletter publisher. Its newsletters include: Crypto Profits Extreme, Dynamic Investment Trends Alert, Frontier Tech

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Women executives say the pandemic is exacerbating gender bias

This year is hard on working women. They’re losing their jobs and leaving the workforce at higher rates than men. Not to mention school closures are disproportionately creating more work for mothers.

So how are women at the top doing? How do they see the pandemic changing their work?

To find out, Fortune surveyed a group of more than 600 women leaders in our Most Powerful Women (MPW) community. In all, we received 112 responses in September. Among those, 88% work on at least one corporate or nonprofit board and 30% are CEOs. 

Among the women executives surveyed by Fortune, 66% say the pandemic is exacerbating gender bias.

The pandemic is resulting in more childcare work for employed parents—and much of that is falling to mothers. But 57% of women leaders told Fortune that their company is not offering additional child-care resources or paid leave. On the flip … Read the rest

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Draftkings: Shoring up the Balance Sheet by Selling Stock Comes With a Price

With its stock trading at 52-week high, and up 496% year-to-date, DraftKings (DKNG) has cashed out at the top. On Monday, the sports-betting provider announced it is selling 32 million DKNG shares to raise capital. The company expects to raise over $1.6 billion from the sale with 16 million being sold by DraftKings and the rest by existing shareholders. At $52 per share, the company is offering the stock for a price 14% below what its shares cost prior to the offering announcement. The result will be a windfall of an estimated $830 million, which DraftKings will use for general corporate purposes.In reaction, DKNG plummeted 22% this week and it looks like the stock received more lashes than it deserved — at least, according to 5-star Canaccord analyst Michael Graham.Graham sticks to his Buy rating on DKNG shares, while his $65 price target stays put, too. Investors could be taking … Read the rest

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How To Thrive Amidst Change & Disruption In The Short-Term Rental Industry

by Pamela Knudsen, Director of Compliance Services for Avalara MyLodgeTax

With millions of Americans itching to get away from the friendly confines of their homes, the short-term rental option is perhaps more attractive than ever. While many people are still squeamish about crowds and looking to avoid hotels, resorts and airplanes, but in need of a getaway and change of pace, an overwhelming majority favors a simple, safe and drivable vacation. For proof, look no further than Airbnb’s recent record-setting bookings report.

However, while Americans might be craving a return to normalcy right now, the return of the short-term rental will not be “normal.” With the new landscape that’s been seeded by the pandemic, short-term rental hosts need to make smart, strategic changes to their business to ensure the safety and comfort of their guests — in line with new rules set by regional jurisdictions and safety standards expected … Read the rest

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Editor’s Column: Financial Planning Week deserves more support

 

Well done to all the Financial Planning firms who have been taking part in the CISI’s Financial Planning Week this week. I applaud your efforts. I just wish there were more of you.

We’ve seen lots of free one-to-one virtual sessions with consumers, social media activity and other promotion of the long-term benefits of Financial Planning for consumers.

This year, for the first time, the PFS backed the campaign and has been supporting the drive to inform more people about the potentially life-changing nature of good Financial Planning advice.

Naturally the campaign has been somewhat Covid-subdued this year with events taking place virtually. This is a shame but it will change.

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In the meantime, for those planners who did not get involved now would be a good time to think about getting involved next year or even doing more to promote Financial Planning all year round.

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Sheryl Sandberg: Companies can’t risk losing their best women leaders

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Two women are the finalists to head the World Trade Organization, we get ready to welcome special guests to Fortune’s MPW Next Gen Summit, and Sheryl Sandberg sounds the alarm on the importance of retaining corporate America’s best leaders. Have a restful weekend.

– Senior-level crisis. Earlier this week, the Broadsheet covered the astounding number of women leaving the workforce: 865,000 in September alone.

That crisis is just the tip of the iceberg for corporate America, write Lean In cofounders Sheryl Sandberg and Rachel Thomas in a new op-ed for Fortune. Businesses risk losing their top female leaders—the senior most women at their companies—as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Senior-level women—tough, tested, ambitious leaders—are being pushed to their limits and beyond,” write Sandberg and Thomas. “This is a real problem for companies because these leaders are too important to lose.”

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Apple’s New 5G IPhones May Be Left on the Shelf

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Apple Inc. has been in the spotlight lately, between antitrust scrutiny of its mobile operating system and the legal battle it’s waging with Fortnite-maker Epic Games Inc. over its App Store. Those developments pale, however, in comparison to the company’s main event next week: the unveiling of its latest iPhones.For all the talk about Apple’s shift to services and subscriptions, the tech giant’s business is still dependent on its core hardware products, so Tuesday’s presentation will be a must-see for investors. There could be a problem this year, though. The lineup’s most vaunted feature — fifth-generation wireless capability — may not be ready for prime time. The Cupertino, California-based company is expected to unveil four new iPhone models with 5G capabilities as well as a different physical design and a wider choice of screen sizes, Bloomberg News reported last month. Apple is already touting the new technology’s … Read the rest

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How Startup Company Inflatable Anything Is Changing The Custom Inflatable Industry

The custom inflatable industry has been growing at an exponential rate in recent years. Its success can be attributed to the high public demand to make every party and event truly memorable. From garden parties to baby showers, charity events, and trade shows, inflatable show pieces are becoming a creative way to get everyone talking about your occasion. Whether it’s a finishing arch for a marathon, or a replica of a business’s latest product, inflatables seem to be the newest trend. They’re also a perfect example of opportunistic marketing: many companies are now reaching out to viable businesses to create custom inflatables to promote their brands. They offer a certain allure to consumers — it seems there is nothing more eye-catching than an oversized version of an everyday item.

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Claire Trott: False claims about pensions tax relief

It was with a little fear, back in July, that I read the Public Accounts Committee’s proposal that HMRC should, within 12 months, evaluate the impact of pensions tax relief. 

The Public Accounts Committee was concerned that HMRC did not fully understand the impact of some of the UK’s largest tax reliefs, which include pension tax relief, and called for a formal review.

Quite rightly, the Government disagreed with this recommendation and pointed to several recent consultations on pensions tax over the last few years. I don’t think I could take another review into pensions tax relief without a completely different stance on what they are seeking.

The multiple consultations, including the responses to the 2015 wide-ranging consultation, were referenced, noting that this indicated there was no clear consensus for reform at that time. So at Budget 2016 the then Government announced it would not make fundamental reform to pensions

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