March 29, 2013 Report: Tesco exploring options for Fresh & Easy New York — British grocery giant Tesco is moving closer to selling off its U.S. Fresh & Easy division, with Tesco CEO Philip Clarke traveling to the United States next week to try and strike a deal, according to a report in the British newspaper, The Telegraph. Tesco has held discussions with Trader Joes and others about selling Fresh & Easy, but a break-up of the business is considered the most likely option, the report said. Other options include closing the business and selling off assets. March 26, 2013 7-Eleven will rebrand convenience stores in Ohios Cuyahoga and Lorain counties as part of a 19-store lease from Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Gas Partners LP. March 22, 2013 Report: Tesco uncertain of commitment to Fresh & Easy In another sign that British retail giant Tesco is reconsidering its U.S. Fresh & Easy division, the company sent an email sent to shoppers in which it acknowledged that the grocer doesn’t know “if Tesco will continue to own the company,” the Los Angeles Times reported. March 15, 2013 Safeway Inc. said that Bruce Everette, 61, is retiring as EVP retail operations after a 44-year career at Safeway. March 1, 2013 Marks & Spencer to unveil green lease policy for stores Marks & Spencer, one of the leading retailers in the United Kingdom, is set to unveil a new property lease policy under which all new M&S stores will have green clauses as standard enabling landlords and tenants to better manage a building’s environmental performance. January 31, 2013 John Lewis department stores said Thursday it has appointed Mark Lewis as online director for the chain, effective March 4. January 29, 2013 A report by Bloomberg said that Tesco Plc may be recovering from its financial doldrums, as the countrys largest supermarket chain has matched market growth for the first time in more than 18 months.
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Refugee protest in France defused by authorities October 07, 2013 12:22 AM Around 60 Syrian refugees who occupied the ferry terminal in the French port of Calais have left the premises partially achieving their demands. By Brooke Anderson | October 03, 2013 12:19 AM Until recently, smoking nargileh was a pastime typically enjoyed by grandmothers and grandfathers across the Arab world. Former BBC radio host faces two further sex charges By Christine Murray | October 02, 2013 09:17 AM One of Britain’s best-known radio presenters from the 1970s and 1980s, who counted Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi among his fans, was charged with two further sex offences on Tuesday on top of 12 other sex charges. UK Cameron’s party pledges budget surplus if it wins election By Guy Faulconbridge, Andrew Osborn | September 30, 2013 07:42 PM Finance minister George Osborne promised he would continue to cut spending to wipe out Britain’s budget deficit if the Conservatives won the 2015 election, but signalled there could be more money for infrastructure investment. British man arrested in Kenya after mall siege September 25, 2013 12:32 PM The Foreign Office has confirmed that a British man has been arrested in Kenya following the siege at an upscale mall that has left dozens dead. Syria regime would call for ceasefire at Geneva talks: deputy PM September 19, 2013 10:30 PM The Syrian government believes the civil war ravaging the country has reached a stalemate and would call for a ceasefire if long-stalled peace talks in Geneva were to take place, the deputy prime minister told Britain’s Guardian on Thursday. Damascus says West trying to impose will on Syrian people September 17, 2013 11:49 AM Damascus accuses the West of trying to impose its will on the Syrian people, after major powers said they would press for a UN resolution to rid Syria of chemical arms. Eleven G20 states urge ‘strong response’ to Syria chem attack September 06, 2013 06:02 PM (Last Updated: 06/09/2013 06:45 PM) Eleven G20 states call for a “strong international response” to a chemical weapons attack in Syria they said was clearly carried out by the regime. Syria rebels attack regime-held Christian village By Karin Laub | September 04, 2013 09:44 PM A nun and activists say rebel fighters have attacked a regime-held, predominantly Christian village, commandeering a mountaintop hotel and shelling the ancient community from there. British Embassy calls for scholarship applications September 04, 2013 12:22 AM The British Embassy in Beirut has issued its annual call for graduates keen to continue their education in the U.K. with the launching of the 2014-15 edition of the Chevening Scholarship. September 02, 2013 05:44 PM (Last Updated: 02/09/2013 06:11 PM) Friends of Syria representatives, probably foreign ministers, to meet in Rome on Sept. 8: Diplomatic source Putin aide says British vote reflects dangers of Syria strike August 30, 2013 01:42 PM The British parliament’s refusal to authorise a potential strike on Syria showed a growing understanding of the risks of military intervention in the conflict, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s senior foreign policy adviser said on Friday. French position on Syria unchanged despite British setback: Hollande August 30, 2013 11:58 AM (Last Updated: 30/08/2013 12:38 PM) French President Francois Hollande said a British parliamentary vote against taking military action in Syria would not affect France’s will to act to punish Bashar al-Assad’s government for an apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians. Syria opposition chief: strikes are a moral duty August 30, 2013 11:36 AM (Last Updated: 30/08/2013 12:40 PM) The head of the Western-backed Syrian opposition says that the British parliament’s failure to endorse military action in Syria isn’t enough to hold back strikes by other allies.
Gap Between United States & United Kingdom Remains Wide for Crowdfunding
I use proportion here as the size of the US Market is roughly 5x the UK market which would make comparing on absolutes a bit lopsided. With that in mind, here are a the top 3 reasons the UK will continue to lead: Government tax incentives for investing in start-ups: While the US has flirted with tax incentives in the form of reduced capital gains tax on early stage venture investments and even reduced capital gains on these investments to Zero for a short period of time as a part of the Small Business Jobs act of 2010, the UK governements Enterprise investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme offer not only Capital Gains Reductions but also tax liability reductions and loss relief in the event that the start-up fails. For investors who dont owe capital gains, the SEIS relief can cover over 70% of the investment meaning investors are only at risk for 30% of what they put up. Fewer Angel Investors: The UK Business Angel Association sticks Angel Investment in the UK at roughly 850 Million per annum. In the US the figure has surpassed the $20 Billion mark and is continuing to grow. Where most would look at this as a negative, for crowdfunding this is actually a positive as there is a large unfilled need for seed capital which can be filled by the crowd. History: Now this point is contentious but worth mentioning. Companies in the UK have had a longer time to get it right and will be able to export their more refined models to the rest of the world more quickly than those in the US. Even as we speak many of the big names in the UK are receiving authorisation to operate in many EU countries and its just a matter of time before we see intra-EU investment rounds being completed. Though a UK only company may not be able to take on the US market, a company with experience operating in multiple EU, and potentially beyond, countries will stand a fair chance. For these reasons the UK platforms will continue to lead at least in the short term. What the long term holds is unfortunately anybodys guess but Id like to think that there will be a bit of consolidation and potentially even cross country/platform collaborations which would act for start-ups much in the way that a public company might choose to list on multiple stock exchanges. Im happy to open a dialogue about any of the points above so feel free to leave a comment. ________________________________________ Tom Britton is CTO at SyndicateRoom an equity crowdfunding platform that provides investors with the opportunity to invest alongside experienced business angels.
market, through distributor Boots USA, with exclusive availability at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores. July 22, 2013 Mark Hill Salon Professional products, created by hairstylist Mark Hill, is launching nationwide at Walgreens and Duane Reade this month. July 12, 2013 For those suffering from heart or lung disease, cancer, systemic infections or other all-too-common conditions, the science of medicine has made extraordinary advances over the past few decades. July 9, 2013 General Mills executives shared the company’s new product innovation plans during General Mills’ annual investor meeting at the New York Stock Exchange. June 26, 2013 Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Mylan have launched generic versions of Pfizer’s Viagra in nearly a dozen European countries, the two companies said. June 21, 2013 A study published on bmj.com this week found that taking iron daily during pregnancy is associated with a significant increase in birth weight and a reduction in risk of low birth weight. June 12, 2013 Workers for Iran’s airline and embassy in Japan will have to go somewhere else for their big packages of paper towels. June 7, 2013 Rare diseases burden patients, caregivers For those suffering from heart or lung disease, cancer, systemic infections or other all-too-common conditions, the science of medicine has made extraordinary advances over the past few decades. But millions of patients afflicted with an uncommon and little-understood disorder often are consigned to the far margins of medical care, in many cases, for years. May 29, 2013 Domtar Corp. announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of privately-held Associated Hygienic Products, a manufacturer and supplier of store-brand infant diapers in the United States, from DSG International for $272 million. May 9, 2013 Cider may be the most exciting new segment in the beer category. A recent report from Mintel indicated that in the United Kingdom, the market penetration of cider is now equal to lager. May 8, 2013 TripAdvisor on Wednesday named Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer “best hand sanitizer” as part of the travel site’s second annual Travelers’ Choice Awards for Travel Favorites. May 2, 2013 Drug makers Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly have started a campaign designed to educate healthcare professionals about the role a type of protein plays in maintaining blood-sugar balance.