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Snapshot: Brexit: Is farming going to be another victim?

From 2021, Farmers will no longer benefit from the Common Agricultural Policy which funds UK agriculture at £3.5 billion annually. The Agriculture Bill provides the legislative framework for the replacement agricultural support schemes. The Government have described it as ‘landmark legislation to boost productivity and reward environmental improvements for decades to come.’ An amendment tabled …

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Snapshot: Have you not heard? Renting clothes is so in

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High-end department store Selfridges has recently introduced clothing rental in order address environmental and ethical concerns rife in the fashion industry. The store has established a 5-year sustainability plan to adapt to new ways of living and to hopefully change consumer mindset of owning single-use clothes which inevitably end up in landfills. The reduction in …

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Snapshot: What’s the deal with the EU long-term budget?

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Some of us might have heard of the recent EU budget negotiations due to the generous recovery fund for nations worst affected by the pandemic. However, as the budget awaits the approval of the European Parliament, certain issues are being raised about how short-sighted the deal is.   Due to the Covid-19 recovery fund some EU programmes are facing cuts, …

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Snapshot: Denton’s coronavirus office closures

Dentons have closed two UK offices and moved its staff to permanent home working. The world’s largest firm closed its Aberdeen and Watford offices, leaving 66 employees to pursue virtual ‘from home’ working arrangements. Lisa Sewell, the managing director for the UK, Ireland and the Middle East said remote working was a success and “… …

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Snapshot Update: An obstacle to Google’s $1.2bn acquisition of Fitbit

EU Regulators have demanded that Google restrain from using Fitbit’s health data to improve its search engine, in return for EU approval of the deal. Previously, Google pledged not to utilise the data to boost advertising, but this promise was not enough to satisfy EU regulators. However, after a landmark case against Apple, where the …

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Snapshot: Microsoft gets Slacked

Communications platform Slack has filed a claim before the European Commission against its rival, Microsoft Teams. Slack argues that Teams’ parent company, Microsoft, is unfairly promoting Teams with the Microsoft Office 365 package. According to Slack, Microsoft are abusing their competitive advantage by making it difficult for customers to switch from Teams once they use …

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Snapshot Update: Uber makes a splash

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Uber Boat has recently announced their formal partnership with Thames Clippers, offering an alternative method of transport to tourists and commuters in London by ferry. Although the commuter ferries will be branded with the Uber logo, operations will remain under the control of Thames Clippers. Commenting on the partnership, Sean Collins, CEO of Thames Clippers, …

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