Category: Business Market News

Finding the ‘invisible’ millions who are not on maps

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are often no maps of rural areas of Rwanda “There are about two billion people in the world who don’t appear on a proper map,” says Ivan Gayton from the charity Humanitarian OpenStreetMap. “It’s shameful that we – as cartographers of the world – don’t take enough interest to even know where they… Read more →

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Google and Facebook too powerful, says watchdog

Image copyright Getty Images The UK needs tougher rules to curb the dominance of Google and Facebook, including powers to break them up, the Competition and Markets Authority has said. It is concerned that the firms’ dominance in digital advertising raises barriers for new competitors. This may be pushing up prices for consumers, the CMA said. The tech giants said… Read more →

Creating an online course ‘changed my life’

Image copyright Lucy Gough Image caption Lucy Gough launched an online interior design course Like many others, interior stylist Lucy Gough saw her income disappear when the coronavirus hit and naturally felt anxious about her future prospects. “Within one week the four shoots I’d been prepping for were all cancelled,” she recalls. However, rather than do nothing, London-based Ms Gough… Read more →

Have we become too reliant on Big Tech firms?

Image copyright Keith Ingram Image caption During lockdown Keith Ingram shifted sales to Amazon “We wouldn’t have survived without Amazon,” says Keith Ingram, owner of vinyl records shop Assai Records. When lockdown hit on 23 March in the UK, Mr Ingram had to shut his shops in Edinburgh and Dundee, and sell his stock through Amazon Marketplace. Now, his sales… Read more →

Is coronavirus changing the world of cleaning?

Image copyright Stasher Image caption Cleaning premises is a greater priority for bosses like Jacob Wedderburn-Day “Before, we had basic cleaning standards when handling luggage but sanitation was not a priority,” says Stasher’s co-founder and chief executive, Jacob Wedderburn-Day. “It absolutely will be now.” The storage company uses spots such as hotel luggage rooms to stash bags – 300,000 bags… Read more →