The deficit is social and political and neo-liberal economics are to blame

By: Bruce Davis The deficit is social and political and neo-liberal economics are to blame Global wealth is being captured by and increasingly disconnected elite and creating a vacuum ripe for the rhetoric of UKIP and other extreme parties Neo-liberal economics create the perfect situation for the rise of extreme parties, says Bruce Davis. The real crisis isn’t financial, it is social, ethical and democratic. Purple, it seems, is the...

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Nesta: UK Crowdfunding Platforms Up by 50% in 2013

Nesta: UK Crowdfunding Platforms Up by 50% in 2013

Nesta: UK Crowdfunding Platforms Up by 50% in 2013 Nesta Estimates 87 Crowdfunding Platforms Live in the United Kingdom today. According to London based charity / research entity Nesta, the number of crowdfunding platforms operating in the UK rose by over 50% in 2013 according to their research. Nesta releases these figures as its crowdfunding directory CrowdingIn.com celebrates its one year anniversary. The number of crowdfunding sites in the...

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Crowdfunding – Regulations are now the Biggest Barrier to Entry

Crowdfunding – Regulations are now the Biggest Barrier to Entry By jay.tikam@vedanvi.com Are you thinking of starting a crowdfunding or peer-to peer (P2P) lending platform? Then I have some good and some bad news for you! The good news is that barriers to entry are breaking down fast. Technology was once the biggest barrier but now hardly pose a challenge to new entrants. There are many white-labelled platforms ready to be bought and...

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Watchdog fears it is scaring off City innovators

by Tim Wallace May 30, 2014, 2:02am INVENTORS creating new finance technology will be welcomed into the City watchdog to find out how regulations can be made to work for them, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) chief executive Martin Wheatley said yesterday. He has spent the last year setting up a new era in regulation which aims at protecting consumers from possible misleading or improper treatment. As a result he is worried innovators will be...

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Crowdfunding in Scotland

Crowdfunding in Scotland

Crowdfunding bars, bees, booze and cures By Steven McKenzie BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter According to those involved, it is something that is becoming increasingly popular with entrepreneurs and the public. In Scotland, crowdfunding has helped to reopen a closed-down bar in Thurso, fund a beehive business in Wishaw and is supporting an ex-serviceman’s drinks business in Edinburgh. According to the UK Crowd Funding...

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