“Tech4PrisonLeavers” launches to support men leaving prison with digital skills

The Digital Poverty Alliance and Intel have partnered with Trailblazers Mentoring Charity to launch “Tech4PrisonLeavers”, a scheme which provides young ex-offenders with access to technology and digital skills.

The campaign is set to provide a group of 25 men leaving Her Majesty’s Young Offender’s Institution at Brinsford prison in Wolverhampton with devices, connectivity, skills and mentoring in order to give them better access to employment opportunities and life skills upon release.

The scheme is aimed at men only, as they make up a vastly disproportionate amount of the prison population in the UK at nearly 95 per cent. Furthermore, multiple studies have shown that re-entry into society is far more challenging for young male adults, and this group is repeatedly forgotten about, and not equipped with enough support after leaving prison.

In fact, previous research highlighted that 40 per cent of young men released from prison into the community do … Read more

Oil Slips As Lockdowns Return To Parts Of Shanghai

Oil prices inched lower early on Thursday in jittery trade as parts of Shanghai returned to COVID lockdowns just a week after reopening, overshadowing another drop in U.S. gasoline inventories and strong fuel demand globally despite record-high prices.

As of 10:43 a.m. EST, WTI Crude was down 0.19% at $121.86, and the international benchmark, Brent Crude, traded down by 0.02% at $123.56.

Oil prices were up in earlier trade on Thursday after the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a small crude build and a gasoline draw on Wednesday. Total motor gasoline inventories decreased by 800,000 barrels last week and are now about 10% below the five-year average for this time of year, the EIA said. At 416.8 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are about 15% below the five-year average for this time of year.

Later on Thursday, however, oil prices traded up and down for most of the morning … Read more

UKs funniest business name revealed

The UK’s funniest small business name has been revealed after a public vote crowned one small business with ‘Britain’s Best Small Business Name’.

Perky Blenders, a London-based specialty coffee roasters, beat over 1,500 punny-named small businesses to be presented with the hotly contested accolade. The husband and wife duo picked up 16% of the total votes and will receive a £2,500 grant from Simply Business, aimed at supporting business growth.

The competition by small business insurance provider Simply Business was launched to celebrate the wit, creativity, and humour of the nation’s small business owners.

It comes as a recent study of 2,000 consumers from Simply Business revealed how a witty or funny business name can play a huge part in helping small businesses succeed, with third of people stating they’d be more likely to shop at a small or local business with a funny or witty business name compared to … Read more