Former BBC Dragon James Caan works tirelessly to provide aid to flood hit Pakistan

British entrepreneur James Caan CBE was born in Pakistan and the country has always had a special place in his heart.

He has visited Pakistan more than 20 times since 2005 – helping to build a school in Lahore, delivering food to families after the floods in 2010, and helping families build new homes after the earthquake in 2013.

In 2015, he set up “The James Caan Foundation” to help underprivileged people around the world have the chance of a better life. One of its main aims is to use the power of education and entrepreneurship to transform lives.

In June this year, disaster hit Pakistan once again when torrential monsoon rains triggered the most severe flooding the country has ever recorded – washing away villages and leaving around 33 million people, including 3.4 million children, in a desperate situation.

James immediately mobilized his team in Lahore, led by Danish … Read more

UK SMEs fear inflation and rising energy costs are a long-term threat to their business

The UK is currently in a state of economic crisis, with energy bills rising and the unemployment rate continuing to worsen, the UK is expected to enter a recession in 2023.

A recent report by Energy Live News found that many small businesses are ‘struggling to stay afloat’, and it’s anticipated that ‘nearly 53% of small companies expect to stagnate, downsize or fold in the next year’ as a result of the energy crisis. CIPS also reported that 74% of SMEs said energy bills, inflation, and rising living costs are a long-term concern for their business. As a result, startups are failing; between January and March 2022, there were 205,171 new incorporations and 150,810 dissolutions in the UK.

With a lack of time, funds and resources at their disposal, SMEs are looking for innovative ways to save money and digitise previously costly services, leaving funds available for other areas of … Read more

Government drags its feet with new digital markets bill

A new report by MPs on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has called on the Government to push forward with a draft Digital Markets Bill that would allow regulators to take a more proactive approach to curbing big tech dominance.

The bill would enshrine the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) Digital Markets Unit (DMU) into law and provide the unit with a greater ability to intervene on more micro details of Silicon Valley strategy.

This would add to the CMA’s already extensive powers to investigate seen most recently with its decision to block Meta’s acquisition of Giphy.

“The Competition, Consumer and Digital Markets Bill has wide support and should be prioritised, especially given the difficulty the Government currently has at passing other laws which are more controversial,” BEIS Committee Chair Darren Jones said.

“There are many areas in the economy where stronger competition is required in the … Read more