PwC warned over Vodafone audit 'conflict'

The world’s biggest auditor is facing fresh questions over its independence after a powerful shareholder adviser warned of a possible conflict of interest in its relationship with Vodafone. Sky News has obtained a report by Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) highlighting PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) dual role as auditor to Vodafone and …

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Bezos richer than Gates after Amazon share surge

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos topped Bill Gates as the world’s richest person when the firm’s shares surged in New York on Thursday, Forbes estimated. If the 1.6% increase holds until the New York Stock Exchange closes, Mr Bezos’ net worth will be $90.6bn (£69.3bn), compared to Gates’ $90.7bn (£69.23bn). …

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Study Group eyes sale amid Brexit visa doubts

The largest provider of international students to Britain’s higher education institutions is preparing to kick off a £700m sale amid uncertainty about Brexit’s impact on UK immigration restrictions. Sky News has learnt that the controlling shareholder in Study Group, which is headquartered in London, has hired bankers at Morgan …

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White Collar Franchise Opportunity Review

Franchises are available across almost all industries, from plumbing and cleaning to catering and entertainment. This means that, no matter what background a franchisee comes from, or what type of career they’re looking to build in the future, there will be something to suit them perfectly. White collar businesses …

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Lloyds sets aside another £700m for PPI insurance claims

Lloyds Banking Group has set aside another £1bn to cover the cost of insurance mis-selling and the treatment of mortgage customers.Another £700m will cover payment protection insurance (PPI) claims and £283m will be used to repay about 590,000 mortgage holders.It came as Lloyds posted half-year pre-tax profits of £2.5bn, …

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