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Startup loans scheme reaches £100 million

Government-funded programme to help British entrepreneurs and startups has supported 20,000 loans so far, moving beyond £100 million and significantly helping previously unemployed people. Founded in 2012 by Lord Young and chaired by entrepreneur James Caan, the Start-Up Loans scheme aims to help those with creative and innovative ideas...


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Last chance for investors to receive 7.5% return on wind turbine investment

An early bird offer that gives investors the opportunity to see a 7.5% return on an investment in the wind industry is closing today. The crowdfunding campaign, launched via the platform Trillion Fund, is seeking to raise £1.25 million to install five standalone wind turbines at sites across the...


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Investors urged to divest from firms involved in Israeli occupation, as Gaza violence escalates

As the conflict in Gaza intensifies with no end in sight, campaigners are urging investors of all types to ditch their holdings in companies profiting from the Israeli occupation. The violence caused further international outrage on Wednesday, after artillery fire hit a UN-run school housing refugees, killing 16. The Palestinian...


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7% decline in Barclays annual profits due to failing investment arm

Barclays Bank has taken a slight hit in annual six-month pre-tax profits by 7%, as declines in the investment arm affect overall revenue. However, the bank has still announced pre-tax profits of £3.35 billion, but has been hit by an 18% decrease in income due to its investment side...


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Investment in wind and solar energy needed to avoid water crisis, study warns

The world will face a global water shortage by 2040, unless wind and solar energy is used to replace conventional methods of energy generation, a new study has warned. Most forms of power plants, such as nuclear or coal-fired facilities, use considerable quantities of water to produce electricity. Many...


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Western sanctions on Russia worry BP investors

The US and the EU have announced new economic sanctions against Russia, including measures that may impact on international oil companies. The decision was made as Western governments accuse Russia of supplying arms to separatist rebels in Ukraine and blame the government for complicity in the shooting down of...


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Wind investment opportunity offers better return than best savings rate

Investors could get a better return on their money through investing in a wind turbine project on crowdfunding platform Trillion Fund than placing their money in a fixed rate savings account. The E2 Energy investment opportunity is currently offering investors a chance to make a fixed 7.5% return a...


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Bankers should take ‘moral oath’ in order to regain public trust

In a report listing details on how the financial industry can reform effectively, a ‘banker oath’, similar to the Hippocratic Oath for doctors, has been recommended in order to uphold levels of financial behaviour. The report, entitled Virtuous Banking: Placing ethos and purpose at the heart of finance, by...


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Why we’re supporting Sustainable September: Rathbone Greenbank Investments

Several organisations are helping us to organise and underwrite Sustainable September, the month-long celebration of sustainability, for which you can buy tickets here. We are asking each of them to tell us why they are supporting the event. Next up is Rathbone Greenbank Investments. Why is Rathbone Greenbank Investments...


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Trillion Fund’s 7.5% return on wind turbine investment set to close

The early bird offer of a 7.5% return for investing in wind turbines through crowdfunding platform Trillion Fund is set to close on Thursday 31 July. The investment opportunity has already proved popular among investors and is on track to hit its target early. The crowdfunding project is seeking...


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Sustainable investors have solid and diversified options in today’s funds market

Not only is socially responsible investment (SRI) no longer marginal, but investors have an ever-increasing range of sustainable investment options that are safe and reliable. This article is an extract from Richard Essex’s 2014 book, Invest, Feel Good and Make a Difference, which is available now on Amazon. In the past...


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Rathbones named manager for £10m Charity Bond Support Fund

The charity bond market is set to receive a boost following a commitment from Big Society Capital to help the market raise capital by encouraging both issuers and investors. A new £10 million fund, set to be managed by Rathbone Investment Management, will support this. The Charity Bond Support...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 28 July headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Disobedient Objects: protest art occupies the V&A museum Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Bank of Nova Scotia accused of fixing the price of...


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UK Green Investment Bank hires two offshore wind directors

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has announced two new senior appointments, nominating two offshore wind experts to support the bank’s efforts to boost renewable energy investment. Nick Gardiner, who joins from BNP Paribas, will take on the role of managing director for offshore wind, leading GIB’s offshore wind...


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Lady de Rothschild to sue firm behind inclusive capitalism conference

Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild is to sue the organiser of a conference on inclusive capitalism, claiming it was her idea. The summit took place in London and attracted high-profile speakers, such as Prince Charles, former US president Bill Clinton, Bank of England governor Mark Carney and Christine Lagarde,...


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