Trevor Clawson

About Trevor Clawson

Trevor is a UK-based business journalist and author, specialising in startups, tech companies and fast growth businesses. His career in journalism began as Business Editor of BBC World television's pan-European text news services. From there he went on to edit e.Business and PLC Director magazines before going freelance. He is the author of three books, including The Unauthorized Guide to Business the Jamie Oliver Way, which has been translated into five languages. Follow Trevor on Twitter @trevorclawson

Link Announces Subsidy Plan To Save Rural Cash Machines

By |2019-01-30T12:12:18+00:00January 30th, 2019|Personal Finance|

By Trevor Clawson. Two years ago, the West Sussex village of Billingshurst boasted three banks on its high street, each with a convenient ATM. And if shoppers were disinclined to use the machines provided by Barclays, Lloyds and Natwest, they could always opt for the “hole in the wall” at the door of the local [...]

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Pensioners Could Lose £7,000 A Year Under “Stealth” Benefits Change

By |2019-01-23T12:44:49+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Personal Finance|

By Trevor Clawson. Amid the ongoing Brexit furore, other news emanating from the general direction of Westminster has largely been drowned out by the sound of MPs arguing loudly and at length over the shape of Britain’s future relationship with the European Union. Arguably then, it’s a great time for Government departments to discreetly release [...]

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Regulator Signals New Deal for Mortgage Prisoners

By |2019-01-15T12:45:23+00:00January 16th, 2019|Banking, Business, Personal Finance|

By Trevor Clawson. Imagine for a moment that you’re shopping for shoes. You see a pair costing £100 and a swift glance at your bank account confirms that you can afford to make the purchase. Just then a cheaper pair catches your eye, so you decide to buy them instead. This time around, there’s no [...]

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Crowdcube Launches £500,000 Fund to Promote Financial Inclusion

By |2019-01-09T12:07:02+00:00January 9th, 2019|Business, Personal Finance|

By Trevor Clawson. Around two million UK adults do not have a bank account. Step back to look at the rest of the world and the figure is closer to two billion. And without bank accounts, individuals may struggle to borrow at affordable rates, buy insurance or save for retirement. Or to put it another [...]

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Taxpayers Struggle with Self Assessment Jargon as Jan Deadline Looms

By |2019-01-02T11:48:40+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Banking, Personal Finance|

By Trevor Clawson. Last year, around ten million people filed their Self Assessment tax returns on time, according to Her Majesty’s Customs and Revenue Commissioners (HMRC) figures. With the penalty for late submission starting at £100 and rising by £10 for each additional overdue day, there is clearly a very strong incentive to complete a [...]

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High Fees For Overdrafts To Be Scrapped

By |2018-12-26T10:23:21+00:00December 26th, 2018|Banking, Personal Finance|

By Trevor Clawson. British banks earn a huge amount of money from current account customers who regularly, or occasionally, slip into the red. In 2017, overdraft charges amounted to a hefty £2.4bn, with 30% of that total attributable to customers who had overstepped their credit limits, thus exposing themselves to additional charges. But things are [...]

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Ofcom Campaigns For Better Broadband Deals

By |2018-12-19T12:48:09+00:00December 19th, 2018|Personal Finance, Technology|

By Trevor Clawson. When a technical fault within the 02 network recently consigned a small but significant percentage of the online population to a kind of purgatory from which no data could enter or escape, one commentator described the outage as a digital catastrophe. Perhaps “catastrophe” was putting it a bit strongly, but the fact [...]

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Big Four Mobile Networks Team Up to Fight A Rising Tide of Phone Fraud

By |2018-12-14T09:29:17+00:00December 12th, 2018|Business, Technology|

By Trevor Clawson. There are few more immediate ways for a business to communicate with one of its customers than by SMS message. An email may not get read for an hour or two, even when it is sitting snugly in a smartphone inbox, but a text announces its presence with a buzz or a [...]

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Lloyds Turns To Google To Make Card Spending More Secure

By |2018-12-14T09:29:18+00:00December 5th, 2018|Banking, Personal Finance|

By Trevor Clawson. It’s very much a twenty-first-century problem. In a world where contactless cards are fast replacing cash as the preferred means to make even the smallest of purchases, the average bank statement can contain details of hundreds of transactions every month. Drinks bought at a bar, a newspaper purchased at a railway station, [...]

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Regulator Caps Charges on Rent To Own but is the Balance Right?

By |2018-12-14T09:29:18+00:00November 28th, 2018|Business, Personal Finance|

By Trevor Clawson. When it comes to consumer goods, there are luxuries and there are essentials. And if an essential happens to be a cooker or washing machine costing £300, then finding the money to purchase the item outright can be a huge challenge to a great many people. ‘Rent-to-own’ deals offer one means to [...]

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