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The Agenda

Issue 4

Editor's Note

Only a few weeks after our last issue, as the Government scrapped the remaining COVID-19 isolation rules, Russia invaded Ukraine. In the ensuing weeks, there were new risks to address, new sanctions regimes and new laws to tackle corruption. The changing economic and political landscape has caused us all to reflect on how to continue to realise opportunities and innovate whilst mitigating these risks and staying ahead of emerging regulation. I hope in this issue you will find something to inspire and something to help.

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Fed up of fast fashion? Recent investments show that the future of fashion is sustainable

Investments into fashion start-ups over the past year suggest that the time is ripe for growth investments in innovative fashion businesses who wish to focus on sustainability and expanding their circular models.

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Is technology coming to the hospitality sector’s rescue?

The long-suffering hospitality sector is beginning to emerge from the past two years of pandemic-enforced silence. But what is ahead for the industry?

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Is the conflict in Ukraine changing the world's view on cryptocurrency?

As the digital asset donations to support Ukraine's defence against a Russian invasion began to mount, the country's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy legalised cryptocurrency in the country, signing into law a bill on digital assets.

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Hammock Financial Services Ltd – Spotlight Piece

We had the pleasure of speaking to Manoj Varsani (CEO) and Marco Ferrari (COO), co-founders of Hammock Financial Services Ltd, a property finance start-up that works with landlords to provide bespoke banking, bookkeeping and property tax statement software.

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The National Security and Investment Act: protecting UK assets and infrastructure

UK businesses, and in particular start-up companies, face a variety of security-related threats. In some cases, these threats have the potential not just to cause financial or reputational damage to the business concerned, but also to threaten the UK's national security.

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Overseas entities owning UK property: long proposed public register of beneficial owners and controllers is becoming reality

The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act, which received Royal Assent on 15 March, introduces among other measures a "Register of Overseas Entities".

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Angeli Arora in Citi GPS report on women entrepreneurs

Angeli Arora, Corporate Partner at Mishcon de Reya, has been interviewed in a Citi GPS report on women entrepreneurs.

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