4 Bored. If you’re trying to decide which seven-seat SUV to buy right now, you’re probably bored. Let’s face it: even at the best of times, this is not a part of the new car market that is destined to inspire excitement in buyers. Seven-seat SUVs are workhorses; MPVs by another name, intended to look well-equipped for life’s rough-and-tumble thanks to the addition of roof rails and some body cladding but, ultimately, all about space, practicality and good sense. In theory, then, the Seat Tarraco should be a breath of fresh air. The Tarraco arrives hot on the heels of the smaller Ateca and Arona, both of which have brought a much-needed dash of Latin flair to their respective classes; the Ateca especially manages to offer the sort of crisp, responsive handling a tall-ish crossover could only have dreamed of just a few short years ago. So can the Tarraco deliver more of the same? Under the bonnet, you’ll find a similar spread of engines: a … [Read more...] about Seat Tarraco review: a breath of fresh air, or yet another boring Volkswagen Group SUV?
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Inclusivity is the buzzword in fashion right now. Digital platforms, high-street collaborations and immersive experiences are among the methods that are being employed to strike up a conversation with the increasingly valuable everyday consumer. The V&A’s latest exhibition, a deep dive into the work of Sixties style siren Mary Quant, is a reminder that this approach is anything but new. At least, the retrospective stands as confirmation that Quant’s legacy is so much more than the swinging mini-skirts for which she is regularly, and perhaps reductively, defined. Quant, who embarked on an art diploma at Goldsmiths before learning how to make clothes at evening college, was the original brand strategist, with a make-up line, countless collaborations and a determination to resonate with women from all walks of life. The show, like the thrust of her story, begins in the Fifties with King’s Road restaurant-cum-boutique Bazaar (another concept … [Read more...] about Mary Quant review — ‘The woman who kicked off the first youthquake’
LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union’s markets watchdog published guidance on Tuesday identifying which shares investors in the bloc could no longer trade in London if there is a hard Brexit next week. FILE PHOTO: A river boat cruises down the River Thames as the sun sets behind the Canary Wharf financial district of London, Britain, December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo The move drew instant criticism from Britain’s financial regulator, saying it risked disrupting markets. Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, but it has yet to agree a divorce settlement and “standstill” transition deal with the bloc. The UK is now expected to ask for a delay to Brexit. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a list of 6,200 shares subject to the bloc’s “trading obligation”. This means they would have to be bought and sold on a platform based in the EU if Britain left the bloc without a deal. It includes 14 … [Read more...] about EU, UK market watchdogs clash over no-deal Brexit share trading
The UK competition regulator will examine online advertising as a “first step” to reframing competition policy in the tech sector, the UK chancellor Philip Hammond has said. “As a first step to implementing reforms, I am asking the Competition and Markets Authority to undertake a market study of digital advertising as soon as possible,” he said in his Spring Statement setting out the UK’s economic policy. In a letter to Andrew Tyrie, the head of the CMA, he added that a study of the market would improve the regulator’s approach to tech mergers. As part of the study, the CMA may make recommendations that businesses spin off certain units. “The CMA’s expertise and information gathering powers make it uniquely placed to shine a light on this sector, which has been widely described as lacking transparency,” Mr Hammond wrote.The announcement came as a review commissioned by Mr Hammond’s department suggested that big tech companies … [Read more...] about UK competition regulator to examine digital advertising
In last year's Autumn Budget, Philip Hammond went in hard for the internet giants. “It is clearly not sustainable or fair that digital platform businesses can generate substantial value in the UK without paying tax here," he said. So he set about doing what all chancellors do. When you want to tax something, you first need to define it, and that definition comes from regulation. That’s why the review into competition in the technology sector, to be published on Wednesday, is really a story about economics, trade, and the taxman. Lead by Professor Jason Furman, former economic adviser to Barack Obama, it has found that "the cost of increasing dominance of a few companies is limiting competition... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register … [Read more...] about Forget chlorinated chicken: taxing the tech titans could kill a US-UK trade agreement