Will the new PSD2 regulations affect you?

November 17th, 2017|Kwanji|

The new PSD2 regime will be in force from 13 January 2018. PSD2 is an EU Directive which sets requirements for firms that provide payment services, and will affect banks and building societies, payment institutions, e-money institutions and their customers. As well as promoting innovation, PSD2 aims to improve customer protection, make payments safer and [...]

How to winter proof your business

November 9th, 2017|Kwanji|

1)  Evaluate your expectations of the Festive period and plan accordingly For some businesses, the Festive period is the busiest of the year, while for others it can be when things really quieten down.  Whichever category you fall into, you need to be fully prepared – especially when it comes to your finances. If you [...]

Sterling drops as interest rate is raised

November 2nd, 2017|Kwanji|

This afternoon, for the first time in 10 years, the Bank of England (BoE) has raised interest rates. The official bank rate has been lifted from 0.25% to 0.5%, the first increase since July 2007. The decision hasn’t come as a shock, especially as several strong hints have been dropped over the last few months. [...]

Brexit and Sterling this week

October 26th, 2017|Kwanji|

Confusion surrounding the Brexit negotiations has not been eased any this week causing the GBP/EURO exchange rate to continue to fluctuate. On Tuesday, Sterling rose to €1.123 against the euro following a higher than predicted consumer confidence index.   Rising from -1.2 to 1.0, it had recovered after three quarters of decreasing. However on Wednesday, Brexit [...]

Will May’s trip to Brussels help stabilise Sterling?

October 19th, 2017|Kwanji|

Sterling jumped against the euro as Theresa May flew to Brussels to hold special Brexit talks with European Union president Jean-Claude Juncker and chief negotiator Michel Barnier, in the hope of breaking the current deadlock in Brexit negotiations. Sterling hit 1.127 against the euro and 1.329 against the US dollar, with expectations that May [...]

What would no deal mean for Sterling?

October 12th, 2017|Kwanji|

Image credit - Think Stock Sterling rose during the first days of this week, following a steep fall last week, as political uncertainty eased and data on the industrial sector beat expectations. British factories had their best two months of 2017 in July and August, implying that the Bank of England remains [...]

May’s speech continues to weigh on Sterling

October 6th, 2017|Kwanji|

Credit - GettyImages At the annual Conservative party conference on Wednesday, Theresa May set out her plans for The British Dream.  Unfortunately, said dream was played out as much more of a nightmare, especially for sterling.  A heckler with a P45, a very persistent cough and a party motto literally falling off [...]

Protect Your Margins As Brexit Starts To Bite

August 4th, 2016|Kwanji|

The global marketplace remains braced for further economic shockwaves as we head towards the tail end of Q3.  For businesses with overseas financial commitments, this is a particularly turbulent time. As the ugly spectre of volatility becomes more apparent, it also becomes harder for businesses to adequately forecast risk going forward. Climate of Uncertainty [...]

SpeedUp Africa: Empowering Africa’s High Flying Entrepreneurs

July 21st, 2016|Kwanji|

The Kwanji team recently returned from a powerfully productive trip to Ghana, where we’d been selected to attend one of the continent's most prodigious growth and investment events for startups: SpeedUp Africa. Launched by legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper and Toro Orero, Managing Partner of DraperDarkFlow; a US-based VC fund focused on helping [...]

ATBF 2016: Africa, tech and so much more

July 8th, 2016|Kwanji|

The Kwanji team are proud to have attended the inaugural Africa Technology Business Forum during London Tech Week 2016. With an overall theme of “turning challenges into opportunities through innovation", the forum explored the exciting opportunities that have arisen due to the widespread adoption of new technology in Africa.   Hosted at the offices of [...]

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