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RETAILERS WHO OPEN THEIR DOORS WILL NEED EXTRA HELP

With thousands of retail stores given the green light to open in the next few weeks the government needs to think

of helpful tax breaks and further assistance, say leading tax and advisory for Blick Rothenberg.

“The problem is that many retailers are already on their knees having had no income for some three months now they will have to spend money that they don’t have on making sure that both staff and shoppers are safe when they re-open their doors,” said Richard Churchill a business advisory partner at the firm.

He added: The Government have already done a great deal for business and are encouraging shops to open to give that much needed kick start to the economy but for many it’s going to be another expense and they are going to have try and find the money for things like screens, protective equipment and extra security to police the measures they introduce.

“With the June rental payment looming it is clear the bounce back loan scheme may provide insufficient funding for all these additional costs.”

Richard said: “ The Government should consider a one-off grant or voucher system specifically for the purchase of equipment or modifications to shops designed to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 spreading and to observe social distancing guidance. “

He added:” Alternatively expenditure on such equipment could be subject to enhanced tax relief to give greater benefit for such expenditure and in a similar way to Research and Development expenditure consideration as to whether losses generated through this expenditure can be surrendered to HMRC for a cash receipt.”

“Also businesses that have overlooked CBILs in favour of Bounce Back loans and now require additional funding will be excluded from the CBILs scheme and consideration should be given to allowing such companies in receipt of a bounce back loan to also be eligible for a CBILs loan.”

 

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ARE MIDDLE EAST ENTERPRISES PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE?

Deloitte releases 2020 tech trends report

 

Deloitte’s 11th annual report on technology trends captures the intersection of digital technologies, human experiences, and increasingly sophisticated analytics and artificial intelligence technologies in the modern enterprise. The report explores digital twins, the new role technology architects play in business outcomes, and affective computing-driven “human experience platforms” that are redefining the way humans and machines interact.

During the current COVID-19 crisis, organizations have been turning more and more to technology to enhance business resilience and continue to operate. As organizations are forced to utilize remote working where possible or take pause, many are also realizing the benefits of this way of working as an option post COVID-19, to improve efficiencies and become more agile.  While currently dominated by communication technologies, building resilience will also require us to closely examine, and build on, trends such as ethical technology and trust, human experience platforms and architecture, and the macro forces of digital experience, cloud and risk.

“The most successful businesses today are combining cutting-edge technologies like machine learning and IoT with disruptive IT architecture and supercharged talent to create entirely new ways of working – and they already see the benefits,” said Bhavesh Morar, Lead Partner for Enterprise Technology and Performance, Deloitte Middle East. “And with enterprises needing to adapt and respond quickly to ongoing technology disruption, Deloitte expects to see more IT and finance leaders working together to develop new flexible approaches for funding innovation.”

 

The Deloitte report’s five trends of focus for 2020 include:

  • Digital Twins – Bridging the physical and digital:Digital twin technology allows businesses to create increasingly sophisticated virtual models to optimize processes, products, and services, enterprises will integrate IoT, machine learning, advanced computing infrastructure, and more to unlock entirely new business models.
  • Architecture Awakens:Systems architecture will become a strategic priority as enterprises redefine the architect role to be more nimble, responsive, and collaborative. Architects will work across the business and work creatively with non-technical project teams – forming a competitive differentiator in the digital economy.
  • Ethical Technology and Trust:Enterprises in every geography are realizing that their embrace of technology is an opportunity to gain – or lose – trust, and with it, customers’ business and brand loyalty. CIOs will emphasize ethical tech in the coming years – and create processes to help solve ethical dilemmas related to disruptive technologies.
  • Human Experience Platforms:To address the lack of connection humans often experience with daily digital interactions, a growing number of enterprises are injecting emotional intelligence into their systems. These include AI capabilities such as machine learning and voice and facial recognition, which can better detect and appropriately respond to human emotions. The net result is emotionally intelligent human experiences that leverage connections between people, systems, data, and products.
  • Finance and the Future of IT: As enterprises become more agile, financial operations will need to support new modes of working. That means CIOs and CFOs will need to explore how a new, flexible approach to enterprise finance¾across budgeting, contracting, capital planning, and more¾can redefine the future of tech innovation.

“Enterprises in the Middle East are no longer satisfied with being regional leaders – now the ambition is to go global and lead globally. There is a growing interest in looking beyond what’s new to what’s next. At present, many enterprises are looking to strengthen their structures, capabilities, and processes required to harness technology macro forces and innovate effectively in the face of exponential change,” concluded Morar.

 

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TECHCOMBANK AND COMPASS PLUS CELEBRATE 15 YEAR MILESTONE IN BANKING PARTNERSHIP

Since issuing the first Visa card 15 years ago using solutions provided by trusted partner Compass Plus, Techcombank, one of the top commercial joint stock banks in Vietnam, has become the country’s market leader for Visa payments volume and has received numerous prestigious awards from the international payment network.

 

Techcombank was Compass Plus’ first customer in Vietnam, and following the initial project in 2005 to issue Visa cards in the country, the partnership has continued to go from strength to strength. The bank has used Compass Plus solutions to expand its card business and banking portfolio, and has also built an in-house processing centre using its partners software.

 

Originally brought in to help grow its business and develop its offering for individuals and small to medium businesses, Techcombank selected Compass Plus as the partner that had the expertise to support both its technical and business requirements.

 

“We are proud to mark this milestone in our partnership with Compass Plus,” said PhD Hoan Dang Cong, EVP, Deputy Head of Retail Banking at Techcombank. “Over the last 15 years, we have appreciated the efforts from the strong and well-established relationship we have with our trusted partner, as well as stable card business performance and flexibility to enable business growth.”

 

“Techcombank is one of the most technologically advanced banks in the country, and we are proud to be able to say that not only are they our customer, but that we have such a positive and long-standing relationship with them,” said Igor Simonov, AVP, Business Development and Sales Manager at Compass Plus. “As the Vietnamese banking sector responds to demands for more advanced payment methods than ever in a move away from cash, we will be ready to deliver and to provide the ongoing support needed to spur further growth for banks, such as Techcombank.”

 

 

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