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About Mark Fairlie

Journalist, Mark Farlie, provides cutting edge articles with a focus on plain English & zero jargon. With a breadth of interests, Mark writes on topics such as; personal finance, commercial finance, B2B, marketing, law and technology.

The Future of Farming is Here with Agri-Tech

By | 2018-11-13T15:57:30+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Business, Technology|

By Mark Fairlie. The “world’s first” farming robot prototype took centre stage at the Agri-Tech East REAP Conference last week. The showstopper “Harry” is just one of a wide range of advanced technologies proposed to revolutionise the agriculture sector. From land surveying and livestock monitoring drones to GPS-guided tractors, more UK farms than ever are [...]

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Twitter-based Elon Musk Bitcoin scam

By | 2018-11-08T10:44:49+00:00 November 8th, 2018|Business, Technology|

By Mark Fairlie. A handful of popular and “verified” Twitter accounts were hijacked on the 4th November 2018 by online fraudsters to promote “the biggest crypto-giveaway in the world” by Tesla and SpaceX founder, Elon Musk. Daily Beast reporter Lachlan Markay reported that the scammers had been successful in their efforts with over $158,000 paid [...]

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Policing chief urges petrol stations to take Customer Payments in advance

By | 2018-11-06T09:46:21+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Business, Personal Finance|

By Mark Fairlie. “Bilking” is the act of filling up a car with fuel and driving off intentionally without paying. Some police forces have reported a 40% rise in “bilking” in their areas with the number of incidents nationally topping 25,000 a year, according to the Sun. A local policing chief is calling on petrol [...]

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Business leaders to become British Ambassadors

By | 2018-11-01T10:46:31+00:00 November 1st, 2018|Business, Politics|

By Mark Fairlie. For the first time ever, business leaders from across the UK have been invited to become British ambassadors. The Foreign Secretary’s diplomatic shake-up will go to create 335 new diplomatic positions and a further 657 posts in London and around the world. Harnessing the “talent, experience and knowledge of business leaders” With [...]

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What to expect from the Autumn Budget

By | 2018-10-29T09:24:04+00:00 October 30th, 2018|Economy|

By Mark Fairlie. Chancellor Phillip Hammond will deliver the very last Autumn Budget before Brexit later today at 15.30. The pressure continues to rise for the UK government as Britain prepares to leave the European Union, and many are wondering what the Chancellor’s plan will include for the coming months. What can we expect from [...]

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Guildford crowned “inheritance tax capital” of the UK

By | 2018-10-25T09:01:41+00:00 October 25th, 2018|Personal Finance|

By Mark Fairlie. A Freedom of Information (FOI) request to HM Revenue and Customs has revealed that the people of the prosperous commuter belt town of Guildford pay inheritance tax more than anywhere else in the country. The FOI, requested by British insurer Direct Line, shows that as many as 658 families in the Surrey [...]

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Can you trust online reviews anymore?

By | 2018-10-23T11:42:07+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|Business, Personal Finance|

By Mark Fairlie. According to a recent survey by Which? magazine, 97% of UK adults state that user reviews play an important part in their decision-making process for purchasing goods and services on the internet. That’s equivalent to £23bn worth of sales every year, reports the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). A Washington Post article [...]

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University students overspend by £265 million per term

By | 2018-10-18T11:46:37+00:00 October 18th, 2018|Personal Finance|

By Mark Fairlie. New research from UK price comparison site, MoneySuperMarket, has found that 61% of university students worry about their finances at least once a week. It was also found that only one in five will seek financial help during their studies and 85% turn to alternative sources just to make ends meet. The [...]

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Is something worse than 2008 around the corner?

By | 2018-11-12T13:06:07+00:00 October 16th, 2018|Banking, Business, Personal Finance|

By Mark Fairlie. In the latter part of 2008, financial markets around the world underwent the greatest level of upheaval and volatility since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Despite coming very close, according to some commentators, ATMs did, in the end, not stop dispensing cash and world trade did not collapse. In recent weeks, [...]

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Morrisons appeal staff data breach compensation claim

By | 2018-10-15T10:58:28+00:00 October 11th, 2018|Business|

By Mark Fairlie. 15/10/2018 - the headline originally published for this article was 'Morrisons lose staff data breach compensation claim' which was both inaccurate and misleading. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. On Tuesday, Morrisons launched an appeal against a legal ruling awarded against it by the High Court that judged that [...]

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