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Wednesday newspaper round-up: Energy suppliers, Carl Icahn, Dyson

(Sharecast News) - Energy suppliers will be forced to offer vulnerable households dedicated phone lines in a drive by the regulator Ofgem to improve poor treatment of the most disadvantaged customers. The regulator is planning a crackdown on suppliers' conduct after a slump in customer service during the energy crisis with long call waiting times and difficulty contacting companies. - Guardian Ministers have announced a clampdown on the use of cold calls to sell financial products and on technology which allows mass texting of numerous phones as part of a strategy to combat fraud, now the UK's most common crime. The new fraud strategy, a response to the massive growth of web- and phone-based scams, will alsoresult in what was billed as 400 new specialist investigators across police and the National Crime Agency recruited as part of a revamp for how the the crime is investigated. - Guardian

Carl Icahn, one of Wall Street's best-known activist investors, has become the target of a short-seller which has accused the billionaire of inflating the value of his empire. Hindenburg Research accused the hedge fund manager of operating a "ponzi-like economic structure" through his $15bn fund, Icahn Enterprises, and claimed its value had been inflated by at least 75pc. - Telegraph

Dyson is to spend £100 million on a new technology centre in Bristol as part of a five-year programme of investments totalling £2.75 billion. Sir James Dyson's vacuum cleaner and home appliances business said it would employ hundreds of software and artificial intelligence engineers at the centre to develop new products and apps. Dyson's UK operations are already staffed with more than 3,500 engineers working in research and development across sites in London and Malmesbury in Wiltshire. - The Times

Sir Martin Sorrell pocketed less than half of the bonus he could have earned last year for running S4 Capital, the digital advertising business he founded. Sorrell, 78, was paid a basic salary of £250,000 in 2022 and could have received the same amount again in bonuses. However, S4's annual report shows that he only received £100,000. - The Times

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(Sharecast News) - Britons must accept that their country was now involved in the Middle East conflict, Tobias Ellwood said. The former defence minister warned that "nobody was in full control" of the growing conflict as more and more countries were sucked in. Ellwood also said that Tehran's strike had taken the conflict into a "new dangerous territory". - Sunday Telegraph
Friday newspaper round-up: Everton, AstraZeneca, Amazon
(Sharecast News) - Everton has paid about £30m in interest charges to an opaque lender associated with a tax exile, corporate records suggest. The charges appear to have reached about £438,000 a week, according to the troubled Premier League club's most recent set of accounts, a figure more than three times the reported wages of the Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. - Guardian
Thursday newspaper round-up: Border controls, McKinsey, KPMG
(Sharecast News) - New post-Brexit UK border controls coming into force later this month will cost British businesses £2bn and fuel higher inflation, according to a report warning that UK-EU trade will be damaged as a result. With less than a month before the introduction of new checks on animal and plant products from 30 April, the insurer Allianz Trade said the controls agreed under Boris Johnson's Brexit deal could add 10% to import costs over the first year. - Guardian
Wednesday newspaper round-up: Shoplifting, EnQuest, Klarna
(Sharecast News) - The government is investing more than £55m in expanding facial recognition systems - including vans that will scan crowded high streets - as part of a renewed crackdown on shoplifting. The scheme was announced alongside plans for tougher punishments for serial or abusive shoplifters in England and Wales, including being forced to wear a tag to ensure they do not revisit the scene of their crime, under a new standalone criminal offence of assaulting a retail worker. - Guardian

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