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Norway – UK seafood summit gathers industry leaders in London

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Victoria Braathen UK Director Norwegian Seafood Council welcomes delegates
64% of total UK salmon imports were from Norway in 2023, up from 59% in 2022

Leading stakeholders from across the seafood industry gathered last week in London for the 2024 Norway-UK Seafood Summit.

The event, hosted at the Fishmongers’ Hall, featured bilateral updates from the Norwegian Minister for Fisheries and Ocean Policy, Cecilie Myrseth, and the UK Minister for Food, Farming and Fisheries, Rt Hon Mark Spencer, on how the two countries are working together, with joint efforts to further strengthen and develop seafood trade and relations.

Organised by the Norwegian Seafood Council, the Summit attracted key stakeholders from the seafood sector and related industries, from fishing fleet exporters and distributers, through to retail, foodservice, analysts and media.

Norway and the UK have a long-standing seafood partnership with close relations across the industry. Among top species exported from Norway to the UK are salmon, cod, haddock, cold water prawns and halibut. 

The Summit took a deep dive into a number of topics relevant to the seafood industry, with the consensus that collaboration and transparency are pivotal to securing future growth.

Cecilie Myrseth Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Policy Rt Hon Mark Spencer MP UK Minister for Food, Farming and Fisheries.

“It is important for me to be here as the UK is one of our most important partners, in many ways, but especially when it comes to seafood.

As with many industries the seafood market has gone through turbulence over recent years, with diets and lifestyles changing due to forces including global unrest, the pandemic, environment and cost of living challenges. Yet seafood is well-aligned to consumer trends; it is the perfect fit for those wanting healthy, sustainable and delicious meal options. To build confidence, inspire and achieve understanding for the value of responsibly sourced seafood and provenance, we believe that working together closely across the value chain is key to driving success,” .” said Norwegian Minister, Cecilie Myrseth.

Norway is the top exporter of seafood to the UK holding with an estimated 20% share of the market. Last year the UK became the largest market for frozen cod exports from Norway, and the third largest market for  its total cod exports.

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Event brings entrepreneurs together to talk the future of tech in the UK

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Spotify has assembled entrepreneurs and trailblazers for a series of thought-provoking conversations alongside a group of influencers, commentators, and policymakers. Dustee Jenkins, Chief Public Affairs Officer at Spotify, hosted the evening at the company’s HQ in London. To kick things off, Jenkins sat down with Brent Hoberman, who cofounded the online travel and leisure retailer lastminute.com in 1998. “Primarily what is organic here [in the UK] is talent,” he noted. “There is a huge depth of talent. It’s one of the highest densities of top corporates: Those corporates actually educate and train talent, and a lot of that talent wants to work at startups. You’ve got talent, capital and skills.” Spotify’s Co-President and Chief Business Officer Alex Norström then sat down with venture capitalist Harry Stebbings, host of The Twenty Minute VC podcast. Harry launched the podcast as a teenager in 2015 and has since interviewed thousands of investors, entrepreneurs, and startup founders. The two unpacked how founders can overcome barriers to growth in today’s tech sector, and Harry asked Alex what he likes about London. “I’m impressed by the passion of London,” Alex replied. “I came here thinking I was going to get a lot of rain. I got vibrancy and dynamism, both culturally as well as in business.” The event also featured her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York – founder of BY-EQ and Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy at Afiniti - hosting a fireside chat with Priya Dogra, Former President of WarnerBros Discovery for EMEA, and Sakshi Chhabra Mittal, founder and CEO of Foodhak, a science-based meal delivery service. The three discussed the impact tech is having on mission-driven companies and strategies for designing businesses in the modern age, as well as how to bring more women into tech. Exceeding £1 trillion, the UK’s technology market is the largest in Europe and the third-largest in the world. The country has been an important piece of the Spotify puzzle since it launched in 2008. Nowadays as one of our biggest research and development hubs, it’s where the company experiment with some of its newest launches and products, including audiobooks in Premium, video-based learning courses, and, most recently, AI Playlist. Spotify’s success in the U.K. is due in large part to the country’s open, connected, and competitive economy.
Spotify has assembled entrepreneurs and trailblazers for a series of conversations in London

Spotify has assembled entrepreneurs and trailblazers for a series of thought-provoking conversations alongside a group of influencers, commentators, and policymakers. Dustee Jenkins, Chief Public Affairs Officer at Spotify, hosted the evening at the company’s HQ in London.

To kick things off, Jenkins sat down with Brent Hoberman, who cofounded the online travel and leisure retailer lastminute.com in 1998.

“Primarily what is organic here [in the UK] is talent,” he noted. “There is a huge depth of talent. It’s one of the highest densities of top corporates: Those corporates actually educate and train talent, and a lot of that talent wants to work at startups. You’ve got talent, capital and skills.”

Spotify’s Co-President and Chief Business Officer Alex Norström then sat down with venture capitalist Harry Stebbings, host of The Twenty Minute VC podcast. Harry launched the podcast as a teenager in 2015 and has since interviewed thousands of investors, entrepreneurs, and startup founders. The two unpacked how founders can overcome barriers to growth in today’s tech sector, and Harry asked Alex what he likes about London.

“I’m impressed by the passion of London,” Alex replied. “I came here thinking I was going to get a lot of rain. I got vibrancy and dynamism, both culturally as well as in business.”

The event also featured her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York – founder of BY-EQ and Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy at Afiniti – hosting a fireside chat with Priya Dogra, Former President of WarnerBros Discovery for EMEA, and Sakshi Chhabra Mittal, founder and CEO of Foodhak, a science-based meal delivery service. The three discussed the impact tech is having on mission-driven companies and strategies for designing businesses in the modern age, as well as how to bring more women into tech.

Exceeding £1 trillion, the UK’s technology market is the largest in Europe and the third-largest in the world. The country has been an important piece of the Spotify puzzle since it launched in 2008. Nowadays as one of our biggest research and development hubs, it’s where the company experiment with some of its newest launches and products, including audiobooks in Premium, video-based learning courses, and, most recently, AI Playlist.

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What is credit invisibility and how can it affect your finances?

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Only paying in cash will make it difficult to build a credit history and may make you may be credit invisible

If you’ve never taken out a loan or owned a credit card, you may be credit invisible. This means that financial institutions have no records to show that you’ve borrowed money responsibly in the past, which lenders largely rely on to approve you for financial products.

Everybody starts off with invisible credit. However, it can affect you in more ways than one, so it’s important to seek ways to build your credit history as early as you can. Here, we look at some of the effects of credit invisibility on your finances, and offer a few tips to start becoming credit visible.

Access to financial products

Before being approved for any kind of financial product in which you borrow an amount of money, a lender will run a credit check to ensure you have a good credit history. Usually, they’ll be looking to see that you have a high credit score – this would prove that you’ve borrowed money responsibly in the past, and have been able to continuously keep up with repayment obligations.

When you have no credit history for lenders to look at, it can make it harder to qualify for financial products. Your lender will know that you have no prior experience managing borrowed money, and therefore can’t for certain know that you’ll pay any amount back that you borrow. This can be true of all kinds of borrowing options, such as credit cards and loans.

Low limits, high fees

Ultimately, everyone starts off with limited or invisible credit history. So, there will always be a restricted number of financial products available to those looking to borrow for the first time.

However, you may not be offered the best deal if you’re credit invisible. For example, you might be offered a lower limit on a credit card you apply for, or a smaller sum of money on a loan. Plus, you’re likely to face higher interest fees than those who have a visible credit history.

Stagnated progression

Most people will need to borrow money from a lender at some point or another. Usually this will be to pay for a big life expense – you may be buying a house with a mortgage, or purchasing a car on finance. Having limited access to credit options can make goals like these much harder to work towards and obtain. Unfortunately, this could have a knock on effect on your overall quality of life.

Limited access to financial products means that you’ll largely have to rely on your own savings to make any big purchases – this could set you back years when it comes to owning a property.

How can you become credit visible?

Luckily, credit invisibility impacting your quality of life in the long-term is a worst-case scenario. As long as you take a proactive approach towards your finances, you can easily remedy your credit invisibility.

There are plenty of simple steps you can take to become credit visible – you can get on the electoral roll, link your current account to a credit reference agency, or take out a monthly mobile phone contract. These tasks won’t necessarily prove that you can borrow money responsibly, but they’re a good place to start.

Next, you’ll want to look into credit options. Taking out a credit card or loan with a low limit and a high interest rate can seem like an unappealing option, but as long as you can cope with the financial responsibility, it’ll be worth it in the long run. By sticking to your limit and repayment commitments, you’ll prove to your lender that you are a responsible borrower. In turn, this will be reflected on your credit report, and your credit history will begin to take shape. Using such a product responsibly is likely to boost your credit score rather swiftly, which can qualify you for further credit options. You may even find that after a set period of time, your lender is willing to increase your limit and offer a lower rate of interest on your product.

Getting started

Keen to start building your credit history? Do plenty of research on the products available to you before making any long-term commitment. To ensure that you can keep up with the financial responsibility, create a detailed financial plan for the best results.

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Extreme tourism market to reach $91 Billion

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Extreme Tourism Market to Reach $91.0 Billion
Mountain climbing held the highest extreme tourism market share in 2022 | Photo: Connor Moynihan

A recent report published by Allied Market Research forecasts that the global extreme tourism market, valued at $24.2 billion in 2022, could reach $91.0 billion by 2032.

The growing influence of social media is a powerful force surging demand in the extreme tourism market, which attracts travellers those leaving their comfort zones to engage in activities that are considered high-risk, adventurous, or unconventional, such as skydiving, bungee jumping, and rock climbing. Thanks to platforms such as Instagram and YouTube, serving visuals and tutorials breathtaking adventures,

Travelers, inspired by visually appealing content on platforms such as Instagram and YouTube, are actively seeking out thrilling experiences to share on their own social networks, driving a sense of Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) among younger demographics, compelling them to actively participate in adrenaline-pumping activities to create their shareable moments.

By adventure type, the mountain climbing segment held the highest market share in 2022, accounting for more the two-fifths of the global extreme tourism market revenue and is estimated to maintain its leadership status throughout the forecast period. However, the skydiving segment is projected to manifest the highest CAGR of 15.2% from 2023 to 2032.

25 to 45 years is the age group holding the highest market share since 2022, according to the report, accounting for more than two-fifths of the global extreme tourism market revenue. The segment is estimated to maintain its leadership status throughout the forecast period. However, by 2032 it will be below 25 years segment that is projected to have the highest CAGR: 15.3%.

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