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Number of UK ‘Debut Directors’ Hits All-time High

Increasing number of first-time directors entering market with less capital – One in 13 directors lives in social housing The number of first-time business directors in the UK is at an all-time high, according to Experian data. Alongside a lower level of business experience, these ‘Debut Directors’ start-up with less investment than ever before and an increasing proportion come from ... Read More »

Equifax UK Introduces Segmentation Tool

Equifax UK has introduced a consumer segmentation tool so wealth and investment professionals can more accurately target consumers.  Equifax Investor Profiles groups consumers into 12 distinct and separate ‘clusters’ and is based on more than £345 billion of actual sales of life, pension and investment products data. The tool works by grouping postcodes into similar characteristics based on investment activity, household ... Read More »

Experian UK: New Service to Ensure Fair Treatment of Those in Debt

Experian® UK announced the launch of the Experian Collections Bureau, a new service designed to ensure that customers are treated fairly and responsibly, and allowing lenders to manage individual cases of customer debt with a personalized approach. To date, most lenders only have a limited view of their customer’s overall financial situation. The Collections Bureau will allow lenders, for the ... Read More »

Experian Research:  UK SMEs Lax on Checking Credit

Almost 85 per cent of UK SMEs operating internationally do not check the credit reports of overseas customers and suppliers.  Experian’s SME Reputation Index highlights how SMEs trading abroad are risking exposure to bad debt and cash flow problems Almost 85 per cent of UK SMEs who operate internationally do not check the credit history of potential overseas customers or ... Read More »

Expert System and WAND Partner in Enterprise Information Management

Expert System US, Inc., a leader in semantic technology, and WAND, Inc, the leader in the development of enterprise taxonomies, today announced a partnership that will enable businesses to implement a simpler, more accurate organization of data and documents. Making internal and external information more “findable” allows enterprises to be more innovative, to manage the relationships with their customers more effectively ... Read More »

Harte Hanks Q3 2014 Revenues Flat

Harte Hanks third quarter 2014 revenues of $134.1 million were relatively consistent with the $135.0 million of revenues in the same quarter last year. Customer Interaction revenues were $121.1 million compared to $121.3 million in the same quarter last year. Within Customer Interaction, our Financial Services vertical grew from increased credit card solicitation and home equity loan generation activity. In ... Read More »

Experian First Half of 2014 Revenues Up 4% (constant currency)

Experian reported first half of 2014 total revenue of US$2.4bn (2013: US$2.3bn).  Growth from continuing activities was 4%. There was no change in organic revenue.  Total revenue from continuing activities up 5% at actual exchange rates. Total EBIT from continuing activities of US$627m, up 3% at constant exchange rates. Total EBIT from continuing operations was also US$627m up 3% at actual ... Read More »

Acxiom and Starcom Mediavest Group in European Partnership

Acxiom® announced it has signed a European-wide partnership with Starcom Mediavest Group (SMG), the number one ranked global media network, which will see both organizations working closer together and sharing data assets to be able to deliver increased value to their respective clients, enter new territories and connect digital and physical identifiers. The deal, which is part of a wider global agreement ... Read More »

UK ICO Praises Credit Reference Industry

UK Information Commissioner’s Office has praised the credit reference industry on its data handling. After being constantly vilified in many quarters there appears to be good news about the credit reference industry.  The Information Commissioner’s Office has praised the credit reference industry on its data handling having reviewed the three main agencies – Experian, Equifax and CallCredit. A report has ... Read More »