The Clydesdale Bank has begun circulation of Britain's first plastic banknotes, with a limited edition run of two million £5 polymer notes.
Two-thirds of charity donors used cash to donate in the past 12 months, despite the increasing availability of other forms of payment options, according to the annual Halifax Giving Monitor review.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Defra, is enduring a series of embarrassing headlines after its £154 million system to process farmers' EU subsidy payments has been largely abandoned following a number of problems with its online interface.
Swiss financial infrastructure provider SIX Group is running a weekend hackathon with a view to acquiring new talent ahead of the launch of a fintech incubator in May.
Banco Sabadell is making its first play for a European business outside of its home territory as Lloyds agrees to sell 50% of TSB to the Spanish bank.
A bipartisan group of US House of Representatives members have formed a caucus to investigate payment technologies.
Australia's Westpac is preparing to pump $40 million over the next two years into a tech-heavy refresh of its rural branches.
Innotribe, the innovation arm of financial messaging network Swift, has shortlisted 60 companies from a record 370 early-stage and growth-stage startup applicants to participate in its 2015 Startup Challenge.
An ex-hedge fund manager who spent a decade trading interest rate derivatives is now jumping headfirst into the world of the blockchain with his newest venture, Clearmatics, a clearing and settlement technology for financial OTC markets based on a distributed ledger.
With branch numbers dwindling, the UK government wants to ensure that all Brits have access to ATMs where they can not only withdraw, but deposit, cash. Meanwhile, a London politician is calling for cash machines to be upgraded so that they can be used by rape victims to alert police.
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