Braintree Takes Venmo Touch International With Uk Launch

American Express will support the UK launch of Venmo Touch as Braintree’s exclusive marketing partner with targeted Cardmember communications including newsletters, social media and digital banner ads. Venmo Touch allows consumers to save their payment details in one app and check out across its powerful network of apps in one touch. With expanded availability of Venmo Touch, Braintree’s UK merchantsincluding LivingSocial, HotelTonight, Drivr, Bizzby and YPlanas well as financial partners such as American Express, can now build the ease and simplicity of one touch commerce into their mobile experiences. “Venmo Touch makes it easier than ever for consumers to make purchases on a mobile device, and solves one of the biggest barriers companies face selling goods and services on mobilea simple, one touch checkout experience,” said Braintree CEO Bill Ready. “Bringing Venmo Touch to our European merchants allows them to focus on creating great products and services while offering people the easiest way to pay.” “As mobile commerce becomes increasingly prevalent, Venmo Touch offers our UK Cardmembers a simple and convenient way to make repeat purchases on their mobile devices,” said Melinda Davidowski, VP Online Commerce at American Express. Venmo Touch is available immediately to Braintree merchants and consumers in the UK and will be available in additional European countries in the coming months. To learn more about Venmo Touch, please visit touch.venmo.com . About American Express American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. A leader in global payments, American Express is the largest card issuer by purchase volume and operates a worldwide network that processes millions of transactions daily. American Express offers a broad array of payment, expense management and travel solutions for consumers and corporations including credit cards, charge cards, insurances, travellers cheques and foreign exchange services. Learn more at www.americanexpress.co.uk and connect with us on facebook.com/AmericanExpressUK and twitter @amexUK.

“They might say, for example: ‘My dad is really good to me and provides me with a good education – but then why is he not letting me study further, why is he pushing me to marry a boy who is illiterate, who is not compatible?'” Danger The choice to leave the family is not easy, especially in a country where the only people you may know are the people trying to force you to marry. It can also be very dangerous, which is why the location of the refuge is kept secret. Continue reading the main story How prevalent is forced marriage? The Forced Marriage Unit was set up in 2005 to tackle the higher number of calls to the Foreign Office on this issue In 2012 a total of 1,500 calls were received by the FMU 47% of those calls were from Pakistan Almost 80% of these callers were female while 20% were male It’s estimated that there are around 8,000 forced or early marriages each year involving UK citizens A large number of cases are being reported from Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia The trend is also growing in the Middle East and Africa In spring 2014, forcing someone into marriage will become a criminal offence in the UK Ms Salimi says that the safety of the girls or boys, as well as the staff is paramount. Sometimes it is necessary to change their appearance. “If they look modern, then we might give them a makeover to make them look more traditional. If they are more traditional with the hijab, we try to take them to the parlour and change their hairstyle, change their shoes, everything. “It is very, very dangerous for them escaping from home and there is always a danger of being identified.” Other than makeovers they have to be careful when travelling to the airport. When they arrive back in the UK, the next stage of their uncertain future will begin. But those – like Nazia who is now back in the UK – are the lucky ones. The organisation has been involved in investigations around the murder of teenagers who were being forced into marriage. Escape The UK’s Forced Marriage Unit and charities working in the field say that although Pakistan may have the biggest number of forced marriages it is by no means the only country. This is an issue that crosses every border, religion, race, age and class. Sara: “It was like you’re an item to sell, to see what they can get” Teenagers like Sara – not her real name – are all too aware of this.

The Pakistani refuge rescuing UK girls from forced marriage

The lounge at the Sach refuge

budget impasse drags on. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on * The UK blue chip index closed up 11.54 points, or 0.2 percent, at 6,449.04 points on Thursday. * President Barack Obama met Republican and Democrat leaders in Congress but reiterated in a speech that he would not give in to Republican demands to roll back his healthcare programme in exchange for reopening the government. * The U.S. government shutdown has led to a delay in the closely-watched non-farm payrolls data, which is normally due for release on Friday. No major domestic economic data is due on Friday. * BARCLAYS : The British bank is expected to sell at least 300 million pounds ($487 million) of its shares in the market on Friday, as it finds a home for shares not taken by existing investors in a 6 billion pound fundraising. * UK CORPORATE DIARY: TATE & LYLE issues a trading update. JOHN WOOD GROUP issues a trading update. TODAY’S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines Multimedia versions of Reuters Top News are now available for: * 3000 Xtra : visit* BridgeStation: view story .134(Reporting by Tricia Wright; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

Lorillard Acquires UK E-cigarette Brand (revised)

Per the deal, Lorillard will pay approximately 30 million pounds in cash at the time of completion of the deal. In addition, the deal includes a clause to pay an additional 30 million pounds in 2016 on the achievement of certain financial milestones. Post-acquisition, SKYCIG will become a separate operating subsidiary of Lorillard and the company will retain its current management team and business locations in the UK. Lorillard captured a leading position in the electronic cigarette industry in the U.S. after it acquired e-cigarette brand blu e-Cigs in Apr 2012. The SKYCIG acquisition will further boost Lorillards sales as the e-cigarette segment is evolving rapidly. It will also provide this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company an opportunity to expand in the wide UK electronic cigarette market. On the other hand, SKYCIG is expected to gain from Lorillard’s marketing, regulatory, research and development expertise, which will help the brand to further strengthen its foothold in the UK e-cigarette market. We note that smokers are shifting their preference to electronic cigarettes due to rising health concerns. Though sales of electronic cigarettes are on the rise, the maker of Newport and Maverick brands has been witnessing a decline in traditional cigarette volumes since the past many quarters. Cigarette volumes have been impacted by a slowdown in the tobacco industry, increasing health consciousness among consumers and significantly higher prices of cigarettes. Moreover, the industry deals with increased regulation on packaging (graphic warning labels) in some international markets and heightened Food and Drug Administration (:FDA) concerns about the effect of menthol and electronic cigarettes. The company has been making constant efforts to revive volumes.