A location-based networking tool that randomly pairs up UK government workers has been “eagerly welcomed” by treasurers, according to City AM.
Nicknamed “Treasury Tinder,” a reference to the popular dating app, the scheme matches up civil servants pooled from the department’s 1131 members, who then go on coffee dates. Punning on “randomised control trials,” which the government uses to try out new policies, these dates are known as “randomised coffee trials.”
The innovation charity Nesta launched the initiative last year with the intention of creating “an institutionalised space for serendipity.” City AM could “not yet confirm how ‘serendipitous’ the Treasury’s meetings have proved.”
The central bank has tweaked its stimulus programme and is making a fresh effort to push Japan’s inflation rate above its 2% target.
By 2020 global government spending will reach US$35 trillion against US$28 trillion in 2015, according to business information group MarketLine.
The study assesses the social and economic health of 30 of the world’s leading business centres.
A consultation paper proposes large financial penalties for accountants, lawyers and consultants whose aggressive tax avoidance schemes are defeated in court.