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SMEs “keep calm and carry on” despite rising costs from suppliers

Stockwood Strategy

Supply chain issues and increasing costs have impacted SMEs countrywide and yet they seem to be handling it in their usual resilient stride. Fintech business lender MarketFinance asked 1,000 SME owners 1 across the UK how they are managing rising supplier prices, what measures they have put in place and sought their long term outlook on the increasing costs of doing business. Supplier costs Four out of five (79%) SMEs have faced increased prices from suppliers over the past 6 months. An increase of cost of raw materials was the top ranked rationale for price increases by suppliers, most keenly felt by businesses in the north west of England (85%). This was followed by staff shortages, the ongoing impact of the pandemic slowdown and supply chain disruptions owing to a shortage of truck drivers. Across the UK, a quarter of SMEs reported supplier prices have almost doubled over the past 6 months. Impact A third of SMEs (32%) have been able to absorb the increased costs without passing them on to customers, suggesting that these businesses have the necessary cash reserves to handle the impact. Only a fifth (21%) are passing a portion of the increased costs onto customers. Businesses in the south west of England and Northern Ireland are least likely to absorb the costs while businesses in the north west and Yorkshire are the most likely to do so. Their customers are proving to be equally understanding of the wider supply chain situation with only a fifth (20%) challenging business owners about the price rises. Outlook Looking ahead to the festive season, SMEs feel they will be able to manage the situation but some could increase prices if the pressure gets too much. Two fifths reported they could increase their prices by as much as 10% in the run up to Christmas. Longer term, three quarters (73%) of SMEs are already preparing for the current higher prices to be the norm until at least the end of 2022. A third of SMEs (34%) have taken out loans or are using other finance facilities to manage the increased cost of doing business. Anil Stocker, CEO at MarketFinance, commented: “ The current economic environment with rising costs is presenting some headwinds and headaches for SME owners but they are proving to be as resilient as ever. The vast majority have been thinking ahead and accounted for the longer term scenario, which will hold them in good stead to do business. It’s great to see that SME owners are taking the long view and preserving their customer relationships and managing suppliers by having a finance facility in place to deal with the overhead for now. The British Business Bank announced last week that it will extend its Recovery Loan Scheme to June 2022. This extension will give SMEs easier access to more affordable finance they need to continue running and growing operations in the face of ongoing challenges such as staff shortages and supplier price increases.” 1 Research findings based on a survey of 1,000 UK companies (who are employers with a minimum turnover of £100,000) conducted for MarketFinance in October 2021 by LMRMC Research (a Market Research Society approved partner and ESOMAR corporate member). About MarketFinance MarketFinance is a fintech business lender which believes that SMEs are building the world. By making finance frictionless, they’re solving the cash flow issues getting in the way of progress. MarketFinance uses smart technology to deliver better access to faster, more affordable finance; with one-to-one help whenever businesses need it. Since 2011, MarketFinance has advanced over £2.6 billion worth of invoices and loans, enabling thousands of UK businesses to bridge today’s funding gaps and fuel tomorrow’s big ambitions. MarketFinance is an accredited Recover Loan Scheme lender and has a wide-reaching network of strategic partners including Barclays Bank UK PLC, Tide, Equals Group and Ebury. MarketFinance is backed by Barclays Bank UK PLC, Mouro Capital, Paul Forster (co-founder of Indeed.com) European venture capital fund Northzone (invested in Klarna, iZettle and Trustpilot), Viola Capital and private equity group MCI Capital (also invested in iZettle, Azimo and Gett). Contact Details MarketFinance Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://marketfinance.com/

November 02, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Top Global Audit Executive David Krestin Joins Treliant as Senior Advisor

Treliant

David Krestin has joined Treliant as Senior Advisor. He is an experienced financial services audit and risk professional who has held executive leadership positions with global investment and commercial banking institutions. David has an extensive history working with capital markets, wealth management, and wholesale banking products and interfacing with governing bodies in both domestic and international jurisdictions. His expertise stems from over 35 years in senior Global Product Specialist and Regional Head Audit roles at JP Morgan, Barclays Capital, and Société Générale; then as Deputy Chief Auditor at the Bank of New York; Chief Auditor at the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, Americas; and General Auditor of its holding company, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. Since 2016 David has provided independent risk advisory services to financial firms focused on enterprise risk management and strategy for governance, risk, and compliance (GRC). For the last three years he also sat on the U.S. Board and Audit Committee of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, where he is now Senior Advisor to the Board. “David’s extraordinary track record puts him in the upper echelon of global audit and risk professionals,” says Treliant Managing Partner Ross Marrazzo. “Our clients will gain great insight from him to prosper amid the challenges of today’s financial services market.” “Success in global banking takes the right mix of mission-critical technical, business, and regulatory strategy combined with robust process, risk, and control frameworks,” says David. “I look forward to working with Treliant’s diverse team of experts to help clients elaborate strategies that deliver outstanding results.” As a seasoned executive and trusted advisor David is known for his strategic and practical advice, delivering solutions and driving transformations within financial firms on key risk management, governance, and internal control challenges including: establishing start-up products and functions; responding to regulatory enforcement actions; implementing structural improvements to business, organizational, and control frameworks; and enhancing corporate profiles with regulators and governing bodies. Over his career he has pioneered leading audit and operational risk professional practices; directed significant forensic audits and financial conduct investigations; developed third-line strategies; and prepared firms for major changes to banking regulations including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (financial disclosures and investor protection), Dodd-Frank Act (Wall Street reform and consumer protection), BSA/US PATRIOT Act/OFAC (bank secrecy and anti-money laundering), and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (bribery and corruption). David is a Certified Public Accountant, holds a Certificate in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), and is a certified Member of the U.K. Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (MIIA). Treliant is a multi-industry consulting firm that serves organizations around the globe. Our firm serves financial institutions, consumer-oriented businesses, other corporations, and law firms. As a firm of leading professionals from industry and government, we assist our clients in navigating regulatory requirements and on best practices, while meeting strategic and operational objectives. We partner with clients as trusted advisors and via managed services including through secondments, interim resources, and other outsourcing strategies. Our advisory and assurance services and specialized, high-quality business solutions strengthen our clients’ corporate and regulatory compliance programs, risk management, and business performance. We also provide comprehensive support for corporate and regulatory investigations, litigation, and as government agency monitors and independent consultants. We serve companies from Main Street to Wall Street and across the globe. Contact Details Melissa Pazornik +1 202-249-7932 mpazornik@treliant.com Company Website https://www.treliant.com

November 02, 2021 09:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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DealCloud’s New Relationship Intelligence Insights Leverage Dealmakers’ Networks to Drive Growth

Intapp

Intapp (NASDAQ: INTA), a leading provider of industry-specific, cloud-based software solutions that enable connected professional and financial services firms, today announced expanded relationship intelligence functionality within its DealCloud solution, helping firms grow business and improve outcomes using the power of professional networks. DealCloud relationship intelligence uses AI and predictive insights to help dealmakers improve deal sourcing, business development, fundraising, and related functions using the reach and strength of their personal networks and those of professionals across the firm. DealCloud relationship intelligence identifies who knows whom and establishes relationship scores based on the volume, recency, and type of engagements by passively harvesting metadata from Microsoft Exchange emails and events. The tool provides a new layer of insights that helps users find the clearest and most influential path to opportunity with other firms and dealmakers — with zero data input required. Key benefits of using DealCloud for relationship intelligence include: Sourcing deals through personal and professional networks — By relying on a deeper layer of relationship insights, deal professionals can intelligently scan their firm’s network for lucrative referrals and generate warm introductions at target companies. Maintaining and develop key relationships — With relationship intelligence, deal professionals can track the strength of relationships and nurture them to maintain or improve the effectiveness of their network through new business development initiatives. Reducing key-person risk and institutionalize knowledge — Relationship intelligence helps firms manage and monitor relationships, minimizing loss or damage to the firm by determining which relationships might be at risk due to employee attrition and transitioning those relationships to other professionals. DealCloud relationship intelligences uses dashboards and network diagrams to help firms visualize relationships, showing who maintains relationships with parties of interest, how strong those relationships are, and how long they’ve existed. By combining contact and relationship data with the DealCloud platform’s client and engagement lifecycle data, firms can achieve a competitive advantage resulting from data-driven business development and stronger collaboration. “Deal professionals often struggle to understand who knows whom at target companies and firms, especially across geographies, industries, and deal teams,” said Ben Harrison, President of Financial Services at Intapp. “Considering that a significant majority of deals are generated through a dealmaker’s professional contacts, this can pose a considerable challenge to business growth. DealCloud relationship intelligence helps dealmakers instantly understand the clearest and most influential path to a target company’s leadership while other firms are still cold calling.” For more information on DealCloud relationship intelligence, please visit our website or contact us for a personalized demo. About Intapp Intapp makes the connected firm possible. We help professional and financial services firms better connect their people, processes, and data through AI-powered software solutions. Trusted by more than 1,900 of the world’s premier private capital, investment banking, legal, accounting, and consulting firms, Intapp offers an end-to-end solution purpose-built to help modernize these firms. Intapp facilitates greater team collaboration, digitizes complex workflows to optimize deal and engagement execution, and leverages proprietary AI to help nurture relationships and originate new business. Intapp helps firms increase profitability and investment returns, operate more efficiently, and better manage risk and compliance. For more information, visit intapp.com and connect with us on Twitter (@Intapp) and LinkedIn. Contact Details Intapp Ali Robinson +1 612-232-0062 ali.robinson@intapp.com Company Website http://www.intapp.com

November 02, 2021 09:16 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Recording Artist Guild (RAG) Selects BEASY to Empower and Enable Musicians for the Metaverse

Beasy, LLC

Blockchain Made Easy, LLC (dba BEASY) and Recording Artist Guild (RAG.ORG) announced today that RAG.ORG and Lookhu.com have signed a multi-year enterprise licensing agreement with BEASY to deliver the utility of blockchain to RAG’s more than 20,000 members. “We’ve sought tirelessly to understand and deliver the benefits of blockchain to our members for years and although we succeeded in some ways, we lacked consistency and the ability to scale.” said Byron Booker, Chairman and Founder of RAG. “We’ve been talking with everyone who’s anyone at the intersection of blockchain and entertainment, and while solutions have advanced, BEASY stands out as our winner. BEASY’s solution puts enterprise grade software and the power to legally trade and enforce ownership in the hands of the artist. It’s easy to use, works with all our systems, supports NFT transactions on credit cards and allows us to do so within our brand identity,” he added. “We’re incredibly grateful and excited to be working with RAG. We started building BEASY three years ago for organizations just like RAG to help their communities realize their dreams. And now our dream is coming true as well.” said Bob Kramich, Founder and CEO of BEASY. For RAG creators or sellers, BEASY provides a complete metaverse identity management solution in one simple package through which they can: Mint, rarify and sell their own digital assets on any NFT marketplace, or directly from their web sites. Accept credit cards as a payment method for NFTs. Smarten, manage and control song contracts including fractional ownership splits. Easily onboard friends as fans which expands their serviceable obtainable market and prepares fans to participate in upcoming NFT drops. Establish and manage their official Sovereign Digital Identities including their digital name, official credentials and accomplishments. Manage their Official Partner Network. Maintain the true state of receivables owed and paid across multiple contracts and multiple mediums, no matter how many or how fractional the ownership or micro payment due. Customize, scale and continuously improve using enterprise-grade BaaS software. Rapidly team with a variety of business partners and sell and go to market. For buyers and fans, BEASY makes it possible to participate in the digital asset economy without using cryptocurrencies. As most NFT sites require buyers to use cryptocurrencies, the BEASY Wallet allows RAG fans to buy NFTs using credit cards. The buyer benefits from ease of use and the creator benefits from the expansion of their serviceable obtainable market (SOM). At its highest level, BEASY mainstreams the adoption of blockchain to improve the economic situation of individuals, businesses and communities. “BEASY is not a blockchain game and BEASY is not an NFT marketplace,” explains Kramich. “BEASY is Blockchain-as-a-Service software that is easy to install and use and acts as a combined personal notary and digital asset control center. With BEASY, influencers and creators can participate in multiple blockchain-based games and sell NFTs on any NFT marketplace while preserving the true state of how much is owned and owed across all mediums - no matter how fractional the ownership or how micro the payment. What’s more is that sellers, while operating in main blockchain networks, can do so without forcing themselves or their clients to ever purchase cryptocurrencies. We allow people to use the assets and the networks without forcing them to use the underlying cryptocurrency. Our aim is to do this to any Dapp and any network, to bring crypto-based solutions to the next billion users.” # # # About BEASY Blockchain Made Easy ™️, LLC is a Massachusetts-based technology and professional services company empowering retail and business customers with the ability to deploy customized blockchain-based strategies through easy-to-use blockchain software products. The company’s core product, BEASY Authentication ™️, is a multi-blockchain platform and associated wallet solution allowing users to seamlessly create, sell, and track digital goods in addition to a broad range of other applications such as digital identity management, fractional and whole digital asset ownership, royalties management, contract-to-smart contract management and more. BEASY does this without requiring owning or managing any cryptocurrency on major compatible blockchain networks such as Ethereum, Matic and more. BEASY is committed to making blockchain adoption easy. For more information, go to www.BEASY1.com About RAG.ORG Recording Artists Guild (RAG), a non-profit focused on empowering recording artists since 2009 provides its thousands of members with tools, resources, and technology to help monetize their skills and IP while bringing them exposure and a platform to make their voices heard. About Lookhu Lookhu ( www.lookhu.com ) is a cord-cutter’s dream, delivering unlimited streaming TV channels, exclusive series, and live events worldwide. Lookhu offers influencer driven a la carte channels within specific genres including MMA, Comedy, Spanish, Faith, and more for free, subscription and or on-demand. About Talynt Talynt is an NFT marketplace that focuses on providing a robust marketplace for creators offering Phygital NFTs with live events. Talynt offers exclusive NFT collections from notable celebrities and limited campaigns from TokenOfRespect.com, ApeRockStars.com, CryptoRoadies.com, NFTV.life and more Media Relations Contacts: BEASY, LLC. Contact: David Kaupp SVP, Head of Marketing info@beasy1.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/BeasyInc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/beasy-blockchain-made-easy-llc/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beasy1859/ RAG and Lookhu Contact: Melissa Jones press@lookhu.com Contact: Mellissa Jones press@rag.org Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ragworld/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RAGWORLD/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/RAGWORLD Blockchain Made Easy, LLC is a Massachusetts-based technology and professional services company empowering retail and business customers with the ability to deploy customized blockchain-based strategies through easy-to-use blockchain software products. The company's core product, BEASY Authentication, is a multi-blockchain platform and associated wallet solution allowing users to seamlessly create, sell, and track digital goods in addition to a broad range of other applications such as digital identity management, fractional and whole digital asset ownership, royalties management, contract-to-smart contract management and more. BEASY does this without requiring owning or managing any cryptocurrency on major compatible blockchain networks such as Ethereum, Matic and more. BEASY is committed to making blockchain adoption easy. For more information, go to www.BEASY1.com Contact Details BEASY, LLC David Kaupp +1 978-360-6698 info@beasy1.com RAG and Lookhu Melissa Jones press@rag.org Company Website https://www.beasy1.com

November 01, 2021 04:07 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Greenland’s Prime Minister to Keynote ZESTAs COP26 Burns Supper

Morgan Marketing & Communications

Prime Minister of Greenland, Múte Bourup Egede, will be delivering the keynote address at ZESTAs COP26 Burns Supper on Monday, November 1 st hosted by SHIFT clean energy. The supper will conclude the first day of Ship ZERO hosted by ZESTAs (Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association) in Glasgow as part of the COP26 activities. It is expected that the Prime Minister will be announcing a major Greenland government initiative relating to fossil fuel use. "With the Arctic warming at a rate three times faster than the rest of the world, we are in Greenland experiencing the drastic changes first-hand “stated the Prime Minister. “The science is alarming and our collective actions must be accelerated. That is why the Government of Greenland has announced an immediate halt to all new oil and gas explorations and are putting all efforts into developing our green energy sources. We believe that Greenland can become an important partner for zero-emission shipping. We have huge untapped hydropower resources that exceed our domestic demand multiple times, which can generate cheap renewable electricity for e-fuels, and we have an infrastructure well suited for being early adapters." “Ship ZERO 0 – Charging to True Zero” is a three-day workshop including robust technical presentations from zero-emissions solutions providers, as well as finance, insurance, classification sectors and regulators. Speakers’ panels, audience Q&A, and brainstorming sessions will follow each session to facilitate collaborative solution building, as well as giving stakeholders an opportunity to examine how solutions will fit with their individual business cases. The event takes place well before COP26 transport day, which will give the team of researchers and stakeholders time to summarize the outcomes to be taken in consideration by regulators beforehand. “We are honored that Prime Minister Egede will be making such a pivotal keynote address as part of our event”, stated Madadh MacLaine, Secretary-General of ZESTAs. “His leadership will resonate around the globe as we address a zero emission future.” Highlights of the ShipZERO conference include a keynote by Peter Thomson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations as well as the UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean on A healthy planet requires a healthy ocean, a healthy ocean requires clean shipping; Why Zero Emissions Needs Better Battery Safety Standards, delivered by Brent Perry, ZESTAs Board Chair and CEO of SHIFT; and How Financiers, Insurers and Cargo owners can enable innovation and accelerate the transition to true zero emissions from Michael Parker, Chairman of Global Shipping, Citibank and Chairman of the Poseidon Principles Association. Registration is still open, and media are welcome. Go to https://zestas.org/ship-zero/ The Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association promotes the rapid and large-scale uptake of Zero Emissions Ship Technology (ZEST). Zero emissions means zero GHG emissions at the point of use on the vessel with minimal upstream impacts. By combining zero emission technologies, it is possible to achieve zero emissions at the shipboard level faster. With today’s technologies, the shipping industry can achieve fully zero emissions now, particularly on smaller return to base vessels, as well as drastically reduce emissions on larger, ocean-going vessels with more complicated operational profiles. Contact Details Morgan Marketing & Communications Carleen Lyden Walker +1 203-260-0480 c.walker@morganmarketcomm.com Company Website https://morganmarketcomm.com/

October 29, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Investis Digital Announces Channel Partnership with News Direct

Investis Digital

Investis Digital, a leading global digital communications company, announced its channel partnership with News Direct, a state-of-the-art news and content distribution service founded by former Business Wire president, Gregg Castano, designed to meet the demands of modern media outreach. The partnership signals the coming together of two strategic advisors who will leverage their skills, solutions, and proprietary approaches to better serve their clients within the PR, IR, and corporate communications community. This partnership will provide Investis Digital clients a seamless transition when working within its Connect.ID Intelligence to distribute a press release at a fraction of the time, effort, and cost of other legacy wire services. News Direct has disrupted the traditional financial news and earnings distribution workflow with its industry-first feature, SimpliFi™. Now, busy IROs can save valuable time—and likely thousands of dollars—while maintaining total control and protecting pre-market data with the highest security protocols in the industry. Further, every News Direct public company distribution includes insightful analytics and an Equity Impact Report to track the impact of your market-moving news in real-time. David Corchado, Global CDO of Investis Digital commented, “The Investis Digital-News Direct partnership is a combination of services that we believe will not only complement each other but will also bolster the best-in-class experience clients have with us. With an “always-on” news cycle, the demand on PR and IR professionals is greater now more than ever, and being able to provide a solution that observes the highest security protocols in the industry was important to us and was a big part of what made this alliance an easy one.” “Legacy newswires, which so many brands have relied on for decades to distribute their company news, remain tethered to a traditional model. At News Direct we have reimagined every step of the news distribution workflow to meet the modern-day demands of IR and PR professionals.” said, Gregg Castano, CEO, News Direct.“ We are proud to partner with Investis Digital, which has earned its reputation as a leader in providing compelling communications, intelligent digital experiences, and performance marketing to build meaningful connections.” News Direct recently announced that it is now offering clients the ability to augment their distribution and amplify their message with DB Direct, an in-platform global media database powered by Agility PR Solutions, a subsidiary of Innodata Inc. (NASDAQ: INOD) by pinpoint targeting journalists and influencers. To learn more about News Direct, please visit https://newsdirect.com. About Investis Digital Investis Digital has been at the forefront of digital communications for two decades. Over time we have gained deep sector knowledge, invested in leading technologies, and built lasting and trusted relationships with more than1600 global companies, including Ascential, Anglo American, Rolls-Royce, Fruit of the Loom and Vodafone. Through a proprietary approach we call Connected Content™, we unite compelling communications, intelligent digital experiences, and performance marketing to help companies build deeper connections with audiences and drive business performance. We tell brand stories through strategic and engaging content that meets your audiences at the right time, in the right place, with the right message. We build and run intelligent websites and digital experiences that are rapidly deployed and strategically measured, underpinned by our secure, world-leading Connect.ID technology and 24/7 service. We find the audiences that matter most through powerful performance marketing solutions that optimize and amplify your brand across all touchpoints. This unique blend of expertise, technology and “always on” service allow clients to trust that their digital footprint and brand reputation is secure and protected 24/7 by our dedicated team of 500 digital experts across 9 global offices. To learn more on how Investis Digital has been powering digital communications since 2000, please visit: www.InvestisDigital.com About News Direct News Direct provides news and content distribution for PR, IR, Corporate Communications and Marketing professionals. Our automated platform delivers a completely reimagined, intuitive workflow, industry-leading security, transparent, flat-rate pricing and actionable analytics. Further, News Direct has deployed an array of innovation including advanced automation, isolation cloud technology and custom software for the most dynamic, efficient and flexible platform available today. To learn more visit newsdirect.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. Contact Details Investis Digital MaryAlina Vettichira-Mathew +1 646-766-9040 MaryAlina@investisdigital.com Company Website https://www.investisdigital.com

October 28, 2021 09:41 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Novus Cannabis MedPlan Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

Novus Acquisition & Development Corp

Novus Acquisition and Development, Corp. (OTC Markets: NDEV ), through its wholly-owned subsidiary WCIG Insurance Services, Inc., is a hybrid health insurance entity and, the nation’s first health carrier offering cannabis in health plans to recreational and medicinal users, today reported its third-quarter financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2021, and update on the progression of its business model. Employer-Sponsored Health Plans As Novus comes out from under the COVID crisis we’re experiencing a breakthrough development in our effort to penetrate “ Insurance Group Sales ” in the small to midsize businesses (SMB) market. As SMB’s desire to compete and expand, it is essential to attract and retain their talent pool with competitive health benefits, but affordability remains an issue as healthcare costs rise faster than inflation. According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics, more than half (57%), of SMB workers did not have employer-sponsored health benefits. The top perks employees seek are employer-sponsored, dental, vision, and Health Savings Account (HSA). Novus cannabis benefits packages fit into this niche, with the desirability of cannabis and the affordability of premiums with additional benefits. SMB’s continue to contact us, and their views on employee legal cannabis use have become more relaxed. And rightly so, when precedence was set in the New Jersey Supreme Court ruling, where employees who legally use cannabis as permitted by the state’s Compassionate Use of Cannabis of Medical Marijuana Act[i] cannot be fired. The authenticity of cannabis benefits in employee health plans gives Novus the ability to capture more value from selling individual policies to the economics of selling to the multitudes. Expansion Of Partnerships Partnerships continue to increase with agreements with Health Carriers, Third-party Administrators, Pharmacy Benefits Managers, Professional Employment Organizations, and Brokers in Group Sales. These partnerships encompass adding cannabis benefits as a rider and/or as a supplement bundle to consumer health plans. They see how Novus benefit packages are an enticement to acquire new clients and up-sell existing ones. The unique characteristics of our business model is based on the acceptance of cannabis being a benefits package to health plans. According to Forbes “by 2025, 5.4 million Americans, or 2.4% of U.S. adults, will be registered patients in medical cannabis states.” However, that 2.4% will considerably increase as the price of cannabis proliferates with added state/federal taxation to recreational products, alluring rec users to seek health plans that include cannabis. The success of our business model is making cannabis affordable to our patient /members by reducing the cost of the plant by 30%-35% combined with a 15%-17% abatement in taxes at the point of sale. Illicit Cananbis Market Recently California authorities eradicated 509,453 plants from 135 sites in the past 13-weeks with an undisclosed report of how much the operation cost the state government. We continue to advise cannabis verticals and state officials on using Novus insurance plans to cost-effectively combat illicit cannabis which will top $4 billion by 2025 as reported by New Frontier Data. These entities will quickly understand that by utilizing Novus insurance plans how compliantly we will corral med and rec users towards legal brands, we are confident that it is clearly discernable that this methodology is far superior to expensive law enforcement measures. Provider Network Our Provider network covers over 20,000 zip codes. The expansion of our Provider network is a continuous effort to develop underserved markets despite the slow down due to COVID. The procurement of reliable cannabis verticals as a Provider is the most arduous and nonlinear undertaking in our business model and it will be the same for any new competition. Having a head start as far back as 2016, we believe, we will leave very little resources to potential rivals in this department. Financial Highlights Financial milestones within the third quarter of 2021: No Dilution: No common stock was issued Three Month Revenue Increase: $6,656 or 9.8% to $67,955 for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to $61,299 for the three months ended September 30, 2020. Six Month Revenue Increase $11,477 or 8.8% to $132,686 for the six months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to $121,209 the six months ended September 30, 2020. Profit Margin: Demonstrated a 36% profit margin pricing structure in its business model for the three months ended September 30, 2021 Net Income Increase: $4,202 or 17% to $24,888 for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to $20,686 three months ended September 30, 2020 Shareholder Equity Increase: $1,481,889 on September 30, 2021, from $1,465,967on September 30, 2020 Cash and Cash Equivalents Increase: Moderately from $157,888 on September 30, 2020, to $158,195 three months ended September 30, 2021. Due to the cost of integrating Novus and PRAM back-office data to support their newly acquired clientele. Cash Flow: Increased 16% to $48,968 for the six months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to $41,270 the six months ended September 30, 2020. Conclusion Frank Labrozzi, CEO states, “We are fervent as we make cannabis health insurance mainstream. The acceptance of cannabis in employer-sponsored health plans combined with the inclusion of our benefits into health carriers plans makes the first-mover advantage of our infrastructure a successful perspective towards the value of our insurance model.” Research Novus: Financial Filings: Click Here Quote: Click Here Website: Click Here Investor's Page: Click Here About Novus Novus Acquisition & Development Corp. ( NDEV ), through its subsidiary WCIG Insurance, provides health insurance and related insurance solutions within the wellness and medical marijuana industries in states where legal programs exist. Novus has developed its infrastructure within many lines of the insurance business such as health, property & casualty, life, accident, and fixed annuities. Novus’ medical cannabis benefits package will work as outside developers and will not cultivate, handle, transport grow, extract, dispense, put up for sale, put on the market, vend, deliver, supply, circulate, or trade cannabis or any substances that violate the United States law or the Controlled Substances Act, nor does it intend to do so in the future and will continue to follow state and federal laws. The statements made about specific products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. All information provided on these press releases, or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. Once a push notification is completed the transaction is solely between the state-licensed dispensary and the registered patient. The state laws are in conflict with the federal Controlled Substances Act. The current administration has effectively stated that it is not an efficient use of resources to direct federal law enforcement agencies to prosecute those lawfully abiding by state-designated laws, allowing the use and distribution of medical marijuana. However, there is no guarantee that the current administration, nor any future administration, will not change this policy and decide to enforce the federal laws strongly. Any such change in the federal government's enforcement of current federal laws could cause significant financial changes to Novus Medical Group. While we do not intend to harvest, distribute, or sell cannabis or cannabis-related products, we may be harmed by a change in enforcement by federal or state governments. Forward-Looking Statements This release includes forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and reflect management's current expectations. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. Some of these factors include: general global economic conditions; general industry and market conditions and growth rates; uncertainty as to whether our strategies and business plans will yield the expected benefits; increasing competition; availability and cost of capital; the ability to identify and develop and achieve commercial success; the level of expenditures necessary to maintain and improve the quality of services; changes in the economy; changes in laws and regulations, includes codes and standards, intellectual property rights, and tax matters; or other matters not anticipated; our ability to secure and maintain strategic relationships and distribution agreements. Novus disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Contact Details Novus Acquisition & Development Corp. Frank Labrozzi +1 855-228-7355 info@getnovusnow.com Company Website https://getnovusnow.com/

October 28, 2021 09:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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River Capital Group Launches New Venture Arm, RCG Ventures

River Capital Group Holdings

River Capital Group Holdings (River Capital), a leading family investment office, today announced the launch of RCG Ventures. A wholly owned subsidiary of River Capital, RCG Ventures’ investment strategy will focus on supporting small and midsize companies developing the latest innovations in blockchain, augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI), big data, Internet of Things (IoT), workforce management (WFM), data analytics, and extended reality (XR). While River Capital primarily focuses on passive investments, RCG Ventures will deploy an active investment strategy, providing management resources, infrastructure, access to its network, and hands-on strategic guidance from its team of industry leaders. The firm’s unique approach allows it to navigate today’s volatile markets while consistently bringing turnkey solutions to market. “Our vision is to make opportunistic investments in early-stage companies to which we can add significant value beyond investment capital,” said River Capital Group Holdings Chairman of the Board, Mario Monello. “For partners, our expansive network will open doors that accelerate business development on an unprecedented scale.” RCG Ventures blankets its partners, such as Proviniti, Flex Employment Services, Pathways Personnel, NSS, and HCM Staffing, with talent and expertise across all disciplines required to build world-class businesses. The level at which the firm supports its portfolio companies will ensure access to every possible resource needed to evolve from a startup with an idea to an industry leading, scalable, and highly profitable business. Of note, is that each member of RCG Ventures’ leadership team has helped build, grow, and successfully exit various entities. This access to guidance and strategic counsel through each phase of maturation is critical to achieving hyper-growth and scale. RCG Ventures will be led by Managing Partner, Jeff Kaplan, a successful CEO, entrepreneur, and investor. Kaplan will execute RCG Ventures’ investment theses: the convergence and application of blockchain, XR, AI, IoT, WFM, big data, and analytics. “We’ve assembled an elite, high-growth team of technology, design, engineering, capital markets, sales, and marketing experts whose singular focus is on helping our partners succeed,” said Jeff Kaplan. Once reluctant to embrace new technologies, organizations in all markets now have an appetite for creative applications of emerging technologies. To understand the unique dynamics of today’s market, one only needs to look at the phenomenal growth of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in blockchain. Sales volumes NFTs hit $10.7 billion in the third quarter of 2021, an 8x increase from the previous quarter. Augmented reality is being used in retail, real estate, and education. In healthcare alone, researchers forecast that the augmented reality market will reach $4.15 billion in 2025 at a CAGR of 30.8%. “What’s most exciting is that we’ve only scratched the surface in terms of potential use-cases and the competitive advantages AI, blockchain, and AR can deliver,” noted Kaplan. ABOUT RIVER CAPITAL GROUP HOLDINGS Founded in 2013, River Capital Group Holdings (RCGH) is a leading family investment office headquartered in Manhattan, NY. In addition to funding, River Capital Group also offers strategic counsel, management resources, and access to its expansive network of capital markets, finance, and institutional investment professionals, without requiring partner companies to cede operational control. River Capital Group makes opportunistic investments in growth companies with investments ranging from five hundred thousand to $50 million. Specifically, RCGH identifies forward-thinking companies for which its capital, financial expertise, and relationships would add both significant quantitative and qualitative value. River Capital Group Holdings is industry agnostic with a track record of backing and supporting companies that deliver above average returns and exceed industry expectations. Invested capital is only that of River Capital Group Holdings’ principals. For additional information, please visit www.rcgh.com. ABOUT RCG VENTURES RCG Ventures (RCGV) is a wholly owned subsidiary of River Capital Group Holdings (River Capital), a leading family investment office. RCGV represents an active investment strategy that combines access to capital with management resources, infrastructure, an expansive global business network, and hands-on strategic guidance from an elite, tenured team of business, financial, marketing, operations, and capital markets leaders. Our target partners develop breakthrough innovations in blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, workforce services, Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics, and extended reality (XR). For additional information, please visit www.RCGV.com. Contact Details JMRConnect: Shaping Influence® PR Mostafa Razzak +1 202-904-2048 m.razzak@jmrconnect.net

October 28, 2021 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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British cyber security startup Risk Ledger secures £2.1m funding as supply chains hit the headlines

Risk Ledger

British cyber security company Risk Ledger has today raised £2.1 million in seed funding. The funding round was led by Finnish VC Lifeline Ventures with participation from Seedcamp, firstminute Capital, Episode 1 and Village Global. This news comes hot on the heels of a flurry of new customers including NHS Test and Trace, wealth management giant Quilter, and tech unicorn Snyk. The Risk Ledger platform is a first of a kind global network of connected organisations, all working together to defend as one against cyber attacks. This game changing approach makes the platform ideal for almost any organisation trying to identify, measure and mitigate supply chain risks regardless of industry. Supply chain cyber breaches often result in personal data such as payment details, addresses and medical records being accessed by unauthorised third parties. Major supply chain cyber security breaches in 2021 at Accellion, Solarwinds and Microsoft have put the challenge of defending against supply chain breaches at the top of the agenda for every large organisation globally. Haydn Brooks, founder and CEO at Risk Ledge r commented: “The past 18 months have been a period of rapid growth in the company. We grew our client base and our user numbers have sky-rocketed despite the significant economic disruption caused by the pandemic. We have expanded the product into non-cyber security factors, including ESG and financial supply chain risks. Testament to the wider scope of the platform, we are now engaging procurement leaders in companies as well as their information security counterparts. This investment will help us grow our team and operations to fully capitalise on the heightened focus on supply chain security driven by all the new regulations and high-profile breaches.” Risk Ledger's client base includes a wide range of organisations including NHS Test & Trace, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, City of London Police, Schroders Personal Wealth and ASOS among others. Recently, the Risk Ledger platform was able to help the NHS Test & Trace team identify complex vulnerabilities in multiple interdependent suppliers that provide key reagents to the organisation. These systemic risks within supply chains often go undiscovered and in this case could have caused weeks of disruption to the UK’s ongoing COVID-19 response in the event of a cybersecurity incident. Petteri Koponen, founding partner at Lifeline Ventures said: “We wanted to be part of Risk Ledger’s growth journey because they have the right product at the right time. With supply chain breaches becoming mainstream and regulators globally mandating better management of the risks, the Risk Ledger platform is in a fantastic position to become the industry agnostic tool of choice and penetrate the market extensively. The potential for the platform to proliferate virally is also unique. Capturing 30% of the UK water market in just over a year shows this possibility which is exciting for us.” Risk Ledger is a rising star of the UK's growing cyber security industry having won competitions run by the UK Government's National Cyber Security Centre, the tech industry body TechUK and most recently a winner in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport’s ‘Most Innovative UK Cyber SME of the Year’ competition. The company is also a member of the UK Government backed LORCA programme (London Office of Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement). About Risk Ledger Risk Ledger is a British company that manages cyber security risks in supply chains. The process of supply chain security risk management ensures third parties who deliver critical services, have access to data, corporate networks, or any other status of business trust, maintain a good base level of cyber security controls to prevent bad actors using the third party as an attack vector. Risk Ledger's client base includes organisations like BAE AI, City of London Police, Telenor, Schroders Personal Wealth and ASOS. Risk Ledger is a rising star of the UK's growing cyber security industry having won competitions run by the UK Government's National Cyber Security Centre, the tech industry body TechUK and most recently a winner in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport’s ‘Most Innovative UK Cyber SME of the Year’ competition. The company is also a member of the UK Government backed LORCA programme (London Office of Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement). Contact Details Risk Ledger Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://riskledger.com/

October 28, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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