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Three men who pretended they had £15m to spend promoting tourism in Dubai have been jailed for a total of 14 years after they fraudulently claimed for a £1.9m VAT refund.

You might say that trade and investment minister Lord Livingston has nipped over to Dubai for a cuppa, but since he is visiting the first Fortnum and Mason store to open on foreign shores, he’s doing his bit for British business.

A jeweller has been jailed for nine years after evading more than £7 million in VAT smuggling gold.

Crawley-based firm Avtura is one of the first companies to benefit from the launch of a service for early stage businesses by private investor network Envestors.

Envestors, a private investor network, has launched a specialised service for early stage businesses.

Dubai-based airline Emirates has signed a deal worth £36 million to sponsor London’s new cable car river crossing.

Dubai Ports operator DP World has revealed it is to invest another $1bn (£640 million) in its London Gateway project.

Two men from Preston, who have absconded to Dubai, have been sentenced in their absence to 34 years in jail for their part in a £56.5 million VAT and money laundering fraud.

Bury-based luggage brand, Antler, has teamed up with independent travel company, Travel Counsellors.

Two men from Preston have been found guilty in their absence of charges relating to a £56.5 million VAT and money laundering fraud following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

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