Asia represents 50% of global internet users.
An anti-fraud scheme has detected or prevented more than £2bn of fraud since it was launched 25 years ago.
More than 1.6 million firms benefited from government-backed loans to keep them trading and protect jobs and livelihoods during the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 1.4 million government-backed loans have been distributed to UK businesses, which in addition to furlough, the self-employment income support scheme and business grants, formed part of the government’s unprecedented £280 billion support package to protect jobs during the pandemic.
Together, Google, Facebook and Amazon last year accounted for more than 70% of online advertising globally.
According to the Home Office, there had been more than 4 million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme by the end of October.
The average value of a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) loan stands at £171,000.
The UK government’s rescue package to businesses worth £330bn amounts to 15% of gross domestic product (GDP).
According to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the UK’s employment rate reached a record high at 76.5%.
Flood-hit homes and businesses can apply for up to £5,000 to help make them more resilient to future flooding.
The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020 after 47 years of membership, delivering a major setback for European integration.
Google’s parent Alphabet hits US$1 trillion market value, becoming the fourth US company to touch this record alongside fellow tech giants Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.