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Arvato Financial Solutions (AFS) has appointed Debbie Nolan as its new chief executive for the UK market. Oliver Kuhaupt, executive vice

president, debt purchase and international collections, said: “Debbie has a strong track record of delivering success for businesses across a range of sectors and is already recognised as the face of AFS within the UK market. Combining over 30 years of experience in collections and recoveries with a well established reputation for delivery within the Arvato group means that Debbie is ideally placed to drive the UK business through its next phase of growth.” Ms Nolan added: “I am incredibly excited to accept the

Debbie Nolan

opportunity to drive the strategic objectives of AFS in the UK. Over the last couple of years we have had to place our focus on restructure and consolidation. Now we are in the exciting space of being able to focus on business growth and extending our digital capabilities.”

RestonsSolicitorsLimitedassistsanumberof marketleadersintheDebtPurchase,Finance and Utility sectors with both secured and unsecuredcollections.

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commercial, reputational and compliance issues, togetherwith a focused, proprietary interest in our clientsÕ receivables means that we continue to excel in terms of client satisfaction, recoveries and complaintavoidance.

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FICO has been awarded five new patents related to fraud, artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics. In total, FICO holds 192 US and foreign patents, and 93 pending patent applications. Two of the patents are for analytic technology used by FICO’s

Falcon Platform for fraud management. “This is an exciting time for analytics and decision management,

and FICO’s inventions are propelling change in this field,” said Dr Stuart Wells, FICO’s chief product and technology officer. “Our data scientists continue to be at the forefront of the AI revolution and the progress in intelligent decision automation.”

Equiniti has announced that it has been selected by Ofcom to run the Programme Making and Special Events grant funding scheme. Gavin Lane, senior director at Equiniti, said: “We are delighted

to have won this contract and look forward to working in with Ofcom again having managed a similar project for them nearly a decade ago. “Since then, Equiniti has broadened its range of client propositions

and established its pedigree in the flawless execution of highly- complex, multi-disciplinary projects – this winning bid evidences our digital journey and expertise in registration and payments. We are naturally delighted to be working with Ofcom again on this large scale project.”

As the hangovers of Christmas excesses hit, over one fifth of Brits (22%) said they felt most financially under pressure in January, according to research from TDX Group, an Equifax company. Of all the months in the year, January is the most financially

difficult, with 26% of females flagging it as a pressure point, compared to 18% of males. Richard Haymes, head of financial difficulties, said: “Year-after-year, spending pressures over the

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