10 things we learned this week

The Hague's bit of crumpet, the UK's dearth of pawnbrokers and why Tel Aviv is the place to be if you're looking for venture capital.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 04 Apr 2014

1. People in The Hague particularly enjoy Marks & Spencer toasted crumpets

2. Despite all the Daily Mail rants, just 0.01% of shops that went into administration during the recession have turned into coffee shops, pawnbrokers and betting shops

3. Tel Aviv has the highest density of VC investment per capita in the world

4. Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley hasn’t taken a salary since 2007

5. UK electric car sales rose by 63.8% last month. Perhaps the Tesla effect is finally taking hold in the UK

6. Michelle Obama is a fan of Asos

7. Only a quarter of people in Sub-Saharan Africa have bank accounts

8. WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell is half-Ukrainian

9. Despite huffing and puffing from everyone from the Archbishop of Canterbury to most of Westminster, payday lenders make up less than 1.5% of the £200bn consumer credit market

10. The majority of institutions Vince Cable chose specially to buy Royal Mail stock because they would be ‘long term investors’ have, er, sold their shares

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