Here are this week’s favourite stories across tech, finance and business from our Head of PR, Bilal Mahmood. Happy reading!

UK fintech investment set for record-breaking year in 2017

British fintech companies are expected to see record-breaking investment this year, adding to signs that Brexit is so far having no big impact on the fast-growing sector. Read more

Fast-growing businesses turn from EU to US

The US has overtaken the EU to become the most popular market for so called “scale-ups”, according to Deloitte, as appetite for driving sales to the EU wanes for fast-growing UK businesses. Read more

Banks among most active blockchain investors

Goldman Sachs and Citi are among the top five most active investors in blockchain, according to research from CB Insights, behind only Japan’s SBI Holdings, Google and US online retailer Overstock.com. Read more

Oxford university looks to raise its game with start-up hub

The University of Oxford has created a start-up hub called the Oxford Foundry, with the intention of challenging rival Cambridge in establishing technology start-ups and ensuring students are not forced to move to London to pursue their ideas. Read more

Passwords easily cracked

AO.com has warned the public that commonly used passwords are so easily unpicked by hackers that they could be compromised in the blink of an eye. Technology experts at the online retailer said that the ten most routinely used passwords in the UK over the past year would take criminals less than one second to crack. Read more