News archive from 8 December 2013, page 9

'Mamma Mia! We saved £40 each on top seats': Top show tickets are slashed to £10 over the festive season...

Theatre lovers can enjoy cut-price ticket deals as venues try to fill empty seats over the festive season and into the New Year. The Society of London Theatre, which represents theatre companies, is slashing the cost of tickets for 45 West End shows...

 

Profits jump at Simon Cowell's company as more countries licensed to make shows in The X Factor and...

Simon Cowell's production company saw turnover and profits jump last year as more countries were licensed to make shows in The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent formats. Simco Limited, a joint venture between Cowell and Sony, enjoyed turnover of...

 

Department stores enjoy dramatic boost as takings rise for first time in more than a year

Department stores enjoyed a dramatic boost last month as takings rose for the first time in more than a year, raising hopes of a Christmas recovery for the sector. Spending jumped 2.8 per cent compared with November 2012, reversing more than a year of...

 

SMALL BUSINESS: Businesses urged to beat falling savings rates and help economy by investing in other small...

Businesses are being urged to beat falling savings rates and help the economy by investing in other small firms to earn themselves higher returns. The average rate of interest paid on business accounts with a balance of £10,000 has fallen by nearly a...

 

Film and sports memorabilia site Shopping4fans.com gets big cash boost

Film and sport memorabilia website Shopping4fans.com - which sells anything from Gandalf pipes to chunky West Ham bracelets - is aiming to raise £250,000 to ramp up its marketing. The site uses "flash sales' techniques to help sell the goods,...

 

SMALL BUSINESS: Cosmetics maker washing her hands of China

David Cameron spent last week in China with the aim of boosting British exports, but for some companies, exporting to China is definitely not part of the business plan. Bath and body products firm Grace Cole is a supplier to retailers including...

 

MIDAS UPDATE: That's a pick-up! Our tip, equipment rental firm Vp, leaps 77 per cent

Equipment rental firm Vp has had a stellar year. With products ranging from temporary roads to forklift trucks to hand-held drills, Vp is reaping the benefits of economic recovery. Recommended by Midas in September 2012 at 304p, we took a fresh look...

 

Brewer Adnams set to sell out of entire production of whisky just days after launch

Brewer Adnams is set to sell out of its entire production of whisky this week, just days after it launched the product. The company, best known for ales such as Broadside and Ghost Ship, began producing spirits three years ago. Initially just 5,000...

 

Local sports clubs offered chance to cash in on Britain's gambling craze by new firm which claims to be...

Local sports clubs from village cricket elevens to Sunday football teams are being offered a chance to cash in on Britain's gambling craze by a new firm which claims to be the "Robin Hood' of betting. The Betting Service has teamed up with online...

 

Gunmen kill two senior officers in Yemen - security source

Attackers in a car shot and killed the head of security of the presidential palace in Taiz, Brigadier General Saddam Hussein al-Dhahri, as he left work in the southern Yemeni city, a security source told Reuters. In a separate incident, Police Colonel...

 

The two Ronnies! Real star Ronaldo left seeing double as he unveils waxwork of himself in Madrid museum

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was left seeing double on Saturday as he unveiled a waxwork of himself. Visiting the Spanish capital's wax museum, the 28-year-old posed for pictures with the new sculpture as hundreds of fans gathered to see their...

Daily Mail, 11:28 in Sport
 

Watching Cook hook himself out was like Bolt running slowly or Vettel stalling... the England skipper looks...

There is unlikely to be redemption for England in Adelaide but, even if the weather and some heavenly miracle intervened, there would still be no hiding place for captain Alastair Cook. With 530 required just to survive, this always had the feel of...

Daily Mail, 11:30 in Sport
 
Thai PM proposes referendum on her future as protesters prepare big push

Thai PM proposes referendum on her future as protesters prepare big push

Protesters have been on the streets of the capital for weeks, clashing with police and vowing to oust Yingluck and eradicate the influence of her self-exiled brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The demonstrations are the latest eruption...

 
Most people classed as being in poverty 'have job'

Most people classed as being in poverty 'have job'

More working households were living in poverty in the UK last year than non-working ones - for the first time, a charity has reported. Just over half of the 13 million people in poverty - surviving on less than 60% of the national median (middle)...

BBC, 11:37 in Business
 
History for homes fear in Warwick

History for homes fear in Warwick

Buy photos » A painting of the Blessed John Sugar strapped to a hurdle on which he was dragged to his place of execution at Gallows Hill, Warwick, in 1604. It is possible that the person depicted kneeling behind him is his companion, Robert Grissold,...

 


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