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The worst things about working in shops at Christmas

The worst things about working in shops at Christmas

Christmas present shopping might fill you with joy, but spare a thought for the people working in retail this festive season. The shops are busy, changing rooms get messy and stuff tends to end up lying all over the place. With stores opening early...

BBC, 7 December 2018
 

Primark to keep expanding despite ‘challenging’ trading

Primark owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has warned that trading at the budget retail chain in the run-up to Christmas has been “challenging”. The group said that in November the market has been “tough”, but stuck to its expectation for an...

Scotsman, 7 December 2018
 
O2 services restored after millions hit by data outage

O2 services restored after millions hit by data outage

The mobile network O2 says its services have been restored after a technical fault left millions of customers unable to get online. The company said it would be closely monitoring data services over the coming days and promised to carry out a review...

Guardian, 7 December 2018
 
Motability charity boss to go after extra bonus revealed

Motability charity boss to go after extra bonus revealed

The boss of Motability Operations is to step down by 2020 following criticism over his pay and a scathing review from the government's spending watchdog. The report from the National Audit Office revealed Mike Betts was in line for an extra £1.86m...

BBC, 7 December 2018
 

Ian Curle to retire as boss of whisky maker Edrington

Edrington, the spirits group behind whiskies including Highland Park and The Macallan, today said chief executive Ian Curle would retire next year after holding the post for 15 years. His successor has been named as Scott McCroskie – currently a...

Scotsman, 7 December 2018
 
RBS braces for no-deal Brexit by shifting £13bn to Netherlands

RBS braces for no-deal Brexit by shifting £13bn to Netherlands

Royal Bank of Scotland has ramped up its Brexit contingency plans, and is preparing to move a third of its investment bank clients and billions worth of assets out of the UK to Amsterdam. Trading teams across Barclays, NatWest Markets and JP Morgan...

Guardian, 7 December 2018
 
Motability firm boss to get £2.2m bonus on top of £1.7m salary

Motability firm boss to get £2.2m bonus on top of £1.7m salary

The boss of the business that leases cars to people with disabilities on behalf of the Motability charity is to receive a £2.2m bonus on top of his controversial seven-figure salary, the government spending watchdog has revealed. Mike Betts, chief...

Guardian, 7 December 2018
 
I was charged £231 for car hire insurance I didn't need

I was charged £231 for car hire insurance I didn't need

I am a regular customer with Easirent and recently paid £119.54 to hire a car from Manchester airport. When I arrived to collect it, I was told that, as I had hired cars for more than 90 days the previous year, I had to take out excess insurance...

Guardian, 7 December 2018
 
Williams railways review to look at 'all options'

Williams railways review to look at 'all options'

Keith Williams, who is heading a year-long review of UK railways, has refused to rule out nationalisation as a possible recommendation to government. Mr Williams is a deputy chairman of John Lewis Partnership and former chief executive of British...

BBC, 7 December 2018
 
UK immigration crackdown 'could send companies to the wall'

UK immigration crackdown 'could send companies to the wall'

Theresa May’s plans for a crackdown on immigration after Brexit could cause UK companies to go bust and spark job losses across the country, the head of Britain’s biggest business lobby group has warned. Carolyn Fairbairn, the director general of the...

Guardian, 7 December 2018
 

Businesses urged to prepare for ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario

Businesses have been strongly encouraged to plan for a no-deal Brexit after new survey findings published today found that nearly two-thirds of finance professionals believe such a scenario is either “very likely” or “quite likely”. And only 45 per...

Scotsman, 7 December 2018
 
Big Short investor bets against UK banks

Big Short investor bets against UK banks

An investor who predicted the 2008 financial crisis has revealed he is betting against the UK banking system. Steve Eisman, known for appearing in The Big Short, said he had bets against three UK banks, though he declined to name them. The US investor...

BBC, 7 December 2018
 
The blind woman developing tech for the good of others

The blind woman developing tech for the good of others

An accident in a swimming pool left Chieko Asakawa blind at the age of 14. For the past three decades she's worked to create technology - now with a big focus on artificial intelligence (AI) - to transform life for the visually impaired. "When I...

BBC, 7 December 2018
 

PlayStation 5 rumours: PS5 cartridges, backwards compatibility and release date

All eyes will be on technology giants Sony and Microsoft in 2019 as both firms are rumoured to be announcing all-new games consoles. At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, Xbox chief Phil Spencer stoked rumours of a new games system by...

The Week, 7 December 2018
 

Surge in gas and ram-raid ATM attacks

Thieves are increasingly trying to smash or blast their way into UK cash machines - with the number of attacks on ATMs nearly doubling in four years. Attempts to steal cash have risen from 400 attacks in 2014 to 723 last year, according to a report by...

BBC, 7 December 2018
 


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