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Bar on low-skilled immigrants will hurt UK, say bosses

Bar on low-skilled immigrants will hurt UK, say bosses

A new immigration system that places severe limits on low-skilled immigration risks inflicting “massive damage” to livelihoods and communities, one of Britain’s most senior business figures has warned. Carolyn Fairbairn, head of the Confederation of...

Guardian, 2 December 2018
 
Ted Baker staff complain of ‘forced hugs’ by company founder

Ted Baker staff complain of ‘forced hugs’ by company founder

Ray Kelvin, the founder of the fashion chain Ted Baker, has been criticised by a group of former and current staff for a regime of “forced hugs” and alleged harassment at the retailer’s head office. More than 60 current or former staff are understood...

Guardian, 2 December 2018
 
Pampered pups: Is the 'pooch pound' out of control?

Pampered pups: Is the 'pooch pound' out of control?

The UK's known as a nation of dog lovers, but with ever more opportunities to spoil our best friends, is the "pooch pound" getting out of control? "Living the life of a wealthy, middle-class dog must be wonderful. If I'm reincarnated I...

BBC, 2 December 2018
 

The Big Interview: HRC Recruitment chief executive Hilary Roberts

She may now be chief executive of her own recruitment firm with 60 staff, but Hilary Roberts started her career in insurance after ruling out her initial plans to be a schoolteacher or a social worker. And she is amused looking back on how it didn’t...

Scotsman, 1 December 2018
 

Joint venture Doqaru targets opportunities with aligned approach

Two Aberdeen-based firms have joined together to create a business growth specialist forecasting six-figure revenues in the coming year. Sarah Downs and Yekemi Otaru have merged their individual operations, Sarah Downs Ltd and Yo! Marketing, to form...

Scotsman, 1 December 2018
 
Post Office workers protest against franchising of branches

Post Office workers protest against franchising of branches

Protestors opposed to the franchising of more than 70 Post Office branches to retailers have staged demonstrations in high streets across the UK in an attempt to save the “great British institution” from closures and sell-offs. Union officials queried...

Guardian, 1 December 2018
 
Once an American powerhouse, can General Electric regain its spark?

Once an American powerhouse, can General Electric regain its spark?

A lot is hanging on the future of General Electric – and not just the survival of one of the most famous business names in America. Last week a Nomura bank analyst warned that fixing GE’s $115bn (£90bn) borrowing burden was “critical” to keeping...

Guardian, 1 December 2018
 
Digital bank Monzo becomes Britain’s best-rated lender

Digital bank Monzo becomes Britain’s best-rated lender

The fast-growing digital bank Monzo has toppled First Direct from its near decade-long reign as Britain’s best-rated lender, according to a Which? annual survey. But it was a bittersweet triumph for Monzo after it was forced to defend the potential...

Guardian, 1 December 2018
 
Ethical Christmas: seven gifts that tread lightly on the planet

Ethical Christmas: seven gifts that tread lightly on the planet

The frenzied celebration of tinsel-coated consumerism is upon us. But you can (just about) enjoy it without hurting the environment or turning a blind eye to the working conditions of those who make it all possible. 1. Beer made from leftover bread...

Guardian, 1 December 2018
 

Edinburgh’s Jumpstart nets Lancashire deal

Jumpstart, the Edinburgh-headquartered research and development (R&D) tax credit specialist, has bolstered its presence south of the Border after signing a partnership deal to support Lancashire’s digital economy. The firm has agreed a tie-up with...

Scotsman, 1 December 2018
 
Which electric bike should I get? And are they safe?

Which electric bike should I get? And are they safe?

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper. My cycling-mad father is 80 this year and considering getting an electric bike to...

Guardian, 1 December 2018
 
Lloyds customer loses £5,200 in email scam – but can't get refund

Lloyds customer loses £5,200 in email scam – but can't get refund

Lloyds Bank is refusing to compensate a customer who lost £5,200 to an email scam despite the money being transferred to another account at the same bank that a police investigation found had probably been opened fraudulently. Surrey businesswoman...

Guardian, 1 December 2018
 
Meet the couples who share parental leave – and its highs and lows

Meet the couples who share parental leave – and its highs and lows

Insurance giant Aviva revealed last month that its innovative scheme offering new dads six months’ paid parental leave has proved a big hit with staff and shows men are eager to share childcare duties. The scheme offers equal parental leave to male...

Guardian, 1 December 2018
 

Scots more likely to rebound from business failures

Scottish business leaders have a healthier attitude towards professional failure than the rest of the UK, new research suggests. A study by print provider Vistaprint found that around half as many Scottish entrepreneurs felt that business failure was...

Scotsman, 1 December 2018
 
UK shoppers face most expensive Christmas dinner in a decade

UK shoppers face most expensive Christmas dinner in a decade

Shoppers who scour the high street for the best possible deals will still face the most expensive Christmas dinner in a decade. The UK’s cheapest traditional festive spread will cost nearly 6% more than last year after the hot summer combined with...

Guardian, 1 December 2018
 


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