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  • Tesco's cheapest carrier bag to cost 10p

    August 7, 2017 10:03 AM 38

    Tesco will stop the sale of 5p carrier bags across the UK in three weeks' time, and will instead offer 10p "bags for life" to shoppers. Tesco sells about 700 million single-use carrier bags a year, the highest among the major supermarkets, but sales will end in stores on 28 August. The supermarket said the decision followed a trial which led to a 25% cut in bag sales

  • The new rules that will radically change the way organisations have to look after our personal data

    August 7, 2017 9:56 AM 9

    A new EU regulation comes into force today governing how organisations should handle and protect our personal data. Social media firms will be required to delete information on children and adults when asked under new laws aimed at giving people a greater “right to be forgotten” online. The Data Protection Bill will make it simpler for people to control

  • More than 1,000 jobs to go at Sainsbury's HQ as part of £500m cost-cutting drive

    August 6, 2017 8:51 PM 7

    Sainsbury's is axing more than 1,000 jobs at its head office as part of a £500million cost-cutting drive. The firm, which employs more than 3,000 staff outside its stores, has hired a team of top consultants from McKinsey to draw up a staff reduction plan – according to reports. Sainsbury's is based in Holborn, London but also has a separate HR centre

  • Financier Guy Hands pumps £13.3m into his country house hotel chain to plug losses

    August 5, 2017 8:51 PM 7

    Financier Guy Hands injected £13.3 million of cash into his loss-making country house hotel chain last year, to add to the millions he has already invested in the company. Hand Picked Hotels, run by his wife Julia, owns 20 hotels across the British Isles, including the Grand Jersey hotel and spa and Bailbrook House, Bath. Guy Hands put in the funds via Alscot

  • Delays warning ahead of £800m Waterloo station revamp

    August 4, 2017 5:23 PM 37

    Rail passengers face three weeks of disruption as a major engineering project at the UK's busiest train station begins on Saturday. The £800m revamp will close 10 platforms at London Waterloo as the station prepares for longer trains and creates extra space for passengers. South West Trains said it will be operating a significantly reduced service until

  • Driving ban for Harrogate driver caught towing man in a wheelchair

    August 3, 2017 6:50 PM 34

    Michael Ward, of Walworth Avenue, Harrogate pleaded guilty on 20th July 2017 to dangerous driving on Cheltenham Parade in Harrogate. He was disqualified from driving for 20 months, ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work. Ward was seen on CCTV talking to 28-year-old William MacPherson outside of the Moko Lounge Bar, Kings Road in Harrogate at around

  • Phone network Three UK adds customers at rapid rate thanks to bumper data plans but earnings still come in lower

    August 3, 2017 5:27 PM 5

    Mobile phone operator Three UK has seen earnings slip as its customer acquisition costs rise and network investment climbs. Half-year earnings dropped 2 per cent to £341 million. In the same period in 2016 the figure was £348 million. Three UK, owned by Chinese conglomerate CK Hutchison, put the slight drop in profits down to infrastructure spending

  • Wine and spirits industry warns Government over Brexit 'chaos'

    August 3, 2017 6:58 AM 3

    The wine and spirits industry slams Cabinet rifts and says a "clear plan" is "key to avoid disruption to historic trade flows". The Wine and Spirit Trade Association said it has "deep-seated" concerns about the Government's "chaotic approach" to Brexit and claimed a "clear plan" was paramount or trade would suffer. The most important issue for UK wine businesses

  • World’s top kettle technology maker Strix set to go public with a £190m flotation on the London Stock Exchange

    August 2, 2017 9:40 AM 12

    The world’s top kettle technology manufacturer is set to go public after a £190m flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Strix makes safety controls which switch the devices off when the water has boiled. The business fits out 38pc of the 174m kettles sold across the globe each year. The Isle of Man-based company’s customers include blue-chip clients

  • Morrisons seals £1bn deal to stock convenience shop chain McColl’s with Safeway groceries

    August 2, 2017 6:53 AM 6

    Supermarket Morrisons has sealed a £1billion deal to stock convenience shop chain McColl’s with groceries. In an agreement which has angered rival chains, who had hoped to secure the lucrative contract, Morrisons will resurrect the Safeway brand and supply products across McColl’s 1,300 convenience stores and 350 newsagents. McColl’s will be exclusively