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  • British households and businesses to get the LEGAL RIGHT to fast broadband by 2020 amid government crackdown

    December 20, 2017 1:22 PM 25

    Homes and businesses will have the legal right to demand high-speed broadband by 2020, the government has said. From 2020, broadband providers will be subject to a legal obligation to provide broadband users with speeds of at least 10Mbps. In confirming the new legal rule, the government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, rejected BT's proposal

  • Tesco's £3.7bn takeover of Booker is cleared by competition watchdog

    December 20, 2017 7:18 AM 25

    The Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA's) decision means the proposed tie-up, first announced in January, is now able to proceed to shareholder votes. Tesco is the UK's largest grocery retailer while Booker is the largest wholesaler - supplying many of Tesco's competitors. Following a consultation on its provisional findings last month, the CMA declared

  • 'Fox and mouse have stitched us up': Sky shareholders claim broadcaster has been undervalued in Disney deal

    December 18, 2017 9:51 PM 24

    The battle to control Sky intensified last night as shareholders claimed attempts to buy the company would leave them short-changed. The British broadcaster has agreed to an £18.5billion takeover by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox in a deal that is being scrutinised by regulators in the UK. But 21st Century Fox is being bought by American film and television

  • My 89-year-old widowed mother is in the British Steel pension scheme

    December 18, 2017 9:44 AM 13

    My enquiry is on behalf of my mother who is 89 years of age, who has been in receipt of a spouse’s pension from British Steel since 1985. As my mother is currently unwell, hence my enquiry on her behalf with regard to the decision that she needs to make and inform British Steel of by 22 December 2017. I am unclear from ALL that I have read, which of the two options

  • One of Britain's biggest toy chains is staying SHUT on Christmas Eve

    December 18, 2017 9:03 AM 51

    One of Britain's biggest toyshop chains is staying SHUT on Christmas Eve - missing out on the chance to bring in millions through the tills. Gary Grant, whose chain The Entertainer has 149 branches, will give his 1,700 staff the day off, even though it means missing out on an estimated £2.3m. Mr Grant told The Mirror that his Christian faith means he will never

  • THE SCOTTISH INVESTMENT TRUST: The global fund that's raising a glass to the vineyards of Australia

    December 17, 2017 11:40 AM 28

    The Scottish Investment Trust is on a roll. In recent days it has revealed an outstanding set of annual results with a total return recorded for the year of nigh on 13 per cent. But, more importantly, the Edinburgh-based trust has confirmed its intention to make itself as income-friendly to investors as it possibly can. When the final dividend for the financial

  • Santa brings 'immersive' Christmas events firm Lapland UK a £5m turnover

    December 16, 2017 10:16 PM 14

    A former hedge fund manager who has brought a theatrical, ‘immersive’ re-creation of Santa Claus’s homeland to Britain says he expects more than 60,000 visitors this Christmas and a £5million turnover. Mike Battle and his wife Alison opened Lapland UK after a Christmas outing with their four children left them deeply disappointed. But their disenchantment

  • Most viewed properties for sale in Britain in 2017

    December 15, 2017 11:26 AM 12 1

    Luxurious houses, swanky penthouses, and a Grade II listed church are among the ten most viewed properties for sale across the country this year, revealed by Rightmove today. The top list includes an eight-bedroom detached house in London's fashionable Primrose Hill, which boasts a wine cellar and bar, an emerald green cinema room and a dedicated massage

  • Owner of cracked North Sea pipeline invokes get-out clause in its contracts telling producers it cannot transport their oil

    December 14, 2017 9:51 PM 20

    The owner of a cracked North Sea oil and gas pipeline has invoked a get-out clause in its contracts typically used after natural disasters. On Monday, Ineos closed its Forties Pipeline System, which transports 40 per cent of oil and gas from the North Sea to the UK mainland, after finding a fracture in a pipe south of Aberdeen. The firm has now declared

  • Heathrow consults on new runway: Airport pledges to compensate evicted families and ban late night flights

    December 13, 2017 9:51 PM 14

    Heathrow airport has pledged to compensate families booted out of their homes and ban flights for six-and-a-half hours overnight, if it wins its fight for a new runway. Britain's biggest airport, in London, wants to build a third runway and a sixth terminal amid estimates that London's airports will hit full capacity within 20 years. But the £16billion