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  • ASK TONY: AA charged me £90 for call-out even though I'm a member and won't investigate for up to eight weeks

    November 28, 2017 11:36 PM 22

    MY car wouldn't start late one evening in Bristol, so I called the AA, as I'm a member through Ford Assistance. The following day, my garage confirmed I was a member. I have made numerous phone calls and sent many emails, but have now been told it may take up to eight weeks to investigate my complaint — and until then, I am not able to speak to a manager

  • Cat lover taking Pets at Home lead: Peter Pritchard chosen as firm's new retail chief

    November 28, 2017 11:25 PM 22

    Pets At Home has chosen its retail chief Peter Pritchard to lead the company. The 47-year-old has previously worked at Asda, Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer – and owns two cats, named Oscar and Leo. Chairman Tony DeNunzio said there would be a smooth transition when Pritchard takes over from current boss Ian Kellett in May. Kellett, 54, yesterday said he was leaving

  • Queen's Christmas cracker maker boosted by booming business overseas

    November 28, 2017 10:56 PM 20

    The maker of the Queen's Christmas crackers has posted strong results following a boom in its US business and other overseas markets. IG Design, which owns Tom Smith, the upmarket supplier of festive wrapping paper and Christmas crackers, posted a 15 per cent increase in profits to £35.4million in the six months to the end of September. Sales jumped

  • George's Great British Kitchen plans Manchester restaurant and gin bar

    November 27, 2017 12:40 PM 29

    The restaurant and bar celebrates British specialities including gourmet fish and chips - and gin A restaurant group celebrating the best of British food and drink has revealed plans to open in Manchester. Georges Great British Kitchen, which specialises in classic dishes such as fish and chips, pies and bangers and mash, is set to open on the corner

  • Yo! Sushi freshens leadership by hiring ex-Pizza Express ‎boss

    November 27, 2017 12:00 PM 21

    The privately owned Japanese food chain will name Richard Hodgson as its new chief executive on Tuesday, Sky News learns. Sky News has learnt that Yo!, which is majority-owned by the investment firm Mayfair Equity Partners, will announce on Tuesday the appointment of Richard Hodgson as its new chief executive. Mr Hodgson, who led the internationalisation

  • Upmarket supermarket chain Booths put up for sale, opening door for takeover bids by likes of online giant Amazon

    November 26, 2017 9:50 PM 36

    Upmarket supermarket chain Booths has been put up for sale, opening the door for takeover bids by the likes of online giant Amazon. The 170-year-old Lancashire-based firm, dubbed Waitrose Of The North, has been in the Booth family for five generations. But after suffering losses of £6.3m last year from its 28 stores, they have called in advisers to find investors

  • Monarch Airlines' former customers, staff and business partners unlikely to recoup anything

    November 26, 2017 9:50 PM 36

    Monarch Airlines’ former customers, staff and business partners, who were left £466m out of pocket by its collapse last month, are unlikely to recoup anything. Administrators KPMG said the airline’s owner, private equity firm Greybull Capital, is first in line when about £60m is raised from the sale of Monarch’s valuable landing slots at airports

  • Amazon's Bezos sees wealth top $100bn amid Black Friday boost

    November 24, 2017 9:37 PM 27

    The online giant's founder has made another $32bn in the last year alone and is now the only person with a 12-figure fortune. But as most of us rummage for deals, one man has come out on top - by several billion dollars. On Friday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became the only person with a $100bn (£75bn) fortune, seeing his wealth creep up by $2.4bn thanks

  • Unilever starts hunt to replace long-serving boss Paul Polman as it reviews whether it will remain listed in London

    November 23, 2017 9:51 PM 31

    Unilver is poised to search for a successor to long-serving boss Paul Polman, it was claimed last night. The consumer goods giant, which owns brands including Hellmann's mayonnaise, Lipton Ice Tea, Dove and Persil, has reportedly hired headhunters in preparation for the departure of its chief executive. His exit has been mooted as the FTSE 100 firm carries

  • Old Lady suffers from gender pay gap: Female staff at Bank of England earn a quarter less

    November 23, 2017 9:50 PM 16

    Women who work at the Bank of England are paid almost a quarter less than men. Men and women who do the same jobs are paid the same – but top roles are dominated by men. A concentration of women in lower-paid positions means that they typically pocket less cash. Governor Mark Carney and his four deputies are all male, as are five of the seven external