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  • Friday newspaper round-up: England easing, New Look, Apple

    Friday 14 Aug 2020

    (Sharecast News) - Theatres, softplay centres and music venues are to be given the green light to reopen from Saturday, Boris Johnson will announce, as he brings in new or bigger fines for illegal raves and a refusal to wear face masks in England. People who repeatedly ignore the rules on face coverings in shops and on transport could be fined up to £3,200, and new powers will be introduced to penalise the organisers of mass gatherings including raves, the prime minister will announce. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: National Grid, BP, working from home

    Thursday 13 Aug 2020

    (Sharecast News) - National Grid has fired up a coal-fired power station for the first time in 55 days after Britain's record-breaking heatwave brought wind turbines to a near-standstill and caused gas-fired power stations to struggle. The electricity system operator brought Britain's latest coal-free streak to an end by calling for the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire to begin generating electricity before a peak in electricity demand. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Serco, Amazon, British Airways

    Wednesday 12 Aug 2020

    (Sharecast News) - The government has been urged to demonstrate there was no favouritism at play in awarding Serco a contact-tracing contract worth £108m, as a leaked memo revealed the outsourcing firm was enlisted to help with the Covid-19 response as early as January. Serco is facing growing calls to be axed from any future involvement in contact-tracing services amid concerns over the performance of private firms contracted to trace people who have mixed with infected individuals. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Bank transfer scams, high streets, NMC Health

    Tuesday 11 Aug 2020

    (Sharecast News) - Many victims of bank transfer scams are being treated unfairly and the chances of them getting their money back is often a lottery, according to Which?. The UK consumer association is pressing for the voluntary code that is supposed to protect consumers to be made mandatory, and said the number of people being reimbursed by their bank was "woefully low". - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Travel industry, Twitter, AA

    Monday 10 Aug 2020

    (Sharecast News) - The travel industry has urged the government to rethink its 14-day quarantine policy for holidaymakers as rising coronavirus cases on the continent - including France and Greece - put more countries within the scope of the blunt approach. Testing at airports and regional quarantine requirements are among alternatives put forward by tourism figures concerned by the impact the policy could have on an already battered sector. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: NatWest, Rolls Royce, Coronavirus

    Sunday 09 Aug 2020

    (Sharecast News) - NatWest is to push out several top bankers as part of a dramatic overhaul of its investment bank, as new boss Alison Rose attempts to cut ties with its past. The lender formerly known as Royal Bank of Scotland, 62%-owned by taxpayers, is expected to tell staff this week that at least three of its most senior investment bankers will stand down. - Sunday Times

  • Friday newspaper round-up: France quarantine, Fulham Shore, NHS, News Corp, Travelex, TikTok

    Friday 07 Aug 2020

    (Sharecast News) - British tourists planning to visit France are being warned that they may have to quarantine on their return amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus there. Holidaymakers should only book trips that can be easily rearranged at 24 hours' notice, a senior aviation source said last night, adding that France was "bubbling" with cases. - The Times

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: High street footfall, restaurants, TikTok

    Thursday 06 Aug 2020

    (Sharecast News) - Shoppers continued to stay away from UK high streets last month despite the reopening of non-essential shops, pubs and restaurants following the lifting of lockdown measures. The number of visitors to UK retail destinations dropped by 39.4% in July compared with the same month a year ago, according to figures from Springboard, a data company that tracks footfall at consumer hotspots. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: CEO pay, Virgin Atlantic, Disney

    Wednesday 05 Aug 2020

    (Sharecast News) - Just 36 out of the UK's 100 biggest companies reduced their chief executive's pay in order to help their firm navigate the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis, according to an analysis of executive pay that found FTSE-100 CEOs are now handed, on average, the same as nearly 120 full-time workers. Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the High Pay Centre published on Wednesday shows that the majority of FTSE 100 companies did not cut top executive pay, despite many of the firms turning to the taxpayer to pay the wages of furloughed workers. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Advertising spend, leisure jobs, AA

    Tuesday 04 Aug 2020

    (Sharecast News) - Advertising spend across the UK media fell by more than £1bn year on year during the coronavirus lockdown, according to figures that reveal the government has become the UK's biggest advertiser during the pandemic. UK advertising spend on traditional media - TV, newspapers and magazines, radio and cinema as well as on poster sites and billboards across the country - almost halved from the start of lockdown on 23 March to the end of June. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Covid testing, John Laing, BAE, casinos, Sirius Minerals, TikTok

    Monday 03 Aug 2020

    (Sharecast News) - Two new tests for Covid-19 that are said to deliver results within 90 minutes are to be introduced across NHS hospitals and care homes, to speed up diagnosis ahead of winter and differentiate coronavirus infection from flu, the government says. But some experts were surprised by the government's decision, saying the particular tests were not well-known. No data had been published concerning their evaluation. The government had made mistakes in buying tests that turned out to be substandard in the past, they said. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: BT Group, Big Lenders, Travel firms

    Sunday 02 Aug 2020

    (Sharecast News) - Could a French telecoms billionaire be circling BT's Openreach arm? The mutter from the City gutter is that the secretive Patrick Drahi has set his sights on the division that maintains Britain's telephone lines and internet cables. Drahi, a powerful dealmaker, now resides in Switzerland but made his fortune in France building telecoms groups Altice. The rumour claims that one of the Altice companies Drahi controls - perhaps Altice USA - has secured financial backing from heavyweight bankers at JP Morgan with a view to paying £20billion for the unit. - Mail on Sunday

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Working from home, tech giants, Hinkley Point

    Friday 31 Jul 2020

    (Sharecast News) - A slew of England's biggest businesses are set to defy the government's push to get workers back into offices in August, a Guardian analysis shows, with many big businesses sticking to home working arrangements or delaying a partial return until September at the earliest. Law firms, insurers, energy providers and tech firms are among those reacting cautiously to the change in government advice, which means from Saturday employers can decide whether staff can safely come back to offices. Some companies, such as Google and NatWest Group, are allowing workers to stay at home until 2021 amid signs of a permanent shift in working culture. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Covid-19 rescue loan scheme, UK car production, Monsoon

    Thursday 30 Jul 2020

    (Sharecast News) - The government is expanding its Covid-19 rescue loan scheme to cover small businesses on the edge of collapse, a move that Labour warned would come too late for many troubled firms. With less than a week before the furlough scheme covering 9 million employees is cut back, plunging more employers into debt, the Treasury said it would use a change in EU state aid rules to allow firms previously locked out of the coronavirus business interruption loan scheme (CBILS) to access government funds. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Ofgem, bank dividends, HSBC

    Wednesday 29 Jul 2020

    (Sharecast News) - The government should prepare to step in with targeted emergency support to help people and businesses that would be hardest hit by a second surge in coronavirus infections, a group of MPs has warned. Sounding the alarm over the uneven impact of the Covid-19 crisis, the commons business committee said there were major gaps in the financial support package rolled out by the government - especially for women and freelance and agency workers. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Unemployment benefits, stamp duty cut, restaurants, Boohoo

    Tuesday 28 Jul 2020

    (Sharecast News) - The number of people claiming unemployment benefits per job vacancy in Britain has increased fivefold since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an employment thinktank. The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) said approximately eight people are claiming benefits support for every job opening, up from 1.5 people per job before the crisis began in March. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Economic recovery, airlines, Mastercard executive

    Monday 27 Jul 2020

    (Sharecast News) - Everyone over 40 would start contributing towards the cost of care in later life under radical plans being studied by ministers to finally end the crisis in social care, the Guardian can reveal. Under the plan over-40s would have to pay more in tax or national insurance, or be compelled to insure themselves against hefty bills for care when they are older. The money raised would then be used to pay for the help that frail elderly people need with washing, dressing and other activities if still at home, or to cover their stay in a care home. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Spain, UK economy, Rolls-Royce

    Sunday 26 Jul 2020

    (Sharecast News) - The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has said the government will not apologise for its snap decision to order tourists returning from Spain to quarantine, saying further spread could risk another lockdown in the UK. Raab said the government had to take "swift, decisive action" when the data from Spain showed a surge in infections right across the country. Overnight, the UK imposed snap new restrictions on holidaymakers returning from Spain on Saturday night, meaning those who return must quarantine for two weeks. - Guardian

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Sports Direct, consumer sentiment, supermarkets

    Friday 24 Jul 2020

    (Sharecast News) - Warehouse workers at Sports Direct, the retail chain controlled by the billionaire Mike Ashley, appear to be receiving pay below the national minimum wage, according to expert analysis of a new Guardian undercover investigation. The concerns have emerged almost five years after the Guardian first exposed how the retailer was breaching minimum wage law, which resulted in workers receiving about £1m in back pay and Ashley being hauled in front of a parliamentary select committee. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Culture sector, HSBC, Microsoft

    Thursday 23 Jul 2020

    (Sharecast News) - The government's response to the impact on the culture sector of the Covid-19 crisis has been too slow, too vague, and has jeopardised its future, according to a damning report by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee. The MPs found that the government has consistently failed to recognise the size of the task facing the sector, and that its responses - including a £1.57bn support package and a five-step roadmap for reopening - could have saved jobs and cultural institutions from closure if they had been released sooner and with more clarity. - Guardian

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