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    World's first 'robotic farm'


    The future of farming in the UK and around the world could have a considerably more robotic feel after a consortium of businesses was awarded £2.5 million to create the world's first robotic farm. The ‘Robot Highways' project aims to as a catalyst for a sustainable farming industry in the ...

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    Student-run businesses turnover £1bn in 2019


    Businesses run by university turned over a collective £1 billion in 2019, according to a new report, as a quarter of students now say they want to start a business while studying. Creator Fund, Europe’s first venture capital fund to focus entirely on entrepreneurs at university, found that revenues brought ...

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    Pandemic insurance court case begins


    A court case that will determine whether or not businesses receive insurance payouts for loss of business due to the Covid-19 pandemic begins today (Monday). Thousands of businesses turned to their business interruption insurance policies to cover their losses when they were forced to close in March. However, many insurers ...

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    Calls for a 'digital-led recovery'


    British businesses are calling on the government to lead a digital recovery from the economic crisis sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic. A survey conducted by cloud business management solutions provider Sage found that 80% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) believe digital adoption will be crucial for recovery and job ...

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    Workers 'pleased' with mental health support during lockdown


    Image: Ben Smith A third of Brits have struggled with their mental health over the past three months, but the majority are pleased with the support they've received from their employers.The survey of 2,000 professionals in the UK from CV-Library found that job security has been the biggest concern ...

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    Supply chain & cloud: What we learnt from COVID-19


    By Mark Anderson, IT director, Accora When the severity of COVID-19 became clear, we recognised a need to respond. As a manufacturer of assistive care equipment serving public and private sector organisations, and with bed capacity in NHS hospitals becoming overstretched , we had a social responsibility to tackle the ...

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    Using case studies to bolster your business


    By Honest Communications ‘Case studies’ might sound a little dull - the idea of them may take you back to a sleepy afternoon geography lesson, memorising examples of erosion, or the effects of tourism in Skegness. But we believe case studies, when thought out properly and done well, are a ...

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    Banks call for 'student loan style' plan to avoid 3 million job cuts


    Image: David Iliff Banks in the UK are calling on the government to introduce a student loan style approach to lending to avoid three million job losses. The industry believes as many as 800,000 businesses could go bust next year if they cannot defer repayments on government-backed loans. To ...

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    Employment drops 649,000


    The number of people in employment in the UK fell by 649,000 between March and June as the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic took hold. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said there were 2.6 million people claiming work-related benefits, including unemployment. It also revealed a record drop of 175.3 ...

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    Preparing for the new normal and building a financial plan


    By Donna Torres, director of small business at Xero UK There is some light at the end of the tunnel for small businesses. As the lockdown continues to ease many retailers and hospitality businesses are now opening up again, or preparing to return soon. Preparing for what’s around the ...

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    Shoppers to support local, independent businesses


    Four in five shoppers have pledged to continue supporting small, independent businesses as non-essential retailers continue to reopen after turning their backs on larger chains. In a study of 2,000 adults in the UK by Funding Circle, shoppers said they had turned their back on large chains during the Covid-19 ...

  • Supermarket staff

    Quarter of frontline workers planning to quit over Covid safety fears


    A quarter of frontline workers in the UK are planning to quit their job over how their employer has handled safety amid the Covid-19 outbreak. The survey, conducted by smart employee app Blink, found that 34% believe their bosses have not done enough to address safety concerns on the frontline. ...

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    Covid-19 makes business owners more environmentally conscious


    Two-thirds of SME owners say they are now more environmentally conscious following the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a survey. B2B energy suppliers Opus Energy and Haven Power, part of the Drax Group, found that bosses are willing to make bolder decisions as they prepare for a post-lockdown business world. Sixty-six ...

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    Keeping the world Calm


    By Nick Travis, partner at Smith & Williamson This article was originally published in Smith & Williamson's Enterprise magazine, a thought leadership publication for entrepreneurs and growth companies. You can download this issue of Enterprise here . Mental health problems are a global epidemic. The American Psychiatric Association reports that ...

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    Why collaboration is key for a truly data-driven marketing strategy


    By Elliot Holding, cloud account manager at Cloud Technology Solutions Data has become a key tool in a marketeer or creative’s arsenal. It provides the industry with a constantly updated stream of information about existing and potential customers, and entire marketing strategies are being based on the data being gathered. ...

  • Penmon Point Cottages

    Huge boost for Wales as tourism reopens


    Wales' tourism industry is experiencing a welcome boost after lockdown restrictions were eased over the weekend. From Saturday, self-contained accommodation was allowed to reopen for the first time since March. It meant a surge in bookings for holiday parks, cottages and caravan parks. Andrew Campbell, chair of the Wales Tourism ...

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    Gove 'trusts common sense' over mask debate


    Cabinet minister Michael Gove does not believe people in England should be forced to wear masks in shops, explaining he trusts their common sense. Face coverings are currently compulsory on public transport in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, while Scotland has also enforced it in shops. During an appearance on ...

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    Lockdown eases in Scotland and Wales


    The first major steps in easing lockdown in Scotland and Wales take place today, with the public allowed to return to hospitality and retail settings. Pubs, restaurants and cafes are now allowed to open their outdoor spaces in Wales, while Scotland will allow customers indoors from Wednesday. Wales' First Minister ...

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    Flexible working boosts productivity, say workers


    Nearly three quarters (73%) of UK employees believe they would be more productive if they could spend more time working flexibly, according to conference and video call provider Powwownow. The survey found that 59% of workers admitted to arriving at work stressed due to their commute at least once a ...

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    Mapping the world of foodservice - Dan Head


    There are no magic answers to our current situation, but in his webinar Dan talked through how he and Visionary Food Solutions are helping their brands in the world of foodservice and how they should deal with the now, and plan for the immediate future. VFS is staying even closer ...