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  • Open shop sign

    Small shops fairing better during Covid


    Small and independent shops have been better at resisting the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic than larger chain stores, according to a new study.

  • women wearing a coronavirus mask

    Third of staff ‘worried’ about catching Covid at work


    A third of workers in the UK are concerned about catching Covid-19 while at work, new figures show.

  • Boris Johnson

    PM: Furlough available for all lockdowns


    The furlough scheme will be available in Scotland if it enters a national lockdown in the future, Boris Johnson has confirmed.

  • Plumber fixing kitchen tap

    Self-employed to get more support


    Self-employed workers will be able to claim more financial support throughout England’s second national lockdown, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed.

  • Nicola-Sturgeon red dress

    Scotland calls to clarify furlough extension


    The Scottish government has asked the UK government to clarify the extent of the extension to the furlough scheme.

  • City Of London

    Business borrowing from banks surges


    The amount of money businesses are borrowing from banks has surged this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, an economic forecaster has reported.

  • Boris Johnson

    England to go into second lockdown


    England will enter a month-long lockdown from Thursday 5 November, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last night.

  • closed-shop-sign

    500,000 businesses in ‘significant distress’


    More than half a million businesses across the UK have been described as “zombie companies” facing “significant distress” before the end of the year.

  • Jobles

    1,700 employers planned redundancies in September


    The number of businesses in the UK that planned redundancies in September surged close to the levels seen in the summer, according to new figures.

  • Working-from-home-with-kids

    Covid ‘returning households to gender norms’


    There are concerns that COVID-19 restrictions may have led to many households returning to traditional gender norms, according to new research by Vienna University of Economics and Business.

  • Carolyn-Fairbairn

    CBI boss slams Brexit negotiations


    The outgoing head of the UK’s biggest business group has criticised the pace of Brexit negotiations, claiming it has left businesses in “suspended animation”.

  • BAME worker

    Young and ethnic minorities most likely to lose job after furlough


    Young people and people from ethnic minorities are more likely to have lost their job after returning to work from furlough than any other demographic, new figures show.A survey of 6,000 people in the UK, conducted by the Resolution Foundation, found that 19% of 18-24 year olds who were placed ...

  • workshop

    Bosses back tougher laws to protect workers


    The majority of business leaders in the UK would support stricter employment laws, including a higher minimum wage, if it meant protecting workers during the second wave of Covid-19.

  • Jacqueline Taiwo

    Investment industry urged to promote more black women


    The investment industry is being urged to do more to tackle systemic discrimination by promoting more black women.Black Women in Asset Management (BWAM) – a group of 300 industry professionals in England and Wales - has written to investment firms calling on them to take more action than “solidarity statements” ...

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    16 million jobs at risk if SMEs don't get targeted support


    More than 16 million jobs could be at risk in the UK if the country's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not receive targeted support measures to help them through the Covid-19 pandemic, researchers have warned.King's Business School said many of the UK's SMEs are in a "precarious" position, with ...

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    Government scraps long-term spending review


    Image: BBCThe government has scrapped its plans to deliver a long-term Spending Review as uncertainty surrounding the economy continue.It had hoped that the Chancellor Rishi Sunak would outline the government's spending plans for the remaining years of this Parliament. Instead, he will set out a one-year review towards the ...

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    Tier 2 areas set for more support


    Businesses in tier 2 lockdown areas will receive more financial support from the government, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce today (Thursday).Currently, the Job Support Scheme, which will replace the furlough scheme in November, is only available to businesses ordered to close as part of the tier 3 ...

  • Plant growing

    New businesses increase 5% in Q3


    The number of people launching businesses in the UK has risen by more than 5% since last year, despite the hugely challenging conditions facing firms, according to analysis of ONS data by digital bank Starling.

  • Mark Drakeford

    Everything you need to know about Wales’ ‘fire break’ lockdown


    Wales will enter a two-week ‘fire break’ lockdown from Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced yesterday (Monday).

  • manufacturing

    SME manufacturers take on debt to cope with Covid


    More than half of small and medium-sized manufacturers in the UK have taken on debt to cope with the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.