Greeting card giant Moonpig has announced the proposed acquisition of Buyagift, the gift experiences platform, for £124m. The acquisition accelerates Moonpig’s strategy of becoming a leader in the gifting market, and gives them entry into the £6bn experiences segment. Buyagift is the UK’s leading gift experiences platform with the number one and number three brands in the sector, Buyagift and ...

The prices of parcels and stamps are likely to rise again as Royal Mail tries to cover higher costs, including wages, energy and fuel expenses. The firm said it would try to “mitigate” the costs through “price increases and growth initiatives”. Earlier this year, the firm hiked first class stamp prices by 10p to 95p and second class stamps by ...

UK digital lender Atom Bank is eyeing up a listing in New York in what will be a major blow to London’s efforts to promote itself as a premier destination for tech IPOs. Durham-headquartered Atom, founded in 2013 by Mark Mullen, is set to float in New York via a £700m merger with a special purpose acquisition company set up ...

Rail unions have reacted with fury to a government threat to make strike action illegal unless a minimum number of train staff work during a walkout. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said a law would protect freight shipments of goods such as food and fuel. But unions vowed “fierce resistance” to any curb on the right to strike, calling the move ...

Traditional retailers are paying 755% more in business rates than their digital competitors, according to new analysis. Real estate advisory firm Altus Group says that for every £100 earned by large retailers in Great Britain (excluding non-store sales and fuel) £2.91 is owed to local councils in business rates. For large online-only retailers, however, total business rates per £100 in ...

Boris Johnson hopes to blunt calls for urgent action on the cost of living crisis by stressing that work is the best route out of poverty, as an energy firm boss warned that 40% of households could soon be in fuel poverty. No 10 sources confirmed on Sunday that the prime minister will continue to throw the spotlight on the ...

Rishi Sunak’s small business management training scheme has awarded an £8 million contract to a consortium of support agencies to recruit thousands of voluntary business mentors. The contract from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has gone to Newable, the enterprise development agency set up in 1982 under Ken Livingstone’s Greater London Council and still owned by the ...

Trademark application disputes have surged to record levels since Brexit, according to research by a law firm of official figures. The number of oppositions to UK trademark applications more than doubled to 8,026 last year, compared with 3,584 in 2020, Mathys & Squire, the intellectual property law firm, said. Britain left the European Union’s trademark system in January last year, ...

Taking a cruise is an exciting and memorable adventure. The excitement begins by exploring all the options and planning the experience. This process can seem overwhelming because of multiple considerations and numerous decisions to be made. Finding a cruise that is a good fit for you will help ensure a fantastic vacation. This list of things to consider when booking ...

The civil rights law, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. Recent data shows a surge in ADA Title III Federal lawsuit filings, hitting an all-time high in 2021. The rise in accessibility-related lawsuits is expected to continue in the coming years as more companies face litigation because of ADA noncompliance. The million-dollar question is, ...