Boris Johnson has warned that families are unlikely to be able to gather in numbers at Christmas and has ordered police to arrest people socialising in groups of more than six. Normal life is unlikely to resume before the spring with the prime minister pinning his hopes on routine daily testing to give people a “passport to mingle”. The ...

Anne Pitcher, Group MD, Selfridges has been announced as the winner of the 2020 Bold Woman Award by Veuve Clicquot. The 48th woman to be honoured with the award, Anne is recognised for her work in promoting leadership roles for women in fashion, anchoring the business growth strategy in sustainability and driving retail innovation with great care and consideration ...

The Bank of England’s chief economist has warned the government against extending the furlough scheme, arguing it will delay an “inevitable” shake-out of businesses hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Andy Haldane said a “necessary process of adjustment” was under way and an extension of the job retention scheme beyond the 31 October deadline would only delay this process taking ...

Pizza Hut Restaurants has confirmed plans to close about 29 of its 244 sites across Britain with the loss of up to 450 jobs. The closures, fewer than originally feared, will be achieved through a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), an insolvency process that enables businesses to shed uneconomic outlets and cut rents. The chain is understood to have resorted ...

Today, the Business for Peace Foundation has announced the 2020 Oslo Business for Peace Award winners. The Honourees are: Marc Benioff, (pictured) Founder, Chair and CEO of Salesforce; James Mwangi, Chairman and CEO of Equity Group Holdings and Felicitas “Joji” Bautista Pantoja, Co-Founder and CEO of Coffee for Peace. The Oslo Business for Peace Award is given annually to ...

Problems with using public transport since the start of the pandemic have prompted a rise in demand for car services and a surge in bike sales at Halfords, although the company has warned that profits could have a “natural fall-off” later this year. Sales at Halfords autocentres were more than a fifth lower during lockdown despite its garages remaining ...

Lloyds Banking Group has been censured by the competition watchdog for forcing small companies damaged by the pandemic to open paid-for business current accounts to access emergency state-backed loans. The Competition and Markets Authority said the bank, one of the largest in the small business market, had unfairly limited choice by requiring companies seeking credit during the crisis to ...

The most adventurous social-distancing models are not enough to save the Royal Albert Hall from financial oblivion, its bosses have said as they expressed their anger at the government’s bailout scheme. The organisation said that even its deployment of a nose-to-nose one metre social-distancing measurement rather than a shoulder-to-shoulder one would not allow it to hold financially viable productions. ...

Naga Munchetty could be barred from presenting BBC Breakfast segments about Natwest after accepting money from the bank to host a series of promotional videos. For the second time in less than two months Munchetty has been warned that her external appearances pose a conflict of interest, having previously been reprimanded for appearing in a corporate film for Aston ...

Social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England under new measures designed to be easier to understand and enforce. Boris Johnson will say today that meeting in larger groups for fun will become illegal in England from Monday as ministers try to prevent a sharp increase in coronavirus cases leading to a second wave of ...

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