FTSE 100 rises above 7,000 for first time in over a year

The FTSE 100 rose above 7,000 this morning for the first time since the end of last February, shortly after the pandemic triggered sharp falls in global stock markets. The index rose for the fourth session in a row, adding another 46.02 points, or 0.7 per cent, to reach 7,029.52. It was led higher once […]

Made in Britain – Cheese on Towcest’

Having been made redundant during the Covid-19 pandemic, Mark Rodgers of Cheese on Towcest’ in Northamptonshire took the plunge and decided to launch his very own online cheesemonger business. What’s the story behind your business?   I’ve always been obsessed with cheese and have always wanted to be a cheesemonger – I just love […]

Vauxhall factory to shut within a year unless UK government offers stimulus deal

Vauxhall will stop producing the Astra at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire and close the plant completely in April next year unless the Government can incentivise it to build a new model at the site. A briefing on manufacturing volumes issued by Vauxhall’s parent company to suppliers shows the production of the current model of […]

Welsh language plane announcements ‘risks safety’

A fresh row over the Welsh language has erupted after travel experts claimed flight safety was being put at risk by new mandatory announcements for pilots landing in Wales. A Notice to Airmen (Notam), due to last until the end of the month, directs pilots to make a 143-word announcement about Covid in English, […]

Dulux apologises after making fun of Spurs – immediately after being named as new sponsor

Dulux has apologised after making fun of Tottenham Hotspur – immediately after being signed as their new sponsor. The paint brand said it was “deeply sorry” for social media posts that mocked the team’s performance and would investigate them. It’s the perfect match – Dulux has become the first ever Official Paint Supplier to […]

M&S take legal action against Aldi over Colin the Caterpillar trademark

Marks and Spencer has launched legal action against Aldi over a claim that the discount supermarket is infringing the trademark of its Colin the Caterpillar cake. M&S has lodged an intellectual property claim with the High Court this week relating to its rival’s Cuthbert the Caterpillar product. It argues that the similarity of the […]

Naked Wines see huge boost from US consumers buying wine online

Naked Wines delivered forecast-beating full-year sales yesterday as the pandemic drove a sea-change in the willingness of American consumers to buy their wine online. Sales in the United States surpassed £150 million, making it Naked’s biggest market, as lockdowns and other restrictions persuaded American consumers to buy wine over the internet. In the past […]

Pandemic Fuels Record-Breaking Investor Interest in UK Biotech

According to data from the UK BioIndustry Association and Clarivate PLC, investment in UK biotech has accelerated by a record-breaking 1,000% since 2012, with companies within the industry generating a record £2.8 billion in equity finance in 2020. Although much of this newfound investor enthusiasm is down to the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic […]