To sustain business growth, it’s crucial to create key business opportunities. Don’t be so busy in your day-to-day that you miss them … Faced with staff shortages, supply chain disruption, and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we’re not quite out of the woods just yet. As we extricate ourselves from the Covid cocoon, it’s time for business leaders to step back ...

Further cuts to train timetables have been made in response to Covid-related staff shortages. South Western Railway (SWR) said it was running 28% fewer weekday trains from Monday, compared with pre-pandemic levels, due to staff absences caused largely by the Omicron Covid variant. The Rail Delivery Group’s latest figure for rail staff absences is at 11%. Avanti West Coast, c2c ...

Pension savers should have appointments scheduled automatically to help them make better decisions, MPs have suggested. The Work and Pensions committee is calling for trials of automatic appointments with the Pension Wise service. Its chair Stephen Timms warned pensions are in a “constant state of change”. Government and regulators must “end their timidity” in helping savers as a result, he ...

The Scottish government is in line for a windfall of almost £700m after the largest ever auction of the country’s seabed plots attracted bids from big oil and renewable energy companies hoping to build next generation windfarms. Crown Estate Scotland has awarded oil companies including BP and Shell, and renewable energy veterans Scottish Power and SSE, permission to lease the ...

Amazon has reversed a decision to ban its customers from using UK-issued Visa credit cards as the two companies continue to try to resolve a dispute over payment fees. The online retailer had been expected to introduce the ban from tomorrow but it emailed customers yesterday to announce a last-minute reprieve. The company said: “The expected change regarding the use ...

A middle-aged sales assistant has won an age and sex harassment case after her male boss made loud comments about her going through the menopause in front of customers. Leigh Best, 54, (pictured) heard her boss shouting “at the top of his voice” at the upmarket raw pet food business near Billericay, Essex, where she worked, that she “must be ...

Tens of thousands of middle-income families face being investigated by the taxman after the government changed the law to go after people who had “unwittingly” overclaimed child benefit. HM Revenue & Customs has been given powers to examine the financial records of 170,000 families who it believes wrongly claimed the benefit. The law was passed by MPs last week to ...

One of the most critical decisions manufacturing managers have to make during the production process is what type of material they should use to produce their products. It is crucial that you decide on the best material to make the most out of production and not have to switch to a different material that can be costly, especially if you ...

A UK-backed mission which will search for Earth-like planets orbiting alien stars has been given the green light to continue with its development after passing a critical milestone review. The UK Space Agency has invested £25 million in innovative science for the European Space Agency mission, called Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO), ensuring UK scientists and engineers, led ...

According to a new survey a staggering 3 out of 5 UK professionals are unhappy with their current salary. The study, which surveyed 1,500 professionals, also went on to reveal that lawyers, teachers and new graduates were the most disappointed with their current pay packets. Despite so many workers being unhappy with their wage, the majority of respondents stated they ...