Pizza Express has said it is to recruit 1,000 new workers as its reopening gathers pace following a year of coronavirus disruption that forced it to permanently close dozens of restaurants. The casual dining chain, which cut 2,400 jobs last year, has already reopened 118 sites in line with the easing of COVID-19 lockdown measures that allow outdoor seating. It said those restaurants had been "busy" and 24 more would open for al-fresco dining next week in England. Retail jobs endure worst hit from COVID crisis Pizza Express said it was hiring in anticipation of restrictions on trade being removed completely in June, allowing meals to be eaten inside. It added that 300 of the new roles would be created under the government's Kickstart initiative to help young people find work. Advertisement Managing director Zoe Bowley said: "We're expecting millions of people to flock back to restaurants as restrictions are eased, so we are delighted … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Pizza Express moves to hire 1,000 staff (after cutting 2,400 jobs last year)
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BORIS Johnson will today warn US President Joe Biden and other leaders they must slash emissions this decade or be remembered as the people who failed the planet. The PM will urge them to match the UK's target of net zero by 2050 at the President's major climate summit this afternoon. Speaking on Earth Day, he will say: "The UK has shown it's possible to slash emissions while growing the economy. If we want to stop climate change, then this must be the year." It comes as MPs from across the political spectrum have today come together to vow new green goals to help save the planet. To celebrate Earth Day with an international day of action, Britain's politicians have vowed to go even greener to combat the climate emergency. Later today the US President will host a huge international summit online to address world leaders and call on them to do more to save the world before it's too late. He and the PM will push others to match the UK's ambitious climate targets, … [Read more...] about Earth Day 2021: Boris Johnson leads climate calls as MPs come together to make pledges to save the planet
The science is clear: If catastrophic global warming is to be averted, global greenhouse gases have to be reduced — and fast. A 2019 United Nations Environment Program report warned that the world must cut emissions by 7.6% annually until 2030 in order to keep temperature increases below the 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) ambition outlined in the Paris Agreement. If the world continues at its current pace, heating is predicted to reach almost double that. And much of the power to make a difference lies with the big emitters. So are they making progress? USA: Tides of change Though the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis led to a drop in energy use in 2020 compared to the previous year, the United States is still second only to China in terms of global CO2 emissions. Transportation, electricity and industry are the main drivers behind the country's poor record, according to figures from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2019, fossil fuels … [Read more...] about Climate: Are major greenhouse gas emitters ambitious enough?
Pushed to name those business sectors that had been hit hardest by COVID-19, most people would plump for aviation, hospitality or live entertainment. Attracting fewer guesses, probably because it is business-to-business rather than business-to-consumer, would be exhibitions and trade fairs. As it happens, the UK boasts the world's biggest exhibitions organiser, Informa. Today it spelled out in grisly detail the extent to which its fortunes have been flattened by the pandemic. The FTSE-100 company, which employs more than 10,000 people in 30 countries around the world, reported a full year pre-tax loss of £1.14bn on a statutory basis. Advertisement That compared with a pre-tax profit on the same basis of £318.7m in 2019. On an adjusted basis, which excludes items such as goodwill impairments (a write-down in the valuation of some assets), pre-tax profits fell by 79% to £170.4m. More from Business COVID-19: Manufacturing outlook sunniest since … [Read more...] about Going back to Vegas: how events giant Informa plans to rebound from pandemic horror show
There may have been 40 world leaders virtually present at President Joe Biden's Earth Day summit but this was unmistakably his show. The US pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 52% by 2030, a doubling of the previous target, was a very clear attempt to reclaim both credibility and leadership on climate change after four years of Donald Trump. At first glance he has done what he set out to do - make a big splash on the global stage as many of the world's largest economies and polluters, like the UK, the EU, Japan, South Korea and Canada back him up. Follow live updates from Joe Biden's climate change summit This is a promising kick start to a crucial year of global climate diplomacy culminating in November at the UN climate summit in Glasgow known as COP26 . Advertisement But the course of achieving international consensus under extreme pressure never did run smooth. Although it has promised enhanced cooperation with … [Read more...] about Earth Day summit was Joe Biden’s show – but China unwilling to increase its ambitions