Festive shoppers are being encouraged to shop local this Christmas, with the help of complimentary parking across towns and cities. Across the country, a number of boroughs and councils will be waving costs over the next few weeks in an attempt to help give local businesses an end-of-year boost. In Cornwall, 11 council owned zones will be free and open to the public from Saturday 9 to Monday 1 January to bring more shoppers and visitors to the local community. Council leader Adam Paynter said: "Cornwall's towns are great places to visit during the festive season and we're proud to support our local economies by offering free parking in the busy build-up to Christmas. "Not only does this mean people can take their time shopping, it also means people can spend more time in cafes and restaurants. "You don't get that experience shopping online." Even London is involved. In the north of the capital, shoppers in Waltham Forest will benefit from an early Christmas present while they shop for … [Read more...] about Full list of Councils offering free parking this Christmas to help you to ‘spend local’ – is yours there?
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Primark and Sports Direct are among 260 firms named and shamed today for failing to pay the minimum wage. In total, the 260 companies underpaid 16,000 workers £1.7m in back pay and have been fined £1.3m. Business Minister Margot James said: “There is no excuse for not paying staff the wages they’re entitled to.” Green MP and Best for Britain Champion Caroline Lucas branded the list "Brexit Britain at its worst and most exploitative." She added: "These figures show that bosses are continuing to exploit workers and take them for a ride. There's a real concern that workers are set to suffer even more as the Government pursues its damaging brexit. Workers' rights are under threat - and a brexit hit to our economy could see firms going to even greater lengths to avoid paying people what they deserve." Tim Roache, GMB general secretary, said: “These companies rake in millions of pounds in profit yet seemingly think it’s ok to cheat workers who are … [Read more...] about The full list of 260 firms named and shamed for failing to pay the minimum wage
A total of 62 RBS branches and 197 NatWest outlets will be closed by the middle of next year costing 680 jobs. RBS told Mirror Money it was writing to customers of affected branches to highlight the alternative ways to bank in their area. It added that to help customers uncomfortable or unfamiliar online or mobile banking it was putting TechXperts in branches to support customers with training and digital skills. “More and more of our customers are choosing to do their everyday banking online or on mobile. Since 2014 the number of customers using our branches across the UK has fallen by 40% and mobile transactions have increased by 73% over the same period," an RBS spokesman told Mirror Money. "As customers continue to change the way they bank with us, we must change the way we serve them, so we are investing in our more popular branches and shaping our network, replacing traditional bricks and mortar branches with alternative ways to bank, including; Community Bankers, Mobile … [Read more...] about Astonishing 197 NatWest and 62 RBS branches to close – the full list of branches shutting and your options if yours goes
LIAM Fox has drawn up a target list of more than 50 countries for new trade deals post-Brexit.And the International Trade Secretary added that he is drawing up further plans for more than 200 new high value exports targets.Dr Fox said last night: “We are world-leaders in many sectors such as financial services and technology.“My department has already identified more than 50 countries that could benefit from British expertise and we are continuing work on exploring more export opportunities with other nations.“We have a real opportunity to build on this country’s wide range of successful exports, reach out to new markets and help more businesses achieve their exporting potential.”The target list includes new ventures in Kenya, Brazil, China and India in the coming decade.The Government hopes to boost whisky sales around the world and export Air Traffic Control technology to Latin America.The business boast came as a new poll showed six in ten voters think … [Read more...] about International Trade Secretary Liam Fox draws up list of 50 nations for post-Brexit trade deals
SPAIN is the best country in the world to spend a holiday, according to a prestigious report.The study, which looks at everything from price competitiveness to security and hygiene, put the Mediterranean destination at the top of a list of 136 countries, with the UK following not too far behind in 5th place.The World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism report is released every two years.It looks at a number of factors, including business environment, safety and security, health and hygiene, price competitiveness, international openness, tourist service, transport infrastructure and natural resources.Spain has topped the rankings for the second time, followed by France, Germany, Japan and Britain.Rounding out the top ten are the United States, down two places from No.4, Australia, Italy, Canada and Switzerland.Like the last report two years ago, Europe is once again the region that is most attractive to tourists.It boasts six of the 10 most competitive countries in the study, … [Read more...] about Spain tops global list of the best countries to visit as a tourist, followed by France, Germany and the UK