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Pret boss: Staff crisis driving up restaurant bills

THE founder of Pret a Manger has warned that restaurant prices are set to rise by more than a fifth because of the soaring cost of staff.

Nicknames don’t bother me, says man who sold Britain

MEGGITT chairman Sir Nigel Rudd has hit back at his moniker of ‘Sir Sell-Off’, insisting that he would support government intervention in takeovers under some circumstances.

Charlie Nunn moves into Lloyds hotseat

A NEW face is set to appear in the top ranks of British banking today as Charlie Nunn starts as chief executive of Lloyds Bank.

Big rise in private equity ‘club deals’

PRIVATE equity firms are banding together to snap up more major companies.

Martini Wensleydale? That’s crackers, Gromit!

IT’S enough to make Wallace and Gromit choke on their favourite brand of cheese - supermarket chain Aldi is offering Wensleydale infused with a range of cocktails.

Banks plan hundreds of shared branches

Hope at last for abandoned towns - but experts fear it will clear way for wave of closures

New start: Vanessa Hall is to chair fast-growing leisure firm Gravity Active New start: Vanessa Hall is to chair fast-growing leisure firm Gravity Active

Yo! Ex-sushi boss joins city centre revolution

FORMER YO! Sushi chief executive Vanessa Hall has been drafted in as chairwoman at fast-growing leisure company Gravity Active.

Morrisons suitor baulks at paying an extra £400m

TALKS to get the US investment giant Apollo on board to finance a bid to buy Morrisons have cooled after a shock increase in the offer price earlier this month.

Return to office - and get ahead

Luke Johnson

Country Life publisher set for sale to Future

THE magazine publisher behind Country Life and The Week is on the verge of being sold to Future, the FTSE 250-listed media group.

Three mulls return of roaming charges

MOBILE giant Three could be the next network provider to hit UK customers with roaming charges for using their phones in the EU.

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After the lockdown famine... tuck into a feast of special dividends

FOLLOWING a famine during lockdown, dividend payments are beginning to roar back and create quite a tempting income feast. And it’s not just regular dividends, typically paid half-yearly or quarterly, that are creating the feeding frenzy.

Infrastructure fund builds raft of steady profits

PRIME Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak recently called for Britain’s pension funds to put their weight behind the UK economy by investing more of their money in big infrastructure projects.

Good catch: Ocean Outdoor used 3D screens in Piccadilly Circus to promote the British and Irish Lions’ recent tour Good catch: Ocean Outdoor used 3D screens in Piccadilly Circus to promote the British and Irish Lions’ recent tour

Digital billboard firm glows bright as advertisers are glued to screens

LONDON Underground was a mini-pioneer back in 2005. It led the way with a new form of advertising, replacing static posters with digital panels that changed as passengers rode up and down the escalators.

On the move: Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, with a fleet of electric rickshaws, is expanding in India On the move: Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, with a fleet of electric rickshaws, is expanding in India

Farewell China... say namaste to resurgent India

INVESTING in emerging markets is not for the faint-hearted, as recent sharp stock market falls in China have demonstrated. But it can be hugely rewarding for investors who are prepared to be patient and play the long game.

Britain’s economy bounces back as shoppers spend, spend, spend…

12pm: Britain’s consumers have helped the economy recover to almost pre-pandemic levels following the successful vaccination programme.

No crying matter: Boohoo promises to double UK workforce

12pm:  Online fashion retailer Boohoo has pledged to create 5,000 jobs in the next five years, more than doubling its workforce as part of a major investment in the UK.

China’s golden dragon could be too hot to handle – but a bargain if you’re brave

INVESTORS wondering whether to put some of their hard-earned cash into the Chinese stock market are faced with a paradox: the country is too big and influential to ignore, but the market is too unpredictable for anything other than a bumpy ride.

Britain is back ...now we’re a buyer’s market

INVESTMENT fund managers are convinced that the UK stock market still provides opportunities for investors to make some serious long-term gains.

Cash in on a £650billion market by investing your money in... investors

IN 2016, there were 11 million people over the age of 65 in this country. By 2030, Government statisticians think that number will hit 16 million, almost a quarter of the total predicted population.

Want to help save a child from going into care AND make a profit?

IT’S natural to look at some of the big challenges in our society and want to help out. Of course, this can be done by volunteering or giving to charity, but there is also another option: investing in social projects.

Who’d win gold in the investment Olympics?

AS THE Tokyo Olympic Games enters its final days, China leads the medals table — with Team GB in sixth place.

Always put your money on Team GB? There’s a world of opportunity passing you by

WHEN IT comes to our groceries and soft furnishings, many of us prefer to be patriotic and buy British. But when it comes to our investments, a home bias is not always the best strategy.