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Would you ask your colleagues what they earn?

Image copyright Getty Images “Can you tell me how much you earn?” It’s not a question many of us would be happy asking a colleague, around the boardroom table or in the queue for the work canteen. It’s not a question many of us would be happy answering either, according to campaigners for women’s rights. […]

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My Brexit box: The people stockpiling food

Image copyright Justyna Kowalczyk Image caption Justyna Kowalczyk says the “Brexit box” was her partner’s idea “It might sound a bit crazy,” admits Justyna Kowalczyk. She’s talking about her “Brexit box” tucked under the kitchen table. In the plastic container, which is around the same size as a small box of photocopier paper, she has […]

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Essex ‘could rival Champagne for wine production’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Only Grape is Essex: TOWIE star Gemma Collins has been pictured enjoying a fine fizz Essex could rival the Champagne region as a major producer of fizz, experts have claimed. Scientists identified about 86,000 acres of countryside – with similar traits to the French plonk powerhouse – deemed […]

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Supermarkets win £300m cash machine case

Image copyright Getty Images Retailers will no longer have to pay millions of pounds in business rates for cash machines outside their shops, following a ruling by the Appeal Court. Since 2010 supermarkets and convenience stores have been liable to pay rates on the machines. But the court ruled that about £300m they have already […]

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UK economy grows at fastest rate since late 2016

Image copyright Getty Images The UK economy grew by 0.6% in the three months to September, with warm weather boosting consumer spending, the Office for National Statistics said. The figure for the third quarter is in line with predictions from the Bank of England and other forecasters. However, buoyant growth in July was offset by […]

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KPMG stops consultancy for audit clients

Image copyright Reuters Accountancy firm KPMG has said it will no longer do consultancy work for the UK’s biggest companies if it is also auditing them. The firm’s chairman said the move was to “remove even the perception of a possible conflict” of interest. The “big four” accountancy firms are under scrutiny following the collapse […]

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Top banks in cyber-attack ‘war game’

Image copyright Getty Images The Bank of England is testing the UK’s ability to withstand a major cyber-attack on financial institutions. Some 40 firms, including leading banks, are taking part in a one-day “war-gaming” exercise designed to assess their resilience. The Bank is conducting the exercise on Friday in partnership with regulators and the Treasury. […]