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Restaurant insolvencies jump as diners stay at home

Image copyright Gourmet Burger Kitchen Image caption Gourmet Burger Kitchen said it would shut 17 sites The number of restaurant businesses becoming insolvent jumped by a quarter in 2018 as consumers shunned the High Street, new figures show. Accountancy firm Moore Stephens said there had been 1,219 insolvencies, ranging from standalone restaurants up to large…
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Nuisance call bosses face £500,000 fine

Image copyright Getty Images Directors of firms that cold-call consumers can now be fined up to £500,000 under new rules that have come into force on Monday.A ban on unsolicited phone calls came into effect in September this year.But some directors whose firms were shut down were able to evade fines by declaring bankruptcy -…
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Ministers deny planning no-deal Brexit holiday warnings

Image copyright Getty Images Downing Street has dismissed claims that people will be warned not to book holidays beyond March 2019 as part of no-deal Brexit contingency plans.It comes after the Sunday Times said senior officials had examined the idea.But a No 10 spokesperson rejected the report as "categorically untrue."And travel agents' body Abta told…
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Bad weather hits Christmas shopping on the High Street

Image copyright Getty Images Bad weather and the lure of online shopping saw consumers shun UK High Streets on one of the busiest days before Christmas. Retail experts Springboard estimate numbers were 9% lower on Saturday, compared with the same time last year.Including shopping centres and retail parks, footfall was 7.3% lower.It comes as retailers…
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What can New Zealand teach us about Brexit?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New Zealand's economy was forced to diversify after the UK joined the European Economic Community Brexit is, to put it mildly, an unusual event.But there are precedents for some aspects of it. New Zealand provides one example. The country faced a sudden, adverse change in access to a key…
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Brexit: No visa but Britons will pay €7 to travel to EU countries

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Holidaymakers will have to apply for an electronic permit to travel to the EU Britons will have to pay €7 (£6.30) every three years to travel to EU countries, as a consequence of Brexit.The European Commission has confirmed that while UK travellers will not need a visa, they will…