Vauxhall: Talks over fate of Ellesmere Port plant 'productive'

image copyrightGetty ImagesTalks over the future of Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port car plant have been "productive but not conclusive", the car plant's owner said.Stellantis has been in talks with the government for weeks about the site, which employs more than 1,000 people.It is thought Stellantis is seeking financial incentives to make a fully electric car at…

Furlough numbers climb sharply in January to 4.7 million

image copyrightGetty ImagesThe number of people on furlough rose by 700,000 in January after tighter lockdown restrictions were imposed.Treasury figures show a total of 4.7 million people were on the government scheme at the end of the month.The hospitality sector, one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis, furloughed 1.15 million people in January…

Goldman Sachs: Bank boss rejects work from home as the 'new normal'

image copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionDavid SolomonGoldman Sachs boss David Solomon has rejected remote working as a “new normal” and has labelled it an “aberration” instead. Mr Solomon said the investment bank had operated throughout 2020 with “less than 10% of our people” in the office. His eagerness for workers to return to the office is at…

Chinese £3,200 budget electric car takes on Tesla

By Justin HarperBusiness reporter, BBC Newsimage copyrightGetty ImagesA budget electric vehicle (EV) selling in China for $4,500 (£3,200) is now outselling Tesla's more upmarket cars.The compact car is proving a big hit for state-owned SAIC Motor, China's top automaker.The Hong Guang Mini EV is being built as part of a joint venture with US car…

The colourful fridges popping up on American streets

In the US, more than 50 million people experienced hunger in 2020, up from 35 million the year before. The Biden administration is taking steps to address the food crisis but that will take time. Meanwhile, communities have filled the gap, by coming up with novel ways to feed those in need.Video by Zoe Thomas

Women boardroom roles make 'dramatic' jump in five years

Kelly Becker, who runs engineering firm Schneider Electric's UK and Ireland operations, says twenty years ago she was often the only woman in the room."I can still be the only woman in the room, but it's less and less, and that to me is exciting."Ms Becker's experience reflects a broader shift, with women now making…