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Coronavirus: Cath Kidston set to call in administrators

Image copyright Cath Kidston Cath Kidston, the floral fashion brand, is set to file for administration as the coronavirus shutdown pushes High Street retailers to breaking point. The move will put nearly 950 jobs at risk at the company which is best-known for its brightly-coloured designs. Debenhams, the department store …

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Coronavirus: ExCel U-turns on charging NHS for hospital site

Image copyright Getty Images The owner of London’s ExCel centre has performed a U-turn on charging the NHS to use the site as a hospital to treat coronavirus patients. ExCel chief executive Jeremy Rees said an initial agreement with the NHS to house the temporary Nightingale Hospital “included a contribution …

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Coronavirus: Tech firms summoned over 'crackpot' 5G conspiracies

Image copyright Getty Images The culture secretary is to order social media companies to be more aggressive in their response to conspiracy theories linking 5G networks to the coronavirus pandemic. Oliver Dowden plans to hold virtual meetings with representatives from several tech firms next week to discuss the matter. It …

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BA cabin crew contract virus on long-haul flights

Image copyright Getty Images A number of British Airways cabin crew have contracted the coronavirus when operating long haul flights over the past two weeks. Unions are calling on airlines to do more to minimise the exposure of staff. But BA pilots and cabin crew say the airline was slow …

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Small businesses worry coronavirus loans ‘too risky’

Image copyright Shaun Francis “I’m 56-years-old, why would I take out a loan with little income when the economy might take a long time to come back?” Shaun Francis is one of many small business owners with concerns about the government’s coronavirus loan scheme. He told the BBC that taking …

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Coronavirus: UK among economies risking record slump

Image copyright Getty Images The coronavirus pandemic could trigger a global slump bigger than the Great Depression of the 1930s, a closely watched international survey suggests. Manufacturing and services sectors in key geographical areas, including the UK, US and the eurozone, saw record falls in activity during March, according to …

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Coronavirus: Skinningrove British Steel production paused

Image copyright Steve Morgan/British Steel Image caption British Steel said it would take “decisive action” to protect its people and operations British Steel is pausing production at one of its plants on Teesside for at least three weeks. The Tees Valley Mayor said he had been assured by the company …

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